Iceland tourism and development

What is the population of Iceland

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What is the population of Iceland?
323,000
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How many tourists visit Iceland each year?
364,000
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What attracts tourists to Iceland?
volcanic scenery, rugged coastline, glaciers and wildlife
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How many tourists are attracted just by whale watching?
72,000 each year
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By what % did tourism in Iceland grow between 1995 and 2005?
7.2% a year (one of the fastest growing sectors of their economy)
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Why is tourism particularly important for Iceland?
Important earner of foreign currency
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How many jobs does tourism in Iceland directly create?
69,000
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What percentage of Iceland's GDP comes from tourism?
5%
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Why do visitors to Iceland tend to be wealthy?
It is expensive- the cost of living is high and there are no budget airlines that fly there
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What niche market does Iceland's tourist industry target?
Wealthy Europeans and North Americans interested in the environment and wildlife
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Why is it good that tourism is relatively modest in scale in Iceland?
The ecological footprint is small and the industry is sustainable
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Where in Iceland is tourism mostly based?
In the SW, in and around the capital, Reykjavik
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What economic impact has tourism had?
It has boosted economic development in the area
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What reputation has Reykjavik that has benefited it?
Chic centre for nightlife, lots of hotels, close to the international airport at Keflavik
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What 3 star attractions does Iceland have?
Blue Lagoon, warmed by waste water from a geothermal power station, Gullfoss waterfall, Strokker geyser.
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