Encouraging visitor figures show Canaries leading Spanish tourism growth

Nearly one million tourists visited the Canaries in September alone, the Canarian Statistics Institute says. Specifically, 929,109 holidamakers came to the islands, an increase of 13.67% compared to September 2010. Given the 180,531 visitors from the mainland, the numbers for foreign tourism are encouragingly up 20.17% compared to August, traditionally considered the height of summer.

In the year to the end of September, a total of 8,698,532 tourists, including mainland Spanish visitors, came to the Canaries, an improvement of 14.29% on the same nine-month period last year.

Deputy tourism minister, Ricardo Fernández de la Puente Armas, said that the figures showed the Canaries continuing to lead Spanish tourism growth, and by some way, given that the Balearics came in second place with an increase of 10.72%.

Within the islands themselves, Tenerife was considerably in front, receiving 353,610 tourists in September, a growth of 20.10% compared with September 2010. Throughout the year so far, we have welcomed 3,198,729 holidaymakers, up 16.52% since last year.  C7

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