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Figure 1. Number of overnight stays in hotels/guesthouses in East Iceland, 2000-2019. Hotels and guesthouses also include summer hotels and guesthouses. Höfn in Hornafjörður is includded in East Iceland statistics until the year 2014. Statistics Iceland is working to extract results from Höfn from the data on East Iceland.


Number of overnight stays as ratio of stays in the year 2000

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Figure 2. Number of overnight stays in hotels / guesthouses in East Iceland and the whole country as a percentage of the number of overnight stays in the year 2000. Hotels and guesthouses also unclude summer hotels and guesthouses. Höfn in Hornafjörður is included in East Iceland until the year 2014. Statistics Iceland is working to extract results from Höfn from the data on East Iceland and then a new merged graph will be inserted.

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Figure 3. Number of overnight stays in hotels / guesthouses in East Iceland and the whole country as a percentage of the number of overnight stays in the year 2015. Hotels and guesthouses also unclude summer hotels and guesthouses. Höfn in Hornafjörður is included in East Iceland until the year 2014. Statistics Iceland is working to extract results from Höfn from the data on East Iceland and then a new merged graph will be inserted.


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Figure 4. Availability and utilization of accommodation in East Iceland. Höfn in Hornafjörður is included in East Iceland until the year 2012 in the utilization of accommodation, but is not included in the supply of accomodation. Statistics Iceland is working to extract results from Höfn from the data on East  Iceland for the next update.

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Updated: May 18, 2020
Source: Statistics Iceland (2020).

Metrics, Targets and Monitoring Protocol

What is measured?

Number of overnight stays, supply and occupancy rate of beds in hotels and guesthouses in East Iceland. (Project effect: induced).

Monitoring protocol

Information from Statistics Iceland will be collected annually.

Target

Increase in the number of bed nights in East Iceland proportionally greater than or equal to national average.

Countermeasures

None, only monitoring

Changes of indicator

At annual meeting of the initiative on May 3 2016 the following changes of monitoring protocol in parts b and c were approved.

Table 1. Changes to the indicator approved at the 2016 annual meeting. What is measured?
Original text Changed text
Number of bed nights/year in hotels and guesthouses in East Iceland. (Project effect: induced). Number of overnight stays, supply and occupancy rate of beds in hotels and guesthouses in East Iceland. (Project effect: induced).

Rational for changes:

The changes are made in order to add stock variables rather than measure only flow variables. At the initiative's annual meeting in 2015 Jón Skafti Gestsson talked about the importance of monitoring stock variables. The group that discussed this indicator afterwards suggested these changes.


This indicator was originally number 13.1b. It was then named Tourism Levels and can be found under that number in documents of the project from 2005 and 2006.

The indicator number has been changed twice.

Table 2. Changes to name and number of indicator
Year Nr. Indicator name
2020 3.3.2 Overnight stays and utilization of accommodation
2007 3.1b Tourism

Baseline

Table 3. Number of overnight stays in hotels and guesthouses in 2000 and 2003.
  East Iceland Capital area Iceland
Number of overnight stays 2000 94.196 647.228 1.186.455
Number of overnight stays 2003 118.424 706.261 1.368.728
Proportional change + 26% + 9% + 15%

Rationale for Indicator Selection

East Iceland attracts many tourists to see the area's wilderness, fjords, waterfalls, tundra, and landscapes. The projects will likely influence the number of tourists in the region through tourist interests in the projects, increased access to the area, and business travel. It is also possible that the projects will make the area less interesting to some tourists that feel the construction of the dam will have a negative impact on wilderness in the highlands. Tourists can access East Iceland by car, on tour buses, or via plane. Egilsstadir is the location of the region's principal airport, supporting local and international flights. The airport is well connected with good roads allowing access to many parts of East Iceland.

From phase I/II report on indicators and baseline from April 2005