Canaries down 812,000 tourists in first seven months of 2009 compared to 2008

Canaries down 812,000 tourists in first seven months of 2009 compared to 2008

The Canaries received 4,596,484 foreign visitors between January and July, 19.6% of whom came from the UK, and 9.62% from Germany, the Canarian Tourism Minister, Rita Martín, has announced. This means a loss of 812,000 tourists in the first seven months of 2009 compared with the same period of 2008, a reduction of 15.02%. Fuerteventura was the island which suffered the most, with a drop in visitor numbers of 19.06%, followed by Lanzarote, with a reduction of 18.19%.

Tenerife had the lion’s share of holidaymakers, receiving 1,714,603 visitors, a drop of 13.72%, or 272,571 tourists, from the first seven months of 2008. Gran Canaria welcomed 1,349,213, fewer than Tenerife, but representing a drop of only 12.62%, or 194,901 tourists, slightly better than Tenerife’s fall. Despite the overall drop in numbers, Sra Martín said that there had been a significant increase in tourists from Russia, Finland and Denmark.  Canarias24Horas

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