43% increase in tourist arrivals in February

43% increase in tourist arrivals in February
Skógafoss - South Iceland.

February 2013 was a yet another record month in terms of international tourist arrivals to Iceland, according to the Icelandic Tourist Board tally at Keflavík International Airport. Forty thousand tourists left the country in February, or 12 thousand more than in the same month in 2012. This represents a 43.2% increase.

Threefold increase in tourist arrivals from 2003 to 2013

Tourist arrivals have increased by an average of 12,8% on an annual basis since 2003. Numbers of tourists have more than tripled in that period, increasing from 13 thousand to 40 thousand.

British visitors 40% of tourists

Most tourists in February came from the UK (39.9%). Tourists from the United States were 13.4% of the total, Norwegians 8.0%, Germans 5.7%, French 4.2% and Danes (4.0%). Altogether these six nations count for nearly three-quarters of tourists in February. Tourists from UK, Americans and Germans also showed the highest increase in numbers in February.

Significant increase from all market areas

If we look at individual market areas a 56.0% increase is observed from Central and Southern Europe, 51.8% from the UK, 37.7% from North America, 16.6% from the Nordic countries and 45.2% from countries that are classified as 'other nationalities'.

Tourist arrivals from the beginning of 2013

So far this year, 73,269 foreign tourists have left the country via Keflavik International Airport, 19 thousand more than in the same period last year. This represents a 35.5% increase. A substantial increase has been observed from most markets; from Britain by 48.8%, visitors from Central and South Europe 40.2%, North Americans about 32.6%, and tourists from other markets around 38.4%. Scandinavians have increased by less, or 8.3%.

VISITORS TO ICELAND THROUGH KEFLAVIK AIRPORT                
February by nationality       January-February by nationality    
      Increase/decrease         Increase/decrease
  2012 2013 No (%)     2012 2013 No (%)
USA 3.879 5.357 1.478 38,1   USA 7.793 10.411 2.618 33,6
UK 10.522 15.970 5.448 51,8   UK 17.478 26.001 8.523 48,8
Denmark 1.525 1.590 65 4,3   Danmark 3.240 3.094 -146 -4,5
Finland 238 387 149 62,6   Finland 654 734 80 12,2
France 1.336 1.671 335 25,1   France 2.723 3.042 319 11,7
Netherland 1.021 1.272 251 24,6   Netherland 1.743 2.005 262 15,0
Italy 208 299 91 43,8   Italy 457 634 177 38,7
Japan 1.078 1.148 70 6,5   Japan 2.154 2.714 560 26,0
Canada 284 374 90 31,7   Canada 645 778 133 20,6
China 343 779 436 127,1   China 792 1.517 725 91,5
Norway 1.949 2.418 469 24,1   Norway 3.667 4.421 754 20,6
Poland 341 490 149 43,7   Polland 811 976 165 20,3
Russia 66 245 179 271,2   Russia 381 600 219 57,5
Spain 206 321 115 55,8   Spain 558 736 178 31,9
Switzerland 169 427 258 152,7   Switzerland 421 772 351 83,4
Sweden 1.035 1.142 107 10,3   Sweden 2.475 2.622 147 5,9
Germany 1.079 2.278 1.199 111,1   Germany 2.351 4.379 2.028 86,3
Other 2.630 3.811 1.181 44,9   Other 5.718 7.833 2.115 37,0
Total 27.909 39.979 12.070 43,2   Total 54.061 73.269 19.208 35,5
                     
February by market area       January-February by market area  
      Increase/decrease         Increase/decrease
  2012 2013 No (%)     2012 2013 No (%)
Nordic countries 4.747 5.537 790 16,6   Nordic countries 10.036 10.871 835 8,3
UK 10.522 15.970 5.448 51,8   UK 17.478 26.001 8.523 48,8
Central-/S-Europe 4.019 6.268 2.249 56,0   Central-/S-Europe 8.253 11.568 3.315 40,2
N-America 4.163 5.731 1.568 37,7   N-America 8.438 11.189 2.751 32,6
Other 4.458 6.473 2.015 45,2   Other 9.856 13.640 3.784 38,4
Total 27.909 39.979 12.070 43,2   Total 54.061 73.269 19.208 35,5
                     
Iceland 21.242 20.833 -409 -1,9   Iceland 44.629 44.089 -540 -1,2

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