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Gran Canaria celebrates a record six months 

Tourism chiefs are celebrating after new figures showed Gran Canaria was the fastest growing Canary destination during the first half of 2014.

With nearly 200,000 more tourists over the same period of last year, it represents an increase of 12.6 per cent.

The German market was up 12.3 per cent and there was a dramatic increase of 513.4 per cent in French visitors. Italians were up 61.3 per cent and holiday-makers from Poland went up by 22.8 per cent.

In June, Gran Canaria led the way in the archipelago for the arrival of domestic visitors. The island received 214,262 tourists, of which 41,581 were Spaniards, representing an increase of 17.51 per cent over June 2013.

For the first time, Gran Canaria was the island which attracted the largest number of domestic travellers, accounting for nearly 35 per cent of all visitors from the mainland to Canaries, even beating Tenerife by more than 2,3000 people.

Next to Fuerteventura, it was the only island in the archipelago to increase the number of Spanish visitors compared to June of 2013 (there was a drop of 8.8 per cent for the whole group).

Cabildo president, José Miguel Bravo de Laguna said the data was very encouraging and represented the fruits of three years of hard work in a bid to recover domestic tourism.

In the full year between January and June, the number of tourists grew in Gran Canaria by 12.6 per cent, amounting to 1,761,548 visitors.