Iceland Sees Most Increase in Tourism in Europe

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Iceland Sees Most Increase in Tourism in Europe

Iceland is the European country that proportionally saw the most increase in visits by foreign tourists in 2012, according to a new report by the European Travel Commission (ETC) on the status of tourism in the continent and the industry’s outlook.

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Traveling in Iceland. Lake Mývatn. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

Between 2011 and 2012, the number of foreign visitors increased by almost 20 percent. Lithuania placed second with 12 percent, followed by Romania with ten percent, visir.is reports.

Tourism is in fact one of few industries in Europe that are currently successful, reporting an overall 4-percent increase in visits by foreign tourists in 2012 and a 7-percent increase in 2011.

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