The Hotel and Extra-Hotel Association of Santa Cruz de Tenerife reported on Tuesday that during the first four months of this year, the number of tourist overnight stays in hotels in the Canary Islands was 4.18% lower than in the same period of 2019, while revenue was higher.
The data come from the Tourist Accommodation Survey of the Canary Islands Statistics Institute (Istac), and have been analysed by Ashotel’s Competitiveness and Sustainability Observatory.
According to these data, the hotel and non-hotel association in the Canary Islands closed the first four months of this year with 31.16 million overnight stays and “quite” shortens the distance with respect to the same period of 2019: it remains at 4.18% of the pre-pandemic numbers.
And there are indicators that exceed the data for 2019, such as the total income in the autonomous community as a whole, or the volume of tourists staying. By islands, Fuerteventura and Tenerife show positive data compared to the first four months of 2019 in terms of overnight stays, overnight visitors and total revenue.
The best percentage performance in overnight stays was experienced by Fuerteventura (3.58%), followed by Tenerife (0.81%), while the sharpest falls were those of La Palma (-47.09%) and La Gomera (-23.04%). In El Hierro (-13.14%), Gran Canaria (-12.36%) and Lanzarote (-0.68%) the falls were less marked.
In terms of overnight stays, the recovery trend is slightly better than that of overnight stays, and the Canary Islands recorded 4.65 million overnight stays in the first four months of the year, 2.10% more than in the first four months of 2019.
The positive performance was not experienced by all seven islands, but by four: Fuerteventura, with the best recovery (10.97%), followed by Tenerife (7.75%), El Hierro (3.07%) and Lanzarote (0.99%), while La Palma (-35.14%) was once again the island with the worst data.
Ashotel points out that the figures for La Palma are the result of the difficulties the island is experiencing after the volcanic eruption of September 2021, which has kept the tourist area of Puerto Naos closed, with some 4,000 beds currently out of the market. La Palma is followed by La Gomera (-28.13%) and Gran Canaria (-4.66%).
Regarding the total revenue indicator, the Canary Islands experienced an increase of 20.75%, with 1,652 million euros in the first four months of this year compared to the same period of the last pre-pandemic year.
By islands, the one with the highest percentage increase was Lanzarote (34.10%), followed by Fuerteventura (26.63%), Tenerife (19.60%), Gran Canaria (16.21%) and El Hierro (2.71%). La Palma (-34.41%) and La Gomera (-2.97%) were the ones with a negative performance in relation to the first four months of 2019.
Ashotel indicates that the recovery process is proceeding at a good pace; and in fact, it adds, all indicators exceed, with the exception of El Hierro, those of the same period in 2022, four months in which some restrictions were still in place due to the pandemic.