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million hotel guest nights in October 2017

Guest nights, by type of accommodation and month
October 2017Guest nights so far this year
Guest nights, totalGuest nights, NorwegianGuest nights, foreign nationalsOctober 2017
Guest nights, total2 047 5721 646 382401 19029 937 724
 
Hotels and similar establishments1 750 3791 411 080339 29920 363 656
Camping sites168 661145 28223 3796 972 410
Holiday dwellings108 42775 84332 5842 279 804
Youth hostels20 10514 1775 928321 854

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Table 1 
Hotels and similar establishments. Number of open establishments, beds and rooms, by county

Hotels and similar establishments. Number of open establishments, beds and rooms, by county
EstablishmentsBedsRooms
October 2016October 2017October 2016October 2017October 2016October 2017
The whole country936907164 044162 96478 15077 851
Østfold27273 5513 5281 6451 628
Akershus414213 69214 0336 8417 040
Oslo727025 23223 74013 36712 642
Hedmark39326 3184 7952 5891 995
Oppland767110 80210 5144 5564 439
Buskerud646011 61411 2534 6924 601
Vestfold28277 1838 0552 7042 958
Telemark32314 2504 3341 9221 911
Aust-Agder22202 3542 298948928
Vest-Agder25266 0995 2742 4892 061
Rogaland686512 27911 9266 5576 382
Hordaland869514 78418 0287 1638 759
Sogn og Fjordane51525 1465 2332 5162 564
Møre og Romsdal58577 6017 4843 9643 940
Sør-Trøndelag605610 42610 1444 9164 808
Nord-Trøndelag33303 2803 2771 7361 681
Nordland75738 4638 1184 1914 048
Troms - Romsa42366 8516 6503 2983 245
Finnmark - Finnmárku30303 2853 4281 6751 833
Svalbard77834852381388

Table 2 
Hotels and similar establishments. Guest nights, by nationality of the guests

Hotels and similar establishments. Guest nights, by nationality of the guests
October 2016October 2017Per cent
October 2016 - October 2017
Total1 697 0241 750 3793.1
Foreign national, total347 129339 299-2.3
Norway1 349 8951 411 0804.5
Denmark28 08517 939-36.1
Finland9 6957 573-21.9
Iceland1 7321 7692.1
Sweden54 93446 782-14.8
Belgium3 6064 96337.6
Estonia1 7701 727-2.4
France8 5267 851-7.9
Greece1 1451 038-9.3
Ireland1 6742 19030.8
Italy7 0218 21417.0
Latvia1 2281 82248.4
Malta45128184.4
Netherlands11 54813 10613.5
Liechtenstein11263-43.8
Luxembourg268259-3.4
Poland9 6018 808-8.3
Portugal1 3381 86739.5
Lithuania1 8531 9334.3
Spain8 3029 83918.5
United Kingdom35 58636 7353.2
Russia3 1074 02429.5
Switzerland5 3956 15614.1
Turkey1 002835-16.7
Germany29 57830 4262.9
Slovenia799437-45.3
Ukraine842515-38.8
Hungary9761 47250.8
Austria2 9392 551-13.2
Slovakia66685027.6
Czech Republic1 5461 399-9.5
South Africa55472130.1
Japan4 8374 9382.1
China19 95923 87619.6
South Korea1 9642 63434.1
Cyprus218169-22.5
Canada1 7381 98514.2
Mexico57464412.2
United States21 76236 81769.2
Brazil1 6652 56253.9
Australia4 1426 06346.4
New Zealand00.
The rest of Europe29 6564 086-86.2
The rest of South America1 4531 95834.8
The rest of Oceania1 893978-48.3
The rest of Asia20 68926 63728.7
The rest of Africa1 1061 96077.2
Unknown00.

