‘Little harm done’ to Iceland tourism sector

Olof Yr Atladottir, Iceland’s Director General of Tourism, says damage to the Icelandic tourism sector due to the Grimsvotn volcanic eruption appears to have been minimal.

There have been some cancellations from foreign tourists; but Atladottir says it is not possible to say that they were because of the volcano.

Bookings with Icelandic tour companies, hotels and other tourist services still indicate that one of the country’s biggest travel summers to date is just beginning.

“There have of course been some cancellations, there are always some people who get cold feet when this sort of thing happens. On the other hand, they seem to be few,” Atladottir told RUV. She added that the cancellations are not necessarily all due to the volcano, as there are always cancellations at this time of year as some people are forced to change their minds as their trip approaches for various reasons.

The tourism chief says that her industry has learned a lot from last year’s Eyjafjallajokull eruption and that companies have been very quick to respond — especially by providing accurate and up-to-date information to their customers overseas.

More information on the Grimsvotn eruption can be found on the following websites:

Volcano-related advice and news for travellers in Iceland

The University of Iceland Institute of Earth Sciences

The Icelandic Met Office

The Police Civil Defence Agency

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