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After two years with travel restrictions in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of both Norwegian and foreign guest nights increased to the same level as before the pandemic.
All restriction in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic were lifted in mid-February. This contributed to a sharp increase in overnight stays for both Norwegians and foreigners compared with February 2021.
There was a 51 per cent increase in guest nights in January this year compared to the same month last year. Hotel guest nights contributed the most to this increase.
Despite a tough year for the tourism industry in 2021, there was a 14 per cent increase in guest nights compared to 2020. This increase was due to fewer restrictions in 2021 and an increased willingness to travel domestically.
The number of guest nights at hotels more than doubled from November 2020 to November 2021, when guest nights reached the same level as before the pandemic. However, this trend looks unlikely to continue as new restrictions were introduced on December 7th, 2021.
Information about the digital sharing economy – services provided through platforms, and its size in different economies, have been highly sought after for several years. For the first time in history, Statistics Norway has access to data, through an agreement with the Norwegian Tax Authorizes.
There was a record number of guest nights in October following the lifting of travel restrictions on September 25th. This was also the first time that October had more than 2 million Norwegian guest nights.
There was a 44 per cent increase in guest nights in September this year compared to the same month last year. Hotel guest nights for courses and conferences saw a sharp increase.
There was a large increase in guest nights in August this year compared to the same month last year. The increase was strongest for hotels. The number of guest nights at hotels is however still below the pre-pandemic levels for August.
6.6 million guest nights were registered for July this year, the highest number recorded by Statistics Norway for a single month. Many of these guest nights were at hotels in this holiday month and guest nights at camping sites continued to be popular among Norwegians.
There was a sharp increase in domestic guest nights in June this year, compared to June last year. During June, several restrictions related to social distancing and travel were relaxed, allowing Norwegians to travel.
The trend of few guest nights for Norwegian commercial accommodation establishments continued in May. There was an increase in the number of guest nights compared to May last year, but this was still very low compared to the normal pre-pandemic numbers for May.
April was another month of historically few guest nights for Norwegian commercial accommodation establishments. Even though the number of guest nights was more than double the numbers in April last year, they were still under half the levels of April 2019.