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Key figures

6.2 %

change in hotel guest nights from March 2018 to March 2019

Guest nights, by type of accommodation and month
March 2019Guest nights so far this year
Guest nights, totalGuest nights, NorwegianGuest nights, foreign nationalsMarch 2019
Guest nights, total2 259 8641 688 783571 0815 929 884
 
Hotels and similar establishments1 905 1871 473 822431 3654 996 021
Camping sites145 407124 58020 827368 048
Holiday dwellings189 25677 616111 640518 328
Youth hostels20 01412 7657 24947 487

See selected tables from this statistics

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
March 2018March 2019March 2018March 2019March 2018March 2019
The whole country898895168 513176 16479 56081 921
Østfold24233 0863 0851 5081 499
Akershus444415 19815 9207 3957 705
Oslo717324 86326 94913 01014 025
Hedmark34376 1096 2642 4662 559
Oppland787611 87611 5634 9924 789
Buskerud646111 72211 6474 7834 584
Vestfold28279 66710 2833 5263 421
Telemark30324 2555 3841 8282 241
Aust-Agder19182 0872 001874826
Vest-Agder25265 0476 1341 9472 300
Rogaland646512 30212 7726 6966 723
Hordaland908617 57518 0398 5778 678
Sogn og Fjordane45454 6285 0582 2252 473
Møre og Romsdal52497 6187 4053 8663 767
Trøndelag838413 26613 9856 3786 716
Nordland74718 2508 0764 0243 877
Troms - Romsa34356 5876 8033 1973 237
Finnmark - Finnmárku31343 4213 8631 8282 037
Svalbard89956933440464

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

Hotels and similar establishments. Guest nights, by nationality of the guests
Guest nightsPer cent
March 2018March 2019March 2018 - March 2019
Total1 793 7341 905 1876.2
Foreign national, total412 448431 3654.6
Norway1 381 2861 473 8226.7
Denmark55 86949 762-10.9
Finland7 8477 302-6.9
Iceland2 1691 829-15.7
Sweden66 06662 339-5.6
Albania20881-61.1
Andorra242107-55.8
Belgium3 9274 69719.6
Bosnia-Herzegovina15740-74.5
Bulgaria37061666.5
Estonia1 6702 04322.3
France13 82116 19017.1
Greece1 0211 007-1.4
Belarus536234-56.3
Ireland2 3561 738-26.2
Italy10 83413 43924.0
Kosovo4513-71.1
Croatia1 031474-54.0
Latvia1 2051 45921.1
Liechtenstein285235-17.5
Lithuania2 1182 2827.7
Luxembourg388189-51.3
North Macedonia12414012.9
Malta15618921.2
Moldova15440-74.0
Monaco6254-12.9
Montenegro10424-76.9
Netherlands16 71915 648-6.4
Poland8 72313 24451.8
Portugal1 6801 469-12.6
Romania1 3892 04647.3
Russia4 5446 08233.8
San Marino1022-98.0
Serbia2122172.4
Slovakia73982311.4
Slovenia844825-2.3
United Kingdom43 34144 3592.3
Spain13 0469 341-28.4
Switzerland7 4598 1879.8
Czech Republic2 4212 73012.8
Turkey949889-6.3
Germany43 76845 6294.3
Ukraine7201 530112.5
Hungary1 4611 136-22.2
Austria3 8944 1215.8
Vatican City State11349-56.6
South Africa7201 13757.9
United Arab Emirates1 0341 18414.5
India5 1955 068-2.4
Indonesia8081 52889.1
Malaysia1 6271 449-10.9
Qatar732544-25.7
Singapore3 1562 284-27.6
Taiwan1 6482 07726.0
Thailand3 2074 60543.6
Japan3 6663 468-5.4
China6 7207 1907.0
South Korea9219412.2
Cyprus8814362.5
Canada2 5702 98516.1
Mexico760574-24.5
United States34 36350 28146.3
Brazil1 7362 05718.5
Australia5 4406 47719.1
New Zealand...
The rest of Europe...
The rest of Europe 2018-00.
The rest of South America1 9722 1006.5
The rest of Oceania1 330690-48.1
The rest of Asia...
The rest of Asia 2018-7 5366 183-18.0
The rest of Africa2 3303 55052.4
Unknown...

