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Key figures

23.3

million hotel guest nights in 2017

Guest nights, by type of accommodation and month
December 2017Guest nights so far this year
Guest nights, totalGuest nights, NorwegianGuest nights, foreign nationalsDecember 2017
Guest nights, total1 489 5281 099 769389 75933 296 767
 
Hotels and similar establishments1 255 748961 993293 75523 280 047
Camping sites97 50779 64917 8587 181 996
Holiday dwellings121 56847 20374 3652 484 462
Youth hostels14 70510 9243 781350 262

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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
December 2016December 2017December 2016December 2017December 2016December 2017
The whole country895874159 902159 52576 79976 862
Østfold26263 4383 4151 5781 554
Akershus414313 82114 3316 8606 880
Oslo726925 10923 91213 32512 711
Hedmark36345 9405 9432 4452 471
Oppland706411 12110 4094 6434 441
Buskerud636311 56711 5944 6994 718
Vestfold27264 4184 3932 0492 053
Telemark29284 2144 1131 7781 752
Aust-Agder19192 1552 115871870
Vest-Agder25266 0815 3332 4892 063
Rogaland686612 33812 5366 5176 792
Hordaland838714 77717 3977 2938 646
Sogn og Fjordane47454 9584 7662 4462 335
Møre og Romsdal54557 3847 5483 8833 913
Sør-Trøndelag565210 2629 8334 8364 635
Nord-Trøndelag31283 2083 2201 6991 652
Nordland71728 2528 0884 0734 021
Troms - Romsa40356 5546 4573 1523 219
Finnmark - Finnmárku31303 6343 4421 8711 843
Svalbard66671680292293

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

Hotels and similar establishments. Guest nights, by nationality of the guests
December 2016December 2017Per cent
December 2016 - December 2017
Total1 182 9391 255 7486.2
Foreign national, total281 525293 7554.3
Norway901 414961 9936.7
Denmark20 94622 9869.7
Finland4 0744 1682.3
Iceland1 0521 28722.3
Sweden42 38641 997-0.9
Belgium2 8632 495-12.9
Estonia897824-8.1
France8 9919 5195.9
Greece71279711.9
Ireland1 1911 2666.3
Italy7 70710 15431.8
Latvia7411 17658.7
Malta14482-43.1
Netherlands11 53112 5288.6
Liechtenstein8261-25.6
Luxembourg22831236.8
Poland5 9795 832-2.5
Portugal8961 15929.4
Lithuania1 4531 5224.7
Spain8 0188 4114.9
United Kingdom42 75742 336-1.0
Russia2 5333 38933.8
Switzerland4 9405 79317.3
Turkey968805-16.8
Germany22 96824 3295.9
Slovenia1 012802-20.8
Ukraine36763573.0
Hungary64184832.3
Austria2 3862 272-4.8
Slovakia33560380.0
Czech Republic1 3571 233-9.1
South Africa4221 195183.2
Japan2 9592 688-9.2
China6 8329 06432.7
South Korea65296948.6
Cyprus156107-31.4
Canada1 3781 031-25.2
Mexico50169338.3
United States16 54626 82962.1
Brazil1 1301 87966.3
Australia4 4816 22238.9
New Zealand00.
The rest of Europe24 3583 102-87.3
The rest of South America1 3551 347-0.6
The rest of Oceania1 462744-49.1
The rest of Asia17 90226 84750.0
The rest of Africa1 2361 41714.6
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
December 2016December 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 182 939281 525901 41427.238.91 255 748293 755961 99328.539.8
Østfold21 1723 14518 02722.638.019 7993 03116 76821.536.3
Akershus90 05017 45472 59625.139.498 46317 71080 75324.539.1
Oslo291 049105 319185 73042.056.4309 856105 283204 57345.758.1
Hedmark39 94813 70826 24024.131.049 23318 81930 41428.034.7
Oppland74 72117 01757 70424.029.677 70717 57460 13327.232.9
Buskerud84 60310 76773 83626.836.183 85111 28472 56725.736.2
Vestfold22 8262 83419 99218.529.424 4773 60220 87520.832.4
Telemark19 2362 96216 27416.024.021 4793 12218 35719.328.2
Aust-Agder9 3429858 35716.026.37 9117517 16014.724.6
Vest-Agder24 4102 30722 10315.328.228 2792 31325 96620.437.9
Rogaland72 54911 19761 35222.132.477 67812 23765 44122.233.1
Hordaland109 17723 11486 06327.038.9120 76623 92096 84625.835.4
Sogn og Fjordane19 0521 72917 32316.625.419 1031 85617 24719.429.1
Møre og Romsdal35 1546 82828 32617.627.535 7623 82831 93418.127.0
Sør-Trøndelag81 8438 10873 73528.439.083 4497 05476 39529.942.8
Nord-Trøndelag19 6521 58718 06522.231.720 6711 65519 01622.934.3
Nordland46 8875 97440 91321.433.048 3665 85442 51221.331.4
Troms - Romsa92 65935 01957 64051.064.897 26841 98355 28550.661.6
Finnmark - Finnmárku22 2068 63513 57122.831.025 6689 53716 13126.434.1
Svalbard-----5 9622 3423 62028.338.1

