More tourists visited Iceland in August this year compared to the same month in 2007, judging by a two percent increase in the number of nights booked at hotels in the country, from 186,100 in August 2007 to 189,300 in August this year.
Accommodation nights increased comparatively the most in Iceland’s southwestern and western region, stretching from Sudurnes on Reykjanes peninsula to the West Fjords (excluding the capital region) where number of nights booked at hotels increased by 12 percent, from 17,000 in August 2007 to 19,000 last August, Morgunbladid reports.
In east Iceland accommodation nights increased from 10,700 to 11,400 in the same period, in south Iceland from 27,300 to 27,800 and in the capital region from 110,700 to 110,900. In north Iceland the number of nights booked at hotels increased from 20,300 to 20,400.
Over a longer period of time, during the first eight months of 2008, accommodation nights in Iceland increased from 951,700 to 975,500 compared to the same period last year.
The number of nights booked at hotels increased comparatively the most in south Iceland, by almost ten percent, while the number of nights increased by roughly one percent in the capital region.