Minister of Tourism foresees a 'progressive reactivation' of tourism

2020/10/22 16:02:13 Written by Canarian Weekly National

The Minister of Tourism for the Canary Islands, Yaiza Castilla, has welcomed the news that Germany is lifting the travel veto on the Canary Islands, and are removing them from their black list of high risk areas from this Saturday and has planned the “progressive reactivation” of tourist flows.

Promotur have also announced that there are already 13,000 air seats confirmed on a total of 70 flights scheduled by airlines who are just as pleased at the news, so they can resume their connections between Germany and the Canary Islands.

Castilla said that the announcement from Germany, "comes at a very important moment, just at the beginning of our winter season, which opens up good expectations for this market,” although we shouldn’t get too carried away as the demand in Europe in general for travel has weakened.

She also added "we are working hard on new measures to be applied in the islands, that help us build trust for travellers, which will hopefully be implemented next week,” saying she is convinced that "soon we will also leave the warning lists of other countries until we become a totally safe territory with a green traffic light, and I hope that with measures that will help prevent new outbreaks from occurring."

At the moment, Germany joins the list of countries that do not object to trips to the islands, nor insist on restrictive measures on travellers return, among which are:
Czech Republic,
and Sweden, whose main tour operator also resumes operations this Saturday, among others.

Last year, the islands received 15.1 million tourists. Of these, the Germans are the second largest market, only preceded by the British.
They add up to almost 2.7 million tourists, 18% of the total and 20% if only international tourists are taken into account, which amounted to 13.1 million visitors.

Although they are well distributed throughout the islands, German tourists have a greater weight in Gran Canaria, 24 % and, above all, in Fuerteventura, where they reach a market share of 40%.
Likewise, the German tourist is one of those with the highest average expenditure per trip.