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WHAT BREXIT? UK Visitor Numbers Up 11.7% In August

Wednesday October 5, 2016

WHAT BREXIT? UK Visitor Numbers Up 11.7% In August

Despite fears amongst local businesses and politicians that Brexit would lead to a terminal decline in UK visitor numbers the latest arrival figures just released by AENA reveal that British tourist numbers climbed by a whopping 11.7% in December. Whilst arrivals from the UK have also boomed across the rest of the Canaries and mainland Spain since the referendum vote back in July.

Fears that the British love affair with Spain and holidays in Lanzarote would be extinguished by the Brexit vote have proved very short lived indeed, as during the course of August 124,796 holidaymakers touched down on the island on flights from the UK. Which represents an increase of 11.7% on August 2015 arrival figures.

Such was the fear created by Brexit locally that business associations had started to lobby for an extension of the runway at Arrecife airport in order to accommodate bigger planes capable of flying direct from further flung markets, such as Scandinavia.

But it´s the British market that has remained robust, whilst ironically arrivals from Scandinavia contracted by over 15% during the course of August. However other key markets such as Germany an Eire also recorded increases in passenger arrivals at 7.2% and 14% respectively. And as a result total tourist arrivals climbed by nearly 9% during August, as 269.088 holidaymakers enjoyed a break on the island.

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