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Germans give Iceland a reason to brag, Italians not so much
Nonetheless, the tourist season is being declared a success. Spinning adversity into triumph, Icelandair CEO Birkir Hólm Gudnason believes the volcano's blast could have a long-term upside for the country's tourism business.
Meanwhile, the hoteliers are finding ways to be bullish in the near term. Laufey Helgadóttir claims to be happy with the summer, saying it could be better than last year, thanks in large parts to German tourists who are sticking to their travel plans. Italians, unfortunately, seem to be canceling. Notes Helgadóttir: "[W]e won't complain after this tourist summer."
[photo by Deivis via Flickr]