Iceland's Tourism Revolution

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  • Published: 05 June 2019
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    References:
    [1] data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.PCAP.CD?locations=IS
    [2] fastcompany.com/40414742/a-plane-crash-a-glacier-an-entrepreneur-how-icelandair-opened-up-air-travel-for-everyone
    [3] isavia.is/en/corporate/about-isavia/reports-and-statistics/passenger-statistics/statistics-keflavik-airport/older-statistics; ferdamalastofa.is/static/files/ferdamalastofa/Frettamyndir/2018/mai/foreign-visitors-to-iceland-1949-2017.xls
    [4] tradingeconomics.com/iceland/currency
    [5] data.worldbank.org/indicator/ST.INT.ARVL?locations=IS
    [6] data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.MKTP.KD.ZG?locations=IS
    [7] .unwto.org/content/why-tourism
    [8] arabianbusiness.com/uae-s-oil-dependency-fall-5-of-gdp-by-2021-581729.html; thenational.ae/business/economy/uae-economy-grew-1-7-in-2018-on-non-oil-sector-growth-and-higher-oil-prices-1.843335
    [9] government.ae/en/information-and-services/passports-and-traveling/statistics-and-most-visited-destinations; statista.com/statistics/674110/uae-international-tourist-arrivals/
    [10] thejakartapost.com/travel/2018/01/24/white-oil-saudi-arabia-seeks-place-on-tourism-map.html; alaraby.co.uk/english/indepth/2019/4/16/vision-2040-omans-ambitious-strategy-towards-a-post-oil-economy; worldpoliticsreview.com/trend-lines/24550/what-bahrain-s-huge-oil-and-gas-discovery-means-for-its-post-oil-agenda
    [11] icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/politics_and_society/2019/04/12/immigrants_role_in_tourism_boom/
    [12] ferdamalastofa.is/static/files/ferdamalastofa/talnaefni/tourism-in-iceland-2018_2.pdf
    [13] travelweekly.co.uk/articles/295613/wow-air-passenger-numbers-jumps-by-nearly-two-thirds; isavia.is/en/corporate/about-isavia/reports-and-statistics/passenger-statistics/statistics-keflavik-airport/2017
    [14] bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-22/iceland-slashes-interest-rates-to-battle-economic-downturn
    [15] isavia.is/en/corporate/about-isavia/reports-and-statistics/passenger-statistics/passenger-statistics
    [16] isavia.is/media/1/12-2018-tolur-fyrir-vefsiduna.pdf

Comments • 1 630

  • Oliver Schubert
    Oliver Schubert  3 days back

    Good, Iceland will be overpopulated soon enough, the less people going to Iceland, the better.... Partially a favour in disguise, if you like to see it that way...

    • Cat Shepherd
      Cat Shepherd  4 days back

      Sun and Moon in 2025: Let’s come together over Rejkyavik!
      World’s astronomy geeks: Hold onto your privates, generals! Here we come!

      • NoPegs
        NoPegs  2 weeks back

        @3:24, was expecting a mention of the penis museum in the list of things people want to see that Iceland has exclusively.... For shame!

        • Daniel Santos
          Daniel Santos  2 weeks back

          This guy’s segue into his ad for Brilliant at the end was smooth as glass.

          • Alasdair Deacon
            Alasdair Deacon  3 weeks back

            Iceland should start exporting its cheap geothermal energy to europe. Just needs to build a cable.

            • Jon Jonsson
              Jon Jonsson  3 weeks back

              Keflavík is pronounced Kev-la-veek.
              Eyjafjallajökull is pronounced Eya-fyet-nya-yokul (or thereabouts).

              • imcanada
                imcanada  4 weeks back

                "we have often been named the ash cloud cunts" - my history teacher in 2016

                • imcanada
                  imcanada  4 weeks back

                  my uncle made iceland economy crash. stoopid loser in jail now haha

                  • Adrian Motley
                    Adrian Motley  4 weeks back

                    No one wants to visit Saudi Arabia with the difficulty to enter the country and barbaric laws

                    • Joseph Pinkham
                      Joseph Pinkham  4 weeks back

                      Faster than they can Bill Gates

                      • The End Is Near
                        The End Is Near  1 months back

                        Oil is NOT finite. You're brainwashed, though.

                        • Lucas Weber
                          Lucas Weber  1 months back

                          Thought it said ice lands terrorist revolution

                          • Spenezzet
                            Spenezzet  1 months back

                            4:31 when you choke on chicken tenders

                            • pine cone
                              pine cone  1 months back

                              uhhhhhh can i get melbourne to reykakldkwfsdfdsj whatever
                              it'll take 34 hours but whatever

                              • lol lol
                                lol lol  1 months back

                                4:31 how did he say that

                                • Patrick Dooley
                                  Patrick Dooley  2 months back

                                  No one gonna comment how he pronounced the volcano. :'D

                                  • jbam
                                    jbam  2 months back

                                    Just keep replaying from 4:31

                                    • H T Awesome
                                      H T Awesome  2 months back

                                      “In 2017, 1/3 of all passengers flew on Wow Air”

                                      Me: Wow!

