Canary lost more than 400,000 tourists in 2019 but still above 15 million

The Canary Islands will close 2019 with about 15.1 million tourists, just over 400,000 visitors less than the previous year, according to the advance of Frontur advanced on Tuesday by the Minister of Tourism of the Canary Islands Government, Yaiza Castilla.

In a press conference in which he has presented new promotional actions for the first two months of the year, Castilla has commented that it is an end of the year – in the absence of the final data at the beginning of February – positive for the archipelago «after of everything that has happened «with the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook or the closing of Ryanair bases.

However, it has appealed not to fall into complacency and «continue working» to recover what has been lost, hence the islands must be well positioned in key markets and other emerging markets in a context of «adverse and complicated circumstances» .

As for the ‘escape’ of Ryanair from the islands, which causes a loss of 170,000 air routes and the cancellation of 29 routes, he has commented that the air market is «quite dynamic», as happened with Jet2, which took over Good part of Thomas Cook’s air reservations.

In addition, it has indicated that the Irish airline still maintains 235 flights with the archipelago and some of the routes it has canceled are also covered by Vueling and Iberia, so the impact of the loss «is less.»

Castilla has indicated that the Government is making a «promotional effort» to alleviate the loss of connectivity and has been convinced that Ryanair will eventually «return» to the archipelago. «Sooner or later he will return, we are very profitable,» he added.

In addition, it has indicated that the Irish airline still maintains 235 flights with the archipelago and some of the routes it has canceled are also covered by Vueling and Iberia, so the impact of the loss «is less.» Castilla has indicated that the Government is making a «promotional effort» to alleviate the loss of connectivity and has been convinced that Ryanair will eventually «return» to the archipelago. «Sooner or later he will return, we are very profitable,» he added.