Visit the Kon-Tiki Museum
Banner

Fewer European tourists travel to Norway

Tourists in NorwayThe past two years Norway has lost 200.000 overnight hotel stays. The steep decline in the number of tourists from Europe is a consern, says the Director of Tourism in Innovation Norway. The biggest cause of concern is the 14 percent decrease in the number of tourists from Germany and the Netherlands from 2012 to 2013. However, numbers show that there are also fewer visitors from Denmark, Sweden, the U.K. and Southern Europe. 

 

"I am quite worried about Germany and the Netherlands because these are important markets for Norwegian tourism. Germany is, next to Sweden, our biggest market," Tuftin says. 

The Director suspects that the financial crisis and lack of new recruitment are the main reasons for why tourists are turning their backs to Norway. Both the Germans and Dutch travel less because their economy is tighter, and when they do travel they choose other destinations. 

"The most important in order to turn this trend around is to recruit new tourists. The interest is there, but they are not booking. We need to find out why," Tuftin explains. 

In total, Norway lost 1 percent of the number of overnight hotel stays in 2013 according to Statistics Norway. Some of the decline has been weighed up by the many Norwegians who choose to go on vacation in Norway, as well as an increase in Russian and Chinese tourists. 

Tuftin is hopeful that a weaker Krone will tempt more tourists to choose Norway in 2014. Throughout 2014 the Norwegian Krone was weakened by 10-14 percent compared to the currencies in Norway's biggest tourism markets. 

(Aftenposten)

 

 


Related Articles

Wintry weather across the nation

The Norwegian Met Office has forecast bad weather most places for the next few days, and has issued a so-called OBS-warning. Driving conditions will be difficult on many mountain crossings in Southern Norway.   On Saturday, strong wind and driving snow will make driving difficult in the northwest parts of the country. A low pressure will reach Lofoten Saturday evening, bringing gale-force wind with sleet and snow which will make driving difficult in the area. South Eastern Norway will escape most of the..Read more...

The World's first Sub-sea Compression System

Norwegian engineering firm Aker Solutions is set to deliver the modules for the world's first subsea gas compression system at the Statoil-operated Åsgard field in the Norwegian Sea...Read more...

Women handball: Norway ready for Euro final

Norway's women defeated Sweden 29-25 in the semifinal of the Women's European Handball Championship on Friday...Read more...

Alpine skiing: Jansrud second

Norway's Kjetil Jansrud placed second in the downhill World Cup event at Val Gardena on Friday. US downhill skier Steven Nyman won the race. Italy's Dominic Paris came third...Read more...

Alpine skiing: Jansrud second

Norway's Kjetil Jansrud placed second in the downhill World Cup event at Val Gardena on Friday. US downhill skier Steven Nyman won the race. Italy's Dominic Paris came third...Read more...

SAS announces extensive efficiency measures

Scandinavian airline SAS has announced a pre-tax loss of NOK 450 million for Q4, and has proposed new, extensive efficiency measures. ..Read more...

NOK 410 million to UN’s emergency response fund

  - Seldom has the world witnessed so many major humanitarian crises as it did in 2014, and the UN estimates that the need for humanitarian relief will continue to increase next year, says Foreign Minister Børge Brende. ..Read more...

Prime Minister: Falling oil prices will force us to make changes

Erna Solberg"We went to election because we think we need to adjust in order to protect our welfare in the future. That adjustment comes a little sooner than expected due to falling oil prices, Erna Solberg told reporters when she summed up the year at a press conference this week. ..Read more...

Statoil adds new permits in New Zealand

Norwegian energy provider Statoil has been awarded four new exploration permits offshore New Zealand, building on its existing position...Read more...

Women Handball: Hungary - Norway 29-25

Norway's women lost 25-29 to Hungary in their last match of the group play in the European Women Handball Championship on Wednesday. Hungary led 15-11 at half-time...Read more...

ESA sues Norway for high levels of air pollution

air pollutionA new report shows that the air in Oslo is so polluted at times that people with heart and lung diseases die shortly after days with when the quality of the air is very poor. On Thursday afternoon it became known that EFTA's surveillance authority (ESA) has sued Norway for breaching the EU's air quality directive. ..Read more...

Norway lifts the ban on professional boxing

The Norwegian Parliament (Storting) has voted to lift the ban on professional boxing in Norway. The vote was 54 to 48 in favour of lifting the 33-year old ban...Read more...

Norway condemns the school massacre in Peshawar

Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Foreign Minister Børge Brende (photo) have both reacted with horror against the massacre by Taliban of students at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan Tuesday...Read more...

Historic drop for the Norwegian Krone

KroneThe value of Norwegian Krone has not fallen this much against the Euro since the common European currency was introduced in 1999. ..Read more...

PST to investigate reports of surveillance

The Norwegian secret police (PST) has decided to start investigations into the reports by newspaper Aftenposten that it has located a number of fake base stations for mobile phones, which are allegedly used to monitor mobile phone traffic in the Oslo area...Read more...

Local News in Brief

Social Networking

WHAT's YOUR OPINION

Should Norway apply for the 2022 Winter Olympics ?

Norwaypost Classifieds

Visit the  Kon-Tiki Museum
Travel in Norway
Eidsvoll 200 year

.Partners

Visit Dalen
NORGE.NO/DIFI
Norwegian Glacier Museum
Svalbard Reiseliv Front Right Top
62 degrees north