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

Hotels and similar establishments. Revenue and price per room, by county
December 2017
RevenuePrice per room (NOK)
The whole country781 732 428927
Østfold12 336 542828
Akershus67 022 070903
Oslo203 672 467974
Hedmark27 460 4751 080
Oppland35 952 273908
Buskerud47 142 2381 005
Vestfold16 471 714912
Telemark11 389 980871
Aust-Agder5 275 342970
Vest-Agder15 179 639745
Rogaland53 056 049841
Hordaland74 782 822907
Sogn og Fjordane16 001 2841 130
Møre og Romsdal23 039 354833
Sør-Trøndelag48 514 857860
Nord-Trøndelag14 288 932904
Nordland30 784 357863
Troms - Romsa60 098 7571 017
Finnmark - Finnmárku15 724 029869
Svalbard3 539 2471 022

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

Hotels and similar establishments. Guest nights, by county and purpose
December 2016December 2017
Guest nights, totalCourse, conferenceOccupationHoliday, recreationGuest nights, totalCourse, conferenceOccupationHoliday, recreation
Guest nights1 182 939109 818451 278621 8431 255 748111 498522 741621 509
Østfold21 1722 3598 8949 91919 7992 0379 1468 616
Akershus90 05018 35345 35826 33998 46317 52052 82928 114
Oslo291 04918 690120 881151 478309 85618 341133 843157 672
Hedmark39 9482 4489 84627 65449 2332 05715 51931 657
Oppland74 7217 26913 49953 95377 7078 06518 97650 666
Buskerud84 6039 03514 21561 35383 8519 48115 52458 846
Vestfold22 8263 7358 60910 48224 4773 35512 0799 043
Telemark19 2361 4876 28211 46721 4792 5785 76513 136
Aust-Agder9 3428574 1234 3627 9114163 7823 713
Vest-Agder24 4102 22513 1219 06428 2794 86013 26810 151
Rogaland72 5494 91440 77626 85977 6786 98848 65922 031
Hordaland109 1779 34745 02854 802120 7669 53546 04665 185
Sogn og Fjordane19 0522 6837 7918 57819 1032 5438 1988 362
Møre og Romsdal35 1543 93218 07613 14635 7623 64018 78713 335
Sør-Trøndelag81 8438 95929 80543 07983 4497 26439 27136 914
Nord-Trøndelag19 6522 1789 4767 99820 6712 81210 5297 330
Nordland46 8875 23118 81422 84248 3662 48624 93320 947
Troms - Romsa92 6594 68125 97562 00397 2686 30634 38656 576
Finnmark - Finnmárku22 20669310 54910 96425 66880010 92913 939
Svalbard6 4037421605 5015 9624142725 276

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

Camping sites. Number of camping sites and huts/rooms, by county
December 2017
Camping sitesHuts/rooms
The whole country2364 071
Østfold465
Akershus16
Oslo136
Hedmark29400
Oppland37681
Buskerud23306
Vestfold147
Telemark16161
Aust-Agder9259
Vest-Agder5166
Rogaland9161
Hordaland18282
Sogn og Fjordane15334
Møre og Romsdal5149
Sør-Trøndelag14180
Nord-Trøndelag15161
Nordland21458
Troms - Romsa8107
Finnmark - Finnmárku5112

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
December 2017
The whole country97 50717 85879 6491 634117752 2701151 693280166420737427664601 4467662794665227423801 764262005513910201026421713103739242359001 658110093800
Østfold1 170451 12510001030000000200120050000300000000000000000000000
Akershus:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::0:::::0
Oslo:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::0:::::0
Hedmark8 5231 6656 85884002835192420006202500120043000186000000000000020002700000
Oppland16 8091 34115 468470001270000071250111002151962151902890160640000000000000000000
Buskerud12 8381 86010 9782912401644412000610161004132223570005112624009400070000000014400700
Vestfold:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::0:::::0
Telemark4 0613233 73878001950800040200383026280095000000004000000000003100
Aust-Agder2 0181371 88122001400000000190000004030001200000000000000000000000
Vest-Agder1 1483857630001000000000003840000000000000000000000000000000
Rogaland3 5372093 32856111028000000600904302310016011000000000000002200000
Hordaland6 7801 7045 076310315200000040200126021938390001905631000000000000001 05600000
Sogn og Fjordane3 7082773 431331101000000100012506015300302100000000004018042003900
Møre og Romsdal2 3553112 0440520240300000000060154120801500000000100000000015900300
Sør-Trøndelag7 6537416 912004234403100025100006200103101100001000705010601032403700
Nord-Trøndelag4 3537703 58364085790322919154010660167451172404701435101102710051138015109600
Nordland6 1861 8754 31120401015663427701133700490201253773320200010240501193391170363156142101197023400
Troms - Romsa5 3213 0872 2343311039364651571215793120189006801352285911150166077142800854109800256018390358043900
Finnmark - Finnmárku1 68777091701201740220332700835025508850162106000000000210000003047005100
Svalbard00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

