No wonder some people call it nIceland.

The World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013 was published earlier this month. Iceland and New Zealand were considered most welcoming towards foreign tourists in a ranking of 140 countries.

The attractiveness and competitiveness of each country’s travel industry was ranked in different categories, including ‘Attitude of population toward foreign visitors’ where Iceland and New Zealand shared the top spot, reports.   Both countries scored 6.8 points on a scale of 1 (very unwelcome) to 7 (very welcome) and were followed by Morocco, which scored 6.7.

Photo by Bernt Rostad

Örlygur Hnefill

Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson is the manager of Húsavík Hotels and co-founder of He has worked as a journalist at Fréttablaðið newspaper in Reykjavík and at the Parliament of Iceland, as an assistant to MP for North East Constituency.

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