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Will your Canary Island Holiday cost you more in 2019?

The passenger arrival numbers and Hotel occupancy /Prices for the Canary Islands in February 2019 are available. They show some interesting trends.

On this report, visitors are counted by arrivals on non-stop flights into Canary Islands Airports.

Gran Canaria

Direct International visitors to all the Canary Island airports in February 2019 are down 2.1% on the same month 2018. Year to date Jan/Feb international visitors are down 2.2% or just over 53,000 people.

The vital British market visitors was up 1.9% in February v Feb 2018 and 1.7% year to date Jan/Feb v same dates 2018.

The German market showed the biggest drop in numbers in February. Down 6.1% or 17,000 people in February v Feb 2018.

The Scandinavian market continues to decline in 2019. Denmark down 16.6%. Sweden down 14.7%. Norway down 4.7% v February 2018. Finland bucked the trend up 3.8%.

Irish visitors continue to grow. Up 8% in February v Feb 2018 and 4.6% Jan/Feb year to date v Jan/Feb 2018.

Visits from the Spanish mainland are up 8.7% in February v Feb 2018 and up 8.9% year to date Jan/Feb 2019 v Jan/Feb 2018.

Overall visitors International and Spanish mainland are down 0.2% in February 2019 v Feb 2018 and down 0.1% Jan/Feb 2019 v Jan/Feb 2018.

Overall occupancy for Hotels/Apartments in the Canary Islands in February 2019 was 81.1% down 5.2% from February 2018. Hotels occupancy dropped 6.7% and apartments 2.54%.

The overall average daily price charged by Hotels/Apartments in the Canary Islands in February 2019 was 88.40 euro up by 3.5% from February 2018. Hotels were 4.4% more expensive and Apartments are up 0.8% from February 2018.

Hotel/Apartment occupancy down 5% and prices up 3.5%?

So why did prices rise in February 2019 v February 2018 when Hotels/Apartments had more empty rooms then the same month 2019. The best way to try to explain is to look at each of the large Islands individually.

Gran Canaria

Lanzarote

International visitors are up in February by 1.7% v Feb 2018. Spanish Mainland visitors are up 5.7% and overall visitors are up 2.3% in Feb 2019 v Feb 2018.

Interestingly the declining German market showed the largest increase in international visitors to Lanzarote up 11.9% v Feb 2018.

The overall occupancy achieved by Hotels/Apartments in Lanzarote in February 2019 was 82.9%. This is down 2.3% in February 2018.

The overall average daily price for a Hotels/Apartments in Lanzarote in February 2019 was 75.50 Euro down 3.9% v February 2018. Hotels were 7.5% cheaper but interestingly Apartments were 4.1% more expensive v February 2018.

Average daily price Hotel room Feb 2019 84.30 euro

Average daily price Apartment Feb 2019 62.10 euro

Lanzarote was the cheapest Island for overall accommodation in February 2019.

Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is showing the biggest % decline of all Islands for international visitors. Down 14.4% in Feb 2019 v Feb 2018. Spanish Mainland visitors are up 14.1% and overall visitors are down 11.9% in Feb 2019 v Feb 2018

Most international markets are down, but again it is the German market making the news. Of the total of 17,170 less German visitors to all Canary, Islands in February Fuerteventura accounts for 16,830 lost German visitors in Feb 2019 v Feb 2018. That is 25% less German visitors to Fuerteventura in Feb 2019 v Feb 2018.

The occupancy achieved by Hotels/Apartments in Fuerteventura in February 2019 was 67.2%. This is a massive 17.26% less than February 2018. The 17k fewer Germans is a factor here.

The overall average daily price for a Hotels/Apartments in Fuerteventura in February 2019 was 76.50 Euro down 4% v February 2018. Hotels were 5.1% cheaper but Apartments were 4.1% more expensive v February 2018.

Average daily price Hotel room Feb 2019 84.30 euro

Average daily price Apartment Feb 2019 50.70 euro

Fuerteventura was the second cheapest of the large Islands for accommodation in February 2019. Prices overall fell 4% but as overall occupancy fell by over 17% on February 2018 Fuerteventura faces the biggest challenge of all the Islands in attracting visitors in 2019.

