Norwegian hotels in all of the country’s cities reported higher occupancy rates this past summer. Tromsø did the best, beating all other cities in Norway not least because it hosted the World Chess Championships in August.
The summer season was also strong for hotels in the country’s largest market, Oslo, and around the capital’s main airport at Gardermoen, reported newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) recently. Room sales were up 4 percent during the period June 16 to August 17, when Oslo generally is otherwise fairly quiet because of vacationing Norwegians.
Tromsø’s sales were up 42 percent and occupancy rates were nearly 100 percent (with most hotels fully booked) during the first half of August. “It was a fantastic development,” Peter Wiederstrøm of Horwath Consulting, which analyzed the occupancy statistics, told DN, noting that Tromsø has been attracting more and more visitors at all times of the year.
Stavanger had the next biggest increase in sales, up 15 percent, while Bergen, a popular summer destination, was up 10 percent and could boast occupancy rates of 85 percent.. That was followed by Kristiansand, with occupancy rates of 78 percent.