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Tourism comprises the activities of persons travelling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year (12 months) for leisure, business or other purposes. This includes goods and services the tourist pays for personally or somebody pays for on his/her behalf, or which the tourists receives without compensation for his/her own use or to be given to someone else. Included are expenses paid before the trip or after it. Tourism does not include international transport of tourists, which is included in passenger transports of transport services.

Statistics using the definition

Validity of the definition

  • Valid until (31 December 2078)

Source organisation

  • Tilastokeskus