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at the same time as the tourism industry struggles under the koronakrisen, is there any betting for the full.
the Company Eliassen Rorbuer planned already in 2018 a large-scale development of 60 new units, in addition to the 45 cabins they have from before. The price tag is at 50 million.
To iTromsø, who discussed the matter first, ” says Eirik Bræin Gikling, managing director and co-owner of the Eliassen Rorbuer AS, that this is the biggest reiselivsutbyggingen in the Western part of Lofoten ever.
To stop development is not an option. We’ve come too long to it. The funding is in place, but we are of course excited about the market, ” said Gikling to NRK.
Eirik Bræin Gikling (t.h.), here along with Erwin Cwiek and Agatha Gasior in the operating company Eliassen Rorbuer drift AS.
Photo: Eliassen Rorbuer
In 2018, wrote DN that Gikling together with a group of friends, was the greatest to drive rorbuer in the Lofoten islands. The time went friends with more than 100 million .
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There is a special situation. 2020 looked very promising until koronakrisen was a fact, tell medeieren.
Although there have been many cancellations from abroad, it has come a good part Norwegian reservations.
– We notice that there is an increasing interest from Norwegian customers. We believe that the Lofoten islands and Northern Norway is something that many people have had on their “bucket list,” he says.
Illustrations from the development of the 60 cabins.
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Two-thirds of the market is foreign tourists, estimates Gikling. Now he hopes that the more press norgesferie to her breast.
– Now, we choose to see it that it is the Norwegian market is important. We are hoping for a good visit from Norway now in the summer season. In the winter we are more excited about. Where it is traditionally foreign tourists who come to experience the northern lights.
Although there are challenging times in the travel and tourism industry, is Gikling happy for the measures the authorities have made.
” We think the Norwegian authorities have handled this in a good way. The situation is not optimal, but we will get through it.
Previously also Siw Sandvik in Northern Tourism said that this is a golden opportunity to get people in the south, and also other scandinavians to add the holiday to Northern Norway .
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In 2008 Gikling to buy up the company Eliassen rorbuer.
– We started with 19 tired fishermen. Ever since it has ballet. We have returned every penny into the company again. Now we have 45 cabins, ” he says.
With a good growth in tourism in recent years, they decided in 2018 to place a bet. In the same year, the regulated area for the development of a further 60 devices.
despite koronakrisa, we are now in the completion of the project. The first 30 units have arrived, the last coming in may. It is a big commitment, but the decision was made a long time ago.
Photo: Eliassen rorbuer
The 60 units are fully assembled modules delivered by Helgelandshytta.
In addition, we are doing the groundwork through a local contractor, so that it is only to put them in place when they arrive, ” says Gikling.
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Norway is just one of several countries that ask citizens holiday in their own country. Many are struggling, also in Lofoten confirm the daily leader Elisabeth Dreyer in Destination Lofoten. She believes corona will provide more local market with the local tourism in a longer period of time forward.
Elisabeth Dreyer in Destination Lofoten.
Photo: Tommy Andreassen
There also seems to be the case on the west coast, where they see increased demand from norwegians who want to holiday in the Uk .
– the travel and Tourism industry is a sector which is very vulnerable in this situation. We sell experiences. With travel prohibitions and quarantine, it is difficult.
Lofoten is, according to Dreyer characterized by small-scale tourism, where there are many, but smaller facilities spread out all over Lofoten.
” We have received some feedback that some facilities have gone bankrupt. However, there is a part system, which says that they are at the mercy of the good will from the banks.
Dreyer think Lofoten is going to rise again after the corona. She believes initiatives like the one that is now done, can provide optimism in times of crisis.
– To see that someone is still betting and going all-in can contribute to the optimism in the industry.