Turnover according to VAT reports in Icelandic tourism sectors was just under 121 billion ISK in March to April 2023, an increase of almost 36% from the previous year.

Overnight stays in hotels in May 2023 were 410,463 compared with 328,885 in May the year before. The number of overnight stays by Icelanders were 77,259 (+11%) and the number of overnight stays by foreign guests were 333,204 (+29%).

Employment in the tourism industries in Iceland was 33,414 in May 2023, an increase of 14% compared with May 2022. In the 12-month period from June 2022 to May 2023, an average of 30,615 individuals worked in the tourism industry compared with 24,832 in the previous 12-month period.

In June, there were 288,593 departures of passengers from Keflavik airport compared with 242,537 in June 2022. Departures of passengers with foreign citizenship were 233,309 compared with 176,680 a year earlier.

This release includes updated statistics on overnight stays, turnover by VAT reports and register based employment. Also updated are statistics on rental cars from the Icelandic Transport Authority, traffic statistics from the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration, passengers count by nationality from the Icelandic Tourist Board and passengers’ statistics through Keflavik Airport along with traffic statistics published by ISAVIA.

Statistics Iceland no longer provides initial estimates of overnight stays for the latest month.

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Short term indicators in tourism
Passengers through Keflavik airport
Average daily traffic count on major roads
External trade in services

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