Articles tagged “iceland”

Video: Iceland Denies Overtourism as Europe Searches for Solutions

Video: Iceland Denies Overtourism as Europe Searches for Solutions

Dan Peltier, Skift

Iceland doesn't believe it's overrun with tourists but it's also been proactive in managing tourism growth. That's in sharp contrast to many other destinations only focused on higher numbers with no long-term game plans.

2 months ago

Iceland’s Tourism Sector Is Hoping for a World Cup Boost

Iceland’s Tourism Sector Is Hoping for a World Cup Boost

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir, Bloomberg

It's funny how quickly things can change. Maybe it's actually a good thing that growth is slowing. It will give Icelanders an opportunity to re-evaluate what kind of tourism they actually want.

2 months ago

Skift Podcast: How European Tourism Came Back From the Brink

Skift Podcast: How European Tourism Came Back From the Brink

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Tune in to hear experts on European tourism discuss the recent growth in visitors — and how to best manage it.

3 months ago

Wow Air Is Offering Ultra-Cheap Flights Between the U.S. and India Via Iceland

Wow Air Is Offering Ultra-Cheap Flights Between the U.S. and India Via Iceland

Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

Wow Air has made eye-catching moves in the past but this is surely the boldest. As long as the basic fares are cheap enough, we're betting that passengers will be willing to put up with the add-on charges that the airline is famous for.

3 months ago

Skift Forum Europe Preview: How Tourism Transformed Iceland’s Economy

Skift Forum Europe Preview: How Tourism Transformed Iceland’s Economy

Dan Peltier, Skift

In some parts of Iceland, odds are you're more likely to meet a tourist than you are a local. The country doesn't want to lose its cool, progressive, and beautiful Nordic edge that's fueling demand. That's why it's successfully worked to promote its offseason and use humor and relatable language in its marketing campaigns.

5 months ago

Iceland Airport Will Get a $1 Billion Upgrade to Cope With Tourism Boom

Iceland Airport Will Get a $1 Billion Upgrade to Cope With Tourism Boom

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir, Bloomberg

When the U.S. military built Keflavik airport in the middle of World War Two, nobody would have thought that Iceland would go on to become a major tourist destination. Expanding it therefore makes sense, but the country also needs to consider how other parts of the island will cope with millions more visitors.

7 months ago

Iceland Overtourism Meant 7 Visitors Per Resident in 2017

Iceland Overtourism Meant 7 Visitors Per Resident in 2017

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir, Bloomberg

After dealing with a 27.7 percent visitor increase in 2017, Iceland is considering measures, such as steering tourists to under-utilized areas, to deal with the influx. Iceland's economy has tasted the tourism growth and likes it, but now the issue is whether unfettered growth will be equally as appetizing.

8 months ago

Iceland Residents Aren’t Embracing Chinese Tourism Investment

Iceland Residents Aren’t Embracing Chinese Tourism Investment

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir, Bloomberg

Iceland has become so popular that there aren't enough hotel rooms to go around yet residents and legislators are largely resistant to foreign investment to build more hotels. This dilemma isn't unique to Iceland and other destinations will watch how the country responds.

12 months ago

Iceland Will Search for Tourists With Drones When Next Volcano Erupts

Iceland Will Search for Tourists With Drones When Next Volcano Erupts

Egill Bjarnason, Associated Press

Iceland would take extraordinary and necessary steps when Katla — thankfully easier to pronounce than Eyjafjallajökull — erupts to protect tourists, who would be more vulnerable than the locals.

12 months ago

Summer of Overtourism: 4 Lessons for the Travel Industry

Summer of Overtourism: 4 Lessons for the Travel Industry

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Destinations around the world need to wake up and realize that social problems related to tourism aren't going to solve themselves.

1 year ago

Overtourism and Artificial Intelligence Spell Trouble for Icelandic Language

Overtourism and Artificial Intelligence Spell Trouble for Icelandic Language

Egill Bjarnason, Associated Press

We certainly hope that overtourism, which in Iceland requires the import of foreign tourism workers to handle the influx of travelers, doesn't doom the Icelandic language. There's nothing like watching a 'hundslappadrifa' with a bunch of locals talking about it in their native tongue.

1 year ago

Iceland Considers New Tourist Tax Because of Overtourism Concerns

Iceland Considers New Tourist Tax Because of Overtourism Concerns

Omar R. Valdimarsson, Bloomberg

How do you balance sought-after revenue from tourists with the need to preserve natural resources and citizens' sanity? Iceland is trying to figure that out and is mulling raising tourism taxes to keep some people away.

1 year ago