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Key figures

1.66

million hotel guest nights in November 2018

Guest nights, by type of accommodation and month
November 2018Guest nights so far this year
Guest nights, totalGuest nights, NorwegianGuest nights, foreign nationalsNovember 2018
Guest nights, total1 851 0111 545 477305 53432 342 264
 
Hotels and similar establishments1 656 8561 389 345267 51122 475 112
Camping sites119 581104 19815 3837 302 923
Holiday dwellings59 57340 28719 2862 238 307
Youth hostels15 00111 6473 354325 922

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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
November 2017November 2018November 2017November 2018November 2017November 2018
The whole country886856158 751170 73777 07879 833
Østfold26243 3373 0131 5661 493
Akershus444314 36315 5587 2637 674
Oslo706823 81923 67612 70212 461
Hedmark31324 8875 9422 0392 372
Oppland666210 65610 2474 5364 159
Buskerud645911 73811 7344 7724 476
Vestfold26284 30612 1982 0114 529
Telemark28283 9554 8851 7391 934
Aust-Agder19182 1572 032877852
Vest-Agder27265 4116 0812 0972 315
Rogaland666512 42812 8556 7866 789
Hordaland898217 33717 9308 6388 734
Sogn og Fjordane47474 8385 0612 3772 535
Møre og Romsdal55537 5787 5433 9393 915
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)535210 03710 1134 7214 686
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)29263 2383 0331 6581 569
Nordland75728 0598 1773 9963 992
Troms - Romsa36346 5576 7693 2513 224
Finnmark - Finnmárku29303 3613 2731 8131 827
Svalbard67689617297297

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

Hotels and similar establishments. Guest nights, by nationality of the guests
November 2017November 2018Per cent
November 2017 - November 2018
Total1 647 5761 656 8560.6
Foreign national, total274 546267 511-2.6
Norway1 373 0301 389 3451.2
Denmark16 96217 3462.3
Finland6 0797 00315.2
Iceland1 8941 498-20.9
Sweden44 43739 124-12.0
Belgium4 2653 374-20.9
Estonia1 1171 017-9.0
France7 1079 07327.7
Greece1 0221 35532.6
Ireland1 6981 331-21.6
Italy7 8009 53422.2
Latvia1 3731 5089.8
Malta12168-43.8
Netherlands10 1558 995-11.4
Liechtenstein13069-46.9
Luxembourg17224341.3
Poland9 58710 67911.4
Portugal1 3723 310141.3
Lithuania1 8521 9042.8
Spain7 7767 525-3.2
United Kingdom33 36728 265-15.3
Russia5 4993 883-29.4
Switzerland4 1063 587-12.6
Turkey1 047654-37.5
Germany20 87019 720-5.5
Slovenia528284-46.2
Ukraine6096384.8
Hungary1 1831 2304.0
Austria2 5722 249-12.6
Slovakia559476-14.8
Czech Republic1 2461 50020.4
South Africa547467-14.6
Japan2 9772 402-19.3
China8 6088 6390.4
South Korea1 1721 2688.2
Cyprus202125-38.1
Canada1 6381 421-13.2
Mexico525378-28.0
United States28 56336 74728.7
Brazil2 0911 554-25.7
Australia3 7963 750-1.2
New Zealand...
The rest of Europe4 4633 274-26.6
The rest of South America1 6131 441-10.7
The rest of Oceania1 123879-21.7
The rest of Asia18 68814 998-19.7
The rest of Africa2 0352 72634.0
Unknown...

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
November 2017November 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 647 576274 5461 373 03035.455.81 656 856267 5111 389 34532.853.3
Østfold31 5035 61525 88831.652.032 0554 89327 16235.557.4
Akershus172 29922 468149 83140.164.6184 02523 140160 88539.565.8
Oslo393 303110 212283 09155.176.8365 32090 447274 87351.572.1
Hedmark36 9963 46733 52927.444.942 0704 55037 52024.941.2
Oppland71 99510 24361 75224.136.574 58511 23363 35225.740.0
Buskerud82 7787 20575 57325.044.676 9105 38871 52223.143.6
Vestfold38 9875 14233 84530.452.836 3183 84732 4719.921.7
Telemark22 4072 17220 23519.032.126 4732 94923 52418.131.0
Aust-Agder10 0251 2018 82415.732.011 21091310 29718.436.0
Vest-Agder46 7482 92943 81928.854.136 7992 70934 09020.240.9
Rogaland140 29624 406115 89039.260.8127 49420 273107 22133.151.7
Hordaland157 15627 020130 13630.647.5175 53025 365150 16533.251.1
Sogn og Fjordane28 9872 54026 44722.636.630 8384 85225 98622.235.0
Møre og Romsdal62 2517 04155 21027.643.768 30510 01758 28830.347.9
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)125 0319 866115 16541.566.3128 27711 338116 93942.468.2
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)33 2952 01531 28034.356.031 4432 57828 86534.656.6
Nordland69 6135 33564 27829.247.475 0959 16765 92831.150.7
Troms - Romsa92 00320 41171 59246.968.298 30527 74970 55648.570.7
Finnmark - Finnmárku26 3573 81622 54126.441.028 6964 56024 13629.443.4
Svalbard5 5461 4424 10426.840.17 1081 5435 56538.454.7

