Wednesday September 12, 2012
August Tourist Arrivals Up By 4%
Despite the ongoing economic problems that are dampening consumer demand and spending in Lanzarote’s key markets the number of foreign tourists visiting the island still rose last month by 4.13% versus August 2011 figures, according to the latest data just released by ISTAC, the Canarian Institute of Statistics.
Lanzarote’s tourist sector continues to display a considerable degree of resilience despite ongoing economic problems across the EU, as year on year foreign tourist arrivals increased for the second consecutive month in August. With a total of 150,396 non Spanish nationals touching down at Arrecife airport, an increase of 4.13% versus August 2011.
British tourists accounted for just over 55% of all foreign tourist arrivals, with a total of 83,940 UK passengers visiting Lanzarote last month, a figure that is up by just over 8% versus August 2011 figures. However passenger numbers for Germany (21,153) and Eire (16,769), Lanzarote’s second and third biggest markets respectively, both dropped back slightly.
Overall, the number of foreign tourists visiting Lanzarote is now down by just 1.97% versus the first eight months of 2011, as a total of 1,119,146 holidaymakers have enjoyed a break on the island, versus 1,141,619 during the first eight months of 2011.