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Irish eyes are still smiling for Lanzarote 

Lanzarote has been awarded the Best Winter Sun Destination 2017 by the Irish Travel Industry for the best sun destination in the winter season.

The presentation was made during a gala held in Dublin.

The island, which won this award for the 14th consecutive time, triumphed over other finalist destinations such as Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Morocco and Dubai.

The Cabildo’s tourism councillor Echedey Eugenio thanked “the trust placed on a continuous basis and the great fidelity that the Irish market has been showing with Lanzarote”.

“The fact that the Island of Volcanos has received this award for no less than 14 consecutive years reflects the success and consolidation of Lanzarote as a preferred destination and one of international reference,” he said.

Lanzarote is by far the favourite island of the Canary Islands for the Irish market.

Of the 447,423 tourists from Ireland who visited the archipelago between January and November 2016, more than half, that is 227,048, chose the island of Lanzarote, which is also 9.3 per cent more than in the same period of 2015 (in which 207,828 Irish visitors came to the island), according to data from Frontur.

In fact, 51.3 per cent of all Irish visitors to the Canaries chooses Lanzarote and the island receives more Irish holidaymaker than Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura put together.

Irish tourism is also the third largest international market for the island, behind British and German.