Keflavik International Airport has reported a 9% year-on-year increase in Summer traffic.A quarter of all airport transit passengers (650,000) are projected to enter Iceland as tourists. For January to September, total tourism figures are up 17.2% on 2011. There has also been a 36% increase in visitors from the UK, on the back of a 29% increase last year.Since 2010, Iceland's tourism industry has experienced record growth, with the second most visitors from the UK, followed by Germany and Norway.Now the third highest yielding industry, after marine products and power intensive industries, tourism continues as a prime force in rebuilding Iceland's economy following the 2008 banking collapse. International visitors spent approximately $1.1 billion in 2011, an increase of 13% from 2010.Inga Hlín Pálsdóttir, director of marketing for Visit Iceland, said: “We are continuing to see record annual growth in the tourism sector, with Iceland's unspoiled nature, rugged landscape and unique culture continuing to draw UK visitors. The UK is one of our most important markets, as the UK tourist is more likely than others to view Iceland as a year-round destination instead of summer only.”Source: Airportworld
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