When it becomes possible to go on holiday again, the severely financially affected tourism industry hopes that more Norwegians would choose to vacation in their own country.
“We need that we who live in Norway help and support where they live by going to a concert and spending a night in a hotel,” said Bergen‘s tourism director Anders Nyland to Bergens Tidende.
When it becomes possible to go on vacation for the summer, nobody knows. A survey Respons Analysis conducted for Bergens Tidende showed that more than 60 per cent of those surveyed in Bergen have changed or will change their holiday plans.
“I understand the reason why people responded the way they did. People don’t know if they can travel for the summer. And if they go, they don’t know how far they can go. People then do not buy expensive trips abroad,“ said Nyland to the newspaper.
Last year, Bergen had 2.2 million fully-occupied nights in hotels. Foreign guests covered almost 1.6 million of them.
Chairman Terje Hansen of NHO Reiseliv Western Norway said he thinks it will be difficult to replace all foreign guest nights with Norwegian ones.
“But I think this would result in people to travel more in their own country,“ Hansen told BT.
© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today