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Hotels in south Tenerife feel the benefit of increased tourism figures 

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Tenerife expects to close this winter season with another set of record-breaking figures.

The south of the island closed 2016 with a growth of tourists of six per cent to a global figure of 4,314,505, according to the Statistics of Receptive Tourism of the Cabildo, analysed by the Department of Tourism Research of Tenerife.

These good results are registered thanks to the increase of customers in the hotels in the area, which received a total of 2,792,473 customers, 8.9 per cent more than the previous year. In the case of non-hotel establishments, which housed 1,522,032 tourists, growth is one per cent higher than in the previous year.

Cabildo president, Carlos Alonso, values the good evolution of tourism in the area “although these results, far from making us fall into complacency, encourage us to continue working together with the private sector and continue betting on the quality of the destination to maintain our leadership position. “

In this line, the island’s tourism adviser, Alberto Bernabé, recalls that thanks to the tourism activity “Tenerife bills around 12 million euros a day, which gives an idea of its importance as a key sector of the economy.”

In relation to the southern part of the island, which is the most important in terms of the number of visitors, Sr. Barnabé especially emphasizes the good evolution of international tourism in general and of the two main foreign emitters in particular (Great Britain and Germany) “which make us optimistic about the balance of the winter season. “

Overnight stays registered in accommodation establishments increased by 5.3 per cent to a total of 34,361,237 stays. The average stay, which stands at 7.96 days in the year, is reduced by 0.05 points.

The accommodation establishments in the tourist area of southern Tenerife had an average occupation of 73.6 per cent, 6.4 per cent higher than the previous year. In the case of hotels, the occupancy figure rises to 83 per cent, which means a growth of 5.5 per cent. Non-hotel establishments registered 61.8 per cent occupancy (+6.1%).

Issuing markets

In the analysis of the issuing markets, foreign tourism experienced an increase of 9.4 per cent to 3,790,163 housed in the south of Tenerife, while Spanish clients decreased their influx by 13.7 per cent to 524,342 national tourists.

The British market, the main emitter of tourists for the area, increases its presence by 15 per cent. the German market (+8.7%), the Dutch (+12.6%), the Irish (+15.8%), the Eastern countries 13.3% %), Switzerland (+3.1%) and Italy (+2.7%). On the other hand, the Nordic markets (-7.9%) and the Austrian (-2.4%) fell.