Canary Islands tourist figures are expected to reach a new high of 14 million visitors in 2016

The Canaries have never been so popular as this year.

Playa Flamingo Playa Blanca Lanzarote

In Lanzarote, although there are still flight seats departing from the UK in August, there are no beds available. This isn’t just the official hotel beds, the privately owned properties are almost fully occupied too.We’re being contacted on a daily basis, by people who have booked a last minute flight, and can’t find somewhere to stay. Something for the authorities to think about regarding the legalisation of holiday property rentals.

Promotur Turismo de Canarias have announced this week that they believe it’s likely the islands will exceed 14 million visitors during 2016. The Canaries received 741,540 more tourists across the islands during the first six months of this year, the total figure for January to June was 6,405,898 international visitors, breaking the 6 million record for the first time, and a 13.09% increase compared to 2015. This coming winter there is an increased capacity of 17% more airline seats, which gives the tourism authorities the confidence to forecast breaking the barrier of 14 million tourists by the end of the year.


The Instituto Canario de Estadística (ISTAC) have upwardly revised the number of tourists who visited the Canary Islands during 2015, from 12,750,853 visitors to 13.3 million people after reviewing their methodology used to establish the annual tourism figures. With these new figures, the growth in tourists was 2.9% or 377,000 more visitors than in 2014. These revised figures are more in accordance with those provided by Frontur who published 136,301,252 as the total number of tourists visiting the islands during 2015.

According to the Conectividad Aérea Regular en Canarias, the summer season April to October 2016 has 9,512,019 seats scheduled, which is 16% (1,310,143 seats) more than summer 2015. As for connectivity this winter season November 2016 to March 2017, almost 8 million seats are scheduled, 17.4% more than winter 2015/16.

Lanzarote received 1,142,738 foreign passengers at Arrecife airport in the first six months of 2016, this is an increase of 8.47% compare to last year.