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
March 2018March 2019
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 793 734412 4481 381 28635.650.41 905 187431 3651 473 82235.654.7
Østfold28 2964 40723 88930.044.625 8243 83721 98727.542.1
Akershus154 79028 178126 61235.556.7179 74522 668157 07736.960.7
Oslo377 028120 735256 29350.967.1427 029125 087301 94252.972.6
Hedmark89 78639 76950 01748.558.880 25133 34946 90243.357.2
Oppland149 73642 061107 67542.051.7118 58037 95380 62733.945.2
Buskerud136 19722 470113 72738.449.9120 22524 59795 62833.951.6
Vestfold54 7003 87250 82819.028.443 7954 59639 19913.927.9
Telemark38 9467 86431 08229.939.336 4708 11828 35222.033.7
Aust-Agder14 4151 55812 85722.935.313 4781 85511 62321.937.9
Vest-Agder40 2553 00137 25426.147.238 9033 18035 72320.741.6
Rogaland103 32215 99487 32827.941.8126 36519 719106 64632.251.0
Hordaland161 05234 079126 97330.142.8173 72935 777137 95231.648.2
Sogn og Fjordane31 1094 21026 89923.334.632 5354 72527 81022.836.7
Møre og Romsdal52 4447 05145 39323.737.174 34614 86959 47732.853.9
Trøndelag141 73611 630130 10635.853.4160 32312 869147 45438.359.9
Nordland70 53810 32760 21128.544.284 66114 38970 27234.253.7
Troms - Romsa96 75939 62957 13048.064.7110 23247 95862 27452.571.5
Finnmark - Finnmárku35 1999 81025 38933.645.639 7439 48230 26133.348.8
Svalbard17 4265 80311 62358.877.418 9536 33712 61665.579.8

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

Hotels and similar establishments. Revenue and price per room, by county
March 2019
RevenuePrice per room (NOK)
The whole country1 314 208 411969
Østfold15 593 193815
Akershus142 796 1711 000
Oslo308 601 8921 011
Hedmark46 220 9681 062
Oppland63 440 513970
Buskerud75 847 2221 060
Vestfold27 732 275953
Telemark19 771 266851
Aust-Agder9 319 815970
Vest-Agder23 213 053790
Rogaland92 491 991878
Hordaland116 147 359913
Sogn og Fjordane25 598 1551 003
Møre og Romsdal48 628 363784
Trøndelag109 465 154916
Nordland63 490 812996
Troms - Romsa74 015 1381 037
Finnmark - Finnmárku29 171 372951
Svalbard22 663 6991 976

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

Hotels and similar establishments. Guest nights, by county and purpose
March 2018March 2019
Guest nights, totalCourse, conferenceOccupationHoliday, recreationGuest nights, totalCourse, conferenceOccupationHoliday, recreation
Guest nights1 793 734253 533668 897871 3041 905 187325 713747 767831 707
Østfold28 2964 50811 33812 45025 8244 7269 63211 466
Akershus154 79048 66265 45140 677179 74566 73268 23544 778
Oslo377 02836 456164 272176 300427 02954 344180 948191 737
Hedmark89 7866 92622 35460 50680 25113 55018 16348 538
Oppland149 73615 93426 452107 350118 58016 08525 21977 276
Buskerud136 19720 60719 93795 653120 22530 23522 42167 569
Vestfold54 70027 01816 16311 51943 79517 40015 15011 245
Telemark38 9464 2598 52126 16636 4705 95810 35020 162
Aust-Agder14 4151 3436 0467 02613 4782 5455 6505 283
Vest-Agder40 2554 42917 16518 66138 9034 58519 71714 601
Rogaland103 32211 67258 16133 489126 36517 30274 84034 223
Hordaland161 05218 59056 07986 383173 72923 83768 06681 826
Sogn og Fjordane31 1095 62013 22212 26732 5355 37616 66710 492
Møre og Romsdal52 4445 53129 23017 68374 3469 70640 59624 044
Trøndelag141 73625 28765 05051 399160 32330 58376 74252 998
Nordland70 5385 59635 47429 46884 6618 51140 37135 779
Troms - Romsa96 7596 67233 84956 238110 2329 24233 75467 236
Finnmark - Finnmárku35 1993 06314 96917 16739 7433 52619 47116 746
Svalbard17 4261 3605 16410 90218 9531 4701 77515 708