Table 3 
Hotels and similar establishments. Guest nights and utilisation of capacity, by county

Hotels and similar establishments. Guest nights and utilisation of capacity, by county
October 2016October 2017
TotalForeign national, totalNorwayUtilisation of beds (per cent)Utilisation of rooms (per cent)TotalForeign national, totalNorwayUtilisation of beds (per cent)Utilisation of rooms (per cent)
The whole country1 697 024347 1291 349 89534.151.81 750 379339 2991 411 08035.153.7
Østfold35 1456 06329 08232.053.633 2725 35827 91430.851.6
Akershus165 20535 360129 84538.962.0169 15229 641139 51138.961.9
Oslo414 106141 368272 73853.070.9401 916128 465273 45154.773.4
Hedmark36 8283 48633 34223.335.040 5484 11336 43528.246.2
Oppland62 9355 55657 37920.330.868 3667 69360 67322.733.3
Buskerud103 45314 00589 44829.945.198 56813 28585 28329.043.3
Vestfold39 5135 81133 70217.835.750 8854 86346 02220.435.9
Telemark34 6274 12830 49927.040.732 3993 44028 95924.236.1
Aust-Agder14 0261 63912 38720.135.414 6221 36513 25720.538.1
Vest-Agder48 0884 73343 35525.444.751 9293 73148 19831.858.0
Rogaland114 22019 35194 86930.044.7126 82419 553107 27134.453.2
Hordaland169 54243 869125 67337.154.4192 49451 800140 69434.851.5
Sogn og Fjordane42 3328 26934 06328.142.339 7928 65131 14126.738.8
Møre og Romsdal66 2209 06857 15228.241.564 9358 63456 30128.241.7
Sør-Trøndelag128 49612 110116 38640.559.8129 20111 191118 01041.463.6
Nord-Trøndelag31 6243 28328 34131.148.633 0993 24229 85732.651.3
Nordland72 2116 86065 35127.946.279 29110 31468 97732.051.0
Troms - Romsa83 50216 07667 42639.458.885 02917 04567 98441.462.8
Finnmark - Finnmárku27 4294 05523 37427.144.130 0194 73925 28028.443.8
Svalbard-----8 0382 1765 86230.442.4

Table 4 
Hotels and similar establishments. Revenue and price per room, by county

Hotels and similar establishments. Revenue and price per room, by county
October 2017
RevenuePrice per room (NOK)
The whole country1 205 378 332943
Østfold21 721 195850
Akershus131 683 544974
Oslo300 923 9251 048
Hedmark22 821 734833
Oppland34 496 394822
Buskerud52 367 518876
Vestfold28 963 269882
Telemark19 276 598905
Aust-Agder10 422 728951
Vest-Agder29 641 887800
Rogaland95 471 412908
Hordaland131 999 961954
Sogn og Fjordane29 741 5841 052
Møre og Romsdal41 914 608829
Sør-Trøndelag85 577 171913
Nord-Trøndelag24 859 343932
Nordland61 549 867975
Troms - Romsa53 879 653856
Finnmark - Finnmárku22 260 160899
Svalbard5 805 7811 137

Table 5 
Hotels and similar establishments. Guest nights, by county and purpose

Hotels and similar establishments. Guest nights, by county and purpose
October 2016October 2017
Guest nights, totalCourse, conferenceOccupationHoliday, recreationGuest nights, totalCourse, conferenceOccupationHoliday, recreation
Guest nights1 697 024277 807679 224739 9931 750 379294 440763 957691 982
Østfold35 1456 81814 92113 40633 2725 69914 73712 836
Akershus165 20555 65265 27444 279169 15253 13873 87342 141
Oslo414 10643 184175 820195 102401 91635 994178 672187 250
Hedmark36 8284 31612 01520 49740 5484 39814 81421 336
Oppland62 93511 37716 81634 74268 36610 61219 11838 636
Buskerud103 45325 45118 52859 47498 56825 13921 86151 568
Vestfold39 51311 28614 65113 57650 88521 97716 26012 648
Telemark34 6273 82114 34916 45732 3994 52113 17314 705
Aust-Agder14 0261 5227 1645 34014 6221 0207 8745 728
Vest-Agder48 0885 75523 74618 58751 9295 44729 49116 991
Rogaland114 22013 77856 29044 152126 82420 81874 34231 664
Hordaland169 54223 44169 29776 804192 49420 60784 21187 676
Sogn og Fjordane42 3326 43815 68220 21239 7924 54014 99220 260
Møre og Romsdal66 2209 62128 32528 27464 9358 23534 35922 341
Sør-Trøndelag128 49619 39347 54961 554129 20132 54557 34239 314
Nord-Trøndelag31 6246 14516 3789 10133 0999 53317 1966 370
Nordland72 21112 63529 91229 66479 29112 73241 46825 091
Troms - Romsa83 50212 09236 06335 34785 02912 85333 44838 728
Finnmark - Finnmárku27 4293 29915 4208 71030 0193 38116 44510 193
Svalbard7 5221 7831 0244 7158 0381 2512816 506

