What is the secret of this Spanish archipelago?

Church of San Marcos, in Içod de los Vinos (Tenerife).
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Almost every year, it breaks its attendance records. and represents the nearest overseas destination to the Old Continent, being the only destination belonging to an EU member state at this distance.

Sun all year round and 20º temperatures, beaches with fine sand and volcanic rocks, lazy holidays or hiking in the tropical jungle… only 4 hours flight from Paris, in an area where you pay in euros, well Roads, and receive treatment in European hospitals. canary According to its professionals’ definition, it is the nearest overseas destination to the Old Continent, and the only destination belonging to an EU member state at this distance.spain,

These are some of the assets that explain why the archipelago breaks its attendance records almost every year. Last January, according to the latest data available from the National Institute of Statistics (INE), the Canary Islands received 1.32 million foreign tourists, 9.2% more than in 2023 and the best January in their history. And hoteliers are hopeful that the rest of the year will be equally good and they will return to the good times pre-Covid. ,We think we will do better than 2019 and 2018That’s the calculation of José María Manaricua, president of the employers’ organization of hoteliers on the island of Gran Canaria FEHT. Perhaps a little less than in 2017, when the Arab Spring diverted some travelers to our archipelago.”,

, Our high season is from All Saints’ Day to Easter. To enjoy this season outside the Canaries, you have to go to the Caribbean or Egypt. ,

José María Manaricua, Director of Operations of Gloria Thalasso & Hotels Group

Optimism was fueled by the privileged location of the Spanish islands. ,We are the only one in Europe to offer a pleasant climate in the middle of winter, says Manaricua, who is also the operations director of the Gloria Thalasso & Hotels group. Our high season is from All Saints’ Day to Easter. To enjoy this season outside the Canaries, you have to go to the Caribbean or Egypt., Except that the Arab country does not offer the same level of security, healthcare or legal peace as the Spanish region. and that Conflict may hinder its doors Some Red Sea fans this season.

“Leave the race to the visitors”?

Even after Brexit, the archipelago has continued to attract Britons, representing around 40% of overseas visitors. ,Despite Brexit and inflation, their holidays are sacred, Juan Pablo González, manager of Ashotel, indicates the association of hoteliers in the department tenerife Which includes the islands of Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro., This is also a trend we see among all our visitors: a preference for the holidays, even if we have to wait another year to replace the car or the dishwasher., In addition, inflation may play a role for the canaries. ,With fuel prices rising, traveling medium distances rather than long distances makes a difference, Because of Manaricua. “On the other hand, we are seeing a decrease in length of stay.”,

The French, British, Germans and Scandinavians are far behind. ,Maybe because you are used to going abroad. But as some Frenchmen discovered the Canaries with the pandemic, the region seemed more open and safe than others. It is up to us to maintain them.”,

The price of success remains: how long can the islands make room for new tourists when other destinations begin to become saturated? ,“We get visitors spread over 12 months that others get over four.”, Chaya Manaricua. Gonzalez, for his part, believes that “We have to give up the race for visitor records. By definition, you can’t accommodate more people than you can on an island. Traditionally in Tenerife, tourists stayed in hotels in the south and the local population lived in the larger cities. But a recent surge in tourist fares could create tensions. This could be solved by social housing or real estate development, but it has been years since anyone built anything.,

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