1.15 million foreign tourists holidayed in the Canary Islands in April
Yet again the Canary Islands have achieved very positive data in terms of international tourism with 1,156,001 visitors coming to the archipelago in April, which marks the end of the winter season. This compares to the 1,093,021 people who came in April 2019, that pre-pandemic year that is being used as a reference, proving that the islands have returned to normal in terms of tourism.
One of the parameters that stands out the most in this report from Turismo de Islas Canarias, is the recovery of German tourism with 244,436 visitors, almost 17,000 more than in the same month of 2019.
Without a doubt, this is great news for the Canary Islands as far as tourism is concerned, as it is the second most important market after the UK, and suffered badly from the economic turmoil derived from the war in Ukraine.
In 2022, the Canary Islands received 18% less German tourists than in 2019, a figure that rose to 27% when compared to the average number of visitors between 2016 and 2019. Coincidentally, the only month in 2022 with more German tourists than in 2019 was April.
The UK continues to be the most important market in the Islands, with 461,533 visitors, 7.2% more than in April 2019. Other markets that have increased their number of visitors considerably are the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy, and Switzerland.
However, the Nordic countries, traditionally very strong in the archipelago, have significantly decreased their numbers, except for Denmark. Sweden stands out, with 34% fewer arrivals, and Finland with practically less than half the previous number of tourists.
Almost 200,000 more foreign visitors so far in 2023.
The high winter season has left very positive data for the archipelago, as 4,937,189 foreign tourists have travelled to the islands in the first four months of the year, compared to the 4,762,843 it received the last year before the pandemic.
Also, these arrival figures for 2023 slightly exceed those of the first four months of 2017, the year in which the Canary Islands broke all records for tourism with 14.4 million throughout the year.