There were almost 1.2 million Norwegian and 366,000 foreign Notice the difference between “guest nights” and “guest”. One guest may have several guest the hotels in January this year, an increase of 3.6 and 18 per cent respectively from January 2023.

–  The increase in foreign guest nights at hotels after the pandemic period continues. In January this year, there were almost as many foreign guest nights at hotels as in January 2020, says adviser Boyd Oyier in Statistics Norway.

If we add guest nights at camping sites, All types of establishments with a rental unit (apartments, huts etc.) with self-catering and limited service. Stays are short-term., there were a total of 1.8 million guest nights at The numbers refer to hotels, short-term holiday dwellings, camping sites, and youth hostels. in January 2024. That is 81,000 more than in January last year, according to new figures from the accommodation statistics.

Figure 1. Norwegian and foreign guest nights at hotels. January 2019-2024

Regional differences at hotels

Oslo, Akershus and Vestland contributed most to the overall increase for guest nights at hotels. These three counties accounted for 74 per cent of the total  increase in the number of guest nights at hotels.

Foreign guest nights increased in almost all counties, and mostly in Oslo and Vestland. Norwegian guest nights increased most in Oslo and Akershus.

Oslo had the highest number in hotel guest nights with 343,000, followed by Vestland with 178,000.

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.

In January 2024 three existing counties became seven new ones, and now there are 15 counties in Norway. The statistical publication from January 2024 and onward will use the new counties, which were valid from 2024. At the same time, Statistics Norway will cease the publication of "Guest nights so far this year" and the total guest night figures at the municipal level.

Due to the changes new tables have been created. Historical data back to 2016 are republished to conform to the new counties. At the same time, Statistics Norway has published new tables with annual figures.