|Authors:||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 2001. Almost all foreign visitors are included in the survey. Altogether 1.85 million tourists stayed overnight and 590,000 day visitors (cruise passengers not included) crossed the border during this summer season. 19 per cent of the visitors were on business trips, while 81 per cent were on holiday. Foreign tourists spent a total of 13.9 million guest-nights in Norway during the 2001 summer season.The total number of foreign overnight guests dropped by one per cent compared to the summer season of the previous year, and the number of foreign guest-nights fell by five per cent. Most of this decline was registered for holiday visitors. Holiday traffic by private motor vehicles and coaches constituted 75 per cent of all foreign holiday guest-nights in Norway. Over the past five years the number of guest-nights in this broad category of tourists has dropped as much as 12 per cent. In the year 2001 a total of 3.1 million foreign guests stayed overnight in Norway while 1.2 million (0.8 million cruise passengers not included) were on a day trip from abroad. Foreign tourists spent a total of 20.7 million guest-nights in Norway i 2001, of which holiday guests constituted 16.9 million guest-nights.