Tourist arrivals take off in Lanzarote

The Canary Islands have been a classic timeshare destination for years. Winter temperatures are warmer than on the Costa del Sol or anywhere else in southern Europe and cultural tourism and golf have been on the up.

Lanzarote seems to be profiting from the instability in Egypt and Tunisia this summer, with the Spanish airport authority (AENA) reporting a 20% rise in tourist arrivals on the island during the first six months of 2011.

The Canary Islands have also made a come-back in the press this year, with some of the less well known islands such as La Gomera and Fuerteventura enjoying higher than average coverage. The tourist board ads – “Seven Islands, Seven Wonders” – couldn’t be more appropriate: each island seems to have a landscape unto itself, a different character and a completely different feel.

Lanzarote alone welcomed almost 800,000 visitors from the UK last year and UK passenger arrivals in April shot up by 50% compared to this time last year, with an increase in German visitors as well.

The other main Canary Islands have also recorded significant growth during the first six months of this year. With foreign tourist arrivals climbing by 24.6% on Tenerife, 19.8% on Gran Canaria and a whopping 38.5% on Fuerteventura. Figures that contrast very favourably with the 8.1% upswing recorded across Spain as a whole over the same period.

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