A glimmer of hope emerged recently with the tourist figures provided by the airports authority and the hotel and tourism authorities. Visitors to the Island show a decent increase based on 2009 figures although it has to be taken into account that 2009 was down on 2008. Figures show a 7.6% increase in visitors pasing through Arrefice Airport.. The hotel associations on Lanzarote have also claimed 84% occupancy rates for the month of August. So although not quite out of the woods the signs are showing a return to pre credit crunch visitor numbers.
For the first 8 months of the year nearly 3.1 million vistors passed through Lanzarote Airport which is well on the way to 5 million for the year. Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura also showed good % increases while the trend of less visitors to the smaller islands such as El Hierro, La Palma and Gomera still continues.