Whilst some overseas destinations are struggling with falling tourist numbers others ‘such as Lanzarote in the Canary Islands’ are performing well ahead of expectations. With foreign arrivals soaring by just over 20% during the first half of this year, according to the latest statistics just released by AENA, the Spanish airport authority.
Lanzarote has long been a popular holiday hot spot for British tourists; the island welcomed nearly 800 visitors from the UK last year. And despite the recession, diminished disposable incomes and the relative weakness of sterling against the euro the number of British tourist arrivals has increased in the first half of 2011 by an impressive 13%.
The UK passenger numbers in April alone rose by nearly 50% versus the same month last year. Whilst other key markets such as Germany, have also exceeded expectations. Thanks in part to their faster than anticipated recovery from the economic downturn.
These figures can in part be attributed to the fact that Lanzarote’s tourist industry has been a major beneficiary of the recent unrest in the Middle East.
As events in countries such as Egypt and Tunisia forced holidaymakers to seek out alternatives to popular resorts such as Sharm El Sheikh and Sousse during the first half of this year.
As a result of this upsurge in arrivals Lanzarote’s accommodation sector has enjoyed a marked increase in bookings during the first half of 2011.
This trend that has not only benefited hoteliers but also thousands of overseas owners of apartments and villas in Lanzarote. Many of which have been purchased by British buyers over the last decade to rent out tourists.
The other main Canary Islands have also recorded significant growth during the first six months of this year.
With foreign tourist arrivals climbing by 24.6% on Tenerife, 19.8% on Gran Canaria and a whopping 38.5% on Fuerteventura. Figures that contrast very favourably with the 8.1% upswing recorded across Spain as a whole over the same period.
Holidays to Cyprus this April proved to be very popular with British tourists; On the Beach says Brits are drawn here by the nightlife, beaches and historical attractions.
Statistics from the Cypriot Government show that holidays to Cyprus have become even more popular with British tourists. Their figures documented a significant rise in holiday visits to the island this April.
On the Beach, (http://www.onthebeach.co.uk/) a leading UK online travel agency, says that this owes to the nation’s great beaches as well as its famous nightlife and historical sites.
Holidays to Cyprus have proven popular with tourists from all over the world, as almost 200,000 people visited in April – this represents a significant increase over the same month in 2009 which saw just over 180,000 holidaymakers arrive. Arrivals in April 2010 dipped to below 140,000 though this is largely attributable to the ash cloud which severely disrupted European travel during that period.
According to the report the majority of visitors in 2011 came from the UK, Germany and Russia.
Alistair Daly, Marketing Director of On the Beach, says: “During the winter and spring holiday seasons we saw a large number of Brits book holidays to Cyprus.
This destination is always quite popular, yet it has certainly seen a surge in 2011, which we expect to continue throughout the summer. Indeed, our customers continue to place Cyprus at the top of their wish lists.”
According to Daly the destination’s appeal owes to several factors. He states: “Trips to Cyprus have a lot in common with holidays to Ibiza and other developed tourist spots: indeed, it has great nightlife alongside truly lovely beaches.
What perhaps sets this island nation apart is its amazing collection of ancient Roman and Stone Age ruins which are an excellent way to spice up your time at the beach.”
DiscountVouchers.co.uk has this week announces new holiday deals designed to help travellers and tourists from the UK save money on spring and summer trips this year. The online retail deals specialist is this week home to new deals redeemable at First Choice and Thomas Cook to help people save in the Balearics and elsewhere.
Among the top name holiday providers on show on the website this week is popular company First Choice. Travellers and tourists are able to start saving by logging on to the DiscountVouchers.co.uk website right now and enjoy using new first choice discount deals such as one to upgrade all First Choice holidays to all-inclusive for just 1p.
More First Choice deals can be found on the DiscountVouchers.co.uk website right now to help families enjoy saving money on their summer holidays. DiscountVouchers.co.uk is this week offering people the chance to save on family holidays through deals like hundreds of kids places free in the Balearics this July and August plus also £50 off all summer holidays booked over the web.
Other deals can be had to help people save, with new deals on Thomas Cook flights and holidays available. Consumers can log on to DiscountVouchers.co.uk right now and use the new deals to get as much as £600 off selected Mediterranean holidays and also 30% off when booking a flight and hotel deal combined.
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