National and German tourism will sustain hotel numbers in August
National and German tourism are emerging as the main supporters of the still minimal tourist activity registered by the Canary Islands in August.
Approximately one in three tourists staying in hotels in the archipelago, are Spanish, many of which are residents of the islands, and in the case of Gran Canaria, another third of clients are coming from Germany, the main source of tourists for this island.
The president of the Federation of Hospitality and Tourism Entrepreneurs (FEHT) of Las Palmas, José María Mañaricua, confirms what's to come: “This is the summer of local tourism. International demand is still low, but all markets complement each other to gradually open more hotels", continues the director of the Gloria Palace Group, who says that the world is facing "a health problem, not a tourist problem."
He emphasized this because, as he has said time and again, as the battle against the coronavirus pandemic is won, "there will be more tourists."
At the moment, in August, around 50% of the hotels that closed their doors on March 19th, when the Government suspended tourist activity throughout the country, have reopened.
At the same time, the activity of Canarian airports continues to grow, although the quarantine imposed by the UK has led to TUI and Jet2 temporarily suspending their connections between that country and the islands.
But they will start them up again as soon as the British Government removes the Canarian archipelago from quarantine, a decision that, the regional executive insists, could be taken in a matter of days given the low rate of infections per inhabitant that remains in the Canary Islands.
"From one week to the next, things can change dramatically," insists Mañaricua. That is why hoteliers continue to keep British tourist bookings on their books week by week, hoping for the good news to come. It is not for less, because with this market, the open Canarian accommodations would reach and even exceed 60% of average occupancy in the remainder of August. Without the British, they will stay around 50%, a difference that increases in the islands where the weight of English tourism, such as Tenerife and Lanzarote, is close to 40% of the total.
This is the average occupancy expected by the Canarian hotels that have reopened their doors in August. This rate, warn tourism entrepreneurs, will drop by around 10 percentage points if the United Kingdom does not remove the islands from quarantine.