Table 6 
Camping sites. Number of camping sites and huts/rooms, by county

Camping sites. Number of camping sites and huts/rooms, by county
October 2017
Camping sitesHuts/rooms
The whole country2784 742
Østfold465
Akershus26
Oslo155
Hedmark31421
Oppland43804
Buskerud23308
Vestfold247
Telemark19217
Aust-Agder11310
Vest-Agder5156
Rogaland9159
Hordaland21312
Sogn og Fjordane19393
Møre og Romsdal11230
Sør-Trøndelag18230
Nord-Trøndelag16187
Nordland25519
Troms - Romsa10159
Finnmark - Finnmárku8164

Table 7 
Camping sites. Guest nights, by nationality of the guests and county

Camping sites. Guest nights, by nationality of the guests and county
TotalForeign national, totalNorwayDenmarkFinlandIcelandSwedenBelgiumEstoniaFranceGreeceIrelandItalyLatviaMaltaNetherlandsLiechtensteinLuxembourgPolandPortugalLithuaniaSpainUnited KingdomRussiaSwitzerlandTurkeyGermanySloveniaUkraineHungaryAustriaSlovakiaCzech RepublicSouth AfricaJapanChinaSouth KoreaCyprusCanadaMexicoUnited StatesBrazilAustraliaNew ZealandThe rest of EuropeThe rest of South AmericaThe rest of OceaniaThe rest of AsiaThe rest of AfricaUnknown
October 2017
The whole country168 66123 379145 2821 4066383123 5511581 4556250274075560728021 802161 4556411 47520140323 8471110829221831797245237670523717917191079083281 00000
Østfold1 7482861 46232008331060002040060240000601600000000000000000040000
Akershus......................................................................................0..........0
Oslo......................................................................................0..........0
Hedmark16 3682 53013 838532203650998100011170037002409067606096020100000000000005000000
Oppland29 8261 33528 4916215125620287024609800154496593360180000704300155000190003021200
Buskerud12 44978911 6609370862120001208902560108106011501540044001001100000003211100
Vestfold......................................................................................0..........0
Telemark7 7563927 364860026033000009200300128300118009006000600010000007000
Aust-Agder4 5576223 935670015204008400150069000400034800000000600004000400000
Vest-Agder3 330173 31350070000000000000000000500000000000000000000000
Rogaland7 7001 2756 4253101713238150140000023006203808133150201000300602020104800000000
Hordaland8 7812 0026 77938713540100032210280010003453532415032608918910603500002000485101700
Sogn og Fjordane14 6812 49212 1891364325695172550623410490015101295268451624180153272371448232000353207201215200
Møre og Romsdal7 0478026 245171630910148007100150027023842605010600000001183000300030001600
Sør-Trøndelag13 1701 30311 8678214039604980023280130012705236520404401400010000040403200500
Nord-Trøndelag9 5564529 10426130833142001143012003003151520140103002401064001130702203000
Nordland9 6153 1966 4197156225725781670611317096001910231639890103057522088480187313044656011001115049800
Troms - Romsa6 2282 3363 892221440163372821760125515027007123621488271030650132402503371206303735905054025500
Finnmark - Finnmárku2 7291 1851 54488601912050047601200592201113316410133002100100012000023300601400
Svalbard00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

