The Ukraine crisis has not affected holiday bookings to the Canary Islands
The tourist sector of the Canary Islands has its fingers crossed at the moment because the consequences of the war in Ukraine have not affected short-term bookings to the island, in fact, they have increased according to the manager of Promotur, José Juan Lorenzo.
In the last two years the Canary Islands have not only had the Covid pandemic to affect tourism, before that even started the islands experienced the worst calima in 40 years, then Brexit, then a volcanic eruption, and now a war which is leading to a possible fuel crisis, something quite important when flying to some remote islands in the Atlantic!
Although the sector fears that tickets will start to become more expensive, Lorenzo believes that, for now, there are no big rises in flight tickets. “Airlines have insurance against variations in the price of fuel, and there are very important companies that are insured for up to 80% of the year. Those insurances are short, medium, and long term, and in the short term they have a guaranteed fixed price”.
“In the medium and long term, there are different scenarios that are still very open to suggestions as to what may happen, but the positive thing is that the Canary Islands are still seen as a safe destination. We are a safe, reliable, and recognized destination.”
“We are visited by the British who are recovering economically after the pandemic, as are the Germans, the Italians, and the French, in general, all our markets. Advance bookings are very strong for this summer”.
Regarding the repercussions that the Russian tourist market is having in the Canary Islands, José Juan Lorenzo downplayed it, saying that Promotur will continue with its loyalty campaigns for the traditional markets that travel to the Canary Islands.