Mixed fortunes for different islands over summer hotel occupation
Hotel and non-hotel establishments on the island of Tenerife are expecting to reach an average occupancy rate of 83 per cent this summer.
This figure represents a drop of five points compared to last summer, according to the occupation survey carried out periodically by the Hotel and Extra-hotel Association of Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, Ashotel, among more than 100,000 beds throughout the province.
This fall in the forecast of hotel occupancy is directly related to the trend in the decline of tourists that has been recorded this year in the archipelago, which closed the first quarter of 2018 with minus six per cent of tourists.
By areas of Tenerife, hotel and non-hotel establishments in the south of the island have the highest occupancy rates in July and August, with 85 per cent (minus five per cent with respect to 2017 forecasts).
With regard to hotels in the north, they expect to reach 77 per cent of their accommodation capacity during the summer season (minus eight per cent), while in the metropolitan area (Santa Cruz and La Laguna), the estimate is 61 per cent (minus two per cent).
However, this slight downward trend does not occur in two of the three remaining islands of the province.
La Palma, for example, which in 2017 had a forecast of 85 per cent, expects the figure to be as much as 92 per cent this summer. Among the reasons for this growth is the closing of the Sol La Palma hotel for refurbishments, with some 1,000 beds, which has not been included in the survey, which increases the occupancy of the rest of the establishments. In addition, the positive influence on the behaviour of Canarian domestic tourism continues with the 75 per cent discount on trips by plane and ship between islands.
For its part, La Gomera, which usually shows fairly stable behaviour and high local tourism in the summer, forecasts an occupation of 88 per cent (plus two per cent), although as the weeks pass that occupation is higher. In fact, in August, La Gomera is at 91 per cent at the moment.
Finally, El Hierro, as this is not a year for the celebration of the Bajada de la Virgen, moderates its forecast of occupation at 70 per cent on average, compared to the start of last summer when hotels were full for the week of the patronal festivities. However, the island does expect this to increase as many Canarians, as well as other European visitors, only decide their holidays at the last minute.
Ashotel believes that these signs of falling tourist arrivals are not a cause for alarm but a reminder to keep on working towards a destination where excellence and quality of service and facilities prevail.
“The recovery of competing destinations of the Mediterranean arc, such as Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia, direct competition for the Canary Islands in summer, is one of the most important reasons for this reduction in tourists arriving in the archipelago,” said a spokesman.