Iceland welcomed more than 700,000 international tourists in 2021

More than 700,000 international tourists visited Iceland in 2021, compared to figures for 2020, when the Nordic country welcomed 486,000 international travelers, according to a report published by Morgunblaðið.

The same source reveals that in 2019, before the coronavirus epidemic, there were more than 2 million international visitors to Iceland, reports

In this regard, the chairman of the Icelandic Tourist Board (Ferðamálastofa), Skarphéðinn Steinarsson, pointed out that the number of companies in the travel industry has not changed significantly over the past year, adding that few companies in the travel sector had encountered difficulties. like the suspension of payments last year, while a third of companies made a profit in 2020.

“We expected 2020 to be terrible, but the situation is no worse than that. On the other hand, debts increase and shareholders’ equity decreases ”, he stressed.

Steinarsson pointed out that “There hasn’t been any actual consolidation, and the number of companies is still well over 2,000 – most of them are very small …” adding that consequently, “the development that was expected has not started.”

However, according to a report released by Visir, the number of tourists to Iceland in this year is expected to double, and the country will host 1.3 million tourists, while in 2023 that number could be 1.5 million. As reported by Islandsbanki, the figures are based on the fact that the country is very popular among international travelers.

According to a previous report by accounting firm KPMG released in 2020, the problems of the Icelandic travel industry will be resolved in 2021.

Based on figures provided by Statistics Iceland, in the first month of last year a total of 4.8 million room nights were sold in Iceland, showing that this is an increase of 47% compared to 2020 figures.

Earlier, in a report published by High North News, more than 75,000 tourists visited Iceland in November 2021, twenty times more than the figures for November 2020.

From the start of 2021 to the end of November, nearly 623,000 tourists visited the country. The same showed that almost two million travelers visited Iceland in 2019.

The spread of the coronavirus and its new variants has also affected the travel and tourism industry in Iceland due to restrictions imposed by the country’s authorities to stop the spread of the coronavirus and its new strains.

Earlier, Icelandic authorities had announced that they were imposing stricter entry rules due to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

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