Majority of Residents in Favour of Tourists

Residents of the greater Reykjavík area continue be generally favourable towards tourists according to an opinion poll carried out this summer for Visit Reykjavík. The vast majority take pride in living in a city which is welcoming to tourists, and a majority are of the view that the people of the greater capital area are hospitable to visitors. Most feel that rising tourist numbers have a positive economic effect in the capital area.

The poll reveals that nine out of ten residents of the capital area are moderately, fairly or very favourable towards tourists and seven out of ten residents feel that the number of tourists in their district in the summer time is about right. 70% of residents in the capital area feel that the number of tourists in their district is about right during the winter months.

Residents of the city centre take a more favourable view of the tourism sector than residents of the capital area as a whole and eight out of ten respondents say that rising tourist numbers have a positive economic impact.

Almost all residents of the capital area, or 98%, are of the view that tourists are moderately, fairly or very friendly. More over, residents of the Greater Reykjavík are moderately, fairly or very hospitable to foreign visitors, in the view of 94%.

Nine out of ten residents of the capital area have rarely or never experienced inconvenience due to tourists adjacent to their home, while for city-centre residents the figure is 65%.

More residents are in favour of individuals being able to rent out their homes via Airbnb for up to 90 days a year than are against and three out of four are fairly or very little aware of tourist accommodation operating in their neighborhood.

“This is the third time that Visit Reykjavík has explored attitudes towards tourists and tourism among residents of the Greater Reykjavík area, and the polls have always yielded very positive results,” says Ashildur Bragadottir, director of Visit Reykjavík. “In 2015 attitudes were so favourable that it is really quite difficult to make a comparison with that year. Since then tourist numbers have risen by nearly 90%, and so it is natural that attitudes are a little less favourable than two years ago. But people still look very favourably on tourism, which is a vital sector of the Icelandic economy. I feel we must make sure to be on the ball in the times ahead. In order to meet this great increase in tourist numbers in recent years, the city has responded with provisions in many fields.”

Kindest regards,
Ashildur Bragadottir Director of Visit Reykjavík