Olav Thon warns that he does not dare to go ahead with his plans to build two hotels in northern Norway, because the government is introducing the controversial air passenger tax.
The government is adamant about introducing the controversial air passenger tax. Olaf Thon, who is part owner of the soon to be closed down Rygge Airport, responds by putting two planned hotel projects in Svolvaer and in Kautokeino in cold storage .
– The government increases the cost of travelling, while claiming that it will help the tourism industry. That can’t be right, says Thon TV2.
The old hotel king believes the government is forcing through the tax against the wishes of the players in the industry, thus severely weakening the market base for the tourism industry in the north. The planned hotel in Svolvær would cost hundreds of million to build.
– The way things are now, I dare not do that, says Thon.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today