Canary Islands continue to register increases in tourism

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The Canary Islands have received 6,724,603 foreign tourists from January to August this year (2013) which is 1.5% more than the same period last year (2012), according to a survey carried out by Frontur, on behalf of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism which was recently released.

The figures look even better thanks to the increase experienced during the month of August which was +6.1% when compared to the same month the previous year (August 2012) with a total of 871,337 visitors.

British and French nationals are the main growth drivers in the Canary Islands during August, according to the survey, which also shows a sharp rise in the Russian market, while the German market has been in decline for the tenth consecutive month.

In relation to other tourist destinations in Spain, the survey reveals that the Canaries are the fourth most visited destination by foreign tourists arriving in Spain capturing 10.5% of the total visitors to the country.

In the whole of Spain, in the first eight months of the year, 42.3 million tourists visited the country which is up 4.5 % on the same period in 2012. In August alone, Spain received 8.3 million foreign tourists, which is an increase of 7.1% on 2012 after a record month in July.