Employment in the tourism industries in Iceland was 29,960 in December 2023, an increase of 4% compared with December 2022. In the year 2023, an average of 32,113 individuals worked in the tourism industry compared with 28,707 in the previous year.

Overnight stays in hotels in December 2023 were 294,938 compared with 316,281 in December the year before. The number of overnight stays by Icelanders were 55,557 (-13%) and the number of overnight stays by foreign guests were 239,381 (-5%).

In January, there were 168,139 departures of passengers from Keflavik airport compared with 162,554 in January 2023. Departures of passengers with foreign citizenship were 130,836 compared with 121,053 a year earlier.

This release includes updated statistics on 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.

Short term indicators in tourism
Passengers through Keflavik airport
Average daily traffic count on major roads
External trade in services

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