The British love affair with the Canaries heats up

Apartment bookings – particularly by British visitors – are well on the up, compared to hotel stays in the Canary Islands, reveals a new report.

This trend looks set to continue, according to statistics just released by ISTAC, the Canary Islands’ Insitute of Statistics.

According to ISTAC:

33 million overnight apartment stays were made in 2013, up 1.8% on 2012 (ISTAC)

The British dominate with 11 million overnight apartment stays in 2013

One of the few regions within a short flight from the UK which can boast guaranteed sunshine, the Canaries have long been a tried and tested holiday hotspot, particularly during the grey British winters.

3.2 million overnight stays in apartments (as opposed to hotel accommodation or with friends and family) were recorded in December 2013 alone. The various islands welcomed both international and domestic visitors alike.

It seems the British love affair with the Canaries is as ardent as ever, with British visitors dominating the trend with 11 million overnight apartment stays in 2013, followed by Scandinavian countries at 6 million.

Other nationalities escaping to the islands’ warm winter sunshine in force incllude the Irish, French, Russian and Italians.

ISTAC reports a 4 point increase in apartment occupancy rates across the Canaries for 2013 compared to 2012; in Playa Blanca, the south of Lanzarote, occupancy levels were up at 88.62% in November last year.

This self-catering apartment booking trend is very good news for the timeshare resorts located on the  most popular islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria,  as well as Lanzarote and laid back Fuerteventura, and if next winter is anything like this one in the UK so far, bookings could be the best ever yet, so if you’re planning to get away to the islands for a drenching of sun rather than incessant British rain next winter, the earlier you book…the better!


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