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New Stavanger hotels planned among sober views. 12 planned building projects mean Stavanger hotel capacity is to be boosted, meaning potential good news for tourists, and businesspersons. Nonetheless, experts encourage the region to improve its image. The latest hydrocarbon industry boom means high prices for many people in the some 130,000 inhabitant-sized city, for better or for worse. Jobseekers with an average salary in especially the health and education sectors cannot afford to buy property in or near the centre. Property rental costs are also almost punishingly high.

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New Stavanger hotels planned among sober views

Published on Thursday, 18th October, 2012 at 09:38 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

12 planned building projects mean Stavanger hotel capacity is to be boosted, meaning potential good news for tourists, and businesspersons. Nonetheless, experts encourage the region to improve its image.

Stavanger
Stavanger
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The latest hydrocarbon industry boom means high prices for many people in the some 130,000 inhabitant-sized city, for better or for worse.

Jobseekers with an average salary in especially the health and education sectors cannot afford to buy property in or near the centre. Property rental costs are also almost punishingly high.

As the odd perhaps leased Porsches, Mercedes, BMWs whizz by – and Seadrill oilrig tycoon John Fredriksen moves his company out – low-cost carrier Norwegian has said it is not backing the destination due to prices and choice.

“We’re good at medium-plus category hotels, but have few economy and top-class ones. The low-priced alternatives are very important for some businesses, as not everyone has a generous budget,” Jan Soppeland, managing director of business organisation Greater Stavanger told The Foreigner in an interview.

“Nevertheless, some firms and wealthy tourists like to see there is a five-star international hotel in town because of the difficulty of choosing where to stay. Stavanger may not be cheaper than other oil capitals, such as Rio de Janeiro and Houston, but it is expensive compared to most places. I don’t go out to eat much because of the high cost of living here.”

The Stavanger region currently has about 3,500 hotel rooms. Now there are plans for up to 1,900 new ones in the near future, and just in the centre.

Peter Wiederstrøm, at Oslo-based Wiederstrøm Hotel Consulting, is positive to the move, backed by “many solid players”.

At the same time, he remains slightly cautious about the future hotel room figures will cause.

“Such measures also reflect the belief that things will continue to go well in the offshore industry and for company Norway,” Mr Wiederstrøm says to Stavanger Aftenblad. “It will still create challenges for those hotels that are already in place, particularly on price.”

He also believes Stavanger needs more strings to its bow than just oil and the new concert hall.

“As things stand now, the hotels are chock-a-block during the weeks and barely half-full at the weekends. Stavanger needs to polish up its tourist profile in order to fill some of the vacant beds.”

“Furthermore, Stavanger has to develop the region’s national icon status with its Lysefjorden, Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), and Kjerag,” Mr Wiederstrøm concludes.




Published on Thursday, 18th October, 2012 at 09:38 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: stavanger, oilindustrynorway, stavangerhotels, travelstavanger.





  
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