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Five Percent Fewer Tourists in Iceland

So far this year, approximately five percent fewer tourists have passed through Keflavík International Airport than in the same period last year, according to statistics compiled by the Icelandic Tourist Board.

Tourists in the Icelandic highlands. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The number of tourists decreased significantly in April and May, primarily because of the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull.

In June the situation began to change; 53,000 tourists passed through Keflavík Airport, which is a two percent decrease compared to June 2009, ruv.is reports.

It depends on each market area whether the number of tourists increases or decreases.

Currently the most foreign tourists in Iceland come from Germany; the number of tourists from Germany has increased by 13 percent since last year.

However, overall there are fewer visitors from Europe, while the number of visitors from North America has increased by 21 percent between years.

Statistics Iceland recently compiled information on the number of overnight stays in hotels in Iceland in May, including both native and foreign guests.

Their number decreased by ten percent between years, mostly in north Iceland where overnight stays were down by 17 percent.

However, the number of overnight stays increased in south Iceland, where the eruption occurred, possibly because of journalists who came to the region to report on the volcanic activity in Eyjafjallajökull.

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