Norwegian guest nights closer to a normal level


The number of Norwegian guest nights decreased by 18 per cent in June this year compared to June last year. After several months of a dramatic decline in Norwegian guest nights, there were almost as many Norwegian guest nights as in June 2010. Foreign guest nights declined by 92 per cent.

Figures from the accommodation statistics show there were approximately 2.3 million guest nights at commercial accommodation establishments in June this year, a 45 per cent decrease compared to June 2019.

Measures introduced in March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus had dramatic consequences on commercial accommodation establishments. As the restrictions were mostly concerning the lack of foreign tourism, this had a major impact on total guest nights in June, which normally is a popular month for foreign travellers.

Figure 1. Total guest nights in June by nationality

June 2010 June 2011 June 2012 June 2013 June 2014 June 2015 June 2016 June 2017 June 2018 June 2019 June 2020
Foreign 1242821 1249286 1246562 1134236 1228416 1285033 1417682 1478395 1498049 1549184 127957
Norway 2304133 2378760 2455466 2411570 2550326 2611309 2597767 2513825 2667426 2711985 2211679

Increased Norwegian guest nights at camping sites

There were 20 per cent more Norwegian guest nights at camping sites in June this year compared to June last year. This is part of a longer trend during the corona-pandemic that we have seen over the past three months, which is that camping sites have seen a smaller decline than other types of accommodation.

Hotels still affected, but better in June

There were 56 per cent fewer guest nights at Norwegian hotels in June 2020 compared to June 2019. Norwegian guest nights declined by 37 per cent, while foreign guest nights declined by 91 per cent.

Increased uncertainty for June

Due to closed guest establishments and layoffs, the response rate is lower than usual this month. The response rate for June 2020 was 90 per cent, compared to 98 per cent in June 2019. This causes more uncertainty in the figures. Significant effort has been put into determining whether non-reporting establishments were closed or open. Establishments were treated as open where we did not get a response, with estimated values, leading to increased uncertainty. This approach is in line with recommendations from both Eurostat and OECD.

It is important that all countries agree on a standard during this pandemic to ensure comparability between countries. This is how we usually treat unreported establishments, but it can lead to publishing of numbers that are somewhat higher than in reality.