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Key figures

9.4 %

change in guest nights from October 2018 to October 2019

Guest nights
Guest nightsChange in per cent
October 2019So far this yearOctober 2018 - October 2019So far this year vs last year
Guest nights, total2 231 65931 568 3109.43.5
Hotels and similar establishments1 922 99821 863 4979.75.0
Camping sites173 4257 282 5765.51.3
Holiday dwellings113 9152 116 37512.9-3.5
Youth hostels21 321305 862-1.8-1.6

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Table 1 
Hotels. Open establishments, beds and rooms, by county

Hotels. Open establishments, beds and rooms, by county
EstablishmentsBedsRooms
October 2018October 2019October 2018October 2019October 2018October 2019
The whole country882944175 458184 66279 03984 269
Østfold26263 3863 3811 5641 623
Akershus444415 92416 0817 6777 708
Oslo697424 74229 70712 37314 721
Hedmark33365 3166 2602 0472 473
Oppland687712 00011 9184 8214 714
Buskerud565811 48011 0224 3424 308
Vestfold282910 38710 5883 4583 553
Telemark30334 9795 3002 0072 247
Aust-Agder19212 3072 253889924
Vest-Agder26256 5245 8452 3072 220
Rogaland657112 74213 5656 3956 962
Hordaland859518 75020 0828 8449 364
Sogn og Fjordane47535 2915 8612 5412 781
Møre og Romsdal57588 0668 0173 9433 972
Trøndelag829013 74814 7576 4296 994
Nordland74798 1838 5673 9514 143
Troms - Romsa33367 1347 0383 1853 304
Finnmark - Finnmárku32303 5463 4831 8141 791
Svalbard89953937452467

Table 2 
Guest nights at hotels, by country of residence.

Guest nights at hotels, by country of residence.
Guest nightsPer cent
October 2018October 2019October 2018 - October 2019
Total1 752 3691 922 9989.7
Foreign national, total339 829387 93014.2
Norway1 412 5401 535 0688.7
Denmark20 27022 61911.6
Finland7 1667 8789.9
Iceland1 7761 8403.6
Sweden46 56546 379-0.4
Albania6712586.6
Andorra46147219.6
Belgium3 7803 8772.6
Bosnia-Herzegovina6312192.1
Bulgaria3601 063195.3
Estonia1 3562 36674.5
France9 68811 92923.1
Greece1 4571 115-23.5
Belarus154331114.9
Ireland1 8631 9203.1
Italy8 4898 273-2.5
Kosovo715114.3
Croatia45468150.0
Latvia1 2551 240-1.2
Liechtenstein72144100.0
Lithuania2 3573 23337.2
Luxembourg156317103.2
North Macedonia77166115.6
Malta151368143.7
Moldova365963.9
Monaco6147-23.0
Montenegro9010011.1
Netherlands10 43712 07415.7
Poland10 61713 18524.2
Portugal1 3602 65995.5
Romania1 5901 85816.9
Russia2 8914 65761.1
San Marino123-75.0
Serbia21828128.9
Slovakia7521 06341.4
Slovenia497368-26.0
United Kingdom27 97432 56216.4
Spain9 68110 66610.2
Switzerland5 8696 86216.9
Czech Republic1 6501 486-9.9
Turkey8111 52688.2
Germany31 65433 3225.3
Ukraine1 0911 30519.6
Hungary1 1041 53338.9
Austria2 7893 65030.9
Vatican City State293831.0
South Africa6411 16281.3
United Arab Emirates8721 40160.7
India3 2766 908110.9
Indonesia1 9011 821-4.2
Malaysia1 3851 85834.2
Qatar31457382.5
Singapore1 3981 61615.6
Taiwan2 0322 47521.8
Thailand4 0636 06049.2
Japan4 6675 85325.4
China22 70826 88718.4
South Korea2 3983 40642.0
Cyprus195162-16.9
Canada2 9072 663-8.4
Mexico3 023729-75.9
United States46 37753 51815.4
Brazil2 4993 03521.4
Australia6 2435 975-4.3
New Zealand...
The rest of Europe...
The rest of Europe 2018-00.
The rest of South America2 5192 280-9.5
The rest of Oceania1 289815-36.8
The rest of Asia...
The rest of Asia 2018-7 6359 80228.4
The rest of Africa2 6453 48031.6
Unknown...

