Many want to Oslo
An increasing number visitors are finding their way to the capital of Norway, according to fresh figures from Statistics Norway.
Oslo has a growth of 7.4 percent in the number of overnight stays in hotels, compared with last year. From January to June this year there were recorded well over two million overnight stays in hotels in Oslo.
The increase for Oslo is more than twice as large as for the country in general, which is at 3.2 percent.
Tour Director and Head of Visit Oslo, Bente Bratland Holm, is overjoyed for this development:
- It is absolutely fantastic! We see that Oslo is more popular and interesting among visitors than ever, she says.
She points to two main reasons for the increasing influx to the city:
* There are now 110 destinations around the world that runs direct flights to Oslo each week. And those who come now, have to a greater extent Oslo as main purpose of their visit, while the city was formerly part of a tour.
* Oslo has become an international concert city, with more than 5,000 live concerts a year. That is as many as Stockholm and Copenhagen together.
Tourists from Germany, England and the United States are in the top three list of foreign visitors to Oslo.