Despite the downbeat economic climate British tourists continue to flock to the small Canary Island of Lanzarote. With arrivals for the year to date now standing at 774,864 passengers, a figure that is up by 12.73% versus the first ten months of 2010. Whilst total foreign tourist numbers are up by 18.81% (source : AENA) – as German, Irish and Italian tourists all join the Brits in refusing to surrender their holidays in the sun.
Lanzarote is one of the most popular holiday hot spots in Spain and last year the fourth largest of the Canary Islands welcomed a total of 1,483,079 foreign tourists. It is especially popular with the British, who account for approximately 60% of all arrivals on the island and are Lanzarote´s largest tourist market by some distance.
So far, during the first ten months of 2011, arrivals from the UK and across Europe have continued to soar – despite the seemingly continual threat of recession. With British tourist numbers up by nearly 13% for the period to October end and all foreign arrivals up by 18.81% versus the first ten months of last year.
And it’s not just the British who are booking hotels and villas in Lanzarote to help beat the economic gloom and doom. As German tourists are swapping the dark clouds of economic downturn for the clear blue skies of Lanzarote in their droves, with arrivals for the year to date up by 19%. Whilst Irish and Italian tourists are also turning their backs on domestic austerity measures by jumping on a plane and heading for the sun instead.
According to Nick Ball, spokesperson for leading island villa rentals website, www.holidayvillasinlanzarote.co.uk; “Tourist numbers on Lanzarote continue to climb in spite of the seemingly endless stream of downbeat economic data emerging from both the UK and across Europe. We´ve just enjoyed one of our best ever months in November for bookings and this trend looks set to continue right across Christmas and well into the New Year as consumers seem intent on forgetting their worries with a week away in the sunshine. At a time when consumers are searching for value for money Lanzarote really fits the bill as the island is the closest winter sun destination to the UK, as well as Italy, Germany and Eire.”