Hard April for tourism
Statistics Norway recorded the lowest number of guest nights since records on accommodation statistics began in 1985. 8 out of 10 guest nights disappeared compared to April 2019.
Measures introduced to prevent the spread of the coronavirus had dramatic consequences on commercial accommodation establishments. There was an 87 per cent decrease in guest nights at hotels in April compared with the previous year. Guest nights at camping sites decreased by 73 per cent while holiday dwellings and youth hostels decreased by 81 per cent.
Figure 1. Guest nights, by type of accommodation, April. 2005-2020
|April 2005||April 2006||April 2007||April 2008||April 2009||April 2010||April 2011||April 2012||April 2013||April 2014||April 2015||April 2016||April 2017||April 2018||April 2019||April 2020|
|Holiday dwellings and youth hostels||90020||136796||134210||105593||144009||141145||114512||125098||175093||197956||210456||201653||207106||169867||188741||35668|
Decrease at hotels
Many accommodation establishments remained closed in April. The number of open accommodation establishments were approximately 20 per cent lower in April 2020 compared to April 2019.
Larger share for camping sites
Guest nights at camping sites decreased the least and therefore took a larger share of all guest nights at commercial establishments compared to April last year.