Lovely to have some good news about tourism for a change, and this news has been called “spectacular”. The number of tourists coming to the Canaries in March is up over 20%. The figures were good at the beginning of the year anyway, after disturbances in Egypt and Tunisia, but it seems it can no longer just be a case of tourists diverted from North Africa.
In March, the Canaries welcomed 1,025,160 tourists, an increase of 183,144 holidaymakers or 21.75% compared to March 2010. So far this year, the Canaries have received approaching three million tourists, nearly half a million more than in the first quarter of last year.
The viceconsejero de Turismo del Gobierno de Canarias, Ricardo Fernández de la Puente, said that the figures were even more valuable because Easter is still to come this year, whereas in 2010 it fell in March. And new markets are appearing, too, with France, Italy and Poland showing significant increases.
In terms specifically of Tenerife, we had 366,241 tourists, 66,686 more than in March 2011 than 2010, an increase of 22.26%. So far this year, we’ve had 1,018,218 holidaymakers, 142,151 more than last year, an increase of 16.23%.
Long may it continue! PV