A popular tourist destination
With about 2 million travellers annually (of whom 1.4 million are Russians), Lappeenranta is Finland’s second most popular tourist destination for foreign tourists. Only Helsinki receives more visitors per year.
The occupancy rate of the hotels in Lappeenranta is among the highest in Finland. Accommodation prices have not dropped, which is a reflection of the city’s allure. The ratio of leisure travellers in comparison to business travellers is unusually high (75/25%).
Finland’s largest sandcastle has drawn visitors to Lappeenranta for 13 years. Located in the Lappeenranta harbour, the sandcastle attracts up to 180,000 visitors a year. It is a part of the Huvisatama complex, which offers all kinds of free entertainment. In 2016, a new attraction was introduced, as a chapel was built in the sandcastle for weddings and christenings.
The Lappeenranta Airport is the oldest still operational airport in Finland, and also the first privately owned one. Charter flights take people to destinations such as Crete, Dubrovnik and Sicily. The quest for new routes is ongoing.