The number of guest nights in hotels in November 2012 increased to 115,200 up from 77,600 in November 2011, representing a 48 percent increase.
Nights spent by foreign visitors made up around 75 percent of total guest nights in November 2012, compared to 54 percent the year prior. Guest nights by domestic travelers increased by around 33 percent, according to the latest data from Statistics Iceland.
In the 11 months to December 2012, hotel nights increased by 20 percent, totaling, 1,696, 300.
As reported earlier this week, more foreign tourists spent New Year’s Eve in Reykjavík than in previous years with almost all of the capital’s hotels fully booked.
In the latest issue of Iceland Review, features editor Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir covers the gradual influx of foreign tourists in Iceland, as well as the promises and challenges facing the industry.