Tourist community awaits cancellations after cruise restrictions

NordkapplatåetNordkapp.Nordkapplatået.Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grøtt / NTB scanpix

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Lost sales, less activity and jobs will be the consequence of the tightening of restrictions for the cruise industry, the mayor of Nordkapp believes.

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The restrictions prevents ships with more than a total of 100 people on board from being approved for docking in Norwegian ports.

– “Tourism accounts for a quarter of the economy in the business sector and about a sixth of the economy in the entire North Cape. It is very serious,” says mayor Jan Olsen (SV) in Nordkapp municipality to NRK.

In the municipality, the cruise industry together with bus tourism accounts for 75 percent of all traffic. Cruise tourists are seen as especially valuable because they often use local offers.

– “This will lead to lost sales, less activity and jobs. It is simply very negative for Nordkapp,” says the mayor, who believes that Hurtigruten has weakened confidence in all players in the cruise industry.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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