In September 2014, overnight stays in hotels were 183,600 which is a 16% increase compared with October 2013. During the last twelve months overnight stays have increased by 14%.

Nights spent by foreign tourists accounted for 82% of the total number of overnight stays in October and increased by 23% compared with October 2013. At the same time the overnight stays of Icelanders decreased by 7%.

In the Capital region, the number of overnight stays was 128,800, which is a 15% increase compared with October 2013. Overnight stays in the South region were 24,500 in October 2014, grew by 40% between years. Overseas residents with most overnight stays in Iceland in October were residents from UK (43,900) USA residents (23,600), and Germans (9,300).

Occupancy rate for bedrooms in hotels in October 2014
In October the occupancy rate for bedrooms was highest in the Capital region, 84.4% and in the Southwest, around 60,0%.

Overnight stays in hotels
  October   November - October    
  2013 2014 % 2012-2013 2013-2014 %
Total 157,847 183,621 16 2,000,078 2,272,301 14
Capital region 111,706 128,781 15 1,348,817 1,525,252 13
Southwest 7,034 9,435 34 88,010 107,987 23
West and Westfjords 4,815 5,676 18 84,985 99,364 17
Northwest and Northeast 12,467 11,536 -7 162,140 167,056 3
East  4,313 3,733 -13 88,229 80,672 -9
South 17,512 24,460 40 227,897 291,970 28
Icelanders 36,180 33,499 -7 340,759 340,978 0
Foreign visitors 121,667 150,122 23 1,659,319 1,931,323 16

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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