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Figure 1. Proportion of jobs in hotels and restaurants in East Iceland and nationally.

Source: Statistics Iceland. (2020).

Metrics, Targets and Monitoring Protocol

What is measured?

Proportion of jobs in hotels and restaurants in East Iceland and nationally. (Project effect: induced).

Monitoring protocol

Information from Statistics Iceland will be collected annually.

Target

Proportion of tourism jobs in East Iceland greater than or equal to national proportion

Countermeasures

None, only monitoring

Changes of indicator

This indicator was originally number 13.1a. 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 1. Changes to name and number of indicator
Year Nr. Indicator name
2020 3.3.1 Jobs in hotel and restaurants
2007 3.1a Tourism

Baseline

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Figure 2. Proportion of jobs in hotel and restaurant operations in East Iceland compared to the whole country and the North East of Iceland.

As Figure 2 shows, the proportion of jobs in hotels and restaurants in East-Iceland has been slightly lower than the national average. It is not possible to see any special change regarding this issue, upwards or downwards, at the time when construction started in 2003. There is a small increase in the proportion in East-Iceland between the years of 2004 and 2005.


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Figure 3. Störf í hótel- og veitingarekstri árið 2003. Heimild: Hagstofa Íslands

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