Foreigners stayed overnight in Swedish facilities 3.3 percent more during 2009 than in 2008, while travel to and within the EU dropped by over 5 percent. Tourists and visitors from abroad contributed to record volumes in Sweden, although the hikes were mainly at less expensive places like campsites (6.1 percent) and private homes (4.4 percent). Hotel occupancy remained about the same as the previous year, but private rooms dropped by 3 percent and total accommodation revenues decreased by almost 5.2 percent.
”To create long-term growth within Swedish tourism and the tourism business, promotion of Sweden itself must be accompanied by a coordination of tourism promotion at the national level, "says Christina Lugnet, Director General of the new Agency for Growth (TIllväxtverket