Table 3 
Hotels. Utilisation of capacity by county

Hotels. Utilisation of capacity by county
October 2018October 2019
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 752 369339 8291 412 54032.753.51 922 998387 9301 535 06834.154.3
Østfold35 1886 44528 74333.957.635 9166 81829 09834.756.3
Akershus188 28929 610158 67938.262.8190 66730 322160 34538.359.9
Oslo392 383115 762276 62151.271.4470 463133 846336 61751.272.7
Hedmark47 7559 12138 63429.449.738 4443 79334 65120.136.6
Oppland72 27110 83161 44022.135.367 2987 48759 81119.933.0
Buskerud89 50811 68377 82525.847.094 94615 18779 75928.848.0
Vestfold39 5644 69134 87312.326.452 16512 49839 66715.930.3
Telemark30 5402 99927 54119.933.635 5792 91332 66621.934.0
Aust-Agder13 5421 51912 02318.937.213 2981 56711 73119.938.6
Vest-Agder43 3172 56240 75521.842.150 0044 46245 54227.751.4
Rogaland112 88417 83195 05328.646.4144 03626 117117 91934.354.9
Hordaland197 08150 505146 57634.152.5211 27156 268155 00334.152.4
Sogn og Fjordane39 9768 44331 53326.340.746 35611 11335 24327.643.2
Møre og Romsdal75 40712 76962 63830.350.370 30211 92158 38128.546.1
Trøndelag163 91715 768148 14938.562.5177 40616 786160 62038.961.1
Nordland79 94911 19568 75431.952.882 99010 35172 63931.951.2
Troms - Romsa89 87721 46568 41241.065.999 57328 90370 67045.969.0
Finnmark - Finnmárku32 0383 84228 19629.247.331 0783 82727 25128.846.8
Svalbard8 8832 7886 09530.144.411 2063 7517 45538.652.5

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

Hotels. Revenue and price per room, by county
October 2019
Revenue (nok)Price per room (NOK)
The whole country1 349 833 909966
Østfold24 290 444869
Akershus142 909 2791 000
Oslo350 829 8091 059
Hedmark22 039 827799
Oppland38 013 785875
Buskerud56 902 743928
Vestfold30 052 372903
Telemark20 124 025860
Aust-Agder10 174 382958
Vest-Agder28 772 464816
Rogaland109 384 068924
Hordaland140 826 142929
Sogn og Fjordane36 337 3351 062
Møre og Romsdal46 732 120832
Trøndelag134 592 6851 019
Nordland62 690 247974
Troms - Romsa64 725 462921
Finnmark - Finnmárku23 232 115895
Svalbard7 204 605948

Table 5 
Purpose of guest nights at hotels by county

Purpose of guest nights at hotels by county
October 2018October 2019
Guest nights, totalCourse, conferenceOccupationHoliday, recreationGuest nights, totalCourse, conferenceOccupationHoliday, recreation
Guest nights1 752 369290 597769 279692 4931 922 998282 611838 533801 854
Østfold35 1885 21616 61513 35735 9166 16018 36111 395
Akershus188 28960 71679 49548 078190 66755 54378 61456 510
Oslo392 38362 071162 377167 935470 46339 638204 791226 034
Hedmark47 7555 45619 66822 63138 4443 82016 61218 012
Oppland72 27112 65522 66936 94767 29813 99518 81934 484
Buskerud89 50818 64023 39447 47494 94621 82023 52249 604
Vestfold39 56412 93517 2659 36452 16519 42117 70815 036
Telemark30 5404 81513 01112 71435 5794 67117 04113 867
Aust-Agder13 5428946 7015 94713 2982 7505 9434 605
Vest-Agder43 3174 56119 51119 24550 0046 54522 07621 383
Rogaland112 88414 18164 10734 596144 03614 57082 87946 587
Hordaland197 08120 05678 60398 422211 27122 91386 066102 292
Sogn og Fjordane39 9765 65217 58216 74246 3564 48719 01422 855
Møre og Romsdal75 4079 37142 96623 07070 3026 78539 00024 517
Trøndelag163 91727 37884 24852 291177 40628 08287 65961 665
Nordland79 9499 36847 38223 19982 99010 55145 44726 992
Troms - Romsa89 87714 09935 52540 25399 57317 23035 12147 222
Finnmark - Finnmárku32 0381 80917 91712 31231 0782 73117 98710 360
Svalbard8 8837242437 91611 2068991 8738 434

Table 6 
Camping sites, campinghuts and rooms, by county

Camping sites, campinghuts and rooms, by county
October 2019
Camping sitesHuts/rooms
The whole country4095 999
Østfold562
Akershus26
Oslo151
Hedmark34470
Oppland49866
Buskerud31352
Vestfold565
Telemark26393
Aust-Agder14321
Vest-Agder9280
Rogaland20202
Hordaland34409
Sogn og Fjordane32493
Møre og Romsdal24422
Trøndelag50522
Nordland43702
Troms - Romsa18194
Finnmark - Finnmárku12189