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

Hotels and similar establishments. Revenue and price per room, by county
November 2018
RevenuePrice per room (NOK)
The whole country1 226 840 886975
Østfold22 796 184886
Akershus155 117 9321 026
Oslo297 382 5271 104
Hedmark24 454 162872
Oppland42 624 371900
Buskerud51 906 593949
Vestfold26 232 683893
Telemark15 519 549865
Aust-Agder8 696 407946
Vest-Agder22 669 962798
Rogaland94 643 457899
Hordaland125 768 975950
Sogn og Fjordane25 256 0801 039
Møre og Romsdal45 364 742808
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)90 736 028948
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)26 562 703998
Nordland59 768 071998
Troms - Romsa65 298 254956
Finnmark - Finnmárku21 323 978902
Svalbard4 718 228967

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

Hotels and similar establishments. Guest nights, by county and purpose
November 2017November 2018
Guest nights, totalCourse, conferenceOccupationHoliday, recreationGuest nights, totalCourse, conferenceOccupationHoliday, recreation
Guest nights1 647 576305 309753 812588 4551 656 856299 495748 291609 070
Østfold31 5036 70712 67712 11932 0556 71613 32312 016
Akershus172 29971 95965 41534 925184 02577 43864 11242 475
Oslo393 30344 138187 200161 965365 32042 790171 045151 485
Hedmark36 9964 27613 84818 87242 0705 11916 96819 983
Oppland71 99516 65721 82833 51074 58513 65925 00435 922
Buskerud82 77819 70824 42738 64376 91024 29820 55332 059
Vestfold38 98710 94515 98312 05936 31810 52615 8559 937
Telemark22 4073 08310 0379 28726 4733 18112 03611 256
Aust-Agder10 0257346 3582 93311 2101 2386 5203 452
Vest-Agder46 7486 34724 30616 09536 7995 16919 26012 370
Rogaland140 29624 91983 05432 323127 49418 66473 41635 414
Hordaland157 15621 59770 93064 629175 53024 15874 18877 184
Sogn og Fjordane28 9872 32917 3299 32930 8386 36213 61910 857
Møre og Romsdal62 25110 81431 96119 47668 3057 64442 04518 616
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)125 03123 92363 52937 579128 27723 85959 61344 805
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)33 2959 54816 8186 92931 4437 73416 9656 744
Nordland69 6137 86337 58124 16975 0957 68144 75422 660
Troms - Romsa92 00316 95334 64040 41098 3059 49542 84945 961
Finnmark - Finnmárku26 3571 67415 5119 17228 6962 76316 0559 878
Svalbard5 5461 1353804 0317 1081 0011115 996

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

Camping sites. Number of camping sites and huts/rooms, by county
November 2018
Camping sitesHuts/rooms
The whole country2374 194
Østfold465
Akershus16
Oslo136
Hedmark28388
Oppland37652
Buskerud23303
Vestfold147
Telemark14226
Aust-Agder9257
Vest-Agder5171
Rogaland8155
Hordaland19290
Sogn og Fjordane15338
Møre og Romsdal7183
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)14201
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)14149
Nordland20457
Troms - Romsa9110
Finnmark - Finnmárku8160

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
November 2018
The whole country119 58115 383104 19869518962 47242790214023706580213011 586519751 77950313012101 50526613412716463118897205491272570.99864219680.
Østfold6 3811956 18606043000000000009600381000110000000000000000.00000.
Akershus:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::.:::::.
Oslo:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::.:::::.
Hedmark10 1272 3447 78339004383315008887060021130854560005990001000000000000.00400.
Oppland23 2901 34721 94302101200240010130260010044376764821004520065000000000000.280040.
Buskerud9 4894449 04510003912010004016001430128212300360000800000000200.000190.
Vestfold:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::.:::::.
Telemark6 4053046 10117002008000000000011806000130000000000000004.1320400.
Aust-Agder2 504602 44460046000000000000000000050000000000000300.00000.
Vest-Agder86268560000001000000000000001040000000000000000.00000.
Rogaland4 2522963 9562300001220006040011707088060280000000000000300.00000.
Hordaland5 1651 2843 8813000600000062137000077025137104300100603223020002000200.4380080.
Sogn og Fjordane7 6891 3746 3157106300070003270150029560133062108500009422018270002300.116001800.
Møre og Romsdal4 9286774 25123000228612001310000700420800016500020000000001845.00080.
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)10 2898339 4560003350100004000015000020303080000000000000000.000300.
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)3 6772323 445060207003007004002000000030000000000000000.00000.
Nordland5 2661 8743 3921404306791805400611605200850502913286603602965622168400037113.2258114280.
Troms - Romsa6 2001 4684 7322218012151649702182059011570293708270103046122371026600544252037.30622810.
Finnmark - Finnmárku2 5437591 7845540300011002000500280085282240340000800000000003.23200100.
Svalbard..................................................

