Norwegian tourism companies register large increase in bookings of trips abroad

Greece Mediterranean travelPhoto: iso topon

Several tourism companies have noticed an increase in the number of Norwegians who want to travel since the government changed its travel advice on Friday. Greece seems to be this summer’s top destination.

On Friday, the Norwegian government announced changes in its travel councils. During most of the pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has recommended Norwegians not to travel abroad unless it is strictly necessary.

While the travel advice has been changed, people might still have to be quarantined if they come back to Norway from a country with a high level of infection. 

Tour operators such as Ving, Apollo, and Tui have noticed an immediate increase in demand for trips abroad.

Immediate increase

“When the press conference started, we noticed a tripling of traffic on our website and an increase in sales of 106% compared to the day before,” communications manager Nora Aspengren in Tui told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

The majority of those who now book trips will not travel until autumn and winter. But bookings for holiday trips for July and August have started to pick up.

Greece is the big winner, with Crete, Rhodes, and Samos being in demand this summer. For the winter, the Canary Islands seem to be very popular, she said.

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