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Accommodation

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Key figures

23.7

million hotel guest nights in 2018

Guest nights, by type of accommodation and month
December 2018Guest nights so far this year
Guest nights, totalGuest nights, NorwegianGuest nights, foreign nationalsDecember 2018
Guest nights, total1 470 4101 089 580380 83033 812 674
 
Hotels and similar establishments1 252 017950 492301 52523 727 129
Camping sites103 87790 72413 1537 406 800
Holiday dwellings93 87339 57954 2942 332 180
Youth hostels20 6438 78511 858346 565

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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 2017December 2018December 2017December 2018December 2017December 2018
The whole country874847159 525163 02676 86276 221
Østfold26243 4153 0591 5541 446
Akershus434414 33115 7536 8807 577
Oslo696723 91222 55112 71111 806
Hedmark34335 9436 0252 4712 402
Oppland646310 40910 3684 4414 166
Buskerud636011 59411 3484 7184 440
Vestfold26284 3937 5052 0532 794
Telemark28284 1135 0521 7521 960
Aust-Agder19182 1152 040870836
Vest-Agder26265 3335 0962 0632 128
Rogaland666512 53612 7656 7926 666
Hordaland878017 39718 1688 6468 755
Sogn og Fjordane45424 7664 6442 3352 304
Møre og Romsdal55527 5487 2523 9133 712
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)52519 8339 7044 6354 634
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)28253 2203 2201 6521 576
Nordland72698 0888 0234 0213 821
Troms - Romsa35336 4576 6263 2193 171
Finnmark - Finnmárku30323 4423 2631 8431 724
Svalbard67680564293303

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 2017December 2018Per cent
December 2017 - December 2018
Total1 255 7481 252 017-0.3
Foreign national, total293 755301 5252.6
Norway961 993950 492-1.2
Denmark22 98623 3171.4
Finland4 1684 119-1.2
Iceland1 287977-24.1
Sweden41 99738 754-7.7
Belgium2 4953 15226.3
Estonia824786-4.6
France9 51913 08037.4
Greece7971 35970.5
Ireland1 2661 3345.4
Italy10 1548 322-18.0
Latvia1 176762-35.2
Malta8213362.2
Netherlands12 52812 066-3.7
Liechtenstein6118-70.5
Luxembourg3123274.8
Poland5 8327 41527.1
Portugal1 1592 21691.2
Lithuania1 5221 5441.4
Spain8 4118 6092.4
United Kingdom42 33634 634-18.2
Russia3 3893 5073.5
Switzerland5 7936 60214.0
Turkey805556-30.9
Germany24 32928 90918.8
Slovenia802780-2.7
Ukraine63591544.1
Hungary848587-30.8
Austria2 2722 4578.1
Slovakia603359-40.5
Czech Republic1 2331 156-6.2
South Africa1 1951 2585.3
Japan2 6882 325-13.5
China9 06410 88720.1
South Korea969786-18.9
Cyprus1071146.5
Canada1 0311 45040.6
Mexico693550-20.6
United States26 82936 93737.7
Brazil1 8791 347-28.3
Australia6 2226 6937.6
New Zealand...
The rest of Europe3 1023 1782.5
The rest of South America1 3471 270-5.7
The rest of Oceania7441 00735.3
The rest of Asia26 84722 245-17.1
The rest of Africa1 4172 72692.4
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
December 2017December 2018
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 255 748293 755961 99328.539.81 252 017301 525950 49228.140.4
Østfold19 7993 03116 76821.536.318 9482 96215 98622.635.7
Akershus98 46317 71080 75324.539.1102 88418 58784 29724.839.7
Oslo309 856105 283204 57345.758.1286 90290 991195 91145.858.8
Hedmark49 23318 81930 41428.034.746 15117 41728 73427.234.1
Oppland77 70717 57460 13327.232.976 06217 82058 24227.536.8
Buskerud83 85111 28472 56725.736.280 07612 77867 29826.539.3
Vestfold24 4773 60220 87520.832.438 34211 41326 92917.825.5
Telemark21 4793 12218 35719.328.222 4873 25819 22916.026.8
Aust-Agder7 9117517 16014.724.68 8451 0017 84415.726.2
Vest-Agder28 2792 31325 96620.437.924 8201 82522 99517.430.3
Rogaland77 67812 23765 44122.233.176 85210 96265 89022.333.9
Hordaland120 76623 92096 84625.835.4127 81126 918100 89325.736.2
Sogn og Fjordane19 1031 85617 24719.429.119 0903 39715 69318.527.5
Møre og Romsdal35 7623 82831 93418.127.039 4576 01033 44720.533.2
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)83 4497 05476 39529.942.881 3017 33973 96230.242.9
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)20 6711 65519 01622.934.318 2781 49816 78020.032.7
Nordland48 3665 85442 51221.331.446 6515 90440 74720.632.5
Troms - Romsa97 26841 98355 28550.661.6104 09848 87255 22652.667.1
Finnmark - Finnmárku25 6689 53716 13126.434.126 32210 41515 90728.337.7
Svalbard5 9622 3423 62028.338.16 6402 1584 48240.651.0

