Tenerife has started the winter season with a total of 527,441 tourists staying in the month of October, which is an increase of 5.5% over the same month of the previous year, according to the Receptive Tourism Statistics of the Cabildo.
October also saw a significant increase in customers in five-star hotels, which grew by 16.2%. Between January and October, a total of 4,859,462 tourists spent their holidays in Tenerife, which is 1.2% more.
The president of the Cabildo, Carlos Alonso, valued the positive trend of the start of the season, which, in addition, «is presented with good prospects for the coming months, which is expected an increase of around 10 percent of national arrivals and also from those coming from foreign airports, with more seats in most of the issuing markets and with a growth of air supply for the British market exceeding 10% «.
Tourists who spent their holidays on the island in October generated a total of 3,683,464 overnight stays, 4% more than in the same month of 2017 despite the reduction in the average stay (-0.10 points). As for employment, it fell by 1.6% and stood at 69.5%.
The Spanish tourism maintains a very positive evolution in the accumulated of the year, with an increase of 7.4% for a figure of 1,142,360 housed from January to October, thus compensating for the losses they produce in foreign tourism, which drops by 0 , 6% for a total of 3,717,102 housed.
The vice president and insular councilor of Tourism, Alberto Bernabé, clarified that the decline of the British market, which has fallen by 3.4 percent in the accumulated, has affected the balance of international tourism because it has meant a loss of about 60,000 customers. However, according to Bernabé, «the situation seems to start to reverse, since in October there was already an increase of this issuer of 8.8%.»
On the other hand, the German market registers an increase of 2.9% in the first ten months of 2018 until reaching 526,508 clients of this nationality housed in the tourist establishments of Tenerife. The French market also grows (+ 5.1%), Dutch (+ 2.4%), Belgian (+ 1.5%) and Irish (+ 13.5%).
On the other hand, the Nordic (-3.6%), the Italian (-3.4%), the Swiss (-1.9%), the Austrian (-2.5%) and the Russian tourists, who accumulate a decrease of 10 , 7 percent in the period. «However, the forecasts we have for this winter are also positive for this market after the increase in Aeroflot’s capacity (+ 12%) and the entry last summer of the Siberia Airlines route with Moscow,» says Alberto Bernabé, who points out that the regular capacity from Russia will double this winter to last year, which means that 51,500 regular arrival airplanes from this country enter the market.
In terms of the main tourist areas, the south of the island increases the influx of tourists by 1 percent in these ten months to reach 3,671,780 housed while the increase in customers in tourist establishments in the north reaches 2, 2% for a total of 945,170 tourists.