Tourists not scared off
July 27, 2011
The summer tourism is at its height in Norway and the vast majority haven’t been scared off by last Friday’s bombing in downtown Oslo, or by a subsequent massacre on an island outside of town. Officials in the tourism industry haven’t seen any mass cancellations and some visitors have even extended their stays in a show of support.
“When we saw all the piles of flowers, we had to stay in Oslo a day longer,” Kai Dragowsky, a surgeon from Berlin, told newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN). He and his family laid down their own roses as well and wanted to stay in the city longer.
Hotel operators report no decline in bookings, while officials at the coastal voyage Hurtigruten said they received some phone calls from uneasy British and American passengers, but none had changed their travel plans as yet. “We haven’t had any cancellations,” said Ragnar Norum of Hurtigruten.
Two hotels in the Choice chain in Oslo were forced to close after the bombing because they were located near the government complex and access was cut off. Both have since re-opened and there have been no cancellations.
Roar Ingdal of Choice said one man actually called and said there was “no way he was going to allow some nut to get him to change his plans.” A spokesman for the nearby Radisson Blu Plaza hotel reported that bookings had increased the past two days.
Views and News staff