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Promising Start To 2012 For Island Tourism

Monday February 13, 2012

Promising Start To 2012 For Island Tourism

The island's tourist sector has enjoyed a bright start to the year as the number of beds filled in Lanzarote hotels and apartment complexes rose last month by nearly 3%. With overall occupancy on the island hitting 75.44% during January, according to the latest figures just released by ASOLAN, the local hoteliers association.

Early indications suggest that the island tourism could be in for another year of positive growth, after the latest ASOLAN figures revealed an increase in occupancy of 2.8% during January. An encouraging figure given the fact that January 2011 numbers were already up by 7.6% versus the previous year. Whilst there were also expectations in some quarters that the recession might start to impact negatively on visitor levels in 2012.

That hasn’t proved to be the case however – as all of the island's main resorts reported occupancy levels in excess of 70%. Puerto del Carmen proved to be the busiest resort in January – with 78.59% of hotel and apartment complex beds filled. Followed closely by Playa Blanca, where occupancy reached 77.08%.

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