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SUN DOWN July Hotel Occupancy Falls 5%

Wednesday August 29, 2018

SUN DOWN July Hotel Occupancy Falls 5%

Lanzarote is attracting less tourists this summer, as hotel occupancy fell by over 5% during the course of July…

Fewer foreign holiday makers are visiting Lanzarote this summer, according to ASOLAN, the island’s’ hoteliers association. Who recorded a 5.3% fall year on year in hotel and apartment complex occupancy last month.

Despite the drop, local hotels still reported very respectable July occupancy of 85% - one of the the highest rates in the Canaries. Whilst 2017 was also a record year for tourism – with over 3m holidaymakers visiting Lanzarote.

The fall is also far from unexpected, as resurgent markets such as Turkey have lured holidaymakers away with the sort of low cost deals that local hoteliers here in the Canaries have been unable or unwilling to match.

Whilst other unforseen factors such as sterling’s depreciation against the euro and decent summer weather in the UK have also played a role, eating into British arrivals, Lanzarote’s largest source of tourists.

Hotels and apartment complexes account for the vast majority of total beds available on Lanzarote. So whilst official airport arrival figures for July are yet to be released this 5% fall will have a negative impact on total visitor numbers for the month.

Occupany rates for August are expected to be closer to their 2017 levels, whilst forward bookings for the winter months also look more positive.

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