Iceland becoming 'Disneyland' as US tourists outnumber locals. Iceland, a country hailed for offering a secluded, otherworldly travel experience, is being turned into Disneyland, it has been suggested, as new figures show that the number of American visitors this year will surpass the country’s population. The capital Reykjavik has been transformed over the last few years as the number of tourists visiting the island has soared, nearly all of whom arrive via the city’s airport on the south coast. And Birgitta Jonsdottir, leader of the anti- establishment Pirate Party, which could yet form the next government later this month, is not pleased about the new arrivals. It’s like the city is not my city any more,” she said. “It’s like Disneyland downtown.”The exceptional growth of Iceland’s tourism industry is well documented, with dramatic year- on- year rises since 2. American tourists will be greater than the number of Icelandic residents.
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New figures released by the Icelandic Tourist Board detailing arrivals for 2. September show 3. US. The Icelandic population is 3. The number of US visitors will continue to rise through to the end of the year, and contribute to the estimated 1,5. September. In 2. 01.
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Jonsdottir said her party wanted restrictions on the numbers of tourists visiting natural sites outside the city, which often lack basic facilities such as toilets, and would introduce a tax on hotels to help fund tourism infrastructure. The rush of travellers drawn to the island's glaciers, geo- thermal pools, extra- terrestrial landscapes, and seasonal Northern Lights displays has meant the country’s fledgling tourism infrastructure has been under mounting pressure, while the capital has seen an increase in hotels and souvenir shops, and rising rental costs for residents. This month a poll by broadcaster RUV found that 8. Icelanders believe the government should impose larger fees or taxes on tourists. Though the country welcomes the revenue created – filling the growing hole left by slumps in the industries of both fishing and aluminium – there is concern over the burden placed on the country.
The government is currently in the middle of a nine- year tourism strategy that runs to 2. The development of tourism infrastructure shall aim at protecting nature, and the tourism strategy shall aim at incorporating the concepts of sustainability and responsibility for Iceland’s culture and natural surroundings,” it said. However, it would not have been prepared for the enormous growth experienced after the 2.
Eyjafjallajökull, and subsequent ash cloud that shut down European airspace for seven days, helped put the country on the map. It coincided with a PR drive from the Icelandic tourist board, while its appearance in the HBO series Game of Thrones provided further encouragement to visit. The countries where tourists outnumber the locals. Since 2. 01. 0, arrivals have soared.
This year alone, the number of visitors from January to August is up 3. British visitors over the eight months are up 3.
Tourism officials believe Iceland will welcome two million visitors a year by 2. The influx has caused a number of issues for the country. Attractions around the Golden Circle and south coast have become increasingly busy, with coach- loads of tourists flocking to see the Gulfoss waterfall, Thingvellir national park and the Geysir geothermal park. Iceland’s tourism authority has attempted to educate visitors of both the risks to their safety and the importance of maintaining natural sites. In March it launched a course on how to stay safe in the country, with a spokesperson at the time saying: “The majority of tourists want to experience nature, and we know that Icelandic nature must be treated with respect and care.”Visitors to the popular Blue Lagoon baths.
Credit. Photographs posted on social media showing tourists ignoring safety barriers have not endeared them to the Icelandic public. Attempts to advertise the appeals of eastern Iceland, including new direct flights this year from Discover the World to Egilsstaðir, are designed to take the pressure of the south- west of the country and Reykjavik’s Keflavik airport. Telegraph expert rating. Situated inside two historic, refurbished houses, down on Reykjavik’s charming harbourfront, thes.. Friend Uk Dating. Read expert review.
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