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Norwegian ‘no’ to Euro hampers tourists and income. Foreign, Euro-carrying tourists are facing problems paying for their purchases when visiting Norway because many merchants refuse to accept the currency. The problem is not so common in larger cities, but some restaurants and shops in small, charming places do not accept foreign credit cards, or there are no cash machines to draw money from. General Manager of retailers’ cooperative Ålesund Sentrumsforening, Trine Klemetsen, thinks shop owners should be more flexible about which currencies they accept.

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Norwegian ‘no’ to Euro hampers tourists and income

Published on Thursday, 19th May, 2011 at 21:49 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 19th May 2011 at 23:53.

Foreign, Euro-carrying tourists are facing problems paying for their purchases when visiting Norway because many merchants refuse to accept the currency.

Euro currency
Euro currency
Photo: Julien Jorge/Wikimedia Commons


The problem is not so common in larger cities, but some restaurants and shops in small, charming places do not accept foreign credit cards, or there are no cash machines to draw money from.

General Manager of retailers’ cooperative Ålesund Sentrumsforening, Trine Klemetsen, thinks shop owners should be more flexible about which currencies they accept.

According to Minister of Trade and Industry, Trond Giske, a recent governmental survey has shown this also has a negative effect on how much foreigners spend. He argues, “This is pouring potential income down the drain”, and says the tourist industry needs modernising.

“Unfortunately, we still see big cruise ships mooring in harbours where there is too little to do, where it is impossible to take out money, and where information about the local activities is scarce,” he tells NRK.

High prices, bad service, and mediocrity already mean wealthy tourists choose to travel to other European countries, and marketing Norway abroad has not been as successful as originally planned.

Meanwhile, Bente Saxon at Ålesund Tourist Office says, “not everyone who visits the town has bought Norwegian krone."

"It’s a great pity we don’t want to accept their Euros when they are prepared to spend them here,” she concludes.




Published on Thursday, 19th May, 2011 at 21:49 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 19th May 2011 at 23:53.

This post has the following tags: trondgiske, aalesundtouristoffice, euro, norwegiankrone.





  
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