A new state committee will provide advice on developing sustainable tourism in Norway

Preikestolen - LysefjordenPhoto: Paul Kleiven / NTB
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Increasing tourist flows can contribute to pollution and wear and tear at famous natural sites in Norway. The government is setting up a committee to look at the development of sustainable destinations.

“After the pandemic, we will rebuild Norwegian tourism – it should be more robust and sustainable. 

“That is why we are now setting up a committee to look at how we can develop attractive destinations, at the same time as various local considerations are taken care of in a good way,” Minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø (V) said.

In recent years, the number of overnight stays in Norway has increased sharply. An excessive increase in the number of tourists can lead to over-tourism and congestion, air pollution, wear and tear at sites, and insufficient capacity in terms of emergency preparedness, waste disposal, and parking.

The government committee will, among other things, assess whether the destinations have sufficient room for maneuver to handle local challenges and utilize potential opportunities related to tourism.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayTravel

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