Faroes are seeing a boom in American and Canadian tourists

The number of nights spent in hotels and hostels in the Faroe Islands grew by 4.6% to 21.478 in the first quarter of 2019, as compared with the first quarter of 2018.

Hagstova Føroya (Statistics Faroe Islands) writes that key international markets, from which the most foreign overnight stays in the Faroe Islands were recorded, were Denmark (35% of all foreign overnight stays), other Scandinavian countries (14%) and Europe minus Scandinavia (10%).

Danes spent 7.545 nights in Faroese hotels and hostels in 2019 Q1 (a 19% increase as compared with the first quarter of 2018), Icelanders 1261 nights (a 20% increase), Norwegians 836 nights (a 32% increase), while people from Asia spent 377 nights in Faroese hotels and hostels in the first three months of 2019 – a 34% increase compared with the same period last year.

People from North America represented the biggest increase. Americans and Canadians spent 681 nights in Faroese hotels and hostels in January, February and March – a 73% increase compared with Q1 2018.

In 2016, people from North America spent a mere 154 nights in Faroese accommodation establishments.

Read more: Number of stays in Faroese accommodation establishments increases by 4.5 % in first three quarters of 2018

Author: Jens Hákun Leo