Norge; Oslo og Akershus; Oslo
Location of affected unit(s)
Hotel / Restaurants
Accommodation And Food Service Activities
55.10 - Hotels and similar accommodation

190 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
20 June 2016
Employment effect (start)
1 December 2016
Foreseen end date
31 December 2016


Nordic Choice Hotels has decided to rebuild the Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania in Oslo. The hotel will be expanded from a total of 532 rooms, to over 800 rooms. However, with the rebuild scheduled to take more than two years, temporary layoffs are not an option,  and 190 current employees will be dismissed. Petter Stordalen, owner of Choice Hotels, states that the dismissals are regrettable yet unavoidable given the circumstances. He underscores that the company will work to enable as many employees as possible to find new jobs before the hotel closes, in seven months time. This includes offering job seeking courses and recruitment days, as well as working with the Norwegian Labour Administration (NAV) to create a recruitment- and information office at the hotel.

The process is being conducted in dialogue with the unions. Tore Gjøs, the main union representative at the hotel, says that they understand that the hotel cannot employ the current staff during the construction process, but that they are disappointed that the company is not offering to reposition or enable employees to apply for jobs in other hotels owned by Nordic Choice Hotels. 


  • 20 June 2016: VG


Eurofound (2016), Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania, Closure in Norway, factsheet number 87873, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/87873.