After several years with strong growth, the numbers of Chinese tourists spending the night in Norwegian hotels have fallen this summer. So have the numbers of overnight visitors from the UK and Sweden, while Germans and Americans pushed the numbers up.
The trend from June continued in July, according to the latest figures from state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway). It’s been another strong summer in Norway, with another record in total overnight stays, but fewer foreigners were among the guests at Norwegian hotels. The decline was biggest in Oslo and Hordaland county, where Bergen is a major tourist destination.
Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that the number of Chinese overnight guests at Norwegian hotels fell nearly 13 percent in July, while British guests were down nearly 19 percent and Swedish guests fell by 14 percent. German hotel guests rose by 3.4 percent, meanwhile, and there were nearly 16 percent more Americans at Norwegian hotels this summer than last, aided by a strong US dollar.
The number of total overnight stays in July, however, was up by around 2 percent. There were 2.6 percent fewer foreign hotel guests but 4.7 percent more Norwegian guests, with most of the increase logged in Southern Norway.