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CANARY ISLANDS | WINTER SUN BOOKINGS BOUNCE


Alan Cross, head of trade, Jet2holidays “As soon as we put flights and holidays on


sale to the Canary Islands, consumers responded with a flurry of bookings to the Canaries alone. This shows there is a real appetite from customers for a winter-sun holiday.”


Michael Vinales, managing director, Olympic Holidays “The Canaries is a key winter-sun destination for


us. When the Canary Islands were added to the quarantine- free list, we saw big demand for Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, with bookings for this year and into 2021.”


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife; Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote; Gran Hotel Bahia Real, Fuerteventura PREVIOUS PAGE: Tenerife PICTURES: Roberto Lara; Shutterstock


all attractions have one-way systems. In terms of atmosphere, life feels relatively normal in the cities and towns, and accommodation has opened, from five-star hotels to villas and guesthouses. Visitors will find uncrowded restaurants, beaches and attractions, providing a chance to get to know the real Tenerife.


LANZAROTE Angel Vázquez, minister of tourism promotion for Lanzarote We opened our borders to international visitors in July, but with the UK and Germany normally our


biggest source markets, we had very few tourists coming. Half of the hotels across the islands are already back


in operation, with dozens more bringing forward their reopening dates. The main tourist attractions, shops, bars and


restaurants are also open. Outdoor activities are permitted, beaches and natural swimming pools are open, and locals and visitors comply with the use of face masks and social distancing measures. Lanzarote’s infection rates are well below other destinations’. We launched a specific social awareness campaign to control infection rates among the local population, and implemented an early Covid-19


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detection system through the analysis of waste water. We’re also fortunate to have lots of outdoor space, which makes the island ideal for social distancing. For clients looking for more than just a beach, there


are plenty of activities on offer, from hiking and cycling to surfing, diving and windsurfing.


GRAN CANARIA Carlos Alamo Cabrera, president of the Gran Canaria Tourist Board Gran Canaria is very much looking forward to receiving British tourists again. We have fantastic


relationships with UK tour operators and great air connectivity. We have redesigned the entire end-to-end holiday experience, from the hotels and beaches to restaurants and leisure activities, including measures such as limited capacity, frequent handwashing, use of face coverings and so on. The incidence of coronavirus cases in the Canary Islands is currently the lowest in Spain, with around 50 cases per 100,000. We have been working hard and learnt a lot through these past months to ensure health and safety measures don’t affect the relaxing atmosphere, with the aim of guaranteeing satisfaction for all our visitors.


Stephanie Robins, head of national sales, Cyplon Holidays “From volcanic nature and stunning


sand dunes to family-friendly resorts and luxury hotels, the Canary Islands appeal to an array of customers. We have been busy preparing some luxury offers and we have already seen some fantastic demand.”


Christoph Kiessling, vice-president, Loro Parque Company “Our attractions


have been closed since March, but we’ve continued to care for thousands of animals. We look forward to reopening our doors as soon as the situation allows.”


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