|Authors:||Jan Vidar Haukeland, Arne Rideng, Berit Grue|
This report presents the results of the Norwegian foreign visitor survey, and includes data for the summer season (May - September) and the year 2000. Almost all foreign visitors are included in the survey. Altogether 1.9 million tourists stayed overnight and 620,000 day visitors (cruise passengers not included) crossed the border during this summer season. 18 per cent of the visitors were on business trips while 82 per cent were on holiday. Foreign tourists spent a total of 14.7 million guest-nights in Norway during the 2000 summer season. The total number of foreign overnight guests dropped by four per cent compared to the summer season of the previous year, and the number of foreign guest-nights fell by one per cent. This decline was registered for both holiday visitors and business travellers. There was a reduction in total arrivals by road, while the number of international arrivals by ferry, air and rail was at the same level as in the previous year. Holiday traffic by private motor vehicles and coaches constituted 75 per cent of all foreign holiday guest-nights in Norway. Over the past six years the number of guest-nights in this broad category of tourists has dropped by as much as 13 per cent. This is mainly due to the decline in the number of guest nights among tourists from Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands during the last two summer seasons. In the year 2000 a total of 3.1 million foreign guests stayed overnight in Norway while 1.2 million (cruise passengers not included) were on a day trip from abroad.