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Key figures

1.8

million hotel guest nights in March 2018

Guest nights, by type of accommodation and month
March 2018Guest nights so far this year
Guest nights, totalGuest nights, NorwegianGuest nights, foreign nationalsMarch 2018
Guest nights, total2 279 5831 719 259560 3245 968 758
 
Hotels and similar establishments1 793 7341 381 286412 4484 856 432
Camping sites234 035208 99225 043457 739
Holiday dwellings231 596115 646115 950607 069
Youth hostels20 21813 3356 88347 518

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Table 1 
Hotels and similar establishments. Number of open establishments, beds and rooms, by county

Hotels and similar establishments. Number of open establishments, beds and rooms, by county
EstablishmentsBedsRooms
March 2017March 2018March 2017March 2018March 2017March 2018
The whole country922898162 107168 51377 23379 560
Østfold26243 4143 0861 5521 508
Akershus414413 64015 1986 8737 395
Oslo697123 50024 86312 31813 010
Hedmark38346 2126 1092 5902 466
Oppland827811 68611 8765 0394 992
Buskerud676411 65211 7224 7964 783
Vestfold27287 0299 6672 7203 526
Telemark31304 1274 2551 8451 828
Aust-Agder20192 1832 087888874
Vest-Agder27255 6175 0472 2141 947
Rogaland646411 82712 3026 3556 696
Hordaland899016 38917 5757 9188 577
Sogn og Fjordane49454 8964 6282 3562 225
Møre og Romsdal53527 3917 6183 8553 866
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)585510 34910 1064 8844 729
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)30283 1203 1601 6581 649
Nordland73748 0318 2503 9454 024
Troms - Romsa38346 5966 5873 1203 197
Finnmark - Finnmárku33313 5563 4211 9021 828
Svalbard78892956405440

Table 2 
Hotels and similar establishments. Guest nights, by nationality of the guests

Hotels and similar establishments. Guest nights, by nationality of the guests
March 2017March 2018Per cent
March 2017 - March 2018
Total1 789 4751 793 7340.2
Foreign national, total380 218412 4488.5
Norway1 409 2571 381 286-2.0
Denmark54 80655 8691.9
Finland7 5917 8473.4
Iceland2 0622 1695.2
Sweden74 15466 066-10.9
Belgium3 8613 9271.7
Estonia1 6291 6702.5
France9 58513 82144.2
Greece1 0191 0210.2
Ireland1 3342 35676.6
Italy9 29010 83416.6
Latvia1 4821 205-18.7
Malta223156-30.0
Netherlands17 22316 719-2.9
Liechtenstein291285-2.1
Luxembourg25738851.0
Poland9 9458 723-12.3
Portugal9221 68082.2
Lithuania2 1522 118-1.6
Spain7 67813 04669.9
United Kingdom44 08643 341-1.7
Russia4 0184 54413.1
Switzerland6 5417 45914.0
Turkey1 229949-22.8
Germany35 06743 76824.8
Slovenia7698449.8
Ukraine54372032.6
Hungary1 2241 46119.4
Austria2 9553 89431.8
Slovakia59673924.0
Czech Republic1 9442 42124.5
South Africa62172015.9
Japan4 0793 666-10.1
China7 0046 720-4.1
South Korea8509218.4
Cyprus15888-44.3
Canada1 5432 57066.6
Mexico50376051.1
United States27 55334 36324.7
Brazil2 4421 736-28.9
Australia3 0655 44077.5
New Zealand00.
The rest of Europe4 6014 8495.4
The rest of South America1 0701 97284.3
The rest of Oceania8021 33065.8
The rest of Asia18 97724 94331.4
The rest of Africa2 4742 330-5.8
Unknown00.

