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Eruption Causes Decrease in Tourists in Iceland

While hotel bookings in Iceland increased by 11 percent in March compared to the same month in 2009, partly thanks to the volcanic eruption on Fimmvörduháls, the current eruption in Eyjafjallajökull caused a 17 percent drop in arrivals to the country last month through Keflavík International Airport.

Many tourists came to watch the eruption on Fimmvörduháls. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

In April 2009, 28,000 foreign visitors passed through the airport, compared to 23,000 visitors last month, visir.is reports.

Minister of Industry and Tourism Katrín Júlíusdóttir signed an agreement at a tourism conference on Tuesday for an additional ISK 350 million (USD 2.7 million, EUR 2.1 million) in state funding to the tourist industry, Fréttabladid reports.

The funding will be used for one of the largest marketing initiatives that has ever been undertaken to promote Iceland as a travel destination and is intended to counteract the bad publicity Iceland has received in the foreign media because of the eruption.

The City of Reykjavík, Icelandair, Iceland Express, the Trade Council of Iceland and the Icelandic Travel Industry Association contributed jointly with the same amount as the state.

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