Foreign overnight stays
There were 27 million commercial overnight stays in 2021, which is an increase of 14 per cent from 2020. More Norwegians have travelled in their own country, and Norwegian overnight stays increased by as much as 17 per cent from 2020. This means that the number of Norwegian overnight stays is only three per cent below the level in 2019.
Unfortunately, the growth from the domestic market cannot cover the loss of foreign overnight stays for almost two years. The level of foreign overnight stays in 2021 is unchanged from the previous year, but represents a decline of 69 per cent compared to 2019. This means that the total number of commercial overnight stays declines by 23 per cent compared to 2019. If the growth in camping and cabins had not been so high, the decline would have been greater.
Hotels hardest hit
The number of hotel overnight stays picked up somewhat in 2021, increasing by 11 per cent compared to 2020. With the exception of the declines in January to March and July, which were unchanged, hotels have experienced solid growth throughout the year. The same applies for overnight stays at camping (+15 per cent) and the joint category of holiday cabins and hostels (+35 per cent) which continues to increase. If we look at developments from 2019, hotels have been the hardest hit with a decline of 35 per cent. Camping, and holiday cabins and hostels are 7 and 2 per cent higher respectively than in 2019.