Jet2, operator responsible for 40% of the arrival of Britons in the Canary Islands, has confirmed to the regional government that this year it plans to move two million British tourists to the archipelago in 2020, half a million more than last year, when they already grew 19%.
Castilla noted, after meeting with representatives of the company in Fitur, that the group “has occupied very quickly a large part of the gap left by Thomas Cook in the Canary Islands and, today, the Canary Islands represent 22% of its company Total business, so the commitment to the islands is very strong.”
The Minister of Tourism also informed that the British managers of the company have downplayed the effects of brexit in their tourism business with the Canary Islands, as evidenced by the fact that for the 2020/2021 winter season they have planned to increase their offer with the Canary Islands 7% to reach 835,000 places.
Castilla also acknowledged that, although the good data of the English market come from the hand of a single tour operator, the fact that this is the main British group in the sector, after the gap left by Thomas Cook, and that, in addition, bet for the Canary Islands more than for other competing Mediterranean destinations, “gives very good expectations” on how the main tourist market will work in a year of “many fears” for the consequences of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.
From the Government they emphasize in a note that the Canary Pavilion in Fitur has been a success of public and business activity for the 1,200 accredited professionals and 600 companies of the islands and the meetings arranged by them with tour operators, tourist agents and airlines at the level National and international.
The delegation of the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce and Tourism of the Canary Islands has maintained these first three days an intense work agenda with representatives of national and international industry.
Thus, highlights the meetings with responsible for tour operators and airlines such as Jet2, Vueling, EasyJet, Eurowings, Wizz Air, Iberia Express, Air Europa, Ryanair or TUI as well as directors of online travel agencies that include Via Sale, Edreams, Globalia, Destinia, or Last Minute-Rumbo.
In addition, meetings have been held with the Spanish Tourism Offices in cities such as Berlin, Stockholm, Poland, London, Oslo, Singapore Mumbai, Toronto, Vienna and Brussels.
In Fitur, more than 250,000 people come together every year, of which about 140,000 are professionals, in addition to about 8,500 journalists and accredited bloggers, along with more than 5,300 media from around the world.
As every year, the atmosphere in the pavilion has been enlivened with the juices of natural fruit brought from the islands by ‘the corner of the zumero’.