Canary president sends message of “hope and optimism” over tourism
Turismo de Canarias inaugurated its presence at the Fitur International Tourism Fair with a clear commitment to the peninsular market for the current summer season. This objective will be accompanied by an air schedule for the three main summer months in which 100% of the existing connectivity is already shown in the same period of 2019, the pre-Covid year.
These positive forecasts led to the inauguration of the Canary Islands stand by the President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, and the Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Yaiza Castilla, at the Ifema fairgrounds in Madrid, an appointment that this year has a special importance after 14 very complicated months for the sector and that symbolises the beginning of the path towards the recovery of tourist activity.
“We are here with the 70-70 goal, that is, that we have 70 percent of the population vaccinated in summer and that at the end of 2021 we have 70 percent of the tourism we had in 2019,” explained the President of the Canary Islands.
Sr. Torres said it was essential that the Canary Islands achieved 100% of air seats with the Peninsula for the summer months, “which is the immediate objective; therefore, we regain connectivity with what is the third most important market, the peninsular market, “he added.He also recalled that recently both Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark placed the Canary Islands on their green list and he was hopeful that the United Kingdom will also do so in the coming days.
The chief executive highlighted the importance in itself of the celebration of Fitur, “the important thing is that we are here and we are in person,” he said, and recalled the last edition in January 2020 when “we said that we had passed the bankruptcy test of Thomas Cook, and yet we were at the gates of the first case of coronavirus in Spain, which was registered in La Gomera “
.The president detailed the work carried out by the Government of the Canary Islands since that first moment of the pandemic, which was followed by the confinement of the Adeje hotel. “They responded well, even though there was no experience.
We were getting ahead, with decisions that had to do with the tourism sector, prioritising health and showing that the Canary Islands did things consistently and also with successful results “, he added.He praised the attitude of the citizens and of the economic, social, union, and political agents during the confinement and the state of alarm. “They were on the same path, which was none other than saving lives, with the aim that as soon as possible we could recover our fundamental economic sector, which is tourism,” he added, while recalling that today it is one of the regions with a more favourable control of the pandemic within the European Union and the only autonomous community that has not been in extreme risk.
In reference to the slogan of the new Canary Tourism campaign, the Chief Executive stressed that “in the Canary Islands the sun rises every day” and he wanted to send a message of optimism and welcome. “We are looking forward to receiving you because this time this door is not going to close, it will be left open for the sun to enter the Canary Islands every day, because I am convinced that every day, this time, is better than the day before.
“According to the information provided by Yaiza Castilla, for the current summer season, from May to October, the Canary Islands have 2.7 million scheduled air seats with the rest of the national territory, a figure that represents 88% of the connectivity airline that was in the same period of 2019, in which 3.1 million seats were offered.Regarding the so-called short summer (July, August and September), “the one that concentrates most of the operations between the Islands and the Peninsula, the Archipelago could recover all the connectivity it had in 2019 if the programming announced by the airlines, which plan to offer 1.4 million seats in 2021, the same as two years ago “, assured Castilla.