Table 7 
Country of residence of campingguests, by county

Country of residence of campingguests, by county
October 2019TotalForeign national, totalNorwayDenmarkFinlandIcelandSwedenAlbaniaAndorraBelgiumBosnia-HerzegovinaBulgariaEstoniaFranceGreeceBelarusIrelandItalyKosovoCroatiaLatviaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgNorth MacedoniaMaltaMoldovaMonacoMontenegroNetherlandsPolandPortugalRomaniaRussiaSan MarinoSerbiaSlovakiaSloveniaUnited KingdomSpainSwitzerlandCzech RepublicTurkeyGermanyUkraineHungaryAustriaVatican City StateSouth AfricaUnited Arab EmiratesIndiaIndonesiaMalaysiaQatarSingaporeTaiwanThailandJapanChinaSouth KoreaCyprusCanadaMexicoUnited StatesBrazilAustraliaNew ZealandThe rest of EuropeThe rest of Europe 2018-The rest of South AmericaThe rest of OceaniaThe rest of AsiaThe rest of Asia 2018-The rest of AfricaUnknown
The whole country173 42523 804149 6211 176538632 958302130144814922101635601775441 499132800009952 63337814194015542241 4276836077304 702104502040615412426821546662531691457161961388..08411.56317.
Østfold6 5831 0125 571770035800000375000000000000000091190101000036000430080000000003000000000..000.00.
Akershus::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::..:::.::.
Oslo::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::..:::.::.
Hedmark13 1401 42711 71324002030060000000280092089000000137900700008104300570120001000200000000240..000.00.
Oppland27 6891 10226 5871181022070015002133000200120110000008714009000051623920275207402020000281140000604..000.98.
Buskerud18 91391018 003512017200200514000400004500000034840240300221093003092040080200200002000504..002.212.
Vestfold2 214382 1760005000001000000000100000027002000051100130000000000000000000000..000.00.
Telemark11 76255811 204501005300200115000000206700000033550012000012105402250020000000000000000000..000.00.
Aust-Agder4 9418254 116169222200700060007002501800000044130545001504192700252213005000000005350130809..000.530.
Vest-Agder1 6021711 431411700100020003008090000001850101006012840721000020000000011010100..000.10.
Rogaland8 7166808 036682013004010052003005055000000441370400060261629202322000010000000011080000..000.40.
Hordaland10 5063 3767 130451511930400170001020155670672000000352300642170041701698150025864322004000000180372040925..060.120.
Sogn og Fjordane10 2492 2328 017147175117300800444000740030419000000020122498136012122696250403366150113420220201177044013026018..000.273.
Møre og Romsdal10 1182 4237 6955140960016000900030010033200000941 4750240000213650052000000000000043800101502..001.80.
Trøndelag17 4901 01516 47514170137006003180005000013221000054551050034092212033023802130300011000708001201301..071.490.
Nordland11 3382 0349 304106142023700980011922042202005361000052365037002805213431120533293100002158001616047004016011..020.231.
Troms - Romsa6 9842 6654 31937154011400380431551101236000053260000979322921001901801461281205362343500040810536493041168848..0657.3530.
Finnmark - Finnmárku2 8801 0741 806501590250000039836006700306000000383003000501447500032800190003016065303260004017..040.33.
Svalbard...........................................................................

Table 8 
Guest nights for camping sites by type of accommodation and county

Guest nights for camping sites by type of accommodation and county
October 2019
Seasonal contractsGuest nights, totalTent/caravanCamperHutSeasonal contract
The whole country13 087173 42517 81120 39069 31765 907
Østfold2896 5835786042 7612 640
Akershus::::::
Oslo::::::
Hedmark1 40013 1407247945 4206 202
Oppland2 50227 6892 3902 7338 58513 981
Buskerud1 66118 9131 9191 1414 78811 065
Vestfold1892 2141231261 707258
Telemark60111 7624242 0915 8513 396
Aust-Agder4974 9415457342 834828
Vest-Agder3391 602228286606482
Rogaland9938 7162891 4942 2484 685
Hordaland86410 5069488335 8212 904
Sogn og Fjordane32210 2498311 2115 9522 255
Møre og Romsdal59810 1182751 3456 6371 861
Trøndelag1 62117 4901 0682 3734 2659 784
Nordland65711 3387991 2354 4654 839
Troms - Romsa4396 9841 1281 3453 945566
Finnmark - Finnmárku82 8802423612 127150

