Brexit “having no impact “on Tenerife’s UK visitor numbers
Tenerife is booming and all the doubts and
controversy over Brexit seems to be having little
impact, if any!
In the first three months of the year, the island received 1.4 million tourists, five per cent more than the first quarter of last year.
The British market, the main issuer of tourists to Tenerife, grew by 9.5 per cent and reached 496,922 visitors.
Overall, Tenerife attracted more than 1.4 million holiday-makers during January, February and March, an increase of 5.5 per cent.
According to figures provided by the Receptive Tourism Statistics of the Cabildo, analysed by the Department of Tourism Research of Tenerife, those staying in hotels increased by 3.4 per cent ( 18.8 per cent up in the case of five star hotels).
The news is even better because the statistics for the first quarter did not benefit by the “calendar effect” ie the boom time of Easter did not fall within this period as Holy Week was in April, compared to March last year which makes the performance even better.
However, this circumstance may have affected the reduction of peninsular tourism, which fell by 2.2 per cent in the first months of the year. In spite of this factor, Spanish tourism does increase in this period and reaches 227,937 people, thanks to the good trends of the Canarian tourist, who especially during the week of Carnival improved its accommodation figures by 12.3 per cent.
On the other hand, the number of foreign tourists also registered a rise of six per cent between January and March, when Tenerife received more than 1.2 million foreign visitors.
There was a reduction in the number of German tourists, who represent the second issuing market. Specifically, it fell by 4.7 per cent, due to the bankruptcy of the Germania airline and the recovery of competing destinations.
The Swedish market also had a bad performance, which fell by 13.6 per cent in the first three months of the year.
According to the data provided by Turismo de Tenerife, the behaviour of other nationalities yields positive data, as French tourism increases by 9.6%; the Irish, 17.3%; as well as Italian, Finnish, Danish and Norwe-gian, which increased by 9.6%, 4.2%, 10.1% and 16, 1% . Also the Russian market shows dynamism in the quarter with a growth close to 29% in the housing figures. In addition, it improves the Dutch tourism (6.1%), Belgian (2.1%), Swiss (1.9%), Austrian (14.8%) and Eastern European (11.7%).
The data of the first quarter show that the stay has been reduced by 0.15 points to stand at an average of 7.44 days. However, overnight stays accumulate a growth of 3.4%, with a total of 10,673,810.
As for the main tourist areas, the north of Tenerife maintains a growth in the first quarter of 5.9%. The south, which from January to March hosted 76% of the total number of tourists, rises 5.3% in the period.
Regarding the data for the month of March, Tenerife registered a total of 520,276 tourists staying, which meant a lodging increase of 3.2%. This is a very positive fact if one takes into account that this year Holy Week did not take place during that month, but in April.