New Zealanders should avoid travelling to Iceland in 2019, as a warning issued by the country’s tourism authorities.
New Zealand Tourism Minister Gareth Morgan said the country would not allow tourists to return to Iceland to take advantage of the countrys hot summer.
“We have to be very clear to Icelanders, we will not allow our visitors to come back to Iceland this year,” Mr Morgan said on Wednesday.
Iceland has a population of just under 3.5 million, but the island nation has been in the spotlight after two men were arrested in February for allegedly murdering a young woman who was found unconscious on a beach.
Two months later, a third man, aged 41, was arrested after allegedly stabbing a 23-year-old woman to death in a park in Reykjavik, with police saying he confessed to the crime.
He was convicted in June and sentenced to eight years in prison.
Mr Morgan said there were “many ways” to travel to Iceland, but insisted tourists should only plan to visit certain areas.
The Ministry of Tourism said a national safety plan was in place and that the country “does not allow any activity” in or around the areas of the volcanoes and volcanoes in which there were concerns.
Auckland tourism director Paul Maclure said the government was aware of the new warnings, but he would not be “disappointed” if tourists were forced to leave.
Tourism Minister Gareth David Morgan (@garethmorgan) June 16, 2019 “It’s very difficult for the tourism industry in New Zealand.
We’re not a big tourist destination, so we’re not going to take the tourists to Iceland,” Mr Maclage said.
In October, Iceland imposed a moratorium on all new tourist arrivals and the country has faced increased concerns about tourism as a result.
According to the latest figures, there are around 1.8 million tourists visiting the country each year.
Museum visitors will be able to visit the country for a limited time on Saturday, June 22.
Last year, Iceland closed its borders to all visitors to prevent further attacks on tourists.
Hospital visitors are allowed in from July to October, while some schools and universities are closed.
More to come.