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria

International visitors are down in February by 2.7% v Feb 2018. Spanish Mainland visitors are up 5.8% and overall visitors are down 1% in Feb 2019 v Feb 2018.

The Scandinavian market continues to drop in Gran Canaria. Denmark down 24%. Sweden 13.4%. Norway down 3.7% v Feb 2018. The exception was Finland up 15%.

The biggest international market for Gran Canaria is the German market 94,000 visitors in Feb 2019 down 1.5% on Feb 2018. The U.K market had 58,000 visitors in Feb 2019 up 2.6% on Feb 2018.

The overall occupancy achieved by Hotels/Apartments in Gran Canaria in February 2019 was 83.8%. This is down 3.9% in February 2018. The biggest drop was Hotels 6.33% and Apartments down 0.79%.

The overall average daily price for a Hotels/Apartments in Gran Canaria in February 2019 was 95.10 Euro up 11.3% v February 2018. Hotels led the charge up a massive 16.70% v same month 2018. Apartment prices dropped 0.40% v February 2018.

Average daily price Hotel room Feb 2019 118.20 euro

Average daily price Apartment Feb 2019 62.20 euro

What is going on in Gran Canaria? Hotels were 6.33% less full than February 2018 and Hotel average daily rate achieved went up almost 17%. That is two months in a row that Gran Canarias visitors are down and prices up v 2018. If hotels are trying to increase prices at a time they are selling fewer rooms this is a risky strategy.

Tenerife

International visitors are up in February by 1.9% v Feb 2018. Spanish Mainland visitors are up 10.8% and overall visitors are up 3.8% in Feb 2019 v Feb 2018.

The big driver in Tenerife is the U.K market. It is the biggest international market by a long way. 176,000 visitors in Feb 2019 up 5.1% on Feb 2018.

The overall occupancy achieved by Hotels/Apartments in Tenerife in February 2019 was 85%. This is down 2.3% in February 2018.

The overall average daily price for a Hotels/Apartments in Tenerife in February 2019 was 95.20 Euro up 1.7% v February 2018.

Average daily price Hotel room Feb 2019 104.90 euro

Average daily price Apartment Feb 2019 69.70 euro

Tenerife and Gran Canaria are almost equal in who charged the highest accommodation price in Feb 2019. Hotels were cheaper in Tenerife and Apartments were cheaper in Gran Canaria.

Summary

There is one thing that stands out about international visitors to the Canary Islands so far in 2019. That is how critical the U.K market is to the Islands. The two Islands where the British are the majority visitor showed increased international visitors. Tenerife and Lanzarote. Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura where the UK is not the biggest market showed declines.

I am sure the Canary Island tourism bosses are trying to stop the decline in German and Scandinavian visitors so far in 2019. They also need to keep a close eye on the UK market. If the UK went into recession, it would have a big knock-on effect on overall numbers.

Spanish mainland visitors keep growing. While this is welcome, they don’t stay as long as international visitors.

16,523,060 bed nights have been sold in Jan/Feb 2019 on all the Canary Islands. This is down 5.2% on the same period in 2018. Lanzarote and Fuerteventura lowered prices overall. Tenerife went up slightly. Gran Canaria Hotel increase of almost 17% is difficult to understand. Let’s see what happens there in March.

A quick look at what is happening in the smaller Islands so far in January and February 2019 for International and Spanish mainland visitors.

La Pamla 32,683 visitors down 16.5% v Jan/Feb 2018

La Gomera 23,065 visitors down 11.1% v Jan/Feb 2018

El Hierro 1,136 visitors down 52% v Jan/Feb 2018

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Comments (2):

  1. jenny

    March 25, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    what about the dutch people?

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    • PATRICK O Neill

      March 25, 2019 at 8:26 pm

      Hi Jenny. There were 47,722 arrivals from the Netherlands to the Canary Islands in February 2019. That was down 2.7% down on February 2018. Gran Canaria was the most popular Island for the Dutch with 15,939 arrivals closely followed by Tenerife at 14,411.

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