“The vacationer arrival knowledge is nice contemplating the situation of financial recession through which we discover ourselves and, even though we understand the will and willingness to journey to Gran Canaria, this makes us cautious for the speedy future, since we’re returning to a interval of uncertainty and last-minute reservations because of financial inflation and the battle in Ukraine, one thing that totally impacts the Nordic and German markets”, defined Gran Canaria’s Head of Tourism, Carlos Álamo.
“After a primary few months of the 12 months with low vacationer shopper numbers as a consequence of uncertainty, primarily within the Nordic and German markets, since then we have now maintained very related numbers to these of 2019, a 12 months among the many most excellent within the historical past of the Island” identified the counsellor.
“Fortunately, losses amongst these prospects are being offset by the notable enhance from different markets, that are responding very effectively, such because the French, Austrian, Belgian, Dutch and nationwide markets, which has allowed us to succeed in the fifth highest variety of arrivals within the historical past, for these spring months. That’s the reason we have now bolstered all of the campaigns and initiatives to advertise these markets and we’re working with even higher consideration, if attainable, on the British market, which is doing very effectively, each on different islands and on this one”.
Of this 12 months’s totals the British market contributed 211,000 prospects, whereas the German market roughly 110,000, each -1% within the comparability with the pre-pandemic 12 months. The French market grew by 43% in comparison with 2019; the Dutch 19%; and the Italian 45%.
Concerning the forecasts, the Cabildo counsellor expressed warning concerning the variety of seats supplied which does current a substantial enchancment in comparison with 2019. “We’ve got extra seats, extra routes and higher direct connections with the principle European cities. An instance is the trouble made by Binter and the brand new routes with Gran Canaria, about which we’re happy as a result of it’s good for the island. The issue lies within the uncertainty concerned in with the ability to fill these locations, since reservations at the moment are being made on the final minute as a consequence of financial instability,” he argued.
The annual variation within the variety of air seats is anticipated to rise, with an estimated determine of 5.3% greater in 2022 in comparison with 2019, which represents a constructive distinction in comparison with 2021 of twenty-two.6%. The overall variety of nationwide and worldwide air seats deliberate for the Q3 interval between July and August of this 12 months stands at 838,102 in comparison with 795,960 in the identical season of 2019.
259,935 vacationers arrived in Could displaying a transparent restoration within the sector, reaching figures near that of the identical month in 2019, when 261,250 vacationers arrived on Gran Canaria, which represents solely 0.5% lower than one of many years with the very best arrival knowledge within the historical past of the vacation spot.
Alongside the identical strains, already throughout April 2022 the vacationer arrival knowledge registered and enhance over the identical interval of 2019, reaching a complete of 356,410 vacationers in comparison with 324,648 within the 12 months previous to the pandemic.
The amassed arrivals between January and Could, present an excellent inter-annual rhythm for vacationer exercise on Gran Canaria, with complete arrivals being solely 20% decrease than in January-Could 2019, with 1,492,791 having been acquired this 12 months and 1,866,272 within the 12 months previous to the pandemic. The rebound within the sector displays a restoration that has been gaining power for the reason that restrictions have been eased, and a rise in traveler confidence has been generated.