Gran Canaria received 383,000 international travellers in March, an increase of 4.2% (15,700 passengers) more than the same month of last year, which has pushed the number of foreign tourists to the island, during the first quarter of 2017, to more than 1,120,000 so far.
This year the Easter holidays were in April, so the largest expected flow of travellers associated with this holiday season has not yet been computed by AENA , as happened last year, and so this will adds special importance to the accumulated increase of 3,3% already registered in the annual figures.
The strength of the Nordic market and the consolidation of passengers coming from the United Kingdom underpin these figures recorded in March, which are record breaking numbers for Gran Canaria.
The Nordic market increased by 8,900 passengers in March, to total more than 145,500 tourists from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland combined; however the largest absolute increase by any single country was recorded from the British market, which grew by 13% (8,200 people), who contributed to more than 71,100 passengers travelling from the United Kingdom to the island.
The spectacular increase in both Nordic and British tourist numbers have helped minimise the effect of a 3% decrease in German passengers compared to 2016, when they broke all records, who were still the largest single nationality this year dropping despite dropping from 100,000 visitors in March 2016, to 97,000 who came to enjoy their March vacations on the island this year.
The Italian market maintained its constant growth with a 43% increase bringing 2,800 passengers more than in 2016, this transalpine market bringing a total of 9,300 italian tourists, compared to the 6,500 who visited Gran Canaria in March last year.
Another of the most spectacular percentage increases in the registered volume of passengers was the Austrians, with 3,600 of them visiting last month. That record represents an increase of 42% compared to March 2016. Poland grew 12.5%, while Holland confirms itself as a booming market on the island, bringing 17,600 people to Gran Canaria last month, up 14% by 2,100 more passengers, than in the same Period of 2016.