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Tourist Arrivals Fall 7.7% in February

Monday March 26, 2012

Tourist Arrivals Fall 7.7% in February

The number of tourists visiting Lanzarote fell back by 7.7% in February. As arrivals from the key markets of the UK, Germany and Eire all fell versus February 2011 figures, according to the latest data just released by ISTAC, the Canarian Institute of Statistics.

After recording a positive start to the year in January tourist numbers fell last month, as the total number of visitors dropped from 170,142 arrivals to 156,928.
Around 40% of this fall can be attributed to a decline in tourist numbers from Germany, where arrivals fell from 31,165 passengers to 26,521 – a decline of 17.5%. Last year Lanzarote benefitted hugely from the turmoil that swept the Middle East. This forced many German tourists to make a last minute switch from resorts such as Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt to alternatives in the Canary Islands, a trend that created a slightly unnatural spike in the figures in February 2011. 

The disapointing German figures have dented the ambitions of Lanzarote's tourist board, who only last week announced their intention to increase German arrivals to 500,000 visitors this year, a figure that now looks a little over optimistic.

However last month’s overall results are perhaps as not as negative as first glance might suggest. Not least as arrivals from the UK, Lanzarote’s main source of visitors, remained largely stable, with arrivals dropping by just 1.3% from 66,872 passengers to 66,016. Whilst the Irish market also recorded a small-ish decline, down by 3.3% to 11,142 visitors.

Visitor numbers from Holland, the fourth largest foreign tourist market also rose last month, up by 9.1%. Whilst Spanish passenger numbers were also very positive, up by 4.2% with 19,051 arrivals.

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