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Tourism in Iceland booming

Tourism in Iceland is growing faster than in other Nordic countries, according to the recently published 2006 Nordic Statistics Handbook.

The report’s conclusion is based on numbers from Statistics Iceland, which show that accommodation nights in Iceland have increased by 85 percent in the last ten years. Morgunbladid reports.

The increase in accommodation nights in Scandinavia in the same period is around 20 percent. Tourism in Greenland and the Faroe Islands is growing at a comparable speed to that in Iceland.

The report also revealed that Iceland gets more visitors from abroad than the other Nordic countries.

According to Magnús Oddsson, head of the Icelandic Tourist Board, these numbers indicate that Icelanders have been more successful in marketing their country abroad in recent years than their Nordic neighbors.

Oddsson added that this success is also related to the government’s efforts in improving the environment for tourism in Iceland and its increased financial support for the industry.

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