! Spanish News Today – Exceptional summer for the Canary and Balearic Islands as tourist numbers surpass 2019 pre-pandemic levels

Publication date: 08/30/2022

Lanzarote, Ibiza and Tenerife lead Spain’s tourism recovery

All of Spain is seeing a big increase in tourism this summer, despite well-publicized delays and cancellations as well as fears of price hikes, and international traffic is very close to 2019 levels. The biggest increase was recorded in the Balearic and Canary Islands, where airports in Lanzarote, Ibiza, Tenerife Sur and Palma de Mallorca all exceeded pre-pandemic passenger numbers.

The top spot went to Lanzarote, which beat 2019 figures in July, followed closely by Tenerife, increasing its passenger numbers by almost 30,000.

On the Balearic Islands, the party hotspot of Ibiza is the big winner and comes in second place overall. Not to be outdone, Palma de Mallorca operated 30% more flights last week compared to the same period in 2019.

According to the survey of the hotel situation by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), the Balearic Islands were in July the Spanish autonomous community with the highest hotel occupancy rate, filling almost 90% of beds, followed by Canary Islands, with 74.9%.

Moving to the mainland, the situation is a bit different, and both Barcelona and the Spanish capital, Madrid, have had a disappointing season. Last week, Barcelona’s El Prat airport received 14.7% less air traffic than before the pandemic, while Madrid-Barajas airport was down 14.6%.

Despite this, Spain tripled the number of international tourists it welcomed in June, reaching 7.5 million (from 8 million in 2019), with visitor spending also approaching 2019 levels.

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