Revenue from foreign tourists during the first quarter of 2023 was 94.3 billion ISK compared with the same period last year when it was 52.4 billion ISK. Revenue from foreign tourists has increased by 98% in the last 12 months when compared with the same period year before, from 247.5 billion ISK to 489.6 billion ISK.

Overnight stays in hotels in April 2023 were 366,703 compared with 292,482 in April the year before. The number of overnight stays by Icelanders were 73,271 (-5%) and the number of overnight stays by foreign guests were 293,432 (+36%).

Employment in the tourism industries in Iceland was 29,933 in April 2023, an increase of 14% compared with April 2022. In the 12-month period from May 2022 to April 2023, an average of 30,248 individuals worked in the tourism industry compared with 23,893 in the previous 12-month period

In May, there were 219,827 departures of passengers from Keflavik airport compared with 170,015 in May 2022. Departures of passengers with foreign citizenship were 158,312 compared with 107,603 a year earlier.

This release includes updated statistics on overnight stays, revenue from foreign tourists 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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