Sweden opens first tourist development center
Sweden has opened its first tourist development center – to give advice, information and assistance to the nation's tourist industry.
There are an estimated 160,000 people in this Nordic nation working full time in the tourist business – which has become one of the corner stones of the Swedish commercial scene.
While the global tourist industry has been sagging because of the financial criis, Sweden has seen a continued up-swing in tourists coming here - partly because of the weaker currency and falling prices.
Observers point out that not so many years ago, a relatively wealthy Sweden regarded the tourist industry as rather unimportant, with Swedes travelling abroad as tourists rather than making money out of the tourists coming here.