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Foreign Tourist Arrivals Remain Stable in 2012

Friday January 18, 2013

Foreign Tourist Arrivals Remain Stable in 2012

The number of foreign tourists taking a holiday on Lanzarote remained largely unchanged last year versus 2011 figures, according to provisional data just released by ISTAC, the Canarian Institute of Statistics. As a total of 1,696,336 passengers touched down at Arrecife airport – just 1.06% down versus the previous year’s total arrivals of 1,714,497 tourists.

These stable tourist numbers illustrate Lanzarote’s continuing appeal and affordability as a holiday destination during testing economic times and have been described as acceptable by the Canary Islands main councilor for tourism – not least as the archipelago as a whole has experienced a slightly larger fall in foreign tourist arrivals of 2.11%

The UK remains Lanzarote’s largest tourist market by some distance, as the island welcomed a total of 903.316 British tourists last year – a figure that is only down by a negligible 0.3% versus 2011. Whilst arrivals from Eire also showed similar resilience, with numbers falling by just 0.79% to 176,965 passengers.  There was however a more significant downturn in arrivals from Germany, Lanzarote’s second largest market – despite a concerted effort on the part of the local tourist authorities to woo more visitors, with numbers down by 4.57% to 297,361 passengers.

The ISTAC data has also revealed a number of fast growing new markets – as French tourism expanded by over 500% albeit from a very low base figure of 3,400 arrivals in 2011 to 21,641 visitors last year. Whilst Polish and Austrian arrivals also increased significantly, by 26.42% and 54% respectively.

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