Nordic destinations seen as safe

Incoming tourism shrugs off Europe attacks
Tourism in major cities across Europe has been hit by the recent terror attacks across the continent, but the inbound industry in Scandinavia is doing exceptionally well.
An article in the Wall Street Journal reveals a decline in plane ticket sales and hotel reservations throughout Europe. Hotels in Rome, London, Amsterdam, Paris and Nice have seen a significant fall in reservations since the July 14 attack in Nice, compared to the same period last year.
But tourism to Norway appears to be unaffected.
“We still don’t know how terrorism in Europe has affected plans for Europeans whose holiday period is just about to begin, but we have seen no indications thus far of people cancelling trips to Norway they booked some time ago. Norway and other Nordic destinations are regarded as safe and easy destinations,” says Audun Pettersen, head of sustainable tourism and food at Innovation Norway.
Foreign stays at Norway’s hotels, cabins and campsites rose 8% in January-May year-on-year, according to Statistics Norway, so far making 2016 the third record year in a row. In particular, overnights in Norway by Chinese tourists has increased 300% since 2007.
Wall Street Journal / NTB / The Local


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