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Tourism in OECD Countries 2008

Trends and Policies

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Tourism in OECD Countries 2008 is the first edition of a biennial publication which analyses best practice in OECD and selected non member economies. It surveys a number of initiatives taken by governments and businesses in the tourism field. The report opens with an overview of the key issues and challenges in tourism policy. The second chapter reviews two important aspects of tourism policy in more detail: the impact of global value chains on small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in tourism; and the role of services trade liberalisation in tourism development. The third chapter presents detailed profiles on organisation, budgets, policies, programmes and statistics in tourism for 32 countries.

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Finland

Domestic tourists account for nearly 73% of all overnights in Finland, although the share of international travellers is increasing. In 2006, the number of foreign visitors to Finland increased by over 6% to reach 5.3 million. The consumption of international visitors has increased by 12.5% between 2004 and 2006, and represents 26% of total tourism consumption (which was EUR 9.6 billion in 2005). Finland provides Tourism Satellite Account data on an annual basis and has also developed a Regional Tourism Satellite Account system. Tourism accounted for 2.4% of GDP in 2005 (Table 3.28). At the end of that year, there were 22 400 tourism characteristic enterprises, employing some 130 000 persons full- or part-time. In 2005, tourism employment represented 7.2% of total employment. Tourism receipts were EUR 1 891 million, according to preliminary information for 2006.

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