Royal praise for the Canaries
The King of Spain has praised the municipalities of Adeje, Arona and San Bartolomé de Tirajana in Gran Canaria for their efforts to take tourism to new dimensions.
All three Canarian tourist municipalities are among the first eight locations in Spain in number of overnight stays and King Felipe VI said this had involved much determination and effort.
He also highlighted the archipelago’s “innovation, excellence and sustainability” as keys to the future tourism model for the Canary Islands but also stressed the need for diversification.
The King was guest of honour at the V International Forum of Tourism Maspalomas Costa Canaria and is known to have much affection for the Canaries as did his father before him.
He also encouraged the islands to reinforce their role as “an essential link between Europe, America and Africa”.
“We must not forget either that the Canary Islands are a very important part of our southern border, not only of Spain but of the European Union itself which is immersed in a process of consolidation and redefinition of its position and leadership in the world , and especially with Africa, with which we maintain such a close neighbourhood, ” he said.
The Royal visitor also popped in to the Gando Air Base where he chatted to pilots and divers.