International tourist arrivals in the Canary Islands surge by 14.4%

Expenditure by the nearly 1.5 million international visitors increased by 21.6% in February, reaching 2,177 million euros, with an average duration of stay at 9.37 days.

In February, the Canary Islands welcomed 1,407,956 international visitors, marking a 14.4% increase from the same month the previous year, setting records for both the number of international tourists and their spending during a February since records began. They collectively spent 2,177.07 million euros, up by 21.57%.

According to the National Statistics Institute (INE), the daily expenditure per tourist in the Canary Islands was 165 euros, a slight decrease of 0.24% from last year, with an average visit length of 9.37 days. The total average expenditure per tourist saw a 6.27% increase, reaching 1,546 euros.

For the year up to February, the Canary Islands have seen 2,729,056 visitors, an 11.85% increase, with a total spending of 4,183.86 million euros in the region, marking a 19.35% rise. Among Spanish regions, the Canary Islands led in attracting 28.11% of all international tourists to Spain, followed by Catalonia with 20.96% and Andalusia with 14.49%.

International tourist arrivals in the Canary Islands surge by 14.4%

Minister of Industry and Tourism, Jordi Hereu, expressed high expectations for the Easter Week’s performance in the tourism sector despite some weather challenges. Preliminary observations suggest a successful holiday period with a significant influx of visitors, although official data are yet to be confirmed. He highlighted February’s achievement where Spain welcomed 5 million tourists, up 15.9% from the previous year, with a spending increase of 25.8% to 6.7 billion euros.

Hereu applauded the sector’s progress in addressing seasonal variations, noting improvements in employment quality due to reduced seasonality impacts. He emphasized ongoing efforts to enhance Spain’s tourism industry for continued success and leadership.

Despite adverse weather affecting hotel occupancy in regions like Andalusia and Castile and Leon by 10-20%, destinations such as the Canary Islands and Madrid did not see a decline in foreign tourist visits during Easter. The general secretary of the Spanish Confederation of Hotels and Tourist Accommodation (Cehat), Ramón Estalella, confirmed the sustained interest of foreign tourists during this period.

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