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Foreign Tourist Arrivals Rise 4.22% In January

Wednesday February 23, 2011

Foreign Tourist Arrivals Rise 4.22% In January

Foreign tourist arrivals rose by 4.22 % during January, according to the latest figures just released by ISTAC, the Canarian Institute of Statistics. As a total of 127,990 non Spanish nationals arrived on flights to Lanzarote from across Europe. Spanish tourism however dropped by 14.2% last month, resulting in an overall increase in arrivals of just 1.3% versus January 2010 figures.

The latest passenger figures just released by ISTAC reveal that foreign tourist arrivals rose by 4.22 % last month. With visitor numbers from the UK, the island's largest market rising by 6.4%. And from Germany, Lanzarote's second largest source of tourists, by an encouraging 27.7%.

The Irish market also redressed months of successive decline with a small upturn in arrivals of 1.1%. But Spanish tourism declined by 14.2%, resulting in an overall increase in arrivals of just 1.3%.

In respect of broader overall trends foreign tourist arrivals for January 2011 totaled 127,990 passengers. A figure that is still 5.65% short of the 135,617 arrivals recorded during January 2008. Indicating that there is still plenty of ground to recover before the island is operating at pre-crisis levels.

In terms of the national picture, the number of foreign tourists visiting Spain grew by 4.7% during January 2011, to 2.66 million arrivals. Whilst foreign tourist arrivals in the Canaries rose by 70,000 passengers last month versus January 2010. With the bulk of these holidaymakers flying in from the UK, Germany and Scandinavia.

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