Foreign tourism takes off in the Canary Islands

Foreign tourists in the south of Lanzarote, in Playa Blanca. / carrasco

Almost half a million Britons visit the islands, 5.5% more than in 2019. Gran Canaria is the island furthest behind due to the weight of markets that continue to slow down. In the accumulated figure for the year, the archipelago is still 11% below the pre-covid figures

Silvia Fernandez

The
takeoff of tourism After the years of covid and a break in the sector, it seems to have arrived in the Canary Islands. In July, more than 1.5 million travelers arrived in the islands, including foreigners and those from the peninsula.

Foreigners amounted to just over a million, which is 2.7% more than in 2019 (the increase was 28,159 people), according to the Promotur report prepared with data from Aena. As to
peninsula travelers they added nearly half a million, 6.9% more than before covid.

Despite good data, there are some
chiaroscuro. The situation is not the same on all the islands, nor are all the markets recovering at the same speed. Also,
In the whole of the year, the Canary Islands continue in foreign tourism 11% below pre-pandemic levels. In total, 6.8 million foreigners have arrived on the islands, almost 840,000 fewer than in 2019.

Focusing on the month of July, the
United Kingdom was the main issuing market. 478,626 British tourists arrived at the islands, 5.5% more than a year ago. The British represent almost 50% of all foreign tourists arriving in the islands.

Positively, they also evolved
dutch, with 54,799 people, 3.3% more than in the same month of 2019; the
danes, with 17,232, 17% more; the Belgians, with 44,144 (+7.3%); the
italians, with 56,001 (50% more); the Austrians, with 12,000, after growing by 95%;
Frenchwith 54,184 (+31%), the
swiss, with 21,459 (+6.2%); the Czechs, with a total of 9,146 (+44%), Poles, with 28,977 (+5.6%) and Luxembourgers, with 6,411 (+45%).

Weight markets in the islands, such as
Germans, Norwegians, Swedes and Irish still do not return to pre-pandemic figures. According to the Promotur report, in July 177,121 people from Germany arrived on the islands, 8% less than in 2019 (there are 15,659 fewer); 2,846 Swedes, with a decrease of 77% compared to pre-covid figures (when they were 12,356); 8,420 Norwegians, which is 59% less compared to 20,558 three years ago and 54,269 Irish, 7% less (-4,140 people).

Unequal evolution by islands

This uneven evolution of the issuing markets is what causes the inequality between islands.

Thus, last July was
Fuerteventura the island with the highest growth in foreign tourism. 178,239 people arrived, which represents an increase of 7.5% compared to 2019.

He then stood
Lanzarote with an increase of 4.4%, up to 220,807: Tenerife occupied the third position, with an increase of 2.5% and a total of 408,267 foreigners and finally,
Gran CanariaAlthough positive, it only advanced 0.2% compared to the pre-covid figures, with 256,208 people. The island of
The Palm it closed in negative compared to 2019. It received 7,562 foreign tourists, almost 34% less than before the pandemic.

Until July, 11% of tourism in 2019 remains to be recovered

In the accumulated figure for the year, the Canary Islands remain almost 11% below pre-covid tourism levels. The islands have received
in the first seven months of the year 6.8 million foreign travelerswhich is almost 840,000 less than in 2019. The movement of national travelers is in similar figures, with 2.5 million people.

by islands and leaving La Palma aside, which due to the effect of the volcano is 68% below the figures accumulated in 2019 for foreign tourism (it received 35,595 people), it is
Gran Canaria the island with the furthest distance from the pre-covid level. In the first seven months, 1.7 million foreigners arrived, 16.5% less than in 2019. There are almost 350,000 tourists that remain to be recovered. Of these, 121,249 are German.

Lanzarote adds 1.3 million foreign travelers, 9.3% less than in 2019 while
Fuerteventura registered just over a million, 7% less than before covid (80,413 less). Finally,
Tenerife it is only 7% away from returning to 2019 figures. It received 2.7 million until July, 204,501 less.

The
russians They have almost disappeared in the Canary Islands. 781 moved compared to 51,690 in 2019.

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