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

Camping sites. Number of camping sites and huts/rooms, by county
March 2019
Camping sitesHuts/rooms
The whole country2454 281
Østfold462
Akershus16
Oslo136
Hedmark26346
Oppland40691
Buskerud21303
Vestfold146
Telemark15301
Aust-Agder11304
Vest-Agder4167
Rogaland8154
Hordaland21270
Sogn og Fjordane17376
Møre og Romsdal6162
Trøndelag28334
Nordland24441
Troms - Romsa8103
Finnmark - Finnmárku9179

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

Camping sites. Guest nights, by nationality of the guests and county
March 2019TotalForeign national, totalNorwayDenmarkFinlandIcelandSwedenAlbaniaAndorraBelgiumBosnia-HerzegovinaBulgariaEstoniaFranceGreeceBelarusIrelandItalyKosovoCroatiaLatviaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgNorth MacedoniaMaltaMoldovaMonacoMontenegroNetherlandsPolandPortugalRomaniaRussiaSan MarinoSerbiaSlovakiaSloveniaUnited KingdomSpainSwitzerlandCzech RepublicTurkeyGermanyUkraineHungaryAustriaVatican City StateSouth AfricaUnited Arab EmiratesIndiaIndonesiaMalaysiaQatarSingaporeTaiwanThailandJapanChinaSouth KoreaCyprusCanadaMexicoUnited StatesBrazilAustraliaNew ZealandThe rest of EuropeThe rest of Europe 2018-The rest of South AmericaThe rest of OceaniaThe rest of AsiaThe rest of Asia 2018-The rest of AfricaUnknown
The whole country145 40720 827124 5802 67625132 740009400845952222084400347087610000006732 264257913900119573466534113942 873107148184062080510141226024200210257738200..0602.68554.
Østfold3 8923663 526410046000000200000060199000000048020000000000170040000000000000000000..000.01.
Akershus::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::..:::.::.
Oslo::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::..:::.::.
Hedmark15 0681 93213 1361 254390160000000200310079018000000191090934005011001001060000006000000020000902..000.00.
Oppland22 4432 22920 2143550024100400552500014900006000000661980145002010400414809102000000000204001530137093..002.00.
Buskerud18 6781 26517 4132280011600200311120014001206120000045214001200084128510901510930000000000000001304016..020.00.
Vestfold::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::..:::.::.
Telemark7 1173496 7688330900000020000000024000000340000000041601600140000000000000000000000..000.00.
Aust-Agder6 0046185 386258037000000100030010600000021420900000077004442100000000000000000201..010.00.
Vest-Agder2 84652 841000000000000000000000000000000000000000040100000000000000000000..000.00.
Rogaland6 9032096 6941070000000030000000006000000365000000036060100000000000000000000000..000.00.
Hordaland6 7881 2435 545128000001000150201240014027300000031070365000001039200406434000200000000000000002..000.00.
Sogn og Fjordane6 8415316 310602307006000250009003103000000027200000009353301900600000000000000001500..000.50.
Møre og Romsdal4 2403403 900123333000003800070060020000002800000000026006100200000001000600000025..0240.00.
Trøndelag14 4101 21713 19358804880010035350009001060000007159201000014274201930010002010000000000711..010.441.
Nordland9 7343 6996 03520901520052005462570082420020155200000246576080140001172875545031611300000230112140110000101242..020.39752.
Troms - Romsa6 1743 1193 0553741049002600874730032360000300000092200001200461832601503744783216420400027000901900622663214..0300.2390.
Finnmark - Finnmárku3 3698762 493492057002006960003400300126000001172300310003192643210209026000000012030000001732..000.00.
Svalbard...........................................................................

