Large drop in tourism for the Canary Islands during April 2012
The International crisis and the disappearance of the air tax discounts is being blamed for the large drop in foreign tourism in the Canary Islands during April 2012 (compared to figures for the same month in the previous year, 2011). Airports in the Canary Islands received a total of 787,687 foreign passengers during April 2012, a decrease of 148,948 tourists (-15.90%) over the same month in 2011. This dramatic drop is in contrast with figures recorded for April 2011, which saw an increase of 65%.
So far this year, statistics provided by AENA show that 3,648,225 foreign passengers visited the islands, which is a decrease of 114,310 tourists (-3.04%) compared to the same period in 2011.
Fuerteventura is the only island with positive figures, seeing an increase of 20.24% in foreign visitor arrivals.
The Deputy Minister of Tourism of the Canary Islands, Ricardo Fernandez de la Puente, said in a statement that “this drop in tourism was predictable given the behavior of the international economy and its impact on the tourism industry”.