Table 3 
Hotels and similar establishments. Guest nights and utilisation of capacity, by county

Hotels and similar establishments. Guest nights and utilisation of capacity, by county
March 2017March 2018
TotalForeign national, totalNorwayUtilisation of beds (per cent)Utilisation of rooms (per cent)TotalForeign national, totalNorwayUtilisation of beds (per cent)Utilisation of rooms (per cent)
The whole country1 789 475380 2181 409 25736.254.31 793 734412 4481 381 28635.650.4
Østfold30 4045 42924 97529.146.428 2964 40723 88930.044.6
Akershus163 22527 640135 58540.265.2154 79028 178126 61235.556.7
Oslo381 877114 687267 19052.573.6377 028120 735256 29350.967.1
Hedmark81 52337 12144 40242.554.489 78639 76950 01748.558.8
Oppland127 27039 63087 64036.045.4149 73642 061107 67542.051.7
Buskerud121 45019 817101 63334.248.1136 19722 470113 72738.449.9
Vestfold44 8193 90440 91520.734.554 7003 87250 82819.028.4
Telemark35 7626 26029 50228.039.438 9467 86431 08229.939.3
Aust-Agder14 5941 86712 72722.041.014 4151 55812 85722.935.3
Vest-Agder38 7143 85134 86322.444.940 2553 00137 25426.147.2
Rogaland110 62815 50695 12230.547.8103 32215 99487 32827.941.8
Hordaland147 61125 230122 38129.845.7161 05234 079126 97330.142.8
Sogn og Fjordane30 6853 16727 51821.234.831 1094 21026 89923.334.6
Møre og Romsdal60 9699 14951 82027.042.552 4447 05145 39323.737.1
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)122 04610 685111 36138.659.6110 8109 187101 62336.555.0
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)31 2101 90229 30832.651.030 9262 44328 48333.648.7
Nordland82 34610 00972 33733.850.870 53810 32760 21128.544.2
Troms - Romsa110 09131 40878 68354.678.596 75939 62957 13048.064.7
Finnmark - Finnmárku39 4299 50629 92335.950.635 1999 81025 38933.645.6
Svalbard-----17 4265 80311 62358.877.4

Table 4 
Hotels and similar establishments. Revenue and price per room, by county

Hotels and similar establishments. Revenue and price per room, by county
March 2018
RevenuePrice per room (NOK)
The whole country1 135 201 509950
Østfold16 617 379814
Akershus112 843 225940
Oslo258 235 045993
Hedmark49 290 9991 127
Oppland68 708 750895
Buskerud72 950 3961 020
Vestfold25 108 105852
Telemark19 579 959894
Aust-Agder9 265 271995
Vest-Agder23 038 673823
Rogaland71 361 327847
Hordaland102 196 060916
Sogn og Fjordane22 295 7031 005
Møre og Romsdal32 395 880779
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)71 631 272917
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)22 233 446951
Nordland52 095 240977
Troms - Romsa62 816 422992
Finnmark - Finnmárku23 393 603916
Svalbard19 144 7541 812

Table 5 
Hotels and similar establishments. Guest nights, by county and purpose

Hotels and similar establishments. Guest nights, by county and purpose
March 2017March 2018
Guest nights, totalCourse, conferenceOccupationHoliday, recreationGuest nights, totalCourse, conferenceOccupationHoliday, recreation
Guest nights1 789 475332 851704 227752 3971 793 734253 533668 897871 304
Østfold30 4046 62013 05110 73328 2964 50811 33812 450
Akershus163 22558 96068 45135 814154 79048 66265 45140 677
Oslo381 87749 752165 632166 493377 02836 456164 272176 300
Hedmark81 52310 64517 40153 47789 7866 92622 35460 506
Oppland127 27016 08825 69385 489149 73615 93426 452107 350
Buskerud121 45028 88522 23170 334136 19720 60719 93795 653
Vestfold44 81921 30212 81310 70454 70027 01816 16311 519
Telemark35 7624 55910 24820 95538 9464 2598 52126 166
Aust-Agder14 5943 3316 6064 65714 4151 3436 0467 026
Vest-Agder38 7144 15722 75311 80440 2554 42917 16518 661
Rogaland110 62818 08862 52730 013103 32211 67258 16133 489
Hordaland147 61118 49662 04367 072161 05218 59056 07986 383
Sogn og Fjordane30 6859 11914 5657 00131 1095 62013 22212 267
Møre og Romsdal60 9697 36234 78818 81952 4445 53129 23017 683
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)122 04631 35851 95538 733110 81018 34549 96442 501
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)31 2108 71915 1107 38130 9266 94215 0868 898
Nordland82 34615 25740 60226 48770 5385 59635 47429 468
Troms - Romsa110 09113 24338 93657 91296 7596 67233 84956 238
Finnmark - Finnmárku39 4293 41618 33817 67535 1993 06314 96917 167
Svalbard14 8223 49448410 84417 4261 3605 16410 902

