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2015 was an unusual year for Norwegian tourism. Whilst the decline in the oil sector led to fewer business overnight stays, the weaker krone gave holiday- and leisure visitors more value for money. For the first time since 2010, there was a good increase in foreign guest nights in both the winter and the summer season. Tourist satisfaction was also shown to be higher than previous years.
There were a total of 31.6 million guest nights in commercial accommodation in 2015, an increase of 4% from the previous year. The number of international tourist arrivals* at Norwegian hotels grew by 12% to 3.6 million, which is 382,000 more than in 2014. Holiday and leisure overnight stays at hotels increased by 13%.
*Tourist arrivals include figures for holiday, leisure and business travel with at least one overnight stay.
Many people associate Norway with nature, fjords, mountains, cold and the northern lights. But in 2015, 5% more than in 2014 of the respondents agreed with the statement that they could experience interesting culture and history on a holiday in Norway. There were also 5% more people who agreed that Norway is a place to experience exciting city life.
Norway’s biggest markets are Germany, Sweden, Denmark, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The number of guest nights from the USA has continued to grow, and France, Italy and Spain have also picked up.
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