The regional government in the Canary Islands is expecting to see decrease of 3% in tourists from Germany this year (2013) which is the equivalent of 80,000 less visitors to the Canary Islands. This drop has been attributed to the cut in scheduled flights from Germany planned for this year. Air Berlin has confirmed that in 2013 it will be reducing its activity in the region.
This downward trend was already visible at the end of last year (2012), when the Canary Islands lost 77,515 visitors from Germany. However, the decline was not equal across all islands. Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura all saw German visitor numbers decreasing while Tenerife gained 18,970 tourists. La Palma also gained tourism from Germany. In flight numbers, the Canaries recorded 32,248 flights with German airports, 988 fewer than in the previous year.
The Deputy Minister of Tourism of the Regional Government, Ricardo Fernandez de la Puente, yesterday unveiled these forecasts, during the presentation of the Canary Island stand which will be used at the upcoming International Tourism Fair in Berlin (ITB) between 6th and the 10th of March this year.