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Deve­lo­p­ment of tou­rism in Spits­ber­gen

The­re were 86 097 over­night stays in hotels and guest­houses in Spits­ber­gen in 2007 (2006: 83 049, 1998: 46 201). The num­bers have been con­stant­ly gro­wing except from a minor decre­a­se in 2003. Most guests were Nor­we­gi­ans (ca. 68 %), fol­lo­wed by Swe­des and Ger­mans (both near 5 %), Bri­tons, Danes, French­men and Dut­ch.

Num­bers show pro­nou­ced peaks during the main sea­sons in March/April and during the sum­mer (late June-August). The local tou­rism indus­try aims for bet­ter use of their capa­ci­ties during the off-sea­son inclu­ding the polar night.

The lar­ge per­cen­ta­ge of Spits­ber­gen tou­rists who come on board major crui­se ships and do not stay over­night in any hotel is not inclu­ded in the num­bers abo­ve. 

The “Nord­pol Hotel­let” in Ny Åle­sund.

Source: Sval­bard­pos­ten 11/2008.

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