Italians and Austrians compensate for the Canarian summer

The summer has been good in foreign and national tourism but in the Canary Islands it is still below 2019. / CARRASCO

The Canary Islands receive more foreigners in July and August than in 2019 due to the pull of new markets. The summer rise is not enough and the year as a whole remains negative

Silvia Fernandez

The summer has been good in terms of tourism for the islands. In July and August, the islands received
2,120,070 foreign tourists, according to the latest data from Promotur. The figure represents an increase of 2.2%, compared to 2019. In absolute terms, the islands received 46,950 more foreign visitors this summer than before the covid. To this figure must be added 713,624 national tourists, 1% more than in 2019, that is, an increase of 15,000 people.

This increase in foreign tourism has been achieved, however, thanks to
New markets since the traditional ones, except for the United Kingdom, continued below 2019. In summer, 50,000 fewer tourists arrived on the islands between Germans and Nordics, although their fall was offset by increases in other markets such as the Italian and Austrian, which together they grew by almost 50,000 people.

The improvement in foreign tourism to the islands in summer was, however, insufficient to offset the losses for the rest of the year.
In the accumulated of the year foreign tourism on the islands is still 9.4% lower than in 2019. The Canary Islands still need to recover 820,767 visitors to return to the pre-covid level. Until August, 7.9 million people arrived on the islands compared to 8.7 in 2019.

Unequal evolution by issuing markets

By issuing markets, the evolution is very uneven. In August, the Canary Islands still did not recover weight markets, such as the
Germanwhich is still almost 20% below the 2019 figures.

The archipelago has received 1.4 million Germans in eight months but has yet to recover almost 340,000. The
Nordic countries They are other weight markets that have not just started.

Sweden It is the one that descends the most, with the loss of 54% of the tourists who came in 2019. 133,318 arrived at the islands until August when before the covid they did 290,453.

In second place is
Norway, with a market drop of 45%. The Canary Islands received 146,612 Norwegians in the first eight months of this year and have yet to recover 117,166 to reach the figures for 2019.

Finland, which is another of the Nordic countries, accumulates a drop of 50.7%, with the loss of 75,118 people. As of August, only 72,914 Finns have arrived.

Denmark registers a decrease in the year although it is lower than the rest of the Nordic countries. 203,423 visitors have come to the islands, which is 5,635 less than in 2019.

In the accumulated figure for the year, 820,767 visitors remain to be recovered

In the year as a whole, the British are also below 2019, almost 7%. Until August, 233,788 fewer visitors from the United Kingdom have arrived at the islands.

They also remain unrecovered
irish, whose arrival was 8.8% lower than in 2019 until August (with 35,239 fewer tourists); the Belgians, with a decrease of 8.5%, in 24,352 people and the
swisswith a fall of 21.4%, in 42,673 people.

On the other hand, markets such as Italy are growing strongly and reaching figures above the pre-pandemic (34%, in 106,384 tourists); the Austrian, 21.4%, in 17,000 visitors and the Dutch, with an accumulated rise of 8%, in 30,623 people. France also registers an outstanding increase of 20%, in 63,103 people.

Gran Canaria, the biggest fall

Of all the islands,
Gran Canaria It is the furthest behind compared to 2019. Despite a good summer, in the year as a whole it registers 14.5% less tourism than before covid. 2 million have arrived and there are still 341,205 tourists to recover.

Lanzarote It is next, with 8% fewer visitors than in 2019. It received 1.5 million, 139,715 less.

tourism in
Tenerife it is 6% lower than 2019, with 201,134 fewer visitors. Until August, 3.1 million foreigners have arrived.
Fuerteventura it is 5% below 2019. It still has 64,432 to recover, after arriving 1.2 million.
The Palmby the volcano, falls 64%, in 74,281 people.

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