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
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    [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 • 1 624

  • Adrian Motley
    Adrian Motley  6 hours back

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

    • Joseph Pinkham
      Joseph Pinkham  1 days back

      Faster than they can Bill Gates

      • R F
        R F  3 days back

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

        • Lucas Weber
          Lucas Weber  4 days back

          Thought it said ice lands terrorist revolution

          • Spenezzet
            Spenezzet  5 days back

            4:31 when you choke on chicken tenders

            • pine cone
              pine cone  6 days back

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

              • Addicted Robloxian
                Addicted Robloxian  1 weeks back

                4:31 how did he say that

                • Patrick Dooley
                  Patrick Dooley  3 weeks back

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

                  • jbam
                    jbam  3 weeks back

                    Just keep replaying from 4:31

                    • H T Awesome
                      H T Awesome  4 weeks back

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

                      Me: Wow!

                      • Haohmaru HL
                        Haohmaru HL  4 weeks back

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

                        • Kurt22
                          Kurt22  1 months back

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

                          • ⵉⵜⵔⵓⵏⴰⵓⵜ
                            ⵉⵜⵔⵓⵏⴰⵓⵜ  1 months back

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


                            **Reported for clickbait**

                            • Diana Andrade
                              Diana Andrade  1 months back

                              Iceland’s tourism= Instagram

                              • Teakwondo Chest
                                Teakwondo Chest  1 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  1 months back

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

                                  • Matthew Fair
                                    Matthew Fair  1 months back

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

                                    • 420sw3g
                                      420sw3g  1 months back

                                      The volcanic clap made them famous!

                                      • Kampfuchs
                                        Kampfuchs  1 months back

                                        Banana Republic of tourism..

                                        • Elvijs Lasis
                                          Elvijs Lasis  1 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  1 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  1 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.

                                                • Trekky
                                                  Trekky  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  2 months back

                                                      Make similar video about Nepal

                                                      • Chris Findley
                                                        Chris Findley  2 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  2 months back

                                                          'Oil is finite '

                                                          • Sonny Nguyen
                                                            Sonny Nguyen  2 months back

                                                            This video sucks

                                                            • John Langdon
                                                              John Langdon  2 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  2 months back

                                                                Bgiy

                                                                • Fredr C
                                                                  Fredr C  2 months back

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

                                                                  • Floosh
                                                                    Floosh  2 months back

                                                                    5:19 : N word

                                                                    • QuarioQuario54321
                                                                      QuarioQuario54321  2 months back

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

                                                                      • Y. Shaked
                                                                        Y. Shaked  2 months back

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

                                                                        • Luis Escamado Nhamue
                                                                          Luis Escamado Nhamue  2 months back

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

                                                                          • leonard Langner
                                                                            leonard Langner  2 months back

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

                                                                            • BB B
                                                                              BB B  2 months back

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

                                                                              • Jh Zhou
                                                                                Jh Zhou  2 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  2 months back

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

                                                                                  • Erik Swanson
                                                                                    Erik Swanson  2 months back

                                                                                    I'm surprised you didn't mention that stopover deals that Iceland Air was offering. I even saw it painted on one of the planes in your footage. That is how we ended up visiting Iceland.

                                                                                    • On The Road Again with Vinny

                                                                                      Iceland is expensive - HAPPY HOUR in 2016 - 1 beer (500ml) and a small wine = £14.50 - CRAZY. Most UK visitors only go for long weekends. I took my car from the UK (via Hirtshals in Denmark) and drove the ring road - what a fantastic experience.

                                                                                      • ErinN
                                                                                        ErinN  2 months back

                                                                                        Is that a left handed handshake at 0:50 ?? It looks so wrong!!

                                                                                        • John Sun
                                                                                          John Sun  2 months back

                                                                                          Got a $29 one way flight ticket from wow airlines to have chance to visit there.
                                                                                          Unfortunately, Wow airlines collapsed after 9 months.
                                                                                          BTW, lot of financial criminals there...

                                                                                          • Mario Stinger
                                                                                            Mario Stinger  2 months back

                                                                                            Go visit Iceland, before climate change makes it Heatland.

                                                                                            • Matthew Barber
                                                                                              Matthew Barber  2 months back

                                                                                              Iceland needs to open up it's skies to the big European low cost carriers!

                                                                                              • j
                                                                                                j  2 months back

                                                                                                Iceland- bailed out their homeowners instead of the banks in 2008. Imagine our society if only hadn't wasted 20 years on Sand Wars and Diversity

                                                                                                • R.L.S. Studios
                                                                                                  R.L.S. Studios  2 months back

                                                                                                  I been to Iceland before.