Tervehdys, Greetings to all of you!
First of all, good choice to join us for NBE 2017 in Finland!
I have understood that some of you have been here before either for NBE or otherwise returning to Finland, but for some of you this will be a first experience of Finland. How exciting!
I joined Visit Finland some months ago as a Program Manager for the StopOver Finland , and of course wanted to be part of NBE, as I really recognize the importance of travel bloggers for spreading the word about places to go to and things to do.
Let me at this point quickly explain to you what is StopOver Finland program. Over two million passengers fly through Helsinki with Finnair annually, and our goal is to get them to do a little stopover in Finland before continuing their way further in Europe. Because the only thing better than a new destination is two new destinations! This works of course also visa versa, so you can stop also on the way to Asia if you wish.
It gives you a chance to experience a bit of Finland on the way to your actual destination. It is a great way to see what Finland has to offer as the flight ticket allows the stop and you can customize your stay how you want – maybe you will want to come back for more! You can stay up to five days and explore all of Finland or you can do a shorter stop and explore Helsinki. To make it easy, all you have to do is book your flights with a stopover, and book stopover packages via our partner Finlandtours. Or you can just arrive and decide on the go! We do know that Finland is not the first on the list travel destination for many, but do believe that once you give us a chance, you might get hooked! Stopover is a perfect way to try us out.
We decided to host a full day of activities for you, so you’ll get to see all the things that you can do in Helsinki and surrounding areas during a short stopover. We do hope you will have a great time on your StopOver Finland day on Friday 20 January. The different programs created for the day include exciting outdoors activities, cozy Finnish lifestyle, a bit of culture and history, some great food, design and of course sauna…There is something for everyone we trust!
Our partners during the StopOver Finland day are Finnair, Finavia, Visit Helsinki, Visit Vantaa, Visit Espoo and different programs from Visit Finland (Finrelax, Finnish Archipelago, Outdoors Finland and Culture Finland. If you wish to learn more about StopOver Finand, you can visit our site.
We hope you will have a great time and that you will want to spread the word about the stopover opportunities for your fellow travelers!
We will meet latest at the farewell dinner and party on Friday evening where I look forward to hearing about your day!
All the best from Helsinki!