Table 9 
Number of holiday dwelings by county

Number of holiday dwelings by county
October 2019
Holiday dwellingsCottages/rooms
The whole country4685 367
Østfold18
Akershus494
Oslo266
Hedmark14119
Oppland56753
Buskerud43811
Vestfold758
Telemark21250
Aust-Agder12142
Vest-Agder14312
Rogaland26207
Hordaland41370
Sogn og Fjordane51445
Møre og Romsdal31195
Trøndelag33348
Nordland63755
Troms - Romsa31238
Finnmark - Finnmárku18196

Table 10 
Country of residence for guests at holiday dwellings, by county

Country of residence for guests at holiday dwellings, by county
October 2019TotalForeign national, totalNorwayDenmarkFinlandIcelandSwedenAlbaniaAndorraBelgiumBosnia-HerzegovinaBulgariaEstoniaFranceGreeceBelarusIrelandItalyKosovoCroatiaLatviaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgNorth MacedoniaMaltaMoldovaMonacoMontenegroNetherlandsPolandPortugalRomaniaRussiaSan MarinoSerbiaSlovakiaSloveniaUnited KingdomSpainSwitzerlandCzech RepublicTurkeyGermanyUkraineHungaryAustriaVatican City StateSouth AfricaUnited Arab EmiratesIndiaIndonesiaMalaysiaQatarSingaporeTaiwanThailandJapanChinaSouth KoreaCyprusCanadaMexicoUnited StatesBrazilAustraliaNew ZealandThe rest of EuropeThe rest of Europe 2018-The rest of South AmericaThe rest of OceaniaThe rest of AsiaThe rest of Asia 2018-The rest of AfricaUnknown
The whole country113 91545 34668 5693 4635892454 992662820111 0649127804773407245101 25090180009435 2291849466601216367283575264946110211 31185195808026207404521401823712 2101251 9587901421596770398..07640.2717.
Østfold::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::..:::.::.
Akershus20 4788 07812 400487232312 4696048004870370010001620116000000262 03200384001538374609598833190000000000000000000..000.10.
Oslo::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::..:::.::.
Hedmark1 4771681 30914008900000080000000060000001321000000020000400000000000000000001100..000.00.
Oppland15 4791 38114 09819800495006000200020000630000006334500000005223001700000030000000000000000..000.40.
Buskerud9 7462 4227 3242851140398003004247000600200029800000071920036000046400099015500000010000010400302700..000.103.
Vestfold1 184421763220041000012200050000012510000011690000009320000163000000000000020040000..040.00.
Telemark4 3921 7212 6711 3340020004005000040050500000015681200000348462001480560100000000060000200..000.00.
Aust-Agder2 7381 0061 7322280000000000000000000000000144800000000000002840000000000000000000000..000.00.
Vest-Agder6 5051 9754 53022700000000000000000000000007136080000000018501 4080000000000000000000004..000.00.
Rogaland3 9201 6972 223300120000000400000310040000003212408200124023160001 17600600000000008160000000..000.00.
Hordaland9 4556 0573 398202922730050280219901392041301724020001452091656260002716286235702 735338140006927250236145288823073151714787..0357.670.
Sogn og Fjordane5 4832 6462 8372800259001000636001219006042000000722374010012025373180478351212020414813010439042176220120293168..0019.150.
Møre og Romsdal3 0011 7531 24830039000060180005001003900000019881400000032272052631500000010002201700001908..000.30.
Trøndelag3 4341 4501 9841271110600037000100000000000000004015133030001600207907800000000000000000000802..000.00.
Nordland15 87211 5434 32916224310695061310212456320175400036021240000018819711108900002523274504012 1642124430512263011501152012 067241 3703401203687204..03514.1474.
Troms - Romsa5 5151 4914 024295350150080001020002500003600160007845601700140958027514510700100018042032646171200026036159..020.60.
Finnmark - Finnmárku1 5153581 15702000000000160001300002000000402043000019103500115000000008020062100003208..000.20.
Svalbard...........................................................................

Table 11 
Type of establishments and country of residence for guest nights.

