Statistics show more signs of the tourism slowdown
Around half of these were at hotels and B&Bs, nights in private apartments sold through AirBnB and similar websites were 190,000, and hostels and campsites make up the rest with 408,600 stays. Hotel use increased by 4% between years, and locals’ use of hotels almost doubled, now standing at 10%. Analysts believe that tourism is not decreasing, but simply settling into a similar pattern. Many locals are relieved, as the rapid increase has caused a myriad of problems, so a slower period where infrastructure can be improved is a welcome change. The most popular destination was in the Suðurnes region, by the international airport, which fits with earlier reports of an increase in total visitors but shorter median visits.
- The Reykjavík Grapevine -