Table 6 
Camping sites. Number of camping sites and huts/rooms, by county

Camping sites. Number of camping sites and huts/rooms, by county
March 2018
Camping sitesHuts/rooms
The whole country2544 340
Østfold465
Akershus16
Oslo136
Hedmark28374
Oppland41762
Buskerud21310
Vestfold247
Telemark17176
Aust-Agder11288
Vest-Agder5171
Rogaland9158
Hordaland21290
Sogn og Fjordane18395
Møre og Romsdal6163
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)16220
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)15129
Nordland21455
Troms - Romsa8107
Finnmark - Finnmárku9188

Table 7 
Camping sites. Guest nights, by nationality of the guests and county

Camping sites. Guest nights, by nationality of the guests and county
TotalForeign national, totalNorwayDenmarkFinlandIcelandSwedenBelgiumEstoniaFranceGreeceIrelandItalyLatviaMaltaNetherlandsLiechtensteinLuxembourgPolandPortugalLithuaniaSpainUnited KingdomRussiaSwitzerlandTurkeyGermanySloveniaUkraineHungaryAustriaSlovakiaCzech RepublicSouth AfricaJapanChinaSouth KoreaCyprusCanadaMexicoUnited StatesBrazilAustraliaNew ZealandThe rest of EuropeThe rest of South AmericaThe rest of OceaniaThe rest of AsiaThe rest of AfricaUnknown
March 2018
The whole country234 03525 043208 9922 633501584 618227746754282174191714486002 46905881 086860313331573 4721955112136147199011125461226180634701 915201799390
Østfold3 7828562 926446021528420002960000860020010144000000000000000002800000
Akershus:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::0:::::0
Oslo:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::0:::::0
Hedmark22 9411 81621 12577400628079002013409006008501071000000000000030009420000
Oppland44 2661 44442 82233328015040121002588010500158003216114002470464000028005060003200100
Buskerud27 5592 22325 336805185727314014063500310068062291881231322650000521080000100803002121600
Vestfold:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::0:::::0
Telemark7 0552496 80665002900001000120033003680005300000000000006000000600
Aust-Agder7 4756426 83342006000004006100200124000471000000000000000000004000
Vest-Agder7 2741137 161370000020000000019005174204000000000001406000020100
Rogaland9 4982509 2487500203163000300008906000002100000000000000000900500
Hordaland10 2381 4708 768370078401100920040014302909577200890473420000300002000487003600
Sogn og Fjordane13 95785113 1067340110811000504014001890367681700560000070051180001007061302000
Møre og Romsdal5 7571 7064 05132301350345600022000011302718104203134000200812000600092300000
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)26 91370426 209030318300000002001100012693130122000000000000000003100000
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)10 5455759 9700004793020020000000366002101700000000000003600000000
Nordland15 0443 54111 5032064014342282306033321117700250818120259931 12700374423801111600067580571041210
Troms - Romsa5 9543 5012 45316250010881179273226281124550020905249311921105404434057284010062400063882903610542380
Finnmark - Finnmárku3 8461 1572 6892112501002095400313996001709521221138121030012240320400030254400148003300
Svalbard00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

