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Occupancy Levels Rise Again in April

Tuesday May 17, 2011

Occupancy Levels Rise Again in April

The latest occupancy figures for Lanzarote reveal that hotel and apartment bookings were up by 15% last month versus April 2010. As 78% of tourist beds were filled in establishments aligned to ASOLAN, the island's hoteliers association. The second largest percentage increase recorded so far this year.

The latest figures from ASOLAN show a 15% increase in occupancy levels in Lanzarote hotels and apartments last month. Climbing from 62.52% in April 2010 to 77.99%. So continuing the upward trend recorded during the first quarter of 2011, when the number of tourist beds filled rose by 13.79%.

The rise is being attributed in part to the fact that Easter fell in April this year. With Lanzarote emerging as the leading destination for the Spanish tourist market during Semana Santa or Holy Week.

Aparthotels enjoyed the largest percentage occupancy at 87.19%. Followed by the island's four star hotels, where 80.38% of beds were filled last month. Apartment complexes, which are the second largest accommodation sector by volume recorded occupancy levels of 74.63%. Whilst Lanzarote's six 5 star hotels filled 73.10% of their beds.

The news follows on the back of a 57% uplift in arrivals in April. As the number of foreign tourists enjoying a holiday in Lanzarote grew from 101,434 passengers in April 2010 to 159,693 last month. Whilst the Canary Islands overall recorded their best ever April for tourist arrivals, as 936,635 foreign visitors enjoyed a break on one of the seven islands in the archipelago, a rise of 63.58% in comparison with April 2010.

However it remains to be seen if this positive start to the year can be maintained throughout the rest of 2011. As the Canaries have benefitted heavily from the recent crises in the Middle East. Whilst household incomes in the UK, the biggest market for Lanzarote by far, are coming under increasing pressure.

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