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