Number of hotel overnight stays in Norway more than halved in November

Radisson Blu Oslo PlazaPhoto: Fredrik Hagen / NTB
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The number of paid overnight stays fell by 56.5% in November compared with the same month of the year before, according to Statistics Norway (SSB). 

“The decline we see in November is like the fall we saw at the very beginning of the pandemic,” adviser Kristin Aasestad at the SSB noted.

Hotels had the largest fall with a decrease of 60%, the SSB’s accommodation statistics show.

Cottage villages and hostels

On the other hand, Norwegian overnight stays in cottage villages and hostels increased by 16%.

A total of 860,000 overnight stays were registered in commercial accommodation in November, around 1.1 million fewer than the year before.

The corona measures were tightened in November, among other things in terms of social distancing and limits on gathering for groups. 

Quarantine hotels

At the same time, quarantine hotels were introduced upon entry into Norway.

Overnight stays by foreign travelers, in particular, have decreased significantly. In Northern Norway, hotel overnight stays by foreigners fell by as much as 86%. 

In Norway as a whole, the decrease amounted to 70%, according to the website Reiseliv i nord.

When it comes to Norwegian hotel accommodation, on the other hand, the fall was smaller in Northern Norway than in the rest of the country, with a decrease of 47% against the national average of 60%.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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