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Staycations more popular with Norwegians. 5 out of 10 Norwegians expressed a preference for holidaying in Norway, a TNS Gallup survey shows. The trend of vacationing in one’s own country is not a new one for Norwegians. However, the Norwegian Hospitality Association-commissioned poll (NHO Reiseliv) saw an increase in hotel and camping site stays this summer. Figures from Statistics Norway (SSB) show a six percent increase in hotel stays between July 2013 and July 2014. Camping site stays also increased by the same percentage in the same period. 

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Staycations more popular with Norwegians

Published on Friday, 12th September, 2014 at 10:03 under the news category, by Susanne Tunge Østhus.
Last Updated on 12th September 2014 at 11:31.

5 out of 10 Norwegians expressed a preference for holidaying in Norway, a TNS Gallup survey shows.

A view in Fauske
Fauske in Nordland County, home to many of Norway’s beautiful fjords and mountains.A view in Fauske
Photo: Susanne Tunge Østhus


The trend of vacationing in one’s own country is not a new one for Norwegians. However, the Norwegian Hospitality Association-commissioned poll (NHO Reiseliv) saw an increase in hotel and camping site stays this summer.

Figures from Statistics Norway (SSB) show a six percent increase in hotel stays between July 2013 and July 2014. Camping site stays also increased by the same percentage in the same period. 

There was even a 17 per cent rise in number of overnight stays in hotels from July 2013 to July 2014 in Svalbard north of the Arctic Circle, according to the SSB.

Association communications advisor Øystein Eian says camping seemed to be a winner for Norwegians this summer.

He explains that Vestfold County in eastern Norway was the most popular one for camping in June and July this year – 464,780 recorded lodgings. This is despite the fact that it does not contain the most camping sites in Norway.

Oppland County towards mid-Norway came in second place, with 371,127.

“Oppland is the biggest county when it comes to camping when measured regarding the number of campsites. There are 98 campsites in the county overall,” Mr Eian tells The Foreigner.

“Nordland has 73 campsites, Norway’s second-highest number,” he adds.

One possible explanation for increase in Norwegians going camping was this summer’s sunny weather. At the same time, upgrades to camping sites across Norway can also be another.      

“Norwegian camping businesses have invested around 400 million kroner in upgrading and new construction work over the last 4-5 years,” remarks Mr Eian.

He believes Norwegians are starting to vacation in their own country more because they have become more aware of Norway as a tourist destination.

“Many Norwegians want unique and exclusive experiences, which can Norway offer. In addition, it is important for many people to be physically active on holidays. Norway has a lot to offer in this area too, such as downhill biking at Hafjell, zip-line in Holmenkollen or rib-trips in Lofoten,” Me Eien concludes.



Published on Friday, 12th September, 2014 at 10:03 under the news category, by Susanne Tunge Østhus.
Last updated on 12th September 2014 at 11:31.

This post has the following tags: holidays, fjords, norway, travel, camping.





  
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