Table 8 
Camping sites. Guest nights, by type of accommodation and county

Camping sites. Guest nights, by type of accommodation and county
October 2017
Seasonal contractsGuest nights, totalTent/caravanCamperHutSeasonal contract
The whole country11 456168 66119 59818 58470 43560 044
Østfold3031 748498289841120
Akershus............
Oslo............
Hedmark1 42716 3681 6431 0297 0936 603
Oppland2 28529 8263 4462 1748 70915 497
Buskerud1 55612 4491 0409744 8305 605
Vestfold............
Telemark6247 7563892 0783 1192 170
Aust-Agder6664 5572021 0311 8801 444
Vest-Agder3443 3301231221 7401 345
Rogaland4907 7003291 5742 3553 442
Hordaland5938 7815797254 2633 214
Sogn og Fjordane32914 6818482 1079 0382 688
Møre og Romsdal4057 0473465484 3451 808
Sør-Trøndelag95913 1702 1975543 2317 188
Nord-Trøndelag6609 5562766522 0466 582
Nordland4999 6151 3541 1335 8861 242
Troms - Romsa896 2281 2121 9132 702401
Finnmark - Finnmárku652 7291592492 079242

Table 9 
Holiday dwellings. Number of holiday dwelings, by month and county

Holiday dwellings. Number of holiday dwelings, by month and county
October 2017
Holiday dwellingsCottages/rooms
The whole country3745 200
Østfold18
Akershus286
Oslo00
Hedmark15234
Oppland47704
Buskerud40887
Vestfold792
Telemark19265
Aust-Agder13195
Vest-Agder13484
Rogaland27229
Hordaland38364
Sogn og Fjordane43410
Møre og Romsdal22123
Sør-Trøndelag18255
Nord-Trøndelag966
Nordland31496
Troms - Romsa18164
Finnmark - Finnmárku11138

Table 10 
Holiday dwellings. Guest nights, by nationality of the guests and county

Holiday dwellings. Guest nights, by nationality of the guests and county
TotalForeign national, totalNorwayDenmarkFinlandIcelandSwedenBelgiumEstoniaFranceGreeceIrelandItalyLatviaMaltaNetherlandsLiechtensteinLuxembourgPolandPortugalLithuaniaSpainUnited KingdomRussiaSwitzerlandTurkeyGermanySloveniaUkraineHungaryAustriaSlovakiaCzech RepublicSouth AfricaJapanChinaSouth KoreaCyprusCanadaMexicoUnited StatesBrazilAustraliaNew ZealandThe rest of EuropeThe rest of South AmericaThe rest of OceaniaThe rest of AsiaThe rest of AfricaUnknown
October 2017
The whole country108 42732 58475 8432 4644341113 061260749164712681195606830102 6562722 2261 604779105484467 26019152310813219921541 363199088426167133201 523112482 14490
Østfold......................................................................................0..........0
Akershus......................................................................................0..........0
Oslo00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
Hedmark3 3874812 9063110123013210002014001720123301012100001001000030000310000
Oppland16 5171 26515 25224060583018203705026002325384130202580000000100009020010800
Buskerud8 5481 1637 3852650188011700163850500094476147100906000000243100121040000300
Vestfold1 6153741 2413063800000320020025800026000800000000100000000000000
Telemark5 3301 1344 196704140680440000080045059040100200000000000000000001000040
Aust-Agder5 8751 0924 7834060000050000044003740003900022400000000000000000000000
Vest-Agder12 7742 26810 5062643103112080144124046006604024301 537000008700000004000000000
Rogaland4 3742 1092 2652200430000400017001542848310300387000012400010400030001 24000900
Hordaland11 0026 7424 260452960192927492020471006300178161 209153242193751 7900152315017266101118054132173613308164141 12550
Sogn og Fjordane7 0032 5604 44370803144646000410164002381024168601350519000481901329844020825240203023100
Møre og Romsdal2 2227891 433400000200000660035018208005600000000000000000083001100
Sør-Trøndelag4 7051 5613 144711908866220252513000034122172612938860006060036510211721106315300
Nord-Trøndelag861847772003200000000000000000005000000000000000000000000
Nordland9 6785 8753 80365244735211031908593163401380087720721834334350348830008301504878629030152492715408040962100
Troms - Romsa4 0644753 589236035240833205108010370203110330000000092200040200006200
Finnmark - Finnmárku1 28159868330340303506500268000036019401746038000000005000101200002100

