TUI predict record tourist figures in the Canary Islands this summer
TUI, the world’s biggest tour operator, told the Ministry of Tourism yesterday (Thursday), that their commitment to the Canary Islands is ongoing for this summer and confirmed that they will bring a record 1.3 million tourists to the archipelago, with an increase in the average stay from 9.5 to 10.5 days, and an increase in spending of 20%.
This was communicated in a meeting between the Minister of Tourism, Yaiza Castilla, the financial director (CFO) of TUI Group, Sebastian Ebel; the CEO of Markets and Airlines, David Burling; and the director of Purchases, Helen Caron, as well as the managing director of Turismo de Canarias, José Juan Lorenzo.
"The Canary Islands are a very reliable destination that has come out stronger, that has known how to do things well, and that is better than before the pandemic," said Ebel, who also announced, that for the first time ever, they will have more business in the summer this year than in the winter in the islands.
The CFO explained that they anticipate bringing 1.3 million tourists to the archipelago in summer 2022, the same figure as before the pandemic, although with significant changes as this year’s visitors will extend their stay by an extra day, and will spend 20% more on average on their holiday due to booking higher quality rooms.
"The destination has been able to take advantage of these two years of tourist ups and downs to improve its facilities and what it has on offer, and make higher-class establishments available to customers," he said.
For Ebel, the work carried out by Turismo de Canarias has opened the door to a destination that has all the necessary ingredients to be more successful than before the pandemic, even despite the conflict in Ukraine.
"Although the war is turning out to be a nightmare, fortunately, it is not having the expected impact on tourism as a whole, with the exception of countries like Poland or Finland, which are geographically closer to the conflict," he assured.
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