In 2019, there were 35.2 million overnight stays in commercial accommodations. This is an increase of 4 per cent, which means 1.4 million more overnight stays compared to 2018. The number of overnight stays for Norwegians increased by 3 per cent and for foreign travellers by 6 per cent.
The period after the financial crisis in 2007 was tough for the Norwegian tourism industry. The economic downturn affected many of our main markets, while the Norwegian krone exchange rate made it expensive to holiday here. This started to change in January 2014, and since then there has been continuous growth up until March 2020.
Unfortunately, the growth was not equal around the country. Fjord Norway, the Oslo region, and Northern Norway had the largest growth. Germany, Sweden, the US, and Denmark are the largest foreign markets for Norwegian tourism. Germany has been at the top for a long time. In 2019, Germany was the market that spent the most money in Norway and was where most first-time visitors were from.
Find detailed statistics and more about the tourism year 2019 in the report Key figures for Norwegian travel and tourism 2019.
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