Table 8 
Camping sites. Guest nights, by type of accommodation and county

Camping sites. Guest nights, by type of accommodation and county
March 2018
Seasonal contractsGuest nights, totalTent/caravanCamperHutSeasonal contract
The whole country10 922234 03517 72717 39573 512125 401
Østfold1243 7821 0381782 286280
Akershus::::::
Oslo::::::
Hedmark1 38822 9411 8635965 66714 815
Oppland2 29744 2661 1432 42110 60330 099
Buskerud1 47427 5591 0751 4277 43017 627
Vestfold::::::
Telemark5177 055587503 0313 216
Aust-Agder6657 4751852063 9583 126
Vest-Agder3817 2741014719055 797
Rogaland4879 4982511 2391 6236 385
Hordaland63710 2381 1001 1784 0213 939
Sogn og Fjordane30913 9576229828 1214 232
Møre og Romsdal1555 757996404 025993
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)92226 9132 2419602 32721 385
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)69610 545409333 3466 226
Nordland51215 0446391 5716 6606 174
Troms - Romsa2005 9545135264 479436
Finnmark - Finnmárku903 8461081993 060479

Table 9 
Holiday dwellings. Number of holiday dwelings, by month and county

Holiday dwellings. Number of holiday dwelings, by month and county
March 2018
Holiday dwellingsCottages/rooms
The whole country3795 603
Østfold00
Akershus12
Oslo16
Hedmark17243
Oppland57916
Buskerud441 124
Vestfold778
Telemark20278
Aust-Agder10143
Vest-Agder10295
Rogaland26231
Hordaland31397
Sogn og Fjordane34393
Møre og Romsdal19136
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)21368
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)1167
Nordland42635
Troms - Romsa17177
Finnmark - Finnmárku11114

Table 10 
Holiday dwellings. Guest nights, by nationality of the guests and county

Holiday dwellings. Guest nights, by nationality of the guests and county
TotalForeign national, totalNorwayDenmarkFinlandIcelandSwedenBelgiumEstoniaFranceGreeceIrelandItalyLatviaMaltaNetherlandsLiechtensteinLuxembourgPolandPortugalLithuaniaSpainUnited KingdomRussiaSwitzerlandTurkeyGermanySloveniaUkraineHungaryAustriaSlovakiaCzech RepublicSouth AfricaJapanChinaSouth KoreaCyprusCanadaMexicoUnited StatesBrazilAustraliaNew ZealandThe rest of EuropeThe rest of South AmericaThe rest of OceaniaThe rest of AsiaThe rest of AfricaUnknown
March 2018
The whole country231 596115 950115 64644 4134584430 0044264632 028571841 81039304 2310172 5222141 7051 2512 9626471 4274213 264171431498914729818124334511211251 0411373030367224132 904270
Østfold00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
Akershus:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::0:::::0
Oslo:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::0:::::0
Hedmark7 6783 2774 4013841062 43271312800400480020097840008800000600000000000000040
Oppland43 43615 98027 4567 7442651 7224531270091106760030181225486918904 37500082047000001404401301111300
Buskerud89 77556 02733 74823 962842724 1451115836001414702 38400190716874733283763 57017002703500200490630009003770
Vestfold93623370314861100320000000015600000003100000000000000000000200
Telemark17 3089 9037 4058 076201942401230600007300100103256701206780006018000000000001100070
Aust-Agder13 8734 8649 0093 9560010000000000062815010000012700000000000000000000100
Vest-Agder6 6101 1025 5083100155004003112401300310310300060400031000000000100003100300
Rogaland3 6793763 30300000000000080037000000086000012400000000600011500000
Hordaland12 2514 7797 47254471245685517413043101910045135946209256342412474071020527223432202121203697055401081150
Sogn og Fjordane4 6371 4703 167170050047902870240028802164355002232040018384170400061450280020600
Møre og Romsdal1 8478051 04200011200000000217004030000000280001400000000000003100000
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)5 1622 0193 143110026569030000018002203306103001 3710550006300000000000000000
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)961409211700230000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
Nordland16 40810 7965 61211087069219821 0190941 4423104650162924219418361109761221 0630324340045052208251117462112516706218321 40120
Troms - Romsa4 8973 6621 2351680130040147016100350082080225383209474048204504420190481100100230100240035100
Finnmark - Finnmárku1 7656171 1484638421532660022207900000163433300550002700120000001021100007920

