In November 2016, overnight stays in hotels were 298,300, which is an increase of 44% compared with November 2015. Nights spent by foreign tourists accounted for 90% of the total number of overnight stays in November, and increased by 48% compared with November 2015. At the same time, the overnight stays of Icelanders increased by 17%.

In the capital region, the number of overnight stays was 214,500, which is a 33% increase compared with November 2015. Around 71% of all overnight stays were in the capital region, followed by overnight stays in the South region, which were 35,400. Overseas residents with the most overnight stays in Iceland in November were from the UK (96,200), USA (74,600), and Germany (18,300), while overnight stays of Icelanders in November were 29,700.

For the last twelve months, from December 2015 to November 2016, overnight stays in hotels were 3,693,300, which is an increase of approximately 31% compared with the previous year, and an increase of 2.5% of overnight stays over a 12 month period when compared with the previous month.

  

68.1% occupancy rate for bedrooms in November 2016
Occupancy rate for bedrooms in hotels was 68.1% in November 2016, which is an increase of 12.4 points when compared with November 2015, when it was 55.7%. The occupancy rate for bedrooms was highest in the capital region, or 90.9%.

Overnight stays in hotels
  November    December –November  
  2015 2016 % 2014–2015 2015–2016 %
             
Total 206,477 298,272 44 2,819,435 3,693,342 31
Capital region 161,040 214,510 33 1,828,381 2,343,712 28
Southwest 8,301 18,953 128 144,165 197,954 37
West and Westfjords 5,538 8,348 51 123,882 169,005 36
Northwest and Northeast 6,537 10,491 60 187,121 281,237 50
East  2,935 10,589 261 122,953 182,154 48
South 22,126 35,381 60 412,933 519,280 26
             
Icelanders 25,308 29,666 17 323,529 381,894 18
Foreign visitors 181,169 268,606 48 2,495,906 3,311,448 33

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. Due to improved categorization of accommodation, there has been a slight change in numbers relating to supply and occupancy rates dating back to the beginning of 2015. In the current release, numbers in the relevant tables have been adjusted accordingly.

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