Type of establishments and country of residence for guest nights.
October 2019
Guest nights, totalHotels and similar establishmentsCamping sitesHoliday dwellingsYouth hostels
Total2 231 6591 922 998173 425113 91521 321
Foreign national, total464 010387 93023 80445 3466 930
Norway1 767 6491 535 068149 62168 56914 391
Denmark27 48422 6191 1763 463226
Finland9 0487 87853858943
Iceland2 1491 840632451
Sweden55 39346 3792 9584 9921 064
Albania134125360
Andorra153147060
Belgium4 5063 877213282134
Bosnia-Herzegovina121121000
Bulgaria1 0901 06314112
Estonia3 9582 3664811 06447
France14 19311 929492912860
Greece1 2231 11521789
Belarus334331003
Ireland1 9921 92016479
Italy9 4948 273356734131
Kosovo1515000
Croatia77168117721
Latvia2 5091 24075445164
Liechtenstein1621444014
Lithuania6 0393 2331 4991 25057
Luxembourg3413171392
North Macedonia1941662800
Malta3883680182
Moldova5959000
Monaco4747000
Montenegro100100000
Netherlands14 22812 074995943216
Poland21 27913 1852 6335 229232
Portugal2 8952 6593718415
Romania2 8911 85881494125
Russia5 5504 65719466633
San Marino33000
Serbia31728115129
Slovakia1 7831 06354216315
Slovenia1 064368246720
United Kingdom35 50732 5621 427835683
Spain12 32110 666683752220
Switzerland8 2816 862607649163
Czech Republic2 0961 4867346176
Turkey1 6321 52601024
Germany50 06933 3224 70211 311734
Ukraine1 5221 3051048528
Hungary1 8101 5335019532
Austria4 6763 65020480814
Vatican City State3838000
South Africa1 2021 1626268
United Arab Emirates1 5921 4011542017
India7 7066 9081274046
Indonesia1 8771 8214457
Malaysia2 3571 85826821417
Qatar578573203
Singapore1 8561 6161518243
Taiwan2 9892 4754637197
Thailand8 4816 060662 210145
Japan6 0155 8532512512
China29 59426 8873161 958433
South Korea3 6213 406917945
Cyprus1811624015
Canada2 9402 6635714278
Mexico76172916151
United States54 90053 518196967219
Brazil3 1883 035137070
Australia6 5985 97588398137
New Zealand.....
The rest of Europe.....
The rest of Europe 2018-00000
The rest of South America2 4892 280847649
The rest of Oceania881815114015
The rest of Asia.....
The rest of Asia 2018-10 7469 802563271110
The rest of Africa3 5993 48017795
Unknown.....

About the statistics

The accommodation statistics measure 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. They do not refer to intermediaries of private homes such as Airbnb. 

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

The number of businesses for all accommodation establishments corresponds to the number of establishments open to the public at least one day during the reference period.

Country of residence: International visitors are classified by the country where they reside, not necessarily their citizenship. From a tourism perspective, is everyone who relocates from one country to another, and stays for longer than a year, consider residing in that country. Citizenship is indicated in the person's passport (or other identification documents), while the country of residence must be determined by means of question or inferred e.g. from the person's address.

Guest night: One person accommodated one night.


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

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 the room and the utilisation of bed capacity may, therefore, develop differently from one period to another.


The 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.

The 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.

Accommodation sales at hotels are the sales figure for the accommodation activity, not including any breakfast or other extra services, even though they might be included in the price of the stay. Sales are published without any VAT. 

From January 1st, 2016 and 2018, the VAT for accommodation sales increased by 2 per cent from 8 to 10 in 2016, and from 10 to 12 per cent in 2018. This may affect some comparability over time. 

The three purposes of guest nights at hotels are divided as follows,

Course, conference are guests who are at a course or a conference, independent whether the conference is at the hotel or in the area. If the guest has a joining family member, the family member will be registered as a course, conference guest.

Occupation is guests who are traveling for business, contractors, public employees or equivalent, and are staying at a hotel while conducting their business. If they have joining family members, they too will be registered as occupation, even though the family members may be traveling for holiday purposes.

Holiday, recreation are guests who are traveling for holiday or recreation.


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 share a hut/room irrespective of the number of people in the group.

Unit night: Unit used one night.

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 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. Published 4-5 weeks after the end of the month. 

International reporting

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

Microdata

Microdata is 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, Industry and Fishery, 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 20 units in total capacity. This capacity includes places for campers, tents and bed places in camping huts.Holiday dwellings with a capacity of at least 10 beds, 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 the 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 2-3 per cent of the establishments do not respond. For these establishments, the number of guest nights and sales are calculated. These calculations are based on the assumption that non-respondents have the same utility of capacity for beds and rooms as the respondents within the 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).

Non-response: By the date, the questionnaires are due back the response rate is about 70 per cent. After reminders have been sent out the response increases to 97-98 per cent. Total and partial non-response are calculated automatically. Calculation or imputation of values for no-response establishments is based on other establishments' data in the same stratum. Stratum is given by county and accommodation capacity. By imputation of values, there may be significant uncertainty which again may have a 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 a delay as well as errors and omissions in this process, which can reduce the 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 the calculation of non-responses.

Revision

Not relevant