Thanks to LANCELOT DIGITAL – Lanzarote has 70% fewer tourists
Lanzarote and the Canary Islands have come back to life in the last three months thanks to tourism. The airport is once again operational, the hotels are fully operational and the resentful sector is beginning to rebuild from a stage they would like to be able to forget. But the truth is that, although the data are good and the forecasts are very favorable, we are still far from the data that reached the islands in 2019. July, and especially August and September, have shown a good performance from the point of view tourism and it seems that reservations for the winter season invite optimism, but, today, the truth is that we are still 74.2% below the arrival of tourists in 2019, in the case of Lanzarote and 69 ‘ 8% in the case of the entire Canary Islands, with figures recorded from January to September of this year.
Looking in detail at the Istac figures regarding the arrival of tourists by air, Lanzarote received a total of 2,318,125 tourists in 2019 compared to the 598,307 tourists received this year, that is, 74.2% less. In the case of those from the United Kingdom, in 2019 a total of 1,079,813 tourists arrived compared to the 117,575 received this year, this represents a drop of 89.1% and about 962,238 fewer tourists.
In the case of German tourism, in 2019 283,033 tourists arrived in Lanzarote compared to the 73,761 tourists who arrived this year, which represents a drop of 73.9%, or what is the same, 73,761 fewer tourists.
This in the case of the two main clients of Lanzarote, but the figures are similar with the rest of destinations. In 2019, 248,436 Irish arrived on the island, always counting figures from January to September, compared to the 39,171 arrived this year, that is a drop of 84.25. In the case of France, we went from 122,474 tourists to 63,095 this year. Dutch tourists went from 70,482 who arrived in 2019 to 15,885 this year. As for Italian tourism, the figures were reduced from the 52,009 arrivals in 2019 to the 22,745 arrivals this year.
The arrival of peninsular tourism was also reduced, although much less. In 2019, a total of 247,108 tourists arrived in Lanzarote, compared to the 212,090 who arrived this year. The difference is 14.2%.
A similar difference is reflected in the totality of the islands. In the case of British tourists, 88.8% less arrived; in the case of German tourism, the difference is 67.3%. In the case of Finnish tourism, it fell by 98.1%, as well as Nordic tourism, which fell by 91.6% or Irish, whose differential is -82.8%.
Looking at the data, island by island, in Fuerteventura in 2019 1,519,658 tourists were received, compared to 553,941 received this year. In Gran Canaria it went from 3,095,463 compared to 875,418 this year.
In the case of Tenerife, in 2019 4,390,715 tourists arrived on the island compared to the 1,412,602 tourists received this year.
Therefore, and as the president of the Lanzarote Tourist Federation, Susana Pérez, pointed out, the recovery is on the right track, but there is still a long way to go to really recover the pre-pandemic figures.