In August 2014, overnight stays in hotels were 287,500 which is an 11% increase compared with August 2013. During the last twelve months overnight stays have increased by 13%.

Nights spent by foreign tourists accounted for 91% of the total number of overnight stays in August and increased by 12% compared with August 2013. At the same time the overnight stays of Icelanders decreased by 4%.

In the Capital region, the number of overnight stays was 157,800, which is a 3% increase compared with August 2013. Overnight stays in the South region were 49,900 in August 2014, grew by 37% between years. Overseas residents with most overnight stays in Iceland in August were Germans (49,000), residents from USA (44,600) and UK residents (22,600). 

Occupancy rate for bedrooms in hotels in August 2014
In August the occupancy rate for bedrooms was highest in the Southwest, 94.1% and in the East, around 91.5%.

Overnight stays in hotels
  August   September - August   
  2013 2014 % 2012-2013 2013-2014 %
Total 259,891 287,481 11 1,967,441 2,215,738 13
Capital region 152,432 157,766 3 1,336,335 1,491,755 12
Southwest 11,726 15,858 35 86,566 103,254 19
West and Westfjords 15,114 17,042 13 81,852 94,209 15
Northwest and Northeast 28,007 29,376 5 156,818 166,165 6
East  16,144 17,565 9 87,249 81,223 -7
South 36,468 49,874 37 218,621 279,132 28
Icelanders 28,030 26,816 -4 325,520 345,815 6
Foreign visitors 231,861 260,665 12 1,641,921 1,869,923 14

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

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