The Canary Islands is set to end the year with a record number of visitors.

More than 14 million tourists are expected to visit the archipelago, according to the Regional Ministry of Tourism, Sport and Culture based on the latest figures provided by the Canary Islands Statistics Institute (ISTAC), in comparison to the 13 million visitors who were welcomed to the islands last year.

The UK remains the biggest European market for the destination and it has been reported that the number of visitors has increased dramatically in the recent years and over the last few months.

The total number of British Tourists from January until June 2016 has seen an increase of 18.4% compared to same period in 2015.

Mariate Lorenzo, regional minister for Tourism, Culture and Sports for the Canary Islands, explained: “Bearing in mind that 13.3 million tourists came in 2015 and that up until June 741,540 more visitors have visited, we can already predict that 14 million tourists will have visited by the end of 2016. We are delighted to see that the initiatives to improve air connectivity and the campaigns in markets where the islands have huge growth potential, such as the UK, France and Italy as well as on the Spanish mainland are clearly motivating the different sectors with products that match their expectations”.

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