January tourism increases in Canaries

Tourist spending increased in January by 11.3% year-on-year throughout the Canary Islands. The archipelago also enjoyed the largest share of tourist spending in the first month of 2017 with 33.3% of the total, followed by Catalonia (19.4%) and the Community of Madrid (14.7%), according to statistic from the EGATUR report published by the National Institute of Statistic.

Total expenditure in the archipelago was €1.416 billion, representing an 11.3% increase over the same month in 2016. Average amount spent overall per tourist was €1186 (+ 3.3% ). The average daily expenditure across all the islands was €133 (compared to the national throughout Spain of €129), having increased by 3.3%. The average length of stay over that month in the Canaries remained the same as last year, at 8.9 days per visit.

As many readers will already understand, the average visit of 8.9 days is mainly made up of a mixture of 1 week stays and two week stays, tempered a little by the one or two day stays of short stay visitors such as those enjoying cruises to, from or through the islands.  this seems to suggest that most tourist holidays here are for two weeks at a time, but fairly evenly matched by one week visits. – Ed

Nationally overnight stays made by international tourists in January showed growth of 15.6% compared to the same month of the previous year. 26.5% of these overnight stays in Spain were in the Canaries (an increase of 8.5% compared to January 2016).

The total number of overnight stays by international tourists, across all types of accommodation (hotels, apartments, home, family or friends, rented accommodation …) reached nearly 33 million in January throughout Spain, showing an annual increase of 7.5%.

The Canary Islands was the community with the highest number of overnight stays (32.3% of the total). In January the region registered nearly 10.7 million, 8.1% more than in the same month of the previous year. The archipelago outstanding performance was followed by Andalusia and Catalonia in second and third place respectively.

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