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Norway wants less and slower tourists

Most countries distribute jubilant press releases and the number of foreign tourists once again increased. Norway does not. There, they want the number of tourists now really down. And they also want slower tourism.

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Norway sees its number of foreign tourists in the last few years could increase substantially, primarily the result of the many cruise ships that the fjords on the success of the Disney movie Frozen from 2013. By that film, which in a Norwegian setting play, is Norway mainly overrun by Americans.

Above their capacity

Smaller places like Flam and Geiranger are now are already above their capacity, the Norwegian tourist office. This decided, therefore, the promotion budget for the coming summer to reduce. The Norwegians want no tourist success story at the expense of their nature.

They also want a more sustainable tourism. The government has, therefore, slow tourism a high priority, and slow tourism with an eye for traditional Norwegian activities.

On national television and on YouTube runs for example, Slow TV, long programs where you have nothing else to see than fishing or knitting people, or where you are a hour train ride or zweeftocht about the fjords follows. There are also more and more small hotels and guest houses in the countryside.

A million more day-trippers

In 2015, noted Norway 31.6 million tourist nights, an increase of 4 percent compared to the previous year. The share of foreign overnight stays in less than five years increased from 60 percent to 67 percent.

But also the day-tripper traffic is growing significantly, especially under the impulse of the rising number of cruisestops. In 2009 visited 1,6 million passengers from cruise ships Norwegian coastal towns, in 2014, there were already a million more. (IPS)

Norway is not the only country with fewer tourists want, this also places tourists don’t like to come.

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