Record drop in Norwegians’ travels

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Travel restrictions and quarantine requirements dampened Norwegians’ desire to travel. The number of holiday trips abroad fell by 96 per cent in the second quarter.

Approximately 80,000 holiday trips abroad were made in the second quarter of this year, which includes the months of April, May and June, according to a travel survey from Statistics Norway (SSB).

Nine out of ten trips made during this period were domestic holiday trips. Norwegians made 3.2 million such trips, an increase of 39 per cent compared to the same quarter in 2019.

“The increase came despite the fact that the beginning of the quarter was characterized by travel restrictions which led to, among other things, the Easter holiday trip to the mountains being spoiled for many,” says Guro Henriksen at Statistics Norway.

Domestic business travel has fallen by 65 per cent compared with the same quarter last year, while foreign business travel has fallen by as much as 94 per cent.

In total, Norwegians went on 3.6 million holiday and business trips in the second quarter of this year.

“There are as many as 2 million fewer trips than in the same quarter the year before, and is clearly the lowest number of trips that have been measured for the second quarter since Statistics Norway started with the travel survey back in 2002,” says Henriksen.

At the same time, not surprisingly, people have also spent less money on travel. Consumption on travel is about a quarter of the same period last year.

The decline is due to few traveling abroad. On domestic holiday trips, Norwegians spent 7.4 billion kroner, which is an increase of 8 per cent compared with the second quarter of 2019.

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