Passengers arriving in Iceland through Keflavik airport decreased by 10% in December, from 187 thousand in 2018 to 169 thousand in 2019. Thereof passengers with foreign nationality decreased by 9% while Icelandic passengers decreased by 12%.

13% fewer passengers arrived during 2019 than the year before. Passengers with foreign nationality decreased from 2.3 million to 2 million while passengers with Icelandic nationality decreased by 9%, from 670 thousand in 2018 to 610 thousand in 2019.

VAT turnover in tourism related industries in September and October 2019 was 106 billion ISK. It decreased by 8% compared with the same period the year before. VAT turnover in all tourism related industries decreased during this period.

VAT turnover decreased by 9%, 62 billion ISK, during the period November 2018 to October 2019 compared with the same period the year before. During this period VAT turnover from passenger flights decreased by 22%, 64 billion ISK.

Overnight stays in November increased by 4%, 23 thousand overnight stays, compared with the same month the previous year. The increase is mainly due to a 5% increase in overnight stays in hotels, which increased by 16 thousand when comparing the same periods. Hotel room supply also increased by 7% while the occupancy rate remained the same during this period.

This release includes updated statistics on overnight stays and VAT turnover from tourism related industries. Also released are updated statistics on rental cars from the Iceland transport authority and a count from the Icelandic Tourist board on passengers going through Keflavik airport.

Tourism short-term indicators November  December - November 
Overnight stays120182019 %2017-20182018-2019%
Total overnight stays5717765950764%1086502510524184-3%
Hotels and guesthouses3669663818344%58430795788505-1%
Airbnb and similar sites8300076000-8%18120001642000-9%
Other types of unpaid accommodation12400022000-8%533900452000-15%
Other types of listed accommodation9781011424217%26760462641679-1%
  November  December - November 
Occupancy rate of hotel rooms20182019 %2017-20182018-2019 %
Total overnight stays in hotels3067683230365%44710984432879-1%
Available hotel rooms10103107667%1193171261986%
Occupancy rate58%57%-168%65%-4
  Q3  Q4 - Q3 
Balance of trade in services (million ISK)20182019 %2017-20182018-2019 %
Revenue from non-Icelandic tourists194412169678-13%511966484702-5%
- Passenger flights6942649297-29%182138147230-19%
- Consumption124985120381-4%3298283374722%
  September - October  November - October 
VAT turnover (million ISK)220182019 %2017-20182018-2019 %
Total turnover115336106279-8%683940621931-9%
- Accommodation4565441135-10%293996229955-22%
- Passenger flights1864017469-6%1004501002120%
- Catering and services1731216682-4%99316999111%
- Travel agents and planners (abroad)89017501-16%5147549105-5%
- Travel agents and planners (in Iceland)34303257-5%16460164580%
- Car rentals1658515860-4%93437988116%
- Passenger transport on land38453443-11%2342622183-5%
- Passenger water transport970931-4%53845291-2%
  October Average employees November - October
Employees320182019 %2017-20182018-2019 %
Total employees in key tourism sectors2890026300-9%2894127525-5%
- Passenger flights56004300-23%52004700-10%
- Accommodation69006800-1%70006900-1%
- Catering and services106009600-9%1080010200-6%
- Travel agents and planners38003600-5%380038000%
- Other tourism sectors28002600-9%28002600-7%
  January  Average February - Janua 
Rental cars420182019 %20182019 %
Total rental cars2453723265-5%2528524596-3%
Rental cars (active)2154420525-5%2335822817-2%
Rental cars (inactive)29932740-8%19271779-8%
  December  January - December 
Traffic on ring road520182019 %20182019 %
South Iceland1136510593-7%180170177518-1%
West Iceland10175101910%1647091733195%
North Iceland47484359-8%1033171034400%
East Iceland12141156-5%2777127123-2%
  December  January - December 
Passenger count to and from Iceland20182019 % 20182019 %
Total Passengers6186853168850-10%29840182597536-13%
- Foreign nationality137230125421-9%23159251987575-14%
- Icelandic nationality4962343429-12%668093609961-9%
  November  December - November 
Traffic statistics - Keflavik Airport20182019 %2017-20182018-2019 %
Total movements (departures/landings)68806812-1%9863588312-10%
Total passenger movements7629189435339-31%86685947887792-9%
- Departures202582176582-13%29648532632983-11%
- Arrivals194691168423-13%29468202633313-11%
- Exchange passengers (counted twice)23064090334-61%38612732126689-45%

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1 Other accommodations are camping sites, youth hostels, holiday centres, lodges in wilderness, apartments, sleeping-bag facilities and private-home accommodation. Other unpaid accommodation includes overnight stays in cars, tents or caravans outside campsites and indoor accommodation where no payment was made.
2 Travel agencies (abroad): Services in connection with trips abroad, i.e. with zero VAT-rate according to paragraph 12 of the VAT-law (Act 50/1988). Travel agencies (in Iceland): Services in connection with trips in Iceland, i.e. not with zero VAT-rate according to paragraph 12 of the VAT-law (Act 50/1988).
3 Numbers rounded to the nearest hundred.
4 According to data from Icelandic transport authority.
5 According to numbers from 14 counters on the ring road from Icelandic Road Administration. Monthly numbers show the average count each month. 12 month rolling period specifies the total count during the period. Data is used from 14 counters located on the ring road.
6 According to numbers from Icelandic Tourist Board.
7 otal passenger movements count departures, arrivals and connecting passengers which are counted twice.

Tourism indicators
Balance of trade and services
Revenue from foreign travelers