The first meetings held within the framework of the World Travel Market, one of the most important tourism fairs in the world, started on Monday, November 7, is being held in the capital of the UK, and confirmed “the good figures of British tourist arrivals that is experiencing the island of Lanzarote in recent months. ”

This was underlined by the Cabildo of Lanzarote, after meeting, “for example, impressions and intentions of the TUI Group, a major British tour operators who work with Lanzarote and covering the Thomson and First Choice brands. ”

As reported by the Corporation, the tour operator has presented a growth of 13 percent higher for the winter schedule. Similarly, in the meeting held on the morning of Monday the Lanzarote Cabildo Vice President and Minister of Tourism, Astrid Perez, managing director of the Tourism Council of Lanzarote, Hector Fernandez, TUI’s representative, Oliver Sylvester Westwood, it was recalled that the summer season had ended with an increase of 7 percent. Moreover, there is even talk that next summer 2012 there will be a capacity increase of 10 percent.

“The numbers are positive,’ said the Minister of Tourism, Astrid Perez “but we have to keep working on the promotion. We can not relax and we must continue to demonstrate that we are a competitive destination and we have much to offer.”

For his part, President of the Cabildo, Pedro San Gines, stressed that “the show starts very well. The meetings being held corroborate the momentum going through the English market.” Thus, San Gines said the president of the Canary Islands, Paulino Rivero, had said during his opening speech that “although the British market has dropped their reserve levels by 6 percent worldwide, the Canaries are have increased by 11 percent over last year. ”

As with TUI, the provision of slots Thomas Cook confirmed the momentum of Lanzarote with the British market. In fact, within the European Sports Destination project, the Tourist Board held an important meeting with the brand’s nautical of this tour operator, Neilson, who, though still not working with Lanzarote, they are interested in finding places to stay on the island that can be adapted to specifications that they require time to develop water sports.

The World Travel Market goes far beyond the strengthening of the British market. “We must seize Astrid Perez-points to establish contacts with other markets such as the Scandinavian or French. ”

In this regard, island officials were pleased after the meeting with the Swedish tour operator Solresor, who last October 7 began its winter season from 2011 to 2012 with positive outlook for the sector. Solresor takes several years working with Lanzarote, although only during the winter months and this year has seen a 40 percent increase compared to last year.

During the first round of the World Travel Market, also looked at the calendar of sporting events brought together under the umbrella of the European Sports Destination brand and information on each and every one of the centers that make up the Network of Centres of Art, Culture and Tourism of the Cabildo of Lanzarote.

Lanzarote Tourism also held meetings with Topflight, EasyJet, Monarch
and Karavel.