Second-rate summer has Swedes seeking sun
Cold, rainy summer weather means that more Swedes are booking beach holidays this year. Ticket sales are up 8 percent already compared to last year, according to figures from travel agency Ticket.
The agency releases a yearly report called Ticket Collection with figures about the travel habits of Swedes. Many know that the Canary Islands and Thailand are favorite winter destinations. But many Swedes also venture to Miami, Mauritius, the Seychelles, or take cruises, according to Christel Dahlberg, salesperson at Ticket Nacka Forum.
"The main question now during the winter time is the weather. Is it going to rain? Is it going to be sunny?" said Dahlberg speaking with Radio Sweden.
Karin Starkman Ahlstedt, spokesperson for Ticket, said that sales to the so-called paradise islands like Fiji were increasing because of Swedish royalty.
"It has to do with the wedding and the journey that Prince Carl Philip and Sofia did to Fiji," said Ahlstedt speaking with Radio Sweden. "After that we have seen a big increase in travelling to those luxury resorts."
Trips to Cuba have been increasing, Ahlstedt guessed because of improving relations with the United States. Swedes want to see Cuba before it changes.