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Norway business minister looks at the stars. COMMENTARY: Trond Giske is almost star-struck, not by celebrities, but a flopped Norwegian hotel grading system variant shunned by the tourism sector. It never did quite get off the ground, this star. It never joined the ranks and importance of, say, Western film sheriffs’, the Michelin Guides, the EU flag, the bright and shiny North one, Neil Armstrong, and certainly not the one that hung over a stall in Bethlehem. Although some diners and hotel guests may look upon their stay at a comfortable establishment with reverence, the Trade and Industry Ministry-administered ‘QualityMark Norway’ system was never greeted with any.

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Norway business minister looks at the stars

Published on Thursday, 14th March, 2013 at 15:10 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 14th March 2013 at 15:51.

COMMENTARY: Trond Giske is almost star-struck, not by celebrities, but a flopped Norwegian hotel grading system variant shunned by the tourism sector.

A reinforced bed
A reinforced bed
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It never did quite get off the ground, this star. It never joined the ranks and importance of, say, Western film sheriffs’, the Michelin Guides, the EU flag, the bright and shiny North one, Neil Armstrong, and certainly not the one that hung over a stall in Bethlehem.

Although some diners and hotel guests may look upon their stay at a comfortable establishment with reverence, the Trade and Industry Ministry-administered ‘QualityMark Norway’ system was never greeted with any.

In the land now without a state religion, its congregant numbers would leave even a parish vicar in the remotest part of the world rubbing their hands at the Sunday sermon’s attraction success.

Just five of Norway’s total 1.050 hotels have joined the scheme since its now evidently far from immaculate inception. Most of the major hotel chains in Norway have been brandishing their clothes hangers against from the beginning.

But fear not, 1,045 hotel owners, Minister Trond Giske is now on the case ready to bring you tidings of great joy.

He may abolish the monastery, sorry, five-year-old hotel mark of quality scheme – meant to be self-financing, but with the government having lugged over NOK 10 million (about USD 1.72 million/EUR 1.33 million/GBP 1.15 million) to the checkout so far.

The customer satisfaction survey is nigh. Please make up room.



Published on Thursday, 14th March, 2013 at 15:10 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 14th March 2013 at 15:51.

This post has the following tags: norwayhotels, starratingsnorway, norwaytravel.





  
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