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Tenerife promotes sustainable future

Main objective at WTM is to facilitate increase in British tourists, says Tenerife government. By Anthony Pearce

Tenerife’s main tourism objective is to promote sustainable holidays to British tourists, the new government has said.

The president of the Tenerife Island Government, Pedro Manuel Martín Domínguez, said he would be working closely with hoteliers to increase the island’s sustainability.

He said this involved managing coastlines, “protecting and regulating fauna, and working together with whale and dolphin-watching organisations.”

He said that tourists can be safe in the knowledge that their holidays are green, and “should know that Tenerife is 80 per cent protected areas.”

Domínguez said dealing with aviation issues and the failure of Thomas Cook had dominated business since they came to office two months ago.

Earlier in the year, Ryanair announced the closure of their bases in Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, and Girona on mainland Spain.

He said these factors had so far resulted in a small decrease in the number of British tourists visiting.

He added that the government’s “main aim at World Travel Market was to agree contracts to increase or maintain the number of British tourists”.