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

Camping sites. Guest nights, by type of accommodation and county
March 2019
Seasonal contractsGuest nights, totalTent/caravanCamperHutSeasonal contract
The whole country10 645145 40714 8347 72863 03959 806
Østfold2923 8921 0615512 084196
Akershus::::::
Oslo::::::
Hedmark1 41315 0682262875 1329 423
Oppland2 39322 4434548086 81214 369
Buskerud1 47018 6788334175 70611 722
Vestfold::::::
Telemark5187 11765775 0441 490
Aust-Agder5506 004582814 0421 623
Vest-Agder2472 84651657931 937
Rogaland4616 903748082 1313 890
Hordaland5836 7887694983 2062 315
Sogn og Fjordane3096 8412374194 5641 621
Møre og Romsdal1484 2401963383 298408
Trøndelag1 46714 4101 5223954 9217 572
Nordland5279 7342141987 0182 304
Troms - Romsa1956 1741 0241 0063 828316
Finnmark - Finnmárku373 3691652892 313602

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

Holiday dwellings. Number of holiday dwelings, by month and county
March 2019
Holiday dwellingsCottages/rooms
The whole country3415 309
Østfold00
Akershus12
Oslo16
Hedmark13117
Oppland48810
Buskerud41952
Vestfold675
Telemark19270
Aust-Agder10154
Vest-Agder9256
Rogaland24201
Hordaland30433
Sogn og Fjordane27302
Møre og Romsdal16423
Trøndelag29411
Nordland39591
Troms - Romsa17180
Finnmark - Finnmárku11126

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

Holiday dwellings. Guest nights, by nationality of the guests and county
March 2019TotalForeign national, totalNorwayDenmarkFinlandIcelandSwedenAlbaniaAndorraBelgiumBosnia-HerzegovinaBulgariaEstoniaFranceGreeceBelarusIrelandItalyKosovoCroatiaLatviaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgNorth MacedoniaMaltaMoldovaMonacoMontenegroNetherlandsPolandPortugalRomaniaRussiaSan MarinoSerbiaSlovakiaSloveniaUnited KingdomSpainSwitzerlandCzech RepublicTurkeyGermanyUkraineHungaryAustriaVatican City StateSouth AfricaUnited Arab EmiratesIndiaIndonesiaMalaysiaQatarSingaporeTaiwanThailandJapanChinaSouth KoreaCyprusCanadaMexicoUnited StatesBrazilAustraliaNew ZealandThe rest of EuropeThe rest of Europe 2018-The rest of South AmericaThe rest of OceaniaThe rest of AsiaThe rest of Asia 2018-The rest of AfricaUnknown
The whole country189 256111 64077 61642 08446513329 3292212797021642 60139522001 82307352001 4910000003 3581 9995582391328322213 7286071 64617328011 65027771 093074259713216932354431 55345361792143151 17486360..024374.19430.
Østfold...........................................................................
Akershus::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::..:::.::.
Oslo::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::..:::.::.
Hedmark9 4505 1204 3301 015012 86400143000360014000114040000007800050000019020006070000000000000000020000..000.00.
Oppland33 06015 89117 1697 3142861 55900220027254088158000050000000629900440015212370814410704 532240310014000000000003402303430..000.350.
Buskerud73 60951 13722 47221 341985123 59100207001103001041002810100000001 5801291096320001 0731916702 1440013030002060003500220131018..000.121.
Vestfold::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::..:::.::.
Telemark15 11611 1733 9439 2010834900000030007000001200000024170030800844190006430000000000000000000008..000.00.
Aust-Agder6 1543 1403 0142 844000000000000000000000000008500000001200001990000000000000000000000..000.00.
Vest-Agder4 3936113 7820000220000000000000000000001012000160000003000173000000000000000002400000..000.00.
Rogaland2 7614382 3230600300000000004031000000000866800000560000001300000000000000000000000..000.00.
Hordaland9 9333 7686 16512915116900330012677001037042404300000003186241556001001817913130353131300125437311092310153739122741161344..0267.373.
Sogn og Fjordane3 9739353 0386300590016000114003000094000000189908700009116645088002024007365670387080881244..000.50.
Møre og Romsdal1 542718824000590000001200025000000000008441800000000032140740000000000000000000000..000.00.
Trøndelag3 2961 0682 22800053002000000000033000000004900000000000008860000000000000000000000..000.00.
Nordland18 14612 9155 231141129663880122890091 580444571 271003107460000004221833961114007495754028512201 44424285330211435910701241851 4842421130943156522153..012059.1096.
Troms - Romsa4 5883 7338551058011100490004103000312005709600000084780840030030760465328030506501001804208215652022005502508..0110.70.
Finnmark - Finnmárku1 9208421 07815770930036001861001200002800000021180051000085031205100000030008230618300019555..0868.00.
Svalbard...........................................................................

