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Tenerife confident of better summer for Spanish tourists 

Tenerife is continuing to recover its Spanish tourism market which grew 4.2 per cent in the first quarter of this year.

The increase continues the recovery trend of this second most important source market for Tenerife which has now improved since last December.

During the first four months, 2015, 294 968 Spanish tourists were recorded from the 1.37 million foreign visitors (a decease of two per cent on same period last year).

Cabildo president, Carlos Alonso, said the data suppor-ted the recovery of the Spanish market, with positive figures for five months and predicted ” a good performance of domestic tourists in the forthcoming summer season.”

Sr. Alonso said the overall decline was mainly due to the the decline in the Nordic and Russian market, which for various reasons and domestic economic circumstances had reduced its presence on the island by 44.7 per cent.

However, there had been an increase of tourists from the leading source, the UK market, as well as French and Italian.

In international markets, the UK recorded growth of 1.8 per cent to a total of 527, 487. For its part, the German market registered slightly lower figures in the quarter compared to the same period of the previous year (-0.5%) to a total of 215 ,345.

French tourism, with 63,880 staying, accumulated an increase of 7.9 per cent while the Italian market is reflecting a more dynamic growth of 34.3 per cent in the first four months of the year and a total of 48,590 tourists. They are also positive results for the Belgian market, which grew by 3.2 per cent, and Denmark (+1.7%). Converseley, the Netherlands (-6.1%), Ireland (-4.8%), Switzerland (-0.9%) and Austria (-4.1%) are down.

Thus, in the first quarter of 2015, a total of 1,671,788 tourists visited Tenerife, one per cent down compared to the same period of 2014.

Data from Inbound Tourism Statistics , prepared by the Cabildo and analysed by the Research Department of Tourism Tenerife, recorded a total of 13,344,084 overnight stays (-1.6%). The average stay fell 0.05 points and amounted to 7.98 days and occupancy stands at 69 per cent (-1%).

As for the zonal indicators, southern Tenerife has hosted 1,318,535 tourists from January to April, tourist flow that accumulates a slight decrease of 0.8 per cent from the same period last year. For the North, the number was down by  2.5 per cent to 266 694 tourists.

April data

For April, the total number of visitors was down 2.8 per cent from the previous year, with a total number of 424,200 tourists in the month. This comparison is affected by the calendar effect of Easter, which in 2014 fell in April (13 to 20) while in 2015 it was divided between the two months (from March 29 to April 5). If the data housed in both months are added, the drop remains at 1.8 per cent.