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3. Travel reservations

3.1. Accommodation and tickets for leisure trips are mainly booked online

Using the Internet in reserving accommodation and means of travel for leisure trips was also very popular in the exceptional circumstances of 2020. Of those that booked their ticket or accommodation in advance, the majority had made the reservation online.

Concerning trips with paid accommodation in Finland, 69 per cent of the accommodation was reserved online. Ninety-eight per cent of tickets for domestic flights and 94 per cent of train tickets were reserved online.

Eighty-two per cent reserved their accommodation for leisure trips abroad on the Internet. Ninety per cent of persons that flew on leisure trips abroad booked their tickets online. For boat trips, the corresponding figure was 73 per cent.

Of cruises with overnight stay only on board, 80 per cent were reserved in advance on the Internet.

3.2. Number of leisure package tours contracted in the exceptional year

In February 2020, when travelling was still carefree and permissible, 23 per cent of leisure trips abroad with at least one overnight stay in the destination country were package tours. Many trips booked by Finns for early summer were cancelled, but in August, plenty of package tours were made again. Also 23 per cent of the leisure trips abroad in August were package tours.

Of the 480,000 leisure trips with overnight stay in the destination country made to Estonia in 2020, altogether 21 per cent were package tours.

The popularity of package tours grows along with the age of the traveller. Of trips with overnight stay in the destination country among those aged under 35, altogether 12 per cent were package tours, while the corresponding percentage for those aged over 35 was 23.

Package tours are not as popular in domestic travel as they are when travelling abroad. Of the 5.5 million domestic trips including paid accommodation, only around one per cent were package tours. One per cent of trips to Lapland and two per cent of trips made to Uusimaa were package tours.

The price of a package tour includes at least the travel and accommodation. The package may also include meals, admission tickets, excursions, programme services, treatments, etc.


Source: Finnish Travel, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Taru Tamminen 029 551 2243, Ossi Nurmi 029 551 2984, liikenne.matkailu@stat.fi

Head of Department in charge: Hannele Orjala


Updated 30.3.2021

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Finnish Travel [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-9027. 2020, 3. Travel reservations . Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 22.5.2022].
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