Calls for a tourism meeting – will prevent mass tourism

Geiranger.Cruise ship Sapphire Princess.Photo: Halvard Alvik, NTB scanpix

Minister of Trade and Industry Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (H) calls popular tourist municipalities in for meeting. The goal is to prevent the fjords from looking like “London in rush hour,” according to NRK.

The Minister looks with concern at the growing number of tourists coming to Norway, and he believes it is important that the government arranges for tourism municipalities to control cruise tourism so that they can avoid mass tourism.

There is a problem in some places in Norway, and this autumn I have called for a meeting to consult with the municipalities that are covered by this, and to get their input on what they need to work with, Isaksen tells the channel.

The Minister for Trade and Industry wants to make sure that the tourist municipalities manage to control tourism so that they can avoid what is called “people pollution.”

Earlier this summer, NHO Reiseliv took action to limit cruise traffic in Norway. They fear that mass tourism will weaken the reputation of Norwegian cities and ports, and fear conditions like those in Venice and Barcelona if nothing is done.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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