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Canary Islands tourist arrivals Oct 2019.

This report is for arrivals by direct flights into the Canary Islands Airports in Oct 2019.

October 2019 was a very significant month for the Canary Islands tourism for several reasons.

The U.K market had its first big decrease in many a year. Down 10.6% v Oct 2018.

The German market decline is now consistent down 25% v Oct 2018.

The winter Scandivanian market declined in 2018/19. October is the first test to see if there would be a recovery or if the decline would continue for this market in 2019/20.

The Norwegian market was down 10.1% in Oct 2019 v Oct 2018.

The Swedish market was down 8.5% in Oct 2019 v Oct 2018.

The Finnish market was down 4.5% in Oct 2019 v Oct 2018.

The Danish bucked the trend. Up 7.2% in Oct 2019 v Oct 2018.

The Irish continue to party. Up 7.4% in Oct 2019 v Oct 2018.

International arrivals into the Canary Islands airports in Oct 2019 are down 11.2% v Oct 2018.

The good news is the Spanish mainland market continues to grow in 2019. Up 5.9% in Oct 2019 v Oct 2018.

All visits are down 5.5% in Oct 2019 v Oct 2018.

Fuerteventura

I did mention before that if the U.K market joined the already declining German market in 2019, Fuerteventura would be hit hard. In Oct 2019 this has happened. The U.K market was down a whopping 24.5% in Oct 2019 v Oct 2018.

The German market is down 17.9% in Oct 2019 v Oct 2018.

International visitors are down 17.7% in Oct 2019 v Oct 2018. The largest of all the Canary Islands.

Spanish mainland visitors are up 23.6% but overall visitors are down 11.5% in Oct 2019 v Oct 2018.

Gran Canaria

International arrivals into Gran Canaria are down 16.2% in Oct 2019 v Oct 2018. Virtually all markets declined.

The U.K down 14%. Germany down 33%. Sweden down 16%. Norway down 9%.

The only key market to record an increase was the Netherlands up 5.1% in Oct 2019 v Oct 2018.

Spanish mainland visitors are up 4.9% but overall visitors are down 8.3% in Oct 2019 v Oct 2018.

Lanzarote

Lanzarote and Tenerife have both performed well in 2019 but even they could not escape the downturn in October.

International visits to Lanzarote are down 8.8% in Oct 2019 v Oct 2018.

The big two the U.K are down 7.1% and 33.4% in Oct 2019 v Oct 2018.

Actually Ireland pushed Germany off the number 2 spot in Oct 2019 in Lanzarote. Over 11% more Irish visited the island in Oct 2019 v Oct 2018.

Spanish mainland visitors are up 4.4% but overall visitors are down 5.8% in Oct 2019 v Oct 2018.

Tenerife

Tenerife has been holding its own for most of 2019. It was hit by the October downturn also but not as bad as the other big 4 islands.

International visitors are down 5.9% in Oct 2019 v Oct 2018.

Tenerife remains the U.K favourite island but 6.6% less came in Oct 2019 v Oct 2018.

24.4% fewer Germans arrived in Oct 2019 v Oct 2018.

The good news is some countries showed an increase in Oct 2019 v Oct 2018.

Sweden up 13%. Norway up 10%. Denmark up 25% the Netherlands up 1.5%.

Spanish mainland visitors are up 4.7% but overall visitors are down 1.7% in Oct 2019 v Oct 2018.

Summary

October was not a good month for Canary Islands tourism. The Thomas Cook collapse I am sure was a factor. The British market is the number 1 market and a 10% decline in October is a worry.

I do read the feedback on these reports. Many people have a gut feeling and feel resorts are busy and may be surprised at the numbers on these reports.

These reports are done by the Canary Islands tourist board. They look at the month this year v the same month the previous year. This is the correct way to report visitors. Looking at September v October would not give an accurate view of the market due to seasonal factors.

My experience is downturns eventually bottom out. It is just a matter of time. The German and Scandanavian markets are at least two years into a downturn. The U.K market is critical and hopefully, October was just a blip and a hangover from the Thomas Cook collapse.

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