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 2018
RevenuePrice per room (NOK)
The whole country788 844 258942
Østfold12 638 827905
Akershus68 535 545877
Oslo194 801 8021 012
Hedmark26 433 1331 144
Oppland35 789 724900
Buskerud47 420 7341 040
Vestfold17 640 067877
Telemark12 488 220858
Aust-Agder5 853 645975
Vest-Agder13 844 413760
Rogaland51 977 065856
Hordaland78 917 382908
Sogn og Fjordane15 991 8991 136
Møre og Romsdal25 356 983781
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)49 066 897888
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)12 839 426884
Nordland31 414 554894
Troms - Romsa66 594 8411 050
Finnmark - Finnmárku17 051 582917
Svalbard4 187 519932

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

Hotels and similar establishments. Guest nights, by county and purpose
December 2017December 2018
Guest nights, totalCourse, conferenceOccupationHoliday, recreationGuest nights, totalCourse, conferenceOccupationHoliday, recreation
Guest nights1 255 748111 498522 741621 5091 252 017120 780516 872614 364
Østfold19 7992 0379 1468 61618 9482 8157 6688 465
Akershus98 46317 52052 82928 114102 88420 41549 45233 017
Oslo309 85618 341133 843157 672286 90217 083128 370141 449
Hedmark49 2332 05715 51931 65746 1512 13112 57031 450
Oppland77 7078 06518 97650 66676 0625 94618 03152 085
Buskerud83 8519 48115 52458 84680 07610 05117 38152 644
Vestfold24 4773 35512 0799 04338 34218 67811 7157 948
Telemark21 4792 5785 76513 13622 4872 1357 88812 464
Aust-Agder7 9114163 7823 7138 8454554 5313 859
Vest-Agder28 2794 86013 26810 15124 8201 92512 9339 962
Rogaland77 6786 98848 65922 03176 8525 11646 64625 090
Hordaland120 7669 53546 04665 185127 8119 38148 63669 794
Sogn og Fjordane19 1032 5438 1988 36219 0902 1028 6878 301
Møre og Romsdal35 7623 64018 78713 33539 4572 09425 89111 472
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)83 4497 26439 27136 91481 3019 37836 40035 523
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)20 6712 81210 5297 33018 2782 3669 0936 819
Nordland48 3662 48624 93320 94746 6512 55725 64918 445
Troms - Romsa97 2686 30634 38656 576104 0985 26133 18765 650
Finnmark - Finnmárku25 66880010 92913 93926 32275112 08613 485
Svalbard5 9624142725 2766 640140586 442

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 2018
Camping sitesHuts/rooms
The whole country2263 947
Østfold465
Akershus16
Oslo136
Hedmark27378
Oppland33607
Buskerud23306
Vestfold146
Telemark16243
Aust-Agder8211
Vest-Agder4163
Rogaland8155
Hordaland19288
Sogn og Fjordane15326
Møre og Romsdal5148
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)14191
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)13131
Nordland21446
Troms - Romsa8100
Finnmark - Finnmárku5101

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 2018
The whole country103 87713 15390 7241 54743702 197196687265163682060409001 15446846384694114306471 010351109105604101941559001078510173.4591421443482.
Østfold2 8512322 6191300720350100001200390044080040000000000000000.00004.
Akershus:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::.:::::.
Oslo:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::.:::::.
Hedmark8 6541 0837 57117332002752021000637004000044140930580000000000000900.00000.
Oppland20 5991 10319 49640220105612600480115006200849160016520060000000000000.810000.
Buskerud12 81991911 90012800212780100020490013017601600016802000800030000400.000410.
Vestfold:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::.:::::.
Telemark6 3682746 09466303512011061800700600083400550000000000004009.00000.
Aust-Agder2 4451472 298180017000001000000500000000510000000000000000.00010.
Vest-Agder2 864152 8490000000000000000000000010000000000000000.001400.
Rogaland3 7622763 4861200004270000030060015001501030000000000000000.10000.
Hordaland4 7831 0373 746360041605001083601100550198312071012031620000000000400.3250030.
Sogn og Fjordane4 5224994 023830015000004490500191000310002900005000000002500.000350.
Møre og Romsdal2 6395022 137000015288000080000660130880273000000000000000224.012010.
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)6 8167386 0780003200000000000026500000001220000000000000000.000310.
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)2 962772 885000547000000000000000000160000000000000000.00000.
Nordland4 2511 1683 08344604031155500383201000572434834228136004780601868300893034.19003366.
Troms - Romsa5 5342 5392 9958539016381511300301015700264447188498261711911510032235081326001237894.3528027112.
Finnmark - Finnmárku1 5974291 16806401596210087000006006101070900005000012000023012.16120180.
Svalbard..................................................

