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HARD LANDING British Tourist Numbers Fall 16% In January 2020

Friday March 6, 2020

HARD LANDING British Tourist Numbers Fall 16% In January 2020

Total tourist arrivals fell by 13.6% in January, with British visitors down by 16.1%.

The latest accurate official data reveals a sharp fall in visitor numbers on Lanzarote during the first month of 2020. As total arrivals for January dropped year on year from 216,582 to 187,114 passengers, a decrease of 13.6%.

Arrivals from the UK, Lanzarote’s largest market, were down 16.1% from 102,234 to 85,812 passengers. Whilst other key markets such as Germany (minus 8.9%), Eire (minus 20.7%) and Spain (minus 10.4%) all reported negative numbers.

The only national market recording any increase in arrivals during January 2020 was France, up by 18.7%.

The downturn in arrivals during January was the largest in all the Canary Islands, both numerically and in percentage terms. As total passenger numbers fell by 10% (14,515) in Fuerteventura, 5.3% (21.988) in Gran Canaria, 2% (9,899) on Tenerife and 9.6% (2,299) on La Palma.

The negative numbers are largely attributed to the closure of Ryanair’s base on Lanzarote – reflecting the scale of the budget carrier’s impact on inbound tourism here. Along with Brexit uncertainty and a flatlining German economy, where spending and exports have both slowed considerably. As well as a recovery in competing destinations such as Tunisia and Turkey.

Combined with the possible impact of Coronavirus on international tourism as a whole, the outlook for 2020 suggests there could well be further turbulence ahead for inbound arrivals on Lanzarote this year.

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