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Number of tourists in the Canary Islands 2019, by island

Tenerife was the Canarian island that received the most visitors in 2019, totaling nearly 6 million international and national tourists. Gran Canaria ranked second, clocking up approximately 4.3 million holidaymakers that same year. Travel and tourism’s contribution to the Canary Islands’ GDP increased in recent years, reaching over 16 billion euros in 2018.

Sun and beach tourism in the Canaries

Out of the approximately 15.6 million visitors received by the Canary Islands in 2018, nearly 14 million came from abroad, making international visitors a key point for the tourism industry on the Spanish archipelago. Foreign tourists spent an average of 8.6 nights enjoying the islands’ great weather. Whereas this figure has been decreasing slightly over the last years, the daily expenditure of overseas visitors was on the rise and was estimated at 138 euros per tourist in 2017.

Tourism: a key sector for the Spanish economic system

Spain ranked second on the World Tourism Organization’s list of most visited countries in the world, with international visitors amounting to nearly 82 million in 2017. Travel and tourism have become one of the leading engines of growth for the Spanish economy, featuring an ongoing increase in the GDP contribution over the last years and projected to reach approximately 178 billion euros in 2018. The industry also plays a key role to boost the Spanish employment market, which has been experiencing a significant improvement since the 2007 financial crisis.

Number of tourists visiting the Canary Islands in 2019, by island

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February 2020



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