Over half go abroad during autumn holidays

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34% are planning to take autumn holidays this year show figures from Virkes population survey. Of these,more than half indicate that the holiday will be abroad.


54% of those who are going on holiday say that they’re travelling abroad on this year’s autumn holiday.

Sunbathing and sea swimming are stated to be the most important purposes of the holiday (31%).

“We move the summer feeling as far into the autumn as we can.We see a tendency for the summer vacation to extend until the autumn holiday and save some holiday
days with a sun guarantee before the winter sets in,’’ said ‘Virke Reise Utlands’ new leader, Astrid Bergmål.

‘’New rules on package tours which entered into force on the 1st of July, means that those travelling on a package trip or a compound trip this autumn, for example through a travel agency, have a particularly good safety net.The tour operator is now responsible for the entire journey and you don’t risk, for example, not being landed with a prepaid hotel bill if the plane is cancelled’’, explained Bergmål.

More and more Norwegians are also using their own country to go on holiday in. For the purpose of the holiday,we see a strong increase in those who will visit sights, museums and exhibitions during the autumn holiday.This has increased from 6% last year to 14% this year.

Experiences, whether it’s museums, exhibitions or attractions,are gaining popularity, and the offer has gradually become so wide that there is something for everyone. Especially, the autumn holiday is the time when many people choose to spend a few days on a combination of cultural activities said Line Endresen Nordmann, Branch Director for Virke Reise Norge and Culture.

The survey was conducted in May 2018 by Opinion, for Virke.