Table 11 
Guest nights, by nationality of the guests and type of establishment

Guest nights, by nationality of the guests and type of establishment
March 2018
TotalHotels and similar establishmentsCamping sitesHoliday dwellingsHostelling International
Total2 279 5831 793 734234 035231 59620 218
Foreign national, total560 324412 44825 043115 9506 883
Norway1 719 2591 381 286208 992115 64613 335
Denmark103 28355 8692 63344 413368
Finland8 8607 84750145854
Iceland2 3082 169584437
Sweden101 39066 0664 61830 004702
Belgium4 9253 927227426345
Estonia3 2241 670746463345
France17 24813 8217542 028645
Greece1 1121 02128576
Ireland2 6142 3562118453
Italy13 64210 8347411 810257
Latvia2 7221 205917393207
Malta1701561400
Netherlands21 53716 7194864 231101
Liechtenstein285285000
Luxembourg4053880170
Poland13 9238 7232 4692 522209
Portugal2 2761 6800214382
Lithuania4 4412 1185881 70530
Spain15 71013 0461 0861 251327
United Kingdom47 55443 3418602 962391
Russia5 5724 54431364768
Switzerland9 3207 4593311 427103
Turkey1 064949574216
Germany60 97543 7683 47213 264471
Slovenia88484419174
Ukraine9317205514313
Hungary1 6101 4611121423
Austria5 0843 89413698965
Slovakia1 05573914714722
Czech Republic3 1372 421199298219
South Africa77272001834
Japan3 8143 6661112413
China7 2746 72012533495
South Korea1 02592146517
Cyprus9388113
Canada2 8232 5702221120
Mexico80676062515
United States35 98734 3631801 041403
Brazil1 9691 7366313733
Australia5 8675 4404730377
New Zealand00000
The rest of Europe7 2404 8491 915367109
The rest of South America2 2861 9722022470
The rest of Oceania1 3671 33017137
The rest of Asia28 97824 9439932 904138
The rest of Africa2 7622 330927396
Unknown00000

About the statistics

Accommodation is an important part of the Norwegian tourism industry. The accommodation statistics measures the level and development of the guest nights at Norwegian accommodation establishments. Accommodation establishments in these statistics refer to hotels, short-term holiday dwellings, camping sites and youth hostels.

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

The number of hotels corresponds to the number of establishments open to the public at least one day during the reference period.

Beds and rooms correspond to the number of beds and rooms in hotels open to the public.

Utilisation of bed capacity corresponds to the number of guest nights in per cent of the number of available beds, where the number of available beds is the number of beds multiplied by the establishment's number of open days during the reference period.

Utilisation of room capacity corresponds to the number of occupied rooms in per cent of the number of available rooms, where the number of available rooms is the number of rooms multiplied by the establishment's number of open days during the reference period.

The number of camping sites and holiday dwellings correspond to the number of open establishments during the reference period.

The number of rooms and beds represent two different ways of measuring hotel capacity. In theory, hotels with only double rooms can obtain an occupancy rate of 100 per cent, while the bed capacity is 50 per cent only. The utilisation of room and the utilisation of bed capacity may therefore develop differently from one period to another.

Holiday dwellings are self-catering huts/rooms with limited service. The service does not include the making of beds, cleaning of rooms and sanitary equipment. The establishments must be under the same management, be run on a commercial basis and have their own reception.

Unit: Family or party of tourists who shares a hut/room irrespective of number of people in the group.

Unit night: Unit used one night.

Guest night: One person accommodated one night.

Country of residence: A person is considered to be a resident in a country (place) if the person has lived for most of the past year or 12 months in that country (place), or has lived in that country (place) for a shorter period and intends to return within 12 months to live in that country (place).International tourists should be classified according to their country of residence, not according to their citizenship. From a tourism standpoint any person who moves to another country (place) and intends to stay there for more than one year is immediately assimilated with other residents of that country (place). Citizens residing abroad who return to their country of citizenship on a temporary visit are included with non-resident visitors. Citizenship is indicated in the person's passport (or other identification document), while country of residence has to be determined by means of question or inferred e.g. from the person's address.


