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Glowing tourism: Overnight visits increase 60 percent since 2009, including 11 percent in ’15, led by foreigners up most


About 60,000 tourists spent a record 131,154 nights in Svalbard in 2015, a 60 percent increase since a recession-fueled slump in 2009, due in part to some being lured by extraordinary events.

But while many in the industry are celebrating an 11 percent increase in lodging and camping stays during the luck-filled past year, there is a formidable mountain to scale as a doubling of local tourism is sought during the next several years to help replace lost coal mining jobs.

Random weirdness for the week of Sept. 22, 2015


These guys are supposed to be our new role models for proper behavior in Svalbard. What’s wrong with this picture?

Peddling the town’s goods: Bikes join kicksleds in local ridesharing program


There’s a few more rules, but at least you’ll know where to find them – and not have to worry about someone else swiping your ride home while you’re running a quick errand.

Fifteen “citybikes” arrived in Longyearbyen this week and can be borrowed free from Visit Svalbard.