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Norway's hotel industry braces for a tough winter

Norway's hotel industry braces for a tough winter
Although many hotels in Norway experienced a return to pre-pandemic levels of overnight stays this year, the beginning of 2023 is expected to be difficult. Photo by Svein Sund / Unsplash

While many hotels in Norway saw the number of overnight stays return to pre-pandemic levels in 2022, the start of 2023 looks quite challenging - especially for the city hotels.

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Bookings at major hotels for the first three months of next year are lower than at the same time last year, the newspaper Dagens Næringsliv reports.

"We expect challenging winter months after the New Year, especially for the hotels in Oslo and at Gardermoen," hotel consultant Peter Wiederstrøm told the newspaper.

The most recent figures show that, at Gardermoen, there is lower room occupancy in the first three months of 2023 compared to this year.

"Also, bookings look weak for the hotels in Oslo, with slightly lower estimated room occupancy for both January and February," Wiederstrøm pointed out, according to the news bureau NTB.

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Torgeir Silseth, the head of the Nordic Choice hotel chain, says that 2022 will be the best year ever but is also worried about the first quarter of next year, especially in Eastern Norway.

"But the signals we get from the market are not dramatic. We are talking about a 5-10 percent decrease for Norway as a whole - and close to 10 percent in Oslo," he said.

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