Table 11 
Guest nights, by nationality of the guests and type of establishment

Guest nights, by nationality of the guests and type of establishment
October 2017
TotalHotels and similar establishmentsCamping sitesHoliday dwellingsHostelling International
Total2 047 5721 750 379168 661108 42720 105
Foreign national, total401 190339 29923 37932 5845 928
Norway1 646 3821 411 080145 28275 84314 177
Denmark22 17617 9391 4062 464367
Finland8 6987 57363843453
Iceland2 2041 76931211112
Sweden54 12646 7823 5513 061732
Belgium5 4334 96315826052
Estonia3 5031 7271 45574247
France9 9807 851625916588
Greece1 1051 03804720
Ireland2 3622 1902712619
Italy9 5398 214407811107
Latvia3 3921 82255695658
Malta1441280016
Netherlands14 64713 106728683130
Liechtenstein6363000
Luxembourg2732592102
Poland13 5528 8081 8022 656286
Portugal2 1791 8671627224
Lithuania5 6991 9331 4552 22685
Spain12 2489 8396411 604164
United Kingdom39 25636 7351 475779267
Russia4 3834 02420110553
Switzerland7 1056 15640348462
Turkey90383524620
Germany42 16130 4263 8477 260628
Slovenia47543711198
Ukraine6485151081510
Hungary1 8351 4722922348
Austria2 8942 55121810817
Slovakia1 0318503113218
Czech Republic1 7111 3997919934
South Africa733721723
Japan5 3494 93824515412
China25 70123 8762371 363225
South Korea3 0432 63467199143
Cyprus169169000
Canada2 1721 985528847
Mexico739644374216
United States38 14736 817179616535
Brazil2 6812 562177131
Australia6 7746 063191332188
New Zealand00000
The rest of Europe6 4674 0867901 52368
The rest of South America2 2251 9588311272
The rest of Oceania1 069978284815
The rest of Asia30 18326 6371 0002 144402
The rest of Africa2 0131 9600944
Unknown00000

About the statistics

Accommodation is an important part of the Norwegian tourism industry. The accommodation statistics measures the level and development of the guest nights at Norwegian accommodation establishments. Accommodation establishments in these statistics refer to hotels, short-term holiday dwellings, camping sites and youth hostels.

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

The number of hotels corresponds to the number of establishments open to the public at least one day during the reference period.

Beds and rooms correspond to the number of beds and rooms in hotels open to the public.

Utilisation of bed capacity corresponds to the number of guest nights in per cent of the number of available beds, where the number of available beds is the number of beds multiplied by the establishment's number of open days during the reference period.

Utilisation of room capacity corresponds to the number of occupied rooms in per cent of the number of available rooms, where the number of available rooms is the number of rooms multiplied by the establishment's number of open days during the reference period.

The number of camping sites and holiday dwellings correspond to the number of open establishments during the reference period.

The number of rooms and beds represent two different ways of measuring hotel capacity. In theory, hotels with only double rooms can obtain an occupancy rate of 100 per cent, while the bed capacity is 50 per cent only. The utilisation of room and the utilisation of bed capacity may therefore develop differently from one period to another.

Holiday dwellings are self-catering huts/rooms with limited service. The service does not include the making of beds, cleaning of rooms and sanitary equipment. The establishments must be under the same management, be run on a commercial basis and have their own reception.

Unit: Family or party of tourists who shares a hut/room irrespective of number of people in the group.

Unit night: Unit used one night.

Guest night: One person accommodated one night.

Country of residence: A person is considered to be a resident in a country (place) if the person has lived for most of the past year or 12 months in that country (place), or has lived in that country (place) for a shorter period and intends to return within 12 months to live in that country (place).International tourists should be classified according to their country of residence, not according to their citizenship. From a tourism standpoint any person who moves to another country (place) and intends to stay there for more than one year is immediately assimilated with other residents of that country (place). Citizens residing abroad who return to their country of citizenship on a temporary visit are included with non-resident visitors. Citizenship is indicated in the person's passport (or other identification document), while country of residence has to be determined by means of question or inferred e.g. from the person's address.


