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The German love affair with the Canary Islands on the rocks. A lovers tiff or a bitter divorce?

The below report numbers are for people who arrived at the Canary Islands airports by direct flights in June 2019 v June 2018.

As the Canary Islands tourism bosses, review visitor numbers for June 2019 I am sure they will be concerned.

956,088 international visitors arrived at the Islands Airports in June 2019. The bad news is this is down 60,000 or 5.9% v June 2018. The good news is the problem is easy to find. 50,000 of the 60,000 declines comes from one country. Germany.

234,000 people arrived at the Canary Islands airports from Germany during June 2019. That is down a massive 21% v June 2018, and it has been an ongoing trend for the whole of 2019 to date. The German market is the 2nd biggest for the Canary Islands.

The U.K is the largest market. 434,000 British visitors arrived in the Canary Islands in June 2019 down 0.5% v June 2018. The U.K market has proven surprisingly resilient in 2019 despite Brexit worries.

The Irish market with 56,000 was the 3rd biggest in June 2019. That is 3.2% down v June 2018, The first decline in the Irish market in 2019 to date.

Over 404,000 people came from the Spanish mainland up 17.8% v June 2018, and overall visits are up 1.3%. International visitors stay longer than domestic visitors.

Tenerife

As the most popular Island for tourists Tenerife deserves special mention. International visitors to the Canaries dropped by almost 6% v June 2018. In Tenerife, the decline was a marginal 0.5%.

365,000 international visitors arrived by air during June 2019. That is down just 1,400 v June 2018.

The U.K is by far the largest. Over 184,000 visitors in June 2019 up over 3,000 v June 2018. Tenerife is the U.K most popular Canary Island.

The German market is the 2nd biggest in Tenerife at 54,000 visitors in June 2019. That is down 10,000 or over 16%.

Belgium was the 3rd largest at 18,000 down over 3% v June 2018.

There were 178,000 visitors from mainland Spain up 19.8% v June 2018. Overall visitors are up 5.4%. Well done, Tenerife.

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria and Tenerife have a great rivalry. They see each other as equals. In the battle for tourists, Gran Canaria is now clearly behind Tenerife.

International visitors to Gran Canaria are down 10.4% v June 2018. The U.K is the largest market in Gran Canaria at 74,000 people. That is down 9,000 or over 11% v June 2018.

Germans are the 2nd largest market at 54,000 down 10,000 or over 16%.

The 3rd largest market is the Netherland’s at 17,000. Up 1.7% v June 2018.

There were 138,000 visitors from mainland Spain up 15% v June 2018. Overall visitors are down 0.4%.

Lanzarote

International visitors to Lanzarote are down 2.7% v June 2018. The UK is by far the most important market for Lanzarote. Over 117,000 visitors arrived in Lanzarote from UK airports. That is up 5,000 or 4.5% v June 2018.

The Irish were the 2nd largest market in June 2019 for Lanzarote. 29,000 arrived from Ireland down 3% v June 2018. That is the first monthly decline from the Irish market for a while.

Over 20,000 Germans arrived in Lanzarote by air during June 2019. That is down over 25% v June 2018.

There were 48,000 visitors from mainland Spain up 15% v June 2018. Overall visitors are up 0.8%.

Fuerteventura

If the Germans are falling out of love with the Canary Islands, there may be a bitter divorce going on in Fuerteventura.

There were 52,000 German visitors to Fuerteventura in June 2019. That is down over 20,000 or 28% v June 2018. Overall international visits are down over 26,000 or 14.6%.

The Brits have taken over from Germans and are now the largest with 58,000 visitors. That is 1.6% fewer v June 2018.

Italians were the 3rd largest market for Fuerteventura in June 2019 at 8,000, but this is down 22% v June 2018.

There were 31,000 visitors from mainland Spain up 24% v June 2018. Overall visitors are down 7.4%. This is the largest % decrease in all the Islands.

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Comments (1):

  1. Paul mortimer

    July 14, 2019 at 9:37 am

    I think the tour operators dictate how many people travel by their fare prices. Money talks. Bump up the price and people won’t come.
    Same as school holiday periods.

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