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

Camping sites. Guest nights, by type of accommodation and county
December 2018
Seasonal contractsGuest nights, totalTent/caravanCamperHutSeasonal contract
The whole country10 093103 87714 8424 73942 41741 879
Østfold2922 8511 0124581 34140
Akershus::::::
Oslo::::::
Hedmark1 4968 6545003393 4514 364
Oppland2 08120 5992 0116946 26111 633
Buskerud1 57112 8191862073 9358 491
Vestfold::::::
Telemark5226 36871704 8781 313
Aust-Agder3572 44501651 1431 137
Vest-Agder2662 8643548122 013
Rogaland4503 762298631 1501 720
Hordaland4674 7836464061 9501 781
Sogn og Fjordane3074 52268193 4051 030
Møre og Romsdal1352 639160512 188240
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)9006 8161 4321559834 246
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)5482 96267311 1741 690
Nordland4724 2512341932 0431 781
Troms - Romsa1885 5345905384 128278
Finnmark - Finnmárku31 5976621 43693

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

Holiday dwellings. Number of holiday dwelings, by month and county
December 2018
Holiday dwellingsCottages/rooms
The whole country2673 731
Østfold00
Akershus12
Oslo00
Hedmark968
Oppland33488
Buskerud32815
Vestfold550
Telemark16253
Aust-Agder788
Vest-Agder8250
Rogaland24199
Hordaland24276
Sogn og Fjordane24290
Møre og Romsdal1046
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)12164
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)968
Nordland29419
Troms - Romsa15142
Finnmark - Finnmárku9113

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 2018
The whole country93 87354 29439 57920 0031314210 16924324342903390827002 285041 522725036832 26280510459 775576510601317140768322195041822306.18769211 72547.
Østfold..................................................
Akershus:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::.:::::.
Oslo..................................................
Hedmark3 4482 3941 054291001 2921320004000170000000299100014400000000000004000.000120.
Oppland17 7618 8868 8753 456201 220002400142003820000171234803202 982570031011400000005300.000140.
Buskerud35 87423 30912 56511 6210406 93605450006413605860013560432118771415452 29400014001600000018054.220220.
Vestfold:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::.:::::.
Telemark7 8255 0202 8053 71200630000200011300302068400098200000000250020007.00010.
Aust-Agder5 3833 0112 372507000000000002040028300000002 0170000000000000000.00000.
Vest-Agder2 3518471 50453001001500031124010003600501200300320000000000000000.1200000.
Rogaland1 2112699421626000024004005100430020000670000000000000005.310000.
Hordaland6 8573 1103 747951921471195112055790457001856327314051805500612101710136422012256681.745197100.
Sogn og Fjordane2 6407961 844400342132004500420481012816180120109000000130118600217025.0007431.
Møre og Romsdal56349172000000000000800029105000000700000000000000000.00000.
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)1 3304838472050105191602510000057123136131064000200213800231626.020580.
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)2712125000002000000040000000000150000000000000000.00000.
Nordland4 1612 8371 3249380623201460143660011400240158150185183340257004300020819940343981455.01004420.
Troms - Romsa1 9201 5174032420120350380089004800105014224820330161000800101881000087055.240024316.
Finnmark - Finnmárku1 88495493017739031847170659102400003282712503100000000243020033018.01021490.

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 2018
TotalHotels and similar establishmentsCamping sitesHoliday dwellingsHostelling International
Total1 470 4101 252 017103 87793 87320 643
Foreign national, total380 830301 52513 15354 29411 858
Norway1 089 580950 49290 72439 5798 785
Denmark49 26523 3171 54720 0034 398
Finland4 7364 11943713149
Iceland1 0199770420
Sweden55 02438 7542 19710 1693 904
Belgium3 6003 1521962439
Estonia1 78478668724368
France13 86013 08026542986
Greece1 3601 359100
Ireland1 3991 33463326
Italy9 6648 32236890866
Latvia1 2467622062708
Malta136133003
Netherlands15 36312 0664092 285603
Liechtenstein1818000
Luxembourg336327045
Poland10 2777 4151 1541 522186
Portugal2 3722 216467238
Lithuania2 9611 54484650368
Spain9 7418 60938468365
United Kingdom38 67434 6346942 2621 084
Russia3 7423 5071148041
Switzerland7 4546 60230651036
Turkey674556474526
Germany40 17028 9091 0109 775476
Slovenia8407803570
Ukraine98391551611
Hungary719587109518
Austria2 6742 4571051066
Slovakia4243596005
Czech Republic1 4071 1564113179
South Africa1 3351 2580716
Japan2 6352 3251944076
China11 88810 88715576878
South Korea8347869327
Cyprus116114020
Canada1 4971 45001928
Mexico707550107500
United States37 48836 9378541848
Brazil1 3831 34710224
Australia7 2596 69317330687
New Zealand.....
The rest of Europe3 8753 17845918751
The rest of South America1 4931 2701426912
The rest of Oceania1 0421 00714210
The rest of Asia24 48422 2454341 72580
The rest of Africa2 8722 726824717
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.

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

Division for Business Cycle 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.

Revision

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