Iceland’s Tourism Minister Calls for Tourist Limits
The infrastructure and environment at many popular sites have already reached their limits and in some cases has been degraded. She said the time has come for a pilot project to test how and to what extent limits can be placed on tourist destinations. There have been complaints from environmentalists, residents, and others for years. Albertína Friðbjörg Elíasdóttir, Social Democratic MP representing north Iceland, criticised spending advertising funds to promote the already crowded capital and Golden Circle. She suggested that money would be better spent promoting less popular areas like the north of the country. The southwest of Iceland gets the vast majority of visitors because the nation’s capital and largest city, the international airport, and many impressive historical and natural sites are all very close to each other within this region.
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