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

Camping sites. Guest nights, by type of accommodation and county
November 2018
Seasonal contractsGuest nights, totalTent/caravanCamperHutSeasonal contract
The whole country10 717119 58114 8107 06156 85040 860
Østfold2926 3818854483 2211 827
Akershus::::::
Oslo::::::
Hedmark1 46010 1274765985 4753 578
Oppland2 39823 2902 0241 9737 01212 281
Buskerud1 5589 4891783632 9655 983
Vestfold::::::
Telemark5046 405904384 898979
Aust-Agder5642 504186351 1961 087
Vest-Agder3968623224491315
Rogaland4504 2521325121 3762 232
Hordaland4875 1657613752 5501 479
Sogn og Fjordane2577 6891612175 3022 009
Møre og Romsdal1464 9282812474 183217
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)81810 2891 565763 5165 132
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)6043 6772021431 5041 828
Nordland5085 2662501553 5931 268
Troms - Romsa1986 2008148274 114445
Finnmark - Finnmárku402 543931402 166144

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

Holiday dwellings. Number of holiday dwelings, by month and county
November 2018
Holiday dwellingsCottages/rooms
The whole country2783 943
Østfold00
Akershus286
Oslo16
Hedmark9135
Oppland33505
Buskerud30807
Vestfold778
Telemark16253
Aust-Agder795
Vest-Agder9248
Rogaland24202
Hordaland24236
Sogn og Fjordane27300
Møre og Romsdal1280
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)15235
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)959
Nordland28370
Troms - Romsa15141
Finnmark - Finnmárku10107

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
November 2018
The whole country59 57319 28640 287400266281 31887713344104683469404340172 309191 67934877020122903 3961 5076629344293012321460422930115118.34159151 7986.
Østfold..................................................
Akershus:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::.:::::.
Oslo:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::.:::::.
Hedmark3 7652 8868790001260000004024007406012148002 4880000000000000040.00000.
Oppland9 5242 0477 477140671702001841201400160190111300121 505009020000000000.1500000.
Buskerud8 0022 3585 6441300073902700001243601600144011687321000820001000000000200.00020.
Vestfold9811728091006100010090100340466600000000000000000201.40000.
Telemark1 8561281 72845001220200000330000201600050000040000000200.00050.
Aust-Agder1 6113331 2780000000000000002700630000000000000000000000.00000.
Vest-Agder3 6369232 713900000000030910000480003000200620000000000000000.1200000.
Rogaland2 1234261 6971958000000000019001500441500006100003000000000000.300000.
Hordaland6 2813 1943 08722101811327645533003400384138256210311180264012943830108880101193941.331727194.
Sogn og Fjordane3 3297382 59100202120254022130560022647019230105120000002601504028011.004640.
Møre og Romsdal1 7096021 10700000000000012000320011800000440000000000000000.00000.
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)2 0554631 5922121157625053328000295011117013018010107001220221704.011680.
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)308102982000200000000000000000060000000000000000.00000.
Nordland4 7092 6382 071152053466124036301005001500297110122412301720449062001482101516118051.4986912.
Troms - Romsa2 3781 0171 36101840300800010300140065221097053098000000006001103503.03202100.
Finnmark - Finnmárku1 2742611 01341601092200354010040118422510200000000070000327.000390.

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

Guest nights, by nationality of the guests and type of establishment
November 2018
TotalHotels and similar establishmentsCamping sitesHoliday dwellingsHostelling International
Total1 851 0111 656 856119 58159 57315 001
Foreign national, total305 534267 51115 38319 2863 354
Norway1 545 4771 389 345104 19840 28711 647
Denmark18 67817 346695400237
Finland7 6547 003189266196
Iceland1 5641 49862832
Sweden43 40739 1242 4721 318493
Belgium3 5163 374428713
Estonia2 5431 01779071323
France9 8729 073214344241
Greece1 3841 35501019
Ireland1 3841 3312465
Italy10 8169 53437083478
Latvia2 8761 50865869416
Malta7468006
Netherlands9 7428 995213434100
Liechtenstein6969000
Luxembourg2622431171
Poland14 91710 6791 5862 309343
Portugal3 4103 310511930
Lithuania4 6521 9049751 67994
Spain9 7347 5251 77934882
United Kingdom29 70828 265503770170
Russia4 2943 88313020180
Switzerland3 9653 58712122928
Turkey6746540020
Germany24 92319 7201 5053 396302
Slovenia1 79728421 5074
Ukraine73063866620
Hungary1 4261 230134656
Austria2 4192 2491272914
Slovakia679476164345
Czech Republic2 0851 5006342993
South Africa521467113013
Japan2 5852 402881283
China9 0848 6399732127
South Korea1 3201 2682464
Cyprus126125001
Canada1 4901 42154222
Mexico472378492916
United States37 27036 74712730195
Brazil1 6071 554251513
Australia4 0133 7507011875
New Zealand.....
The rest of Europe4 6633 27499834150
The rest of South America1 6171 441645953
The rest of Oceania926879211511
The rest of Asia17 81314 9989681 79849
The rest of Africa2 7732 7260641
Unknown.....

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.

Revision

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