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La Palma extending its tourism appeal 


Tourism chiefs have pledged to increase visitor numbers to La Palma, including the Canary Islands’ market.

June saw another increase in arrivals at the local airport which welcomed 91,565 passengers, an increase of 7.9 per cent compared to the same month of 2016.

Cabildo president Anselmo Pestana said this was “great news for the economic and social development of La Palma.”

“We will continue our work so that these figures will continue rising throughout this year and the following one,” he pledged.

Tourism councillor Alicia Vanoostende said this was another month of traffic increase at the airport, bringing the total rise for the first quarter to 16.3 per cent over the previous year.

“This positive data is the result of the bonanza in the national and Canary tourist market and the continuous and programmed work of promoting our island in the European, national and regional markets, ” she said.

La Palma’s summer season is traditionally characterised by national and regional tourism. However, every year the number of tourists from countries like Germany, France, Belgium and Holland grows, with these visitors also coming in the summer.

The island is expecting a bumper summer from the regional market, attributed to the improved economic circumstances of Canary families, the reduction of regional ticket prices and the improvement of the island’s maritime connectivity.