                                      • Haohmaru HL
                                        Haohmaru HL  2 months back

                                        World: So how do you want to name the volcano?
                                        Iceland: yes

                                        • Kurt22
                                          Kurt22  2 months back

                                          “Iceland lost the 2016 Euros”
                                          *Haha yeah but not before knocking out England*

                                          • ⵉⵜⵔⵓⵏⴰⵓⵜ
                                            ⵉⵜⵔⵓⵏⴰⵓⵜ  2 months back

                                            > Is named Iceland yet isn't covered in ice.


                                            **Reported for clickbait**

                                            • Diana Andrade
                                              Diana Andrade  2 months back

                                              Iceland’s tourism= Instagram

                                              • Teakwondo Chest
                                                Teakwondo Chest  2 months back

                                                I was in Iceland in 2014, most hotels and even restaurants would close after 25th of august and there werent taht many tourists.

                                                I wanted to go again in 2019 and prices basically doubled.

                                                I‘ve spent 3500€ for a 15 day vacation including rental car, in 2018 the car alone would have costed me half of that.

                                                Iceland went from a pretty cheap country where you can enjoy loneliness to an expensive country where there are crowds of humans everywhere, unless you drive to the outer fringed of the country like I did in 2014

                                                • Anthonyzzz
                                                  Anthonyzzz  2 months back

                                                  DANGEROUS CHANNEL - this video popped into my recommendations - it's taken me 4 days to escape

                                                  • Matthew Fair
                                                    Matthew Fair  2 months back

                                                    The airport is currently being renovated so that may explain some of the decrease

                                                    • 420sw3g
                                                      420sw3g  2 months back

                                                      The volcanic clap made them famous!

                                                      • Kampfuchs
                                                        Kampfuchs  2 months back

                                                        Banana Republic of tourism..

                                                        • Elvijs Lasis
                                                          Elvijs Lasis  2 months back

                                                          "Want to see it once" (maybe from Euro/World cup alone) might turn into - "Revisit? Not sure... maybe something else". Part of tourism that really can make business difficult (as historical data can be wrong about next year)

                                                          • On Wheels
                                                            On Wheels  2 months back

                                                            Good to know Iceland tourism collapses, because until recently it was hugely expensive and even remote, inaccessible places were completely overcrowded, mostly thanks to Instagram.

                                                            • Jacob P
                                                              Jacob P  2 months back

                                                              The rise of tourism in New Zealand is very similar to Iceland. We are far far away from anyone, originally just a meat and dairy economy now we have a massive tourism economy, thanks to Hollywood blockbuster films like Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Narnia, The Last Samurai and much more.... All we have to thank is our natural beauty. **** hinting at a next video suggestion. Fyi Auckland is pronounced Orcland like the lotr orcs.

                                                              • Napster2002 . aspx
                                                                Napster2002 . aspx  2 months back

                                                                I was thinking, Iceland should invest in Internet server housing. Cold places like Norway have done that, because the natural cold helps reduce costs for cooling the giant server farms.

                                                                • 「CELLO KID」
                                                                  「CELLO KID」  2 months back

                                                                  The fuck, I'd NEVER want to go to the south pole

                                                                  • Weaver Bird
                                                                    Weaver Bird  2 months back

                                                                    One word : PLANES ✈✈✈

                                                                    • Top 10
                                                                      Top 10  3 months back

                                                                      Make similar video about Nepal

                                                                      • Chris Findley
                                                                        Chris Findley  3 months back

                                                                        Iceland became too expensive for my budget dollars. I’d love to go but will have to hope that the cost of staying and eating there will go down.

                                                                        • Anemoi
                                                                          Anemoi  3 months back

                                                                          'Oil is finite '

                                                                          • Sonny Nguyen
                                                                            Sonny Nguyen  3 months back

                                                                            This video sucks

                                                                            • John Langdon
                                                                              John Langdon  3 months back

                                                                              As far as airport traffic decreasing, keep in mind Wow Air started fleet reductions and route cancellations/downgrading months before their closure. This is probably a big contribution to the decreasing pax in the beginning of 2019.

                                                                              • Trist Monster
                                                                                Trist Monster  3 months back

                                                                                Bgiy

                                                                                • Fredr C
                                                                                  Fredr C  3 months back

                                                                                  "One of the things that a lot of Icelanders would have learned is quantitative finance." Smooth..

                                                                                  • Floosh
                                                                                    Floosh  3 months back

                                                                                    5:19 : N word

                                                                                    • QuarioQuario54321
                                                                                      QuarioQuario54321  3 months back

                                                                                      I wish to make Iceland one of the poorest places on Earth

                                                                                      • Y. Shaked
                                                                                        Y. Shaked  3 months back

                                                                                        Why are we suddenly talking about Dubai, Qatar and the region?

                                                                                        • Luis Escamado Nhamue
                                                                                          Luis Escamado Nhamue  3 months back

                                                                                          I loved the thing of taking and puting zeroes. Maginificent.

                                                                                          • leonard Langner
                                                                                            leonard Langner  3 months back

                                                                                            Better send the foreigners away now. They are not needed there anymore.

                                                                                            • BB B
                                                                                              BB B  3 months back

                                                                                              its all about the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

                                                                                              • Jh Zhou
                                                                                                Jh Zhou  3 months back

                                                                                                During the volcano eruption, How did reporters flocked to Iceland when at the time every single flight in and out of the country was cancelled ?

                                                                                                • thoseguysactual
                                                                                                  thoseguysactual  3 months back

                                                                                                  Tourism is slowing because Iceland is just too bloody expensive. Period. It is no longer a viable "vacation getaway".