Tourists, Where You At? - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Tourists, Where You At?

Tourists, Where You At?

Published August 4, 2010

RX Beckett

Alright, so this issue’s graph is pretty alarming. What you are looking at here is the number of people staying in hotels in Iceland from 1997 until 2010. The number of Icelandic guests has remained fairly consistent over the years, what with all the weddings and proms and torrid sexual trysts, but something kind of scary happened this year: that fucking volcano erupted, and so did the tourism industry. Fuck.
As you can see, visits from foreign guests were steadily increasing over the past decade particularly over the past three years when we were skyrocketing well above the 175.000 mark. But the amazing predictions the tourism industry was giving for this summer all came to a crashing halt when that little ash-farting mountain ripped a big one all over our dreams. Right now it looks like we’ll be lucky if we even reach the 82.389 tourists that booked hotels in 1997. Unless everybody has just gone out and discovered CouchSurfing. Or they are sleeping in Hlemmur.

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