Tuesday January 17, 2012
Tourist Arrivals Climb By 17.32% in 2011
The number of foreign tourists arriving on flights to Lanzarote from across Europe rose by 17.32% last year, according to data just released by ISTAC, the Canarian Institute of Statistics. As Lanzarote welcomed a total of 1,714,497 visitors during 2011 - the island´s best performance since 2004.
Lanzarote has just enjoyed its busiest year in terms of foreign tourist arrivals since 2004, as visitor numbers jumped by 17.32% from 1,461,401 arrivals to 1,714,497. A figure in part aided by the turmoil in the Middle East during 2011 which resulted in the cancellation of many holidays in destinations such as Egypt and Tunisia.
All of Lanzarote´s key tourist markets recorded positive growth. With British tourism climbing by 11.43% to a total of 906,076 arrivals. Whilst the German market expanded by 17.46% (with 311,603 arrivals) and Eire by 15.02% (178,232).
All other markets with the exception of France and Portugal, both small contributors in terms of passenger numbers, recorded positive growth. With the Italian market showing the fastest rate of expansion - up by 386.7% – as a result of the opening of new routes to Lanzarote by Ryanair.