Norwegians went camping in May
The number of guest nights at camping sites increased 11 per cent in May this year compared to May 2019. Guest nights at hotels, however, decreased by 78 per cent.
Figures from the Accommodation statistics shows there were approximately 1 million guest nights at commercial accommodation establishments in May this year, a 62 per cent decrease compared to May 2019.
Measures introduced in March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus had dramatic consequences on commercial accommodation establishments. The number of guest nights at hotels in May remained low, even though it was more than double the guest nights in April.
Figure 1. Guest nights, by type of accommodatio, May. 2005-2020
|May 2005||May 2006||May 2007||May 2008||May 2009||May 2010||May 2011||May 2012||May 2013||May 2014||May 2015||May 2016||May 2017||May 2018||May 2019||May 2020|
|Holiday dwellings and youth hostels||62063||79149||95139||102733||111442||109218||113240||126453||162279||194464||193206||190544||194123||177253||163758||59194|
Larger share for camping sites
The big drop in guest nights at hotels means that half of all guest nights at commercial accommodation establishments in May were at camping sites. Even with figures going back to 1984, the number of guest nights have never been registered higher at camping sites than in hotels in Norway.
Hotels still affected by the corona pandemic
Low activity and many closed accommodation establishments continued across all counties. The most affected counties were Svalbard and Oslo, where the number of guest nights declined by 99 and 87 per cent respectively compared to May last year.