Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Monaker Group (MKGI) Contributing to Iceland’s Tourism Industry

Monaker Group (MKGI) Contributing to Iceland’s Tourism Industry

According to (, Iceland didn’t become a tourist destination until the late 40’s, averaging only 5,300 people from around the globe visiting each year. By the late 90’s, this number grew to more than 200,000 tourists, a number that steadied until 2011, when things changed.

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of foreign visitors to the country exploded, reaching a huge 1.6 million. Not only this, tourist numbers in Iceland are expected to reach two million by the end of 2016. With outlets across the globe promoting Iceland as “a must see destination”, it is no surprise that the number of tourists in Iceland from the U.S. alone now outweighs that of Iceland’s population.

According to a report published by Kayak (, there has been a 65% increase in searches for Iceland hotels and flights, particularly in the time surrounding New Year’s vacations. But, in a country that gets bone-chilling cold in winter, with only four hours of daylight, why are so many U.S. tourists choosing Iceland as their holiday destination?

It all started with the island’s volcanic explosion in 2010. The news made headlines, which allowed for positive campaigns to be distributed about the country. Later, a new budget airline called WOW started offering European and North American flights for less than a third of the original price.

This was quickly followed by positive press labeling Iceland as being one of the safest countries in Europe thanks to its lack of terrorist threats. And, finally, Iceland is the perfect country for the Instagram generation today, who see Iceland on social media sites and view it’s sometimes out-of-this-world terrain as if it were Mars.

As a result of this current increase in Iceland’s popularity, travel and tourism companies worldwide are making the country more accessible, and this includes Monaker Group’s (OTCQB: MKGI) Maupintour, the oldest tour operator in the United States. Maupintour believes in helping others experience the wonders of our world and the delights of traveling through highly customized private tours.

The company now offers tours to every continent, with trips varying from one to two weeks. The Maupintour Iceland tour is set over the space of eight days and is called the Fire and Ice Tour. It includes luxury accommodation, private tours of both the cities and the natural parts of the country, a tour of the Northern lights, and private transfers between all locations.

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