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

Camping sites. Guest nights, by type of accommodation and county
December 2017
Seasonal contractsGuest nights, totalTent/caravanCamperHutSeasonal contract
The whole country10 74697 50713 6724 90142 84336 091
Østfold3041 17043732590111
Akershus::::::
Oslo::::::
Hedmark1 5408 5232552843 5514 433
Oppland2 26116 8091956446 1759 795
Buskerud1 55712 8381535204 2987 867
Vestfold::::::
Telemark5684 061182972 7651 017
Aust-Agder5252 01836244994744
Vest-Agder4001 148192827300
Rogaland4573 537816501 0041 802
Hordaland4296 7801 4913393 1201 830
Sogn og Fjordane2323 708252833 081292
Møre og Romsdal1442 355107211 982245
Sør-Trøndelag9417 6531 974551 2264 398
Nord-Trøndelag7444 3535023011 7921 758
Nordland5056 1866011124 2581 215
Troms - Romsa805 3214601 0703 689102
Finnmark - Finnmárku201 68781151 438153

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

Holiday dwellings. Number of holiday dwelings, by month and county
December 2017
Holiday dwellingsCottages/rooms
The whole country3044 255
Østfold00
Akershus12
Oslo00
Hedmark12197
Oppland35497
Buskerud37924
Vestfold778
Telemark17261
Aust-Agder8134
Vest-Agder9256
Rogaland25206
Hordaland28318
Sogn og Fjordane29312
Møre og Romsdal16105
Sør-Trøndelag13168
Nord-Trøndelag969
Nordland32477
Troms - Romsa15139
Finnmark - Finnmárku11112

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
December 2017
The whole country121 56874 36547 20331 074148019 346264376425139061038701 679001 91331 7955412 18136134828 658552743118141120445626221311632645293092119131 38670
Østfold00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
Akershus:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::0:::::0
Oslo00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
Hedmark5 1763 6041 5721 1032301 4841205611012301650050102018226203094000000200000571010800000
Oppland18 7139 4899 2243 586201 4501801601522015400540140223438172603 01643001800020000011007100500
Buskerud54 55442 13412 42022 31012016 064016618061413103870028013837342573001 61700169201600021407012028001400
Vestfold:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::0:::::0
Telemark7 7263 9433 7832 341008400200400810079016529168000946000000000000036000000800
Aust-Agder8 3983 9524 4461 63900000000000386003240160000001 44300000000000000000000000
Vest-Agder4 8355774 2580000000003100000150000000039600000000000000000000000
Rogaland2 1149351 1794006000000002500128030000027000012400010000000061700000
Hordaland6 9313 3483 58343201428016541933102520018915606622412100416464171101448250197912411803615273930
Sogn og Fjordane3 8521 7372 1153600130621800092065004330494282300061400000001622504239823045009640
Møre og Romsdal92849143705040000000010003590200000000210000000000000007200000
Sør-Trøndelag83425458011031001300340040010331418019044000000036000170701023200
Nord-Trøndelag65766591000000000000600000060000000000000000000000000000
Nordland3 2001 9991 2011034021550136223321107000122171001441618022320013000231001204663273094331800
Troms - Romsa1 9961 10089609029680250820046001600581740780135000191404020800008047000614600
Finnmark - Finnmárku9575044530600280124600614703002040163330160002000037000017012032002800

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

Guest nights, by nationality of the guests and type of establishment
December 2017
TotalHotels and similar establishmentsCamping sitesHoliday dwellingsHostelling International
Total1 489 5281 255 74897 507121 56814 705
Foreign national, total389 759293 75517 85874 3653 781
Norway1 099 769961 99379 64947 20310 924
Denmark56 03922 9861 63431 074345
Finland4 4564 16811714823
Iceland1 3641 2877502
Sweden63 98441 9972 27019 346371
Belgium2 9082 49511526434
Estonia2 9048241 69337611
France10 3589 519280425134
Greece83579716139
Ireland1 4281 26664908
Italy11 09510 154207610124
Latvia1 9741 17637438737
Malta109822700
Netherlands15 16312 5286641 679292
Liechtenstein6761600
Luxembourg313312001
Poland9 3985 8321 4461 913207
Portugal1 2401 1597632
Lithuania4 0361 5226271 79592
Spain9 9488 41194654150
United Kingdom45 93242 3366522 181763
Russia4 0403 38927436116
Switzerland6 3965 79323834817
Turkey808805021
Germany35 42424 3291 7648 658673
Slovenia920802265537
Ukraine8746352002712
Hungary956848554310
Austria2 5502 27213911821
Slovakia8506031021414
Czech Republic1 2471 2330113
South Africa1 2361 195102011
Japan3 0282 6882644432
China9 9059 06421756262
South Korea1 165969131623
Cyprus1281070210
Canada1 1021 03137313
Mexico75669339168
United States27 50626 829242326109
Brazil1 9681 87935459
Australia6 6446 2229029339
New Zealand00000
The rest of Europe5 8153 1021 658921134
The rest of South America1 4861 3471101910
The rest of Oceania7617440134
The rest of Asia29 20926 8479381 38638
The rest of Africa1 4341 4170710
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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