2009 Disappointment For Lanzarote
Vacations taken in 2009 has taken quite a drop, and with it many areas which rely to a large part on tourism for their economy have suffered
But for Lanzarote the show goes on - the weather is far better than many holiday destinations in Europe during the autumn and winter months, and the
island is as geared up for autumn and winter tourists as it is for the summer.
But the weather in Lanzarote hasn't been enough to see a slump in the number of holidaymakers deciding to visit - with just a couple of months to go
before year end there could be up to 20 per cent fewer tourists on the island in 2009 compared to 2010.
The economy has taken a direct hit on the number of people taking flights to Lanzarote this year, but with the UK being a major market for the island a
second factor has come into play, giving all countries who have the Euro as their currency a double whammy if a large part of their tourism derives
from the UK.
The British pound has nosedived in value against the Euro, and at times has come close to parity, with a net result that a holiday in Lanzarote has
become significantly more expensive while on the island for British tourists, and this reflects on the number of people looking for Lanzarote information
And the type of holiday in Lanzarote being taken by British tourists has changed for many this year, until recently people were increasingly booking
their flights, hotels and car hire seperately, getting good deals from different internet sites for each component of their trip.
But with the currency exchange being so poor for British tourists many have gone back to old fashioned all inclusive holidays in Lanzarote, where not
only the flights and hotel are booked together, but meals and locally produced drinks are included in the overall price.
Which is good news for the holidaymaker and for tour operators such as Thomson Holidays, as it allowed tourists to keep their spending down while at
the same time it meant they could still go on holiday - but with