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Around 45,000 Icelanders Have Spent Domestic Travel Voucher

By Yelena

Whale Watching Hvalaskoðun á Faxaflóa
Photo: Golli.

Around 100,000 Icelanders have downloaded the ISK 5,000 ($36/€33) travel voucher given to all adult residents to encourage domestic travel this summer, RÚV reports. The initiative will cost Iceland’s government around ISK 1.5 billion ($10.8 million/€9.8 million), and although she has called it “first and foremost symbolic,” Minister of Tourism Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir has stated it would make a difference to smaller companies.

The vouchers became available on June 19 and since then around 100,000 Icelanders have downloaded one and just under half, or 45,000, have already spent it. Around 25,000 of those spent their voucher within the last ten days.

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The vouchers can be redeemed at a variety of businesses within Iceland’s tourism industry, including hotels, tour companies, restaurants, and transportation companies. Of those who have spent their voucher, one third spent it on accommodation. Just under 30% spent the voucher on activities and 25.6% on dining. A further 11.1% spent theirs on transportation.

The vouchers are valid until the end of this year.

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