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The main tour operators increase the arrival of tourists to Gran Canaria

The president of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, said today that the most important tour operators have increased the number of visitors, which is facilitating the Loyalty of British tourism on the island.

London, Nov 7 (EFE) .- The president of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, said today that the most important tour operators have increased the number of visitors, which It is facilitating the loyalty of British tourism on the island.

"The data is positive and speaks of Gran Canaria continuing to maintain the presence and attention of the most important tour operators, "Morales told Efe during the second day of the London Tourism Fair (WTM).

According to Morales, Tui, the largest tour operator in Germany remains the "absolute leader" and expects an arrival of 130,000 tourists next season.

He added that the British Jet2 "is a rising operator", which served 16,000 tourists last summer and has raised this figure to over 79% next winter to reach 82,000.

Jet 2 is the company that covers 20% of the UK market share on the island.

"Norwegian is still a leading company with an 18% growth in Scandinavian tourists, 85% in Germans and 15% in Peninsular," he continued.

Itaka, said Morales, whose forecasts speak of an increase of 25,000 to 35,000 Polish tourists, will launch a cruise based in the port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria that will travel through the islands, Morocco and the Azores.

All these agents, he explained, will try to take over the market gap of around 50,000 passengers, which has left the Monarch creek. < Insular president stressed that beyond increasing tourist arrivals, the Cabildo's main objective is "to retain the British tourist, since he spends the most on Gran Canaria than in the rest of the islands. "

In 2016, revenues from tourism from the United Kingdom reached 800 million euros, 16% of the total, which translates into an increase of 25%. compared to the previous year.

In that year record figures were broken when reaching 800,000 British tourists, which means an increase of 300,000 arrivals since 2010.

"We want that this continues to be so, that we continue to attract quality tourism that has been consolidated in the last two years, "Morales said.

To achieve this goal, he reported that, In addition to collaborating with the tour operators, "own campaigns" are being carried out to publicize the cultural, gastronomic, archaeological and sports offer.

"We have to make sure that the climate and natural conditions allow us to make an active, cultural, star and archaeological tourism. has the visitor beyond sun and beach tourism, "he said.

The president gave as examples the candidacy of the caves of Risco Caído that aspires to be a World Heritage Site. Unesco.

These caves show the great dominance of astronomy and the calendars developed by the aborigines when constructing solar and lunar markers that allowed knowing with precision key moments for agriculture and rites.

In addition, the council is immersed in another initiative called "Starlight" that pursues the recognition of Unesco as a destination with clear skies that allow observation of the stars.

Morales concluded that although the winter season was the most intense so far, this trend has changed and the tourism "has stabilized" throughout the year.

He insisted that his intention is to make the tourist offer of Gran Canaria more and more complete. different audiences that allow supply and demand to be covered throughout the year, "he concluded.

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