The oil city still is struggling to fill up the rooms of its hotels in the recession.
A survey made by Wiederstrøm Hotel Consulting shows that seven out of thirteen cities in Norway have experienced a decrease in the sales of hotel rooms for the first six months. Out of those seven cities, five are located in the “oil belt”.
While Oslo hotels filled up 65 percent of the rooms in the first half, the results for the Stavanger region, which includes Sola, Sandnes and Jæren, are at just 43 percent.
In the corresponding period last year, the proportion was at about 51 percent, which was also poor.
According to Stavanger Aftenblad, the activity has decreased because of downsizing, cost-cutting and savings in the oil industry.It’s been particularly hard for the hotels which are not located in the city centre and also for some older hotels.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today