Employment in the tourism industries in Iceland was 32,536 in November 2023, an increase of 8% compared with November 2022. In the 12-month period from December 2022 to November 2023, an average of 31,976 individuals worked in the tourism industry compared with 28,296 in the previous 12-month period.

Overnight stays in hotels in November 2023 were 360,774 compared with 353.524 in November the year before. The number of overnight stays by Icelanders were 71,697 (1%) and the number of overnight stays by foreign guests were 289,077 (1%). In December, there were 172,990 departures of passengers from Keflavik airport compared with 156,976 in December 2022. Departures of passengers with foreign citizenship were 137,088 compared with 114,788 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. Statistics Iceland no longer provides initial estimates of overnight stays for the latest month.

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

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