A Year With 15 Million Tourists

Canary Islands

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The Canary Islands will close 2019 with more than 15 million tourists, a third of them British, despite the challenges that the sector has faced this year. These are the forecasts announced yesterday by the president of the tourist community, Ángel Víctor Torres , on the opening day of the World Travel Market (WTM) tourist fair in London, where he was also confident in the ability of the archipelago to overcome in 2020 the number of visitors of 2019.

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A prediction that canary tourism businessmen do not share. Overnight stays in hotels and apartments in the archipelago have fallen between January and September of 2019 by 4% compared to the same period last year. And hoteliers warn that the fall in reserves predicts that the results will continue to fall in 2020.

Torres said that reaching 15 million tourists - in front of the almost 15.6 million reached in 2018 - would mean that 2019 was among the “three best years in the history of tourism in the Canary Islands, and that despite the challenges” that have Of course, among those cited the "bankruptcy of Thomas Cook - September 23 and the recovery of competing destinations." He also emphasized that more than 5 million tourists will have arrived from the United Kingdom this year.

Attracting more British visitors, especially with purchasing power, and leading the global movement towards sustainable tourism are the two objectives of the Spanish Government at the world tourism fair "World Travel Market" (WTM), said yesterday the minister of the branch, Reyes Maroto . With contracts for more than 3,500 million euros closed in 2018, the WTM, which is celebrating its 40th edition, is a key event for the Spanish tourism sector, given that the United Kingdom is also its main issuing market.

Maroto said that Spain will work on "loyalty to the British tourist in holiday tourism but also to attract tourists to other segments, such as nature, sports, culture and heritage or business tourism."

The other great objective of the Spanish Government in the WTM is, according to the minister, "to place tourism and sustainability on the agenda." To do this, Tuesday will participate in a conference with representatives of institutions such as the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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