La delegación lanzaroteña trasladada a la World Travel Market 2018, encabezada por el consejero insular de Promoción Turística, Ángel Vázquez (PP), arrancaba este lunes su primera jornada de trabajo en el recinto ferial Excel London con una buena noticia: los operadores del Reino Unido han reservado para esta temporada de invierno en el Aeropuerto de Lanzarote un 8,2% más de slots (derechos de aterrizaje y despegue) que el pasado año. “Un dato que permite ver con confianza que el turismo británico, que es nuestro primer mercado y ocupa prácticamente el 50% de los turistas que vienen a la isla, sigue siendo un mercado sólido y estable, que renueva la confianza en nuestro destino”, ha asegurado Vázquez.
The head of the Tourism Promotion Area of the Cabildo highlights that it is “favorable expectations from next March to join another encouraging fact: after touching the ceiling in 2017 beating a historical record, so far this year, logically the influx of British tourists has stabilized registering a decline of 5.5%, even lower than the rest of the Canary Islands where there has been a drop of 7%, but it is still quite good and also the cumulative expenditure they have made has increased by a 6.4% more than last year “, according to data provided by the Canarian Government. Ángel Vázquez appreciates this increase as “very positive and in the path of the strategy undertaken by Turismo Lanzarote that reflects the majority feeling of the island society aimed at qualifying the destination,
Ángel Vázquez received on Monday at the stand of Lanzarote the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports of the autonomous Executive, the Lanzarote native Isaac Castellano. In the act of reception, were also present the mayor of Teguise, Oswaldo Betancort, and the councilors of Tourism of the Municipalities of Tías, Amado Vizcaíno, and Yaiza, Olga Caraballo; as well as members of the team of the Foreign Promotion Society of Lanzarote (SPEL-Turismo Lanzarote) and the CACT, as well as prominent representatives of the insular tourist sector displaced to the British capital.
Important collaboration agreement with easyJet
Precisely in the context of our main market, the Lanzarote Tourism team, led by its CEO, Héctor Fernández, dedicated the first meeting of the 20 or so scheduled for the London event to one of our main operators. British, easyJet, responsible for signing an important collaboration agreement to support the three new routes that this low cost airline has recently opened connecting Lanzarote with Venice, Manchester and Berlin-Schönefeld until the end of March. “This bet that has made Lanzarote one of the airlines with more weight in European airspace, shows that the island continues to generate confidence and remains a leading destination, and further demonstrates that for the time being, companies are not being affected by the threat of brexit “
However, through the various press conferences announced by the airlines in the framework of the WTM, the Lanzarote expedition expects to obtain qualified first-hand information about what the effects of the departure from the United Kingdom might be in the field of the air connectivity with Europe once it can be made effective.
The team of the Insular Entity of Promotion will also maintain on this first day of the 39th edition of the World Travel Market almost a dozen work meetings with some of the most important agents of the British and European tourism market, among them, the tour operator Thomas Cook (in its divisions for the United Kingdom and the Nordic Countries); the Irish tour operator Sunway; or the British online travel and leisure platforms lastminute.com and Travel Republic, in addition to the Spanish Logitravel.
The day of this Tuesday, November 6, will start at 09.00, with a working breakfast with one of the most important British online groups, On the Beach, to continue with one of the main actors of the international tourist market, the tour operator TUI (in its divisions in the Netherlands and Belgium as well as in the United Kingdom and Northern Europe); the British flag company British Airways and the Norwegian low cost airline Norwegian. A busy work schedule to which will be added other interlocutors such as the Scottish tour operator Barrhead Travel; the Dutch division of Thomas Cook; the Polish tour operator Itaka; the French online group Karavel Promovacances and the British operator Jet2.com,