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Visitor Numbers Down by 10% at Lanzarote’s Main Attractions

Wednesday January 16, 2013

Visitor Numbers Down by 10% at Lanzarote’s Main Attractions

Lanzarote’s main tourist attractions welcomed 10% fewer visitors in 2012 than in the previous year, according to data that has just been released. Sparking concerns that Manrique created sites such as the Jameos del Agua and the Mirador del Rio may be starting to lose their sparkle.

During the course of 2012 the six main centres of Art, Culture and Tourism recorded a total of 2,356,496 admissions – a figure that is down by 10.6% on 2011 and which is also the lowest since 1992.

Lower admission figures have also had a knock on effect on other important revenue streams, reducing income generated by on site restaurants and gifts shops at these attractions by 9.79% and 11.31% respectively.

Whilst these lower admission figures can be partly accounted for by a decline in visitor numbers over the same period – currently projected to be running at around 4% for 2012 - this isn’t the full picture. As some observers suggest that the downturn is in part due to the recession and declining disposable incomes. Whilst others have cited all inclusive  hotels and the fact that the island attracts many repeat visitors as possible factors.

Either way a drop of this magnitude when tourist arrival numbers are relatively stable is certainly cause for concern and possibly suggests that the islands tourist authorities may need to start focusing on creating newer attractions rather than relying solely on Manrique´s creations, many of which are now well over 30 years old. That looks unlikely in the current economic climate however as the island government is being squeezed on both sides by falling admissions revenues and declining subsidies from Madrid.

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