Published on : Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Business negotiations which took place at World Travel Market 2012 have led to an increase of 1.3 million air seats to the Canary Islands for the 2013/14 winter season.
The Canary Islands had a hugely successful WTM 2012 leading to an increase of a massive 20% in its winter capacity from a number of its key markets including Britain – which covers 300,000 extra seats, Germany and Scandinavia.
The Canary Islands Vice Minister of Tourism Ricardo Fernandez said: “World Travel Market is the main tourism event for us, as we are able to have negotiations with all our key tourism markets as well speak with operators from markets we would like to increase.”
Fernandez added that the islands are sold out for December 2014 “and we have 500,000 beds”.
The islands have already sold more than 100,000 holidays for summer 2014 from the British market. The minister cited improved deals with a number of tour operators from the UK including Tui and Thomas Cook.
Furthermore, he said the islands have had a great WTM 2013, so much so he is extended his stay at the event.
“So many people have asked me for meetings that I am staying longer to fit them all in,” he said. “I have had many great proposals that I have agreed. With one tour operator we are going to do a lot in the coming year.”
Fernandez added that at WTM 2013 he and the Canary Islands team have been able to focus on improving links and increasing capacity from emerging source markets of Russia and France as well as its traditional key markets.
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