Brexit won’t affect the Brits in the Canary Islands
The Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce of the Government of the Canary Islands, Yaiza Castilla, said the Executive “has the absolute collaboration of the United Kingdom embassy in Spain” to assert the social and emotional ties that exist with the islands as the main tool to face Brexit.
“We must not be fearful,” she said, as work is being done so that the impact on sectors such as tourism and agriculture is minimal.
The Minister made these statements after the ambassador participated in a forum organised by SER Radio Club Tenerife and after having had a meeting with the British representative in Spain and Andorra.
According to the councillor, travel demand would not have to be affected by the United Kingdom leaving the European Union and said that every effort will be made to mitigate the possible negative impact. “We will work so that the old and new ties of friendship remain in force and for the British to continue feeling at home in the Canary Islands.”
In this sense, Yaiza Castilla stressed that “the familiarity of the British with the Canary Islands destination ensures a constant flow of tourists”, a fact that “makes us trust” that the effects of Brexit will be cushioned.
She said the Canary Islands Government is working hard to reverse the effect of Thomas Cook’s bankruptcy on connectivity with the islands so that it does not become an obstacle for Britons who want to continue visiting the archipelago. At this point, she gave as an example the increase in places for the summer season that has been achieved with Jet2, TUI, EssayJet, British Airways, WizzAir.
For his part, the ambassador of the United Kingdom in Spain, Hugh Elliott, stressed that the archipelago is the favourite destination of the British and said that the links with the Canary Islands “go beyond tourism.” He also stressed the importance of continuing to feed and consolidate these relationships and predicted that “tourism” does not have to descend at all. “
In the case of commercial relations, Hugh Elliott said that “this year the business sector must be kept informed about the progress in the negotiations so that companies can make changes and adapt to our departure from the European Union.”