The Archipelago’s hotel and extra-hotel plant closed 2022 with 86.7 million overnight stays and this number is still 11.5% away from those registered in 2019, the pre-pandemic year of reference. Nevertheless, it is closing the gap with preceding years as analysed by Ashotel’s Tourism Competitiveness and Sustainability Observatory, which uses data from the Tourist Accommodation Survey of the Canary Islands Institute of Statistics (ISTAC).
In addition to overnight stays, the evolution of other indicators of interest helps to understand the situation of this sector, which is consolidating its recovery. Thus, in terms of travellers staying in tourist establishments, the Canary Islands closed 2022 with a total of 12.6 million people, which is still -5.6% compared to 2019, when it ended with 13.4 million.
With regard to total income in accommodation establishments, a total of 4,154 million euros were recorded in the whole of the Canary Islands, 5.8% more than the 3,924 million euros in 2019. This is the indicator with the best performance in relation to the other two: overnight stays and travellers, which means that the average expenditure made in accommodation establishments has increased. Thus, with 752,000 fewer tourists staying in this period than in 2019 (-5.6%), revenue in accommodation establishments was 230 million (5.86%) higher than in 2019.
In five islands, the total accumulated income is higher than that recorded during 2019, with El Hierro presenting the best figure (3.5 million, +28.3%). Lanzarote (735.4 million, +11.4%), Fuerteventura (614.1 million, +10.2%), Tenerife (1,528.9 million, +7.5%) and Gran Canaria (1,210 million, +0.4%) also show positive figures. On the other hand, La Gomera (30.37 million, -12.7%) and La Palma (32 million, -25%) show lower figures than in 2019.
In terms of overnight stays, all the islands are lower than in 2019. The biggest drop was in La Palma (-46%), followed by La Gomera (-28.8%). With falls of between 10% and 20% were Gran Canaria (-19.7%) and El Hierro (-17.8%). Finally, the islands of Tenerife (-7.7%) Lanzarote (-7.6%) and Fuerteventura (-3.8%) showed the smallest decreases.
Positive indicators about compared to 2021
Although many of the indicators have not yet surpassed the figures for 2019, they have done so compared to 2021. Overnight stays have increased by 115.7%, with 46.5 million more overnight stays.
The number of overnight travellers also showed a significant increase compared to 2021, 99.7% and 6.3 million more guests. Finally, total revenues improved considerably, by 120.2%, which means 2,268 million euros more.