In January 2017, overnight stays in hotels were 281,400, which is an increase of 43% compared with January 2016. Nights spent by foreign tourists accounted for 89% of the total number of overnight stays in January, and increased by 47% compared with January 2016. At the same time, the overnight stays of Icelanders increased by 17%. 

In the capital region, the number of overnight stays was 206,500, which is a 30% increase compared with January 2016. Around 73% of all overnight stays were in the capital region, followed by overnight stays in the South region, which were 34,500. Overseas residents with the most overnight stays in Iceland in January were from the UK (87,000), USA (64,700), and China (16,600), while overnight stays of Icelanders in January were 29,600.

For the last twelve months, from February 2016 to January 2017, overnight stays in hotels were 3,907,600, which is an increase of approximately 34% compared with the previous year.

 

 

61.8% occupancy rate for bedrooms in January 2017
Occupancy rate for bedrooms in hotels was 61.8% in January 2017, which is an increase of 12.1 points when compared with January 2016, when it was 49.7%. The occupancy rate for bedrooms was highest in the capital region, or 82.1%.

Overnight stays in hotels
  January    February – January  
  2016 2017 % 2015-2016 2016-2017 %
             
Total 196,905 281,377 43 2,909,532 3,907,599 34
Capital region 158,472 206,509 30 1,898,401 2,484,009 31
Southwest 8,980 17,525 95 147,717 215,916 46
West and Westfjords 3,901 6,311 62 122,921 173,945 42
Northwest and Northeast 6,171 6,644 8 189,421 284,108 50
East  2,557 9,924 288 125,583 194,491 55
South 16,824 34,464 105 425,489 555,130 30
             
Icelanders 25,432 29,633 17 328,175 402,561 23
Foreign visitors 171,473 251,744 47 2,581,357 3,505,038 36

The above data only show overnight stays in hotels that are operating for the whole year. Guesthouses and summer hotels are not included in this category. Numbers for 2016 and 2017 are preliminary.

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