Seasonal contract: Caravan on seasonal contract means the rent of an area at a fixed price irrespective of use.

The total capacity for a camping site is the total of number of huts and areas for tents/caravans or campers.

Standard classifications

Lodging turnover is exclusive of turnover for food, regardless of meals being included in the sales price.

There may be changes in capacity during the year. On the basis of information on bed and room capacity per month, the annual or seasonal capacity is calculated as a monthly average.

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Accommodation
Topic: Transport and tourism

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Responsible division

Transport, tourism and ICT statistics

Regional level

County. Municipality by request.

Frequency and timeliness

Monthly

International reporting

Data are reported to Eurostat, the UN and the OECD.

Microdata

Microdata are stored in Oracle databases and as files in SAS and ASCII format.

Background

Background and purpose

The purpose of the statistics is to measure the level and development in the guest nights at Norwegian collective accommodation establishments, which are an important part of the Norwegian tourism industry.

The accommodation statistics for hotels and similar establishments were established in 1950.
The accommodation statistics for camping sites were established in 1968.
The accommodation statistics for holiday dwellings were established in 1998.

Figures for Hostelling International Norway were published for the first time in Statistics Norway's annual publication in 1965 and included in Statistics Norway's monthly figures from July 2002.

The scope of the statistics has been revised several times. Further information is provided in chapter Production - comparability over time and space.

Users and applications

The Ministry of Trade and Industry, Innovation Norway (formerly the Norwegian Tourist Board), and trade organisations, research institutes and international organisations such as Eurostat use the statistics.

Knowledge of the tourist traffic to Norway is important for research and for measuring the results of Norwegian marketing efforts abroad, and also form a basis for the Government's backing of tourism as a growth area.

The Division for National Accounts in Statistics Norway is also an important user.

Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 8 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given in the Statistics Release Calendar.

Coherence with other statistics

The Division for National Accounts uses the hotel data in their quarterly publishing.

The accommodation statistics are used to check the quality of the Travel- and Holiday Survey and the Structural Business Statistics for Hotels and Restaurants.

The accommodation statistics are also used for estimates in the quarterly turnover index for transport and tourism.

Legal authority

The Statistics Act of 1989, §§2-2 and 2-3

EEA reference

REGULATION (EU) No 692/2011 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 6 July 2011 concerning European statistics on tourism and repealing Council Directive 95/57/EC

Production

Population

The statistics cover all hotels and similar establishments, camping sites with a capacity of  at least at least 30 units, holiday dwellings with a capacity of at least 10 bedplaces, and all youth hostels.

Data sources and sampling

Data reported directly from the establishment's booking systems and Internet questionnaire.

Total count for establishments that are larger than the threshold set out in Chapter Production - population. Data for minor establishments - above cut off - are anyway calculated.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

The questionnaires are sent out at the end of the month M. The response deadline is the 10th of the month M+1.

 All questionnaires and all data reported electronically are subject to logic and mathematical checks.

For non-respondents, missing values are calculated based on data from similar establishments in same stratum.

There is a high statistical correlation between the share of business guest nights and the price the hotel obtains in the market. This statistical correlation is used to calculate room revenue and other lodging revenue for establishments that have not submitted information on turnover.

About 5 per cent of the establishments do not respond. For these establishments number of guest nights and sales are calculated. These calculations are based on the assumption that non-respondents have same utility of capacity for beds and rooms as the respondents within same strata (hotel and region. With knowledge about capacity for all non-respondents, the number of guest night can be calculated.

