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Tourist Arrivals Up By 7.9% in August

Tuesday September 13, 2011

Tourist Arrivals Up By 7.9% in August

The number of foreign tourists visiting Lanzarote rose by nearly 8% last month, according to the latest figures just released by the Council for Tourism. As the island welcomed a total of 144,432 non Spanish arrivals during August.

Statistics compiled by the Council for Tourism reveal that between January and August, Lanzarote received 1.14 million foreign holidaymakers, an increase of 17.75% when contrasted with the same period in 2010.

Whilst across the archipelago as a whole, 6.74 million foreign tourists have visited the Canary Islands in the first eight months of this year, an increase of 22.64% versus the same period in 2010. During August alone, this amounted to 817,567 visitors, an increase of 16.95% or an additional 118,506 arrivals.

According to Ricardo Férnandez de la Puente Armas, the vice councillor of Tourism in the Canarian Government, there has been growth across all the main tourist markets, with 330,736 visitors arriving on flights to Lanzarote from the United Kingdom alone in August. In total, 2.4 million British tourists have already been on a holiday to one of the Canary Islands so far this year, 16.39% more than was recorded in the first eight months of 2010.

The German tourist market also showed signs of significant improvement, with 12.76% more visitors arriving from Germany during August and a total of 1.75 million visitors so far in 2011. This is an increase of 18.71% when compared with statistics from 2010.

Amongst the seven islands in the archipelago, Fuerteventura has seen the largest percentage increase in visitor numbers, with 32.39% more foreign tourists arriving there than for the same period in 2010.

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