Iceland Cultural Story: Tourism And The Economy (LISTEN)

We covered Iceland Airwaves Music Festival and other cultural stories over the fall semester. Read about our adventures via our Iceland Airwaves 2016 page and tune into WCRX-FM for our final Radio Documentary on January 14th at 10 a.m. CT (livestream here) and during the encore presentation on January 15th at 10 a.m. CT. In the meantime, hear this cultural story that was produced while we were in Iceland.

Iceland top industry has mainly been fishing, but starting in 2013 Iceland’s Tourism industries had surpassed it, with fishing’s 272 million ISK in revenue compared to tourism’s 275 million ISK in revenue, according to a 2014 report in Iceland Review. In an interview with Grímur Sæmundsen the CEO of the Blue Lagoon as well a chairmen on the Icelandic Environment Association and Ólöf Ýrr Atladóttir who is Director General of the Iceland Tourism Board, they both spoke about the economic increases in tourism and the affects it has. As well as how the relationships work with the other industries, because not all tourist attractions bring in revenue.

Also, check out a teaser on Icelandic marriages and family life that are changing in Iceland, which will air in our final radio documentary. This is a quote from Dr. Sigrún Júlíusdóttir, a professor of social work at University of Iceland. You can hear the full story on January 14 and 15 at 10 a.m. CT on WCRX-FM:

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