Canary Islands Boost Visitor Numbers

The Canary Islands are enjoying significant overseas visitor number increases in 2011, according to new figures released by the Spanish airport authority, AENA.

The volcanic island of Tenerife saw a 25 per cent increase in tourist numbers for the first half of 2011, compared with figures for the previous year. Fuerteventura experience even more of a boom over the first six months of the year, with a 39 per cent increase in visitor numbers. Gran Canaria, another hotspot for UK holidaymakers, welcomed 20 per cent more overseas visitors in 2011.

Cheap holidays to Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and the other islands that make up the Spanish archipelago have long been popular with Brits looking to escape the UK climate. The combination of good value resorts, plentiful entertainments and good deals on flights makes them a great option for family trips leaving from the UK.

Lanzarote holidays also proved popular over the first half of 2011, with the island joining the others in the Canaries in boosting visitor numbers, with 20 per cent more tourists travelling to the island. Brits travelling to Lanzarote increased by 13 per cent in that period.

Cheap holidays in Spain have always been a big draw for UK travellers, thanks to the country’s huge variety of resorts and accommodation options, as well as blazing sunshine, beaches and good value entertainments. Spain welcomed 8 per cent more visitors from abroad in 2011, with the increase attributed to the unrest across North Africa and the Middle East. Some of those normally booking Egypt holidays or perhaps all inclusive holidays to Turkey appear to have opted instead to choose Spain and its islands.

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