The hotels in Bergen have missed almost 374,000 hotel days so far this year, according to figures Bergens Tidende has obtained from the analysis agency Benchmarking Alliance.
In the period from January to July, the hotels in the western town lost almost 374,000 hotel room days compared to the same period last year.
April was the month with the lowest coverage, and only 8 percent of Bergen’s 196,000 available hotel nights were sold. In July, the coverage was 55 percent, down from 77 percent in the same month in 2019, the newspaper writes.
Oslo also noticed the decline in hotel demand. In the capital, 163,000 hotel room days were sold in July this year, while in the same month last year, 199,000 were sold.
Stavanger did better and sold 88,600 hotel room days in July, down from 91,400 last year.
Tor W. Andreassen, professor of marketing at the Norwegian School of Management, tells BT that the large chains, which have invested in volume and small margins, will be forced to reduce capacity or close hotels.
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