Seasonal adjustment

 

Figures are published in original forms. Some figurs for hotells are seasonally adjusted by using X12ARIMA, http://www.ssb.no/maanedshefte/del1/kifig46n.shtml

Confidentiality

The accommodation statistics is released according to the directions given in the Statistics Act, section 2-6:

Information collected in accordance with any prescribed obligation to provide information, shall under no circumstances be published in such a way that it may be traced back to the supplier of any data or to any other identifiable individual to the detriment of the person concerned, or to the unreasonable detriment of the latter if the supplier of the data or the individual is an undertaking of the kind mentioned in § 5-1 third paragraph[1] or a public organisation.

Comparability over time and space

The hotel statistics were established in 1950. Due to several changes in the scope of the statistics, these are not comparable for the whole period. Except for two extensions (1990 and 1995), when more nationalities were included in the statistics, the hotel statistics are fully comparable from 1985. In connection with the revision of the Hotel Act in 1984, the approval system was removed and this resulted in an increase in the number of establishments. The statistical gap from 1984 to 1985 is documented in "Norsk Hotellnæring 1950 - 1990. Sosiale og økonomiske studier 77, Statistisk sentralbyrå" (Norwegian only).

The camping statistics were established in 1968 and were revised in 1988, 1996 and 1998.
In 1988, a register with information on opening hours and capacity was established, enabling estimates for non-respondents.

In 1996, more nationalities were included, in accordance with Council Directive 95/57/EC of 23 November 1995 on the collection of statistical information in the field of tourism.

In 1998, the cover was extended to include overnight stays in caravans on seasonal contracts. The camping statistics were also extended to include the winter and autumn season and to include consecutive monthly publication. The camping statistics are therefore comparable from 1998.

The holiday dwelling statistics were established in 1998 and can be compared from 1998 to 2002. In 2002, some establishments in the hotel statistics were reclassified as holiday dwellings. As a result the statistics are not comparable from 2002 to 2003.

The holiday dwellings and the camping sites reported their statistics in unit nights (see Chapter Production - poulation). Unit nights were however converted to number of guest nights based on empirical studies, indicating that an average family/travel company sharing a hut consists of three people.Since January 2013, the holiday dwellings and campsites have been asked to report guest nights. However, some camping sites have continued to report unit days. A major revision and correction of figures from such camping sites was carried out in June 2014. This affects comparability with previous periods to a degree, but in the long term will lead to improved guest night figures for camping sites.

From 2004, some larger holiday dwellings with larger huts report number of guest nights instead. These holiday dwellings accommodate families/travel companies of more than three people. This has affected the comparability from 2003 to 2004.

From January 2013 the prodction of the statistics are severly changed. New cut off based on international regulations (cf. Poulation above). It is guest nights that are collected (not unit nights) and establishments ard identified in Business Register and some other business surveys. These have lead to more establishments in the population. Some establishments have changed NACE. All together the changes makes data for camping and holiday dwellings NOT comparable with data from 2012 and before. Data for hotels are comparable, but use data on minor regional area, municipalities, with careness.

Figures for Svalbard have in 2013 been included in the ordinary tourism statistics twice. First Svalbard was include from March 2013.  In July 2013 figures for Svalbardt were included for January and February in the Statistics Bank. Thes might lead to inconsistency between data for Norway in the bank, and data for Norway in the articles for January - May 2013.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

In general, errors can occur both when the questionnaire is being completed (respondents submit incorrect information) and during the registration of questionnaires (optical reading).

Non-response: By the date the questionnaires are due back the response rate is about 60 per cent. After reminders have been sent out the response increases to 90-95 per cent. Total and partial non-response are calculated automatically. Calculation or imputation of values for no-response establishments is based on other esteblishments' data in the same stratum. Stratum is given by county and accommodation capacity. By imputation of values, there may be significantly uncertainty which again may have major impact on data at smaller regional areas.

Accommodation statistics updated its population regularly against Business Register since January 2013. New establishments, establishments that had changed their major activities was either added to or removed from the population. There may be delay as well as errors and omissions in this process, which can reduce comparability of data over time.

Guest nights for camping sites and holiday dwellings are in most cases based on assessments. Errors and omissions in reporting in one period uncovered in editing in later periods can reduce data  comparability, especially  for smaller regional areas. Such errors may in some cases be enlarged through calculation of non-responses.

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