There were 1.3 million Norwegian hotel guest nights in April this year. This is a decrease of 6.0 percent from April 2022. Foreign hotel guest nights increased by 25 percent, to 353 000, according to numbers from the accommodation statistics.

There were 7.8 percent more Norwegian guest nights compared with April 2019, before the pandemic. Foreign guest nights are almost back to the same level as they were before the pandemic.

– It looks like Norwegians continue to vacation in Norway. There were more Norwegian hotel guest nights compared to before the pandemic, but a slight decrease compared with April last year, when there was a rush of guests after the pandemic, says advisor Boyd Oyier in Statistics Norway (SSB).

Including guest nights from camping sites, holiday dwellings and youth hostels, there were 2.3 million guest nights at commercial accommodation establishments in April 2023. This is 75 000 fewer than in April last year.

Figure 1. Guest nights at hotels by country of residence. April 2019-2023

Fewer camping guest nights

  • 311 000 guest night at camping sites in April 2023
  • 10 percent decrease compared with April 2022
  • Norwegian guest night down 11 percent
  • Foreign guest nights up 1.2 percent

Guest nights at holiday dwellings and youth hostels

  • 274 000 guest nights at holiday dwellings and youth hostels
  • Norwegian guest nights down 5.3 percent
  • Foreign guest nights down 13 percent

In accordance with definitions from Eurostat, refugees should be excluded from tourism statistics and not be considered as guests in the context of tourism statistics when they stay at a tourist accommodation establishment. Refugees from Ukraine cannot be assigned by purpose as holiday, occupation or course, conference. It was not possible to extract all refugees guest nights and some stays are included in the statistics. For accommodation establishments that have more than 25 guest nights from Ukraine during the month, the guest nights have been removed from the statistic. Establishments that are exclusively hosting refugees are not included in the statistics.