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Arrivals Down 2.4% In First Half of 2012

Thursday July 26, 2012

Arrivals Down 2.4% In First Half of 2012

Tourist arrivals on Lanzarote remained largely stable last month, according to the latest figures just released by ISTAC, the Canarian Institute of Statistics, as total passenger numbers dipped just slightly by 0.89% versus June 2011 figures. And overall now stand at 2.4% down during the first half of 2012.

Lanzarote’s tourist sector enjoyed an encouraging June in terms of tourist arrivals according to the latest ISTAC data. As despite increasing economic instability and falling disposable incomes in many of the island’s main markets the number of passengers touching down at Arrecife airport during June remained largely unchanged from last year, falling slightly from 157,363 to 155,956 arrivals.

Figures for all of Lanzarote’s key markets remained largely unchanged in June, with British arrivals down slightly from 75,996 to 75,004 passengers – a trend replicated in Germany (down from 20,475 to 19,416) and Eire (18,394 to 17,709). Even much beleaguered Spanish consumers still find managed to find the disposable income for a break on the island during June, with arrivals down slightly to 25,442 from 26,946 arrivals last year.

After recording falls in tourist arrivals during February (minus 7.77%), March (minus 4.09%) and April (minus 11.53%) passenger numbers have stabilised a little during May and June. And overall during the first six months of 2012 the total number of holidaymakers visiting the island has dipped by 23,803 passengers, down from 977,968 during the first half of 2011 to 954,165. With Germany accounting for the bulk of these ‘missing visitors’ – as arrivals from that country, Lanzarote’s second largest market, fell by 11%.

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