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Icelanders Generally Happy With Foreign Tourists

A narrow majority of Icelanders believe foreign tourists have had a negative impact on the country’s nature, with 51.8 percent of respondents in the latest MMR poll on the subject of tourism believing that.

Overall, however, Icelanders seem pretty positive towards foreign visitors to their country, according to the poll.

90.9 percent of respondents believe that tourists in Iceland are having a positive impact on the national economy, Vísir reports.

Meanwhile, 71.2 percent of respondents feel foreign tourists have a positive impact on Icelandic society and 67.1 percent feel that foreign tourists positively affect the variety of goods and services on offer in the country.

82.8 percent feel foreign tourists have a positive impact on employment opportunities in the country, and 67.5 percent think tourists are positive for Reykjavík city center.

Interestingly, respondents who live in the capital region were more likely to think tourists are good for the city center than those who live elsewhere in the country.

On the other hand, it was more the residents of areas outside the capital who believed foreign tourists have had a good effect on the range of products and services available.

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