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Foreign Tourist Arrivals Fall 5.73% in March

Wednesday April 18, 2012

Foreign Tourist Arrivals Fall 5.73% in March

The number of foreign tourists taking holidays on Lanzarote fell for the second month in a row in March. As a total of 154,320 passengers arrived on flights to Lanzarote from countries across Europe – an arrivals total that is down by 5.37% versus March 2011 figures, according to the latest data released by AENA and the Canarian Institute of Statistics.

Total foreign tourist arrivals dipped again in March, following on from a 6.39% fall in February, with Germany once again recording the largest percentage drop of any of Lanzarote’s main markets of 6.07%.

This can be attributed to the fact that Lanzarote and the other Canary Islands benefitted from an upswing in German bookings last winter as social discontent raged in popular holiday hot spots such as Tunisia and Egypt. Stabilisation of the situation in these countries has led to a revival in their tourist markets, drawing visitors away from Lanzarote and the Canaries, so effectively returning arrivals figures to their more normal levels.

In the other key markets UK passenger numbers remained encouragingly steady, down by just 1.7%, with a total of 79,986 arrivals. Whilst the Irish market, Lanzarote’s third largest, recorded an increase in passenger numbers of 2.51%.

Amongst the smaller markets arrivals from Scandinavian countries such as Sweden and Norway fell back sharply, by around 25% and 20% respectively. But this was offset by continued growth in markets such as Italy, Holland and Belgium. Spanish tourist numbers for the year are currently down by 9%.

Falling arrivals figures have inevitably had a knock on effect on bookings for apartments and hotels in Lanzarote. With ASOLAN, the local hoteliers association, recording a 4.9% fall in occupancy during the course of March versus 2011 figures.
 

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