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Fewer Foreigners, More Icelanders Booking Overnight Accommodation

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Fewer Foreigners, More Icelanders Booking Overnight Accommodation

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson

Overnight accommodations booked by foreigners were down this June as compared with June of 2017, Kjarninn reports. This marks the first time since 2008 that June bookings among foreign tourists have been lower from one year to the next. At the same time that foreign bookings have been down, however, overnight stays booked by Icelanders have been on the increase.

Figures published by Statistics Iceland show that while the number of overall bookings has remained largely unchanged since last year—1.189 million bookings in 2017 to 1.195 million bookings in 2018—the number of overnight stays booked by foreign tourists (835,000 in June 2018) was down by 3% this year. By contrast, 163,000 Icelanders booked overnight stays in June 2018, which marks a 21% increase from the same time period last year. This represents the largest increase in domestic overnight stays as compared to those of foreign visitors since 2010, as well as the largest number of domestic overnight bookings that have ever been recorded in the month of June.

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