More Than A Million Tourists Predicted - The Reykjavik Grapevine

More Than A Million Tourists Predicted

Published March 13, 2014

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Julia Staples

2014 is predicted to be the year that the number of tourists to Iceland will break the one million mark.

At an open meeting held at Reykjavík City Hall today, RÚV reports, Manager of the Cultural and Tourism Sector for the city of Reykjavík Svanhildur Konráðsdóttir announced that some 781,000 tourists visited Iceland in 2013. Tourist numbers have been steadily increasing, however, and it is predicted that they will surpass one million in 2014 – three times the population of the country.

“Considering the figures that we’re looking at over a million tourists now,” Svanhildur said. “I also want to point out that these predictions have so far underestimated that actual numbers of tourists who have arrived over the past two years.”

Svanhildur added that the entire capital region will be introduced to tourists and investors abroad as “Reykjavík”. This could mean that those coming to Iceland to stay in “Reykjavík” might be on their way to a municipality neighbouring or near to Reykjavík proper.

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