The goal is to increase the number of tourists in Iceland in winter by 50,000 and that way create at least 1,000 new jobs. The government, municipalities and parties of interest from within the tourist industry will work together on making that happen.
The Government Offices of Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
This goal was mentioned by Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir and Finance Minister Steingrímur J. Sigfússon when they presented the government’s declaration in relation to the signing of the new wage contracts on Thursday evening, visir.is reports.
They stated that an annual sum of ISK 300 million (USD 2.7 million, EUR 1.8 million) will be allocated to this project from the state treasury in the coming years, under the conditions that municipalities and tourism companies contribute the same amount.
A decision has also been made to forge cluster cooperation and enhance competition in the field of education, health and welfare, and energy and environment issues on the basis of amended ideas presented by the Federation of Icelandic Industries (SI).
The government will, in cooperation with parties of interest on the employment market, organize an employment initiative and further education.