There’s been a big upswing in Norway’s city hotel occupancy this summer

Clarion The Hub OsloOslo - Clarion The Hub in July 2020. Photo: Annika Byrde / NTB

About half of all hotel rooms in Norwegian cities were rented out every night this summer. Though still far from pre-COVID levels, this is a significant improvement from 2020.

Occupancy at city hotels this summer was 53%, which is 12% higher than last year’s summer, according to Dagens Næringsliv. The figures come from hotel analysis company Benchmarking Alliance.

The improvement is more prominent in certain cities, with occupancy in Oslo rising by 13.8 percentage points and in Stavanger by 14.8 percentage points. The biggest improvement comes from Oslo Airport Gardermoen, whose hotels had a 17.4 % occupancy last summer and 49.1% this year.

The numbers are still far from normal. Almost all of the major Norwegian city hotels had occupancies between 70% and 85% in 2019. The city that is closest to normal, Stavanger, had a 63,4% occupancy.

“The figures for this summer are wonderful. We are now seeing the end of the pandemic, although it is right that we are nowhere near 2019. The scary thing now as we enter the important autumn season, when many of the city hotels depend on courses and conferences, is that we expected the one-meter rule to be gone by August 1st,” said NHO Reiseliv director Kristin Krohn Devold.

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