Seasonal contract: Caravan on seasonal contract means the rent of an area at a fixed price irrespective of use.

The total capacity for a camping site is the total of number of huts and areas for tents/caravans or campers.

Standard classifications

Lodging turnover is exclusive of turnover for food, regardless of meals being included in the sales price.

There may be changes in capacity during the year. On the basis of information on bed and room capacity per month, the annual or seasonal capacity is calculated as a monthly average.

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Accommodation
Topic: Transport and tourism

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Responsible division

Division for business cycle statistics

Regional level

County. Municipality by request.

Frequency and timeliness

Monthly

International reporting

Data are reported to Eurostat, the UN and the OECD.

Microdata

Microdata are stored in Oracle databases and as files in SAS and ASCII format.

Background

Background and purpose

The purpose of the statistics is to measure the level and development in the guest nights at Norwegian collective accommodation establishments, which are an important part of the Norwegian tourism industry.

The accommodation statistics for hotels and similar establishments were established in 1950.
The accommodation statistics for camping sites were established in 1968.
The accommodation statistics for holiday dwellings were established in 1998.

Figures for Hostelling International Norway were published for the first time in Statistics Norway's annual publication in 1965 and included in Statistics Norway's monthly figures from July 2002.

The scope of the statistics has been revised several times. Further information is provided in chapter Production - comparability over time and space.

Users and applications

The Ministry of Trade and Industry, Innovation Norway (formerly the Norwegian Tourist Board), and trade organisations, research institutes and international organisations such as Eurostat use the statistics.

Knowledge of the tourist traffic to Norway is important for research and for measuring the results of Norwegian marketing efforts abroad, and also form a basis for the Government's backing of tourism as a growth area.

The Division for National Accounts in Statistics Norway is also an important user.

Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 8 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given in the Statistics Release Calendar.

Coherence with other statistics

The Division for National Accounts uses the hotel data in their quarterly publishing.

The accommodation statistics are used to check the quality of the Travel- and Holiday Survey and the Structural Business Statistics for Hotels and Restaurants.

The accommodation statistics are also used for estimates in the quarterly turnover index for transport and tourism.

Legal authority

The Statistics Act of 1989, §§2-2 and 2-3

EEA reference

REGULATION (EU) No 692/2011 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 6 July 2011 concerning European statistics on tourism and repealing Council Directive 95/57/EC

Production

Population

The statistics cover all hotels and similar establishments, camping sites with a capacity of  at least at least 30 units, holiday dwellings with a capacity of at least 10 bedplaces, and all youth hostels.

Data sources and sampling

Data reported directly from the establishment's booking systems and Internet questionnaire.

Total count for establishments that are larger than the threshold set out in Chapter Production - population. Data for minor establishments - above cut off - are anyway calculated.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

The questionnaires are sent out at the end of the month M. The response deadline is the 10th of the month M+1.

 All questionnaires and all data reported electronically are subject to logic and mathematical checks.

For non-respondents, missing values are calculated based on data from similar establishments in same stratum.

There is a high statistical correlation between the share of business guest nights and the price the hotel obtains in the market. This statistical correlation is used to calculate room revenue and other lodging revenue for establishments that have not submitted information on turnover.

About 5 per cent of the establishments do not respond. For these establishments number of guest nights and sales are calculated. These calculations are based on the assumption that non-respondents have same utility of capacity for beds and rooms as the respondents within same strata (hotel and region. With knowledge about capacity for all non-respondents, the number of guest night can be calculated.

Seasonal adjustment

 

Figures are published in original forms. Some figurs for hotells are seasonally adjusted by using X12ARIMA, http://www.ssb.no/maanedshefte/del1/kifig46n.shtml

Confidentiality

The accommodation statistics is released according to the directions given in the Statistics Act, section 2-6:

Information collected in accordance with any prescribed obligation to provide information, shall under no circumstances be published in such a way that it may be traced back to the supplier of any data or to any other identifiable individual to the detriment of the person concerned, or to the unreasonable detriment of the latter if the supplier of the data or the individual is an undertaking of the kind mentioned in § 5-1 third paragraph[1] or a public organisation.

