The President of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, is currently attending the World Travel Market, and announced that the Canary Islands expect to have attracted over five million British tourists by the end of 2017. This confirms that these popular islands are a favourite tourist destination for UK residents, who make up around 32% of all visitors. The President also commented that this World Travel Market was seen as a test of the attractions of the Canary Islands as a tourist destination for UK residents due to concerns about the impact of the collapse of Monarch Airlines earlier this year and the effects of Brexit. However, with over 5 million British tourists by the end of 2017, Fernando Clavijo has a big smile on his face, and Brexit worries and Monarch collapse have not stopped British holidaymakers returning to these islands.
This World Travel Market has also been the scene of an agreement between the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands to ask the Spanish Government to improve the current resident discounts for flights between these archipelagos and the Peninsular. At present, there is a 50% resident discount on ferry and air flights between the islands and the Peninsular, but there are now demands for these discounts to be increased further.
In addition, the Canary Islands Government has concluded an agreement with the London School of Economics to collaborate with it in the field of digital transformation, and more details of this collaboration will be released soon.
You can find this and other news stories from the Canary Islands and Spain in the free, online 'News from the Canary Islands':
Remember to enter your email address for your FREE weekly online copy of 'News from the Canary Islands'
Keep up to date by joining our Facebook page: @newsfromthecanaryislands