Airbnb grows strongly in Norway

Hospitality association reacts to site’s popularity
The number of properties available for rent in Norway on shared economy site Airbnb has increased by 58% over the last year, to more than 22,000.
Norwegian hospitality association NHO Reiseliv is broadly positive about the rise, as it reflects growth in the country’s tourism and increased options for visitors.
“Things are going quite well for Norwegian tourism and there is a strong increase in foreign guests in Norway. The growth of things like accommodation options in tourism is also very positive,” the association’s Ingjerd Sælid Gilhus told broadcaster NRK.
Recent research by Oslo University suggests that Airbnb can increase tourism in Norway.
But Gilhus stressed that Norway’s authorities should properly regulate the service, explaining that “information should be sent to authorities so that it is easier to calculate how much should be paid in taxes and fees, and to give a broad idea of how many overnight stays we are actually looking at”.
Airbnb indicated this year that it is prepared to discuss tax rules for users with politicians in all countries around the world.
NRK / The Local

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