Canary Islands closed 2022 with 12.6 million visitors, 5.6% less than in 2019

Published on January 25, 2023
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The hotel and non-hotel accommodations in the Archipelago closed the year 2022 with 86.7 million overnight stays, 11.5% less compared to those registered in 2019, the pre-pandemic reference year, although it is closing the gap with previous periods analyzed by the Tourism Competitiveness Observatory and Sustainability of Ashotel, which uses data from the Tourist Accommodation Survey of the Canary Islands Institute of Statistics (Istac).

In addition to overnight stays, the evolution of other indicators of interest helps to understand the situation of this sector, which is consolidating its recovery. Thus, in terms of travelers staying in tourist establishments, the Canary Islands closed 2022 with a total of 12.6 million people, which is still -5.6% compared to 2019, when it ended with 13.4 million.

Regarding the total income in accommodation establishments, a total of 4,154 million euros were registered throughout the Canary Islands, 5.8% more than the 3,924 million euros of 2019. This is the indicator that experiences the best behavior in relation to the other two: travelers staying and overnight stays, which means that the average expenditure made in accommodation establishments has increased. In this way, with 752,000 fewer tourists staying in this period compared to 2019 (-5.6%), income in accommodation establishments exceeds that of that year by 230 million (5.86%).

On five islands, the total accumulated revenues are higher than those registered during 2019, with El Hierro presenting the best data (3.5 million, +28.3%). Also Lanzarote (735.4 million, +11.4%), Fuerteventura (614.1 million, +10.2%), Tenerife (1,528.9 million, +7.5%) and Gran Canaria (1,210 million, + 0.4%) show positive figures. On the other hand, La Gomera continues with numbers lower than in 2019 (30.37 million, -12.7%), as well as La Palma (32 million, -25%).

Overnight stays in 2022

In the case of visitors staying in regulated accomodations, Fuerteventura is the only one that increased its figures compared to 2019 with an increase of 3.9%. The islands of Tenerife (-1.9%) and Lanzarote (-4.6%) experienced decreases below 10%, while La Gomera (-30.5%), La Palma (-30%), Gran Canaria (-12.8%) and El Hierro (-11%) registered worse figures.

The 2022 data shows a big increase in tourism compared to the year 2021

Although many of the indicators still do not exceed the figures for 2019, they have done so compared to 2021. Overnight stays have increased by 115.7%, with 46.5 million more overnight stays.

Hosted travelers also show a significant increase compared to 2021, with 99.7% more visitors, meaning 6.3 million more guests. Finally, total revenues improved considerably, by 120.2%, which means 2,268 million euros more.

About the Ashotel Observatory

The Tourism Competitiveness and Sustainable Development Observatory is Ashotel's platform for surveillance, intelligence and prospection in sustainability, corporate responsibility and innovation in the accommodation sector in the Canary Islands. It is constituted within the guidelines of the Ashotel 2030 sustainability and digitalization strategy that arises from the need to provide the accommodation sector with a roadmap for the promotion of more responsible and sustainable tourism.

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