It was a record year for arrivals in the Canary Islands, passenger figures released show the most foreign passengers during any single month during 2011.
A total of 10,318,178 foreign passengers were received at the islands airports during January to December 2011, an increase of 20.12% over the same period in 2010.
Looking at Lanzarote’s passenger figures released via AENA relating to Arrecife Airport from 1987 to 2011 the peak was 5,626,087 in 2006 which dropped to a low of 4,701,480 in 2009 following the start of the recession. Since then the figures have steadily increased with 4,938,632 in 2010 and 5,545,803 in 2011.
Visitors to Lanzarote are still primarily British 906,084, German 311,609 and Irish 178,378 although the highest growth has been from the Italians with a 387% increase on 2010 followed by the Czechs at 85% and Polish with 69% more visitors than the previous year. The only nationality to drop was the French with 11.3% less than 2010.
Asolan reported an average occupancy of 77% through 2011 which is an increase of 7.73% for the same period in 2010.
In the resorts it was Playa Blanca who recorded the highest level at 78.95%, Puerto del Carmen was close behind with 78.66% and third place Costa Teguise 74.58%. Other areas included Club La Santa who reported 84.22% occupancy, Puerto Calero 71.55% and Arrecife 43.21%.
Outlook for 2012
Data has just been released following a survey by the Instituto Canario de Estadística (ISTAC) of local hotels as to the forecast for the first quarter of 2012. The “Encuesta de Expectativas Hoteleras” showed that most local hoteliers are estimating that the occupation will remain stable for the first quarter with a forecast of 65% occupancy for January, 63% February and 61% March.