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Low-price carrier finds high-price Stavanger too costly. Budget carrier Norwegian is not actively prioritising flights to/from Stavanger because of the region’s expensiveness, reports say. As European travellers bypass the over-priced oil capital in favour of more wallet-friendly places, the flight company’s commercial director, Daniel A. Skjeldam, tells Aftenbladet, “Stavanger itself, and not least the surroundings, have fantastic tourism potential. It’s a pearl in a Norwegian context. The challenge is food and drink prices are about to become extreme, even for Norwegians. Hotel room costs already are.” According to state number cruncher Statistics Norway (SSB), this year’s average nightly hotel room price for January was 1,047 kroner in Rogaland, 903 in Oslo, and 901 in Hordaland.

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Low-price carrier finds high-price Stavanger too costly

Published on Tuesday, 13th March, 2012 at 15:56 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 14th March 2012 at 15:14.

Budget carrier Norwegian is not actively prioritising flights to/from Stavanger because of the region’s expensiveness, reports say.

A Norwegian Air Shuttle plane
A Norwegian Air Shuttle plane
Photo: Hans Olav Nyborg/Norwegian Air Shuttle


As European travellers bypass the over-priced oil capital in favour of more wallet-friendly places, the flight company’s commercial director, Daniel A. Skjeldam, tells Aftenbladet, “Stavanger itself, and not least the surroundings, have fantastic tourism potential. It’s a pearl in a Norwegian context. The challenge is food and drink prices are about to become extreme, even for Norwegians. Hotel room costs already are.”

According to state number cruncher Statistics Norway (SSB), this year’s average nightly hotel room price for January was 1,047 kroner in Rogaland, 903 in Oslo, and 901 in Hordaland.

Passenger numbers out from and back to from Norway are decisive too. Whilst Norwegian currently flies to some 50 foreign destinations directly from capital Oslo, 26 go from Bergen, and just 14 from Sola.

“Look at how we have backed Bergen. There are extremely clear differences between the two cities. You might have to pay 350 kroner for a mediocre meal in Stavanger’s pedestrian area, but Bergen has more and better alternatives,” he says.

“We have a list of very many cities where we see there is potential, but price-levels in the Stavanger region will generally exclude the European citizen if these are based on oil industry salaries.”

Tourism in general to Norway is not being helped by the country’s strong currency either. Last summer, it was found holidays in Norway were 15 percent more expensive for Euro-carrying travellers.

Holidaymakers were also reporting problems spending Euro, especially in smaller places, as well as complaining about the poor standard of service.

Though not in relation to this, Mr Skjeldam concludes, “We bear no reluctance to Stavanger. We have said we wish back Stavanger with more routes and planes, but this means price levels and hotel capacity will need to be focused on.”




Published on Tuesday, 13th March, 2012 at 15:56 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 14th March 2012 at 15:14.

This post has the following tags: norwegianaircompany, expensivestavanger.





  
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