In the summer of 2015 around 437,000
international cruise tourists visited Helsinki, an all-time record.
International cruise tourist traffic is growing rapidly around the world and at
the same time cruise traveler’s profile is changing.
Last summer was once again a record vibrant
cruise tourism. The cruise season from May to October in Helsinki stopped 254
international cruise ships, which included the city came to a record 437,000
international cruise tourists, 17,000 more than in 2014. The next year it is
expected up to a little more ship visits.
This proves that Helsinki is still one of
the most fascinating destinations in the Baltic Sea, says Visit Helsinki cruise
Coordinator Noora Heino.
Most of the cruise ships bring tourists are
German. The next highest number of cruise tourists from the United States and
the United Kingdom.
International cruise tourism grows and
Cruise Tourism in the world to live in a time
of growth and transition. Never before has built as many ships as at present.
The growth is happening in Asia, but in Finland, and Helsinki is expected to
increase their own share. At the same time owners are looking for new target
groups for cruises and cruise traveler’s profile will change.
Today, for the construction of vessels into
account the different target groups and their needs. Shipping companies also
specialize in and take a cruise ship service offering an increasingly
diversified direction, Heino says.
International cruise traveler’s profile is
constantly changing. The City of Helsinki according to a studyshows that cruise
tourists use the trips even more money, and more and more to buy a trip before
they travel. In addition, the trips are bought more from the rest of the
Cruise tourists are no longer as a
homogeneous group than in the past, and they have become more self-reliant and
are looking for alternative ways to experience a destination city, and a
cruise. Often cruise tourists buy trips in the previous year, well before the
cruise, Heino says.
Helsinki cruise tourism actively develops
Visit Helsinki, Port of Helsinki and in cooperation with local service
providers. Helsinki Cruise Network currently includes 58 companies and other