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Lanzarote Tourist Arrivals Hit New High

Monday July 27, 2015

Lanzarote Tourist Arrivals Hit New High

Lanzarote is set to break all records for tourist arrivals this year as the island’s popularity grows faster than any of the other Canaries.

The latest data just released by ISTAC, the Canarian Institute of Statistics, reveals that Lanzarote welcomed 1,174,611 visitors during the first six months of this year, up by 4.3% versus 2014’s figures and well ahead of the growth experienced elsewhere in the archipelago.

British tourism remains the main engine room for growth, with June arrivals alone up by 4.8% whilst 535,844 tourists from the UK have enjoyed a holiday on Lanzarote during the first half of 2015. Other key markets such as Germany and Eire also recorded large increases of 25% and 11% respectively over the same period, whilst the French market continues to expand apace and is now firmly established as Lanzarote’s fourth largest source of foreign tourists.

These record breaking figures should be viewed in the context of a broader renaissance in Spanish tourism. Which is in part being fuelled by recent and current events elsewhere, as holidaymakers abandon other rival destinations across North Africa and the Middle East, as well as Greece, in search of safer holiday havens.

However, there is growing concern that the Canary Islands risk eroding their unique appeal if tourism is allowed to expand unchecked. As the new President of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, recently mooted a possible cap on arrivals and a shift away from all inclusive package deals in favour of a more sustainable model of tourism based on quality rather than quantity in order to maintain the unique and relatively unspoit environment of the Canaries.

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