Comparability over time and space

The hotel statistics were established in 1950. Due to several changes in the scope of the statistics, these are not comparable for the whole period. Except for two extensions (1990 and 1995), when more nationalities were included in the statistics, the hotel statistics are fully comparable from 1985. In connection with the revision of the Hotel Act in 1984, the approval system was removed and this resulted in an increase in the number of establishments. The statistical gap from 1984 to 1985 is documented in "Norsk Hotellnæring 1950 - 1990. Sosiale og økonomiske studier 77, Statistisk sentralbyrå" (Norwegian only).

The camping statistics were established in 1968 and were revised in 1988, 1996 and 1998.
In 1988, a register with information on opening hours and capacity was established, enabling estimates for non-respondents.

In 1996, more nationalities were included, in accordance with Council Directive 95/57/EC of 23 November 1995 on the collection of statistical information in the field of tourism.

In 1998, the cover was extended to include overnight stays in caravans on seasonal contracts. The camping statistics were also extended to include the winter and autumn season and to include consecutive monthly publication. The camping statistics are therefore comparable from 1998.

The holiday dwelling statistics were established in 1998 and can be compared from 1998 to 2002. In 2002, some establishments in the hotel statistics were reclassified as holiday dwellings. As a result the statistics are not comparable from 2002 to 2003.

The holiday dwellings and the camping sites reported their statistics in unit nights (see Chapter Production - poulation). Unit nights were however converted to number of guest nights based on empirical studies, indicating that an average family/travel company sharing a hut consists of three people.Since January 2013, the holiday dwellings and campsites have been asked to report guest nights. However, some camping sites have continued to report unit days. A major revision and correction of figures from such camping sites was carried out in June 2014. This affects comparability with previous periods to a degree, but in the long term will lead to improved guest night figures for camping sites.

From 2004, some larger holiday dwellings with larger huts report number of guest nights instead. These holiday dwellings accommodate families/travel companies of more than three people. This has affected the comparability from 2003 to 2004.

From January 2013 the prodction of the statistics are severly changed. New cut off based on international regulations (cf. Poulation above). It is guest nights that are collected (not unit nights) and establishments ard identified in Business Register and some other business surveys. These have lead to more establishments in the population. Some establishments have changed NACE. All together the changes makes data for camping and holiday dwellings NOT comparable with data from 2012 and before. Data for hotels are comparable, but use data on minor regional area, municipalities, with careness.

Figures for Svalbard have in 2013 been included in the ordinary tourism statistics twice. First Svalbard was include from March 2013.  In July 2013 figures for Svalbardt were included for January and February in the Statistics Bank. Thes might lead to inconsistency between data for Norway in the bank, and data for Norway in the articles for January - May 2013.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

In general, errors can occur both when the questionnaire is being completed (respondents submit incorrect information) and during the registration of questionnaires (optical reading).

Non-response: By the date the questionnaires are due back the response rate is about 60 per cent. After reminders have been sent out the response increases to 90-95 per cent. Total and partial non-response are calculated automatically. Calculation or imputation of values for no-response establishments is based on other esteblishments' data in the same stratum. Stratum is given by county and accommodation capacity. By imputation of values, there may be significantly uncertainty which again may have major impact on data at smaller regional areas.

Accommodation statistics updated its population regularly against Business Register since January 2013. New establishments, establishments that had changed their major activities was either added to or removed from the population. There may be delay as well as errors and omissions in this process, which can reduce comparability of data over time.

Guest nights for camping sites and holiday dwellings are in most cases based on assessments. Errors and omissions in reporting in one period uncovered in editing in later periods can reduce data  comparability, especially  for smaller regional areas. Such errors may in some cases be enlarged through calculation of non-responses.

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