The Centre for Initiatives and Tourism (CIT) of El Hierro this week warned of the decline of tourist reservations, which it claims is a result of the new 75% residents’ discount that now applies to flights from the Canary Islands to the Peninsular.
The CIT explained that this new discount encourages Canary Islands residents to travel to the Peninsular more, as costs are now cheaper, and has resulted in reduced numbers of reservations for those visiting El Hierro.
It is also claimed that tour operators and travel agencies are encouraging local residents to choose Peninsular destinations instead of the other islands.
Therefore, the CIT of El Hierro is demanding this week that the Ministry of Tourism of the Government of the Canary Islands reactivates the promotional campaigns aimed at strengthening holiday destinations in the Canary Islands, as loss of tourist revenue from local residents will significantly affect these islands.
The CIT claims that El Hierro and La Gomera are the main islands that have suffered economic harm since the introduction of the 75% residents’ discount to the Peninsular, as these had previously been very popular with residents from other islands, but who now find it is cheaper to take holidays in Peninsular.
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