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Canaries, Balearics and Basque Country join forces over holiday rentals 

The Canary Islands are to join forces with the Basque country and the Balearics to “address the challenges facing tourism”, predominantly holiday rentals.

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports of the Government of the Canary Islands, Isaac Castellano, announced the proposal following a meeting with councillors from both regions at the International Travel Fair in Berlin.

Together, they are to create a working group but have already stressed that it is not just down to them; the Spanish Government had to play its part as well.

“Among all, we have to achieve the best possible solution and, for this, it is important to know the experience of other territories, analyse the needs that the Government of Spain must address in its regulations, and see how we can achieve the best solution to this tourist activity that is already imple-mented and that generates opportunities and obstacles, ” said Sr. Castellano.

He also held a meeting with the Secretary of State for Tourism, Matilde Asián, as well as with different airlines operating between Germany and the Canary Islands. According to the director, these meetings have been very positive, since “these com-panies maintain their commit-ment to the Canary Islands as a destination.”

“We are aware that connectivity with the Canary Islands has experienced a decline due to the bankruptcy of several companies but the airlines with which we have held meetings have indicated their intention to increase connectivity with respect to the destination, especially in the next winter,” he added.

In this regard, he explained that “there is no direct correlation between the loss of connectivity and demand because the Canary Islands continues to be a very attractive destination in the German market.” Thus, he stressed that German tourism “is a faithful tourism: more than 78 per cent repeats, above the average, and 65.9 per cent of people who visit us already know the islands of previous trips.”

German tourists choose the islands for the beaches and activities that can be done in nature, such as hiking and hiking, whilst a significant part of visitors value the territory and landscapes.

“This is a tourism sector that believes in the Canary Islands and our product. More than 93.4 per cent rate their stay as good or very good,” he added