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Good year ahead for La Gomera as nature island expands its appeal 

La Gomera is anticipating an excellent 2018 as interest in the island grows, particularly from new markets.

A survey of tourist move-ments during 2017 shows the island attracted more than 700,000 visitors with an average stay of eleven days.

The data is reflected in a three per cent increase with respect to tourist spending which stands at 150 euros per day.

President of the Cabildo, Casimiro Curbelo, stressed that “the figures provided in the report denote the good situation that the sector is going through in La Gomera and in the Canary Islands”. In this sense, it confirms that each tourist that arrives on the island leaves 1,650 euros in their vacations in accommodation, services, gastronomic pro-ducts and leisure.

“Without a doubt, they are very satisfactory data for our economy, since a large part of the island’s GDP depends on tourism,” he said.

Sr. Curbelo highlighted the impact of promotional campaigns throughout Europe and its connection with the profile of tourists who come to the island. “We are talking about people with a medium-high purchasing power and who care about the excellence of the destination.”

He also recalled that La Gomera is moving towards a tourism model designed for quality and accessible services.

As for the assessment that tourists make of the island, nature and gastronomy are still at the top, which is now added to the network of viewpoints and roads. He also emphasied the symbiosis between development and sustaina-bility. In this way, he assured that it has managed to maintain an identity sign linked to the nature that attracts tourists.

Minister of Tourism, María Isabel Méndez, explained that Germany and the United Kingdom continue to be the main source markets, to which new nationalities such as those from the Nordic countries are added. “We keep a faithful tourist, who repeats on several occasions, but now we see a growing interest in the northern part of Europe or the Benelux countries,” he said.

She said the forecasts of the Ministry of Tourism for the first quarter of 2018 are “very good because it keeps the pace of arrivals recorded in the same months of last year”