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

Guest nights, by nationality of the guests and type of establishment
March 2019
Guest nights, totalHotels and similar establishmentsCamping sitesHoliday dwellingsYouth hostels
Total2 259 8641 905 187145 407189 25620 014
Foreign national, total571 081431 36520 827111 6407 249
Norway1 688 7831 473 822124 58077 61612 765
Denmark95 41149 7622 67642 084889
Finland8 1477 302251465129
Iceland2 0001 829313335
Sweden95 06962 3392 74029 329661
Albania103810220
Andorra1191070120
Belgium5 6894 69794797101
Bosnia-Herzegovina4040000
Bulgaria6306160212
Estonia3 1032 04384516451
France20 39116 1909522 601648
Greece1 0521 0072394
Belarus2882342520
Ireland2 0371 7382020079
Italy16 27113 4398441 823165
Kosovo1313000
Croatia5484740731
Latvia2 5801 459347520254
Liechtenstein235235000
Lithuania4 7842 2828761 491135
Luxembourg2001891001
North Macedonia140140000
Malta189189000
Moldova4140001
Monaco5454000
Montenegro2424000
Netherlands19 84115 6486733 358162
Poland17 74513 2442 2641 999238
Portugal1 5721 46925546
Romania2 7292 0465798222
Russia6 6666 08213939154
San Marino3420320
Serbia230217085
Slovakia1 1668231132210
Slovenia954825952113
United Kingdom49 57544 3597343 728754
Spain10 8339 341665607220
Switzerland10 2828 1873411 646108
Czech Republic3 2972 730139173255
Turkey1 265889428092
Germany60 85945 6292 87311 650707
Ukraine1 6861 5301072722
Hungary1 4661 13614877105
Austria5 4234 1211841 09325
Vatican City State4949000
South Africa1 1521 137672
United Arab Emirates1 2691 184204223
India5 6955 068859722
Indonesia1 6621 52801322
Malaysia1 6841 4495116915
Qatar547544030
Singapore2 5542 2841423521
Taiwan2 5562 0771244324
Thailand6 2414 605261 55357
Japan3 5383 46804525
China7 9917 190242361198
South Korea1 04294107922
Cyprus1641430210
Canada3 7772 985210431151
Mexico582574251
United States52 28750 2815771 174255
Brazil2 1932 057388612
Australia7 1566 477200360119
New Zealand.....
The rest of Europe.....
The rest of Europe 2018-00000
The rest of South America2 4352 1006024332
The rest of Oceania7716902745
The rest of Asia.....
The rest of Asia 2018-7 1526 18368519490
The rest of Africa3 8033 5505430169
Unknown.....

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.

Accommodation sales at hotels are the sales figure for the accommodation activity, not including any breakfast or other extra services, even though they might be included in the price of the stay. Sales are published without any VAT. 

From January 1st, 2016 and 2018, the VAT for accommodation sales increased by 2 per cent from 8 to 10 in 2016, and from 10 to 12 per cent in 2018. This may affect some comparability over time. 

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 share a hut/room irrespective of a 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 documents), while the 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 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

Next release

Responsible division

Division for Business Cycle Statistics

Regional level

County. Municipality by request.

Frequency and timeliness

Monthly. Published 4-5 weeks after the end of the month. 

International reporting

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

Microdata

Microdata is 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 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 the 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 2-3 per cent of the establishments do not respond. For these establishments, the number of guest nights and sales are calculated. These calculations are based on the assumption that non-respondents have the same utility of capacity for beds and rooms as the respondents within the 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 70 per cent. After reminders have been sent out the response increases to 97-98 per cent. Total and partial non-response are calculated automatically. Calculation or imputation of values for no-response establishments is based on other establishments' data in the same stratum. Stratum is given by county and accommodation capacity. By imputation of values, there may be significant uncertainty which again may have a 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 a delay as well as errors and omissions in this process, which can reduce the 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 the calculation of non-responses.

Revision

Not relevant