The number of British tourists visiting the eastern most Canary Island of Lanzarote dropped by just over 17% in January.  According to figures recently released by the Spanish airport operators AENA.  Whilst total foreign visitor numbers fell by 12% year on year.

The AENA figures reveal that British tourist arrivals declined from 66,860 visitors in January 2008 to 55,281 visitors in January 2009.  A fall of 17.32%.

Suggesting that the credit crunch and the deprecation of sterling against the euro have started to bite in the UK – which is Lanzarote´s most important tourist market.

Arrivals from other key markets – such as Germany – also declined.  With only Eire showing an increase in arrivals, albeit by only just over 3%.