Santa Cruz received 437,106 cruise passengers in the first four months of 2023, which represents an increase of 128% compared to the same period of the previous year, the equivalent of 171,954 more passengers. Likewise, so far this year, 40,000 more passengers have been registered than in the pre-pandemic year, that is, in 2019.
In the same way, the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Development Society, through the Socioeconomic Observatory, has explained that according to the data provided by the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Port Authority, of the almost 440,000 passengers who traveled on a cruise to Santa Cruz , 70% visited the capital of Tenerife, representing 305,974 cruise passengers, broken down into 82,892 in January, 80,020 in February, 81,644 in March and 61,419 in April.
In this sense, from the Socioeconomic Observatory it is indicated that in the first four-month period of 2017, 2018 and 2019 a total of 674,487 people visited Santa Cruz, highlighting the first four-month period of 2019, where the largest number of cruise passengers were received and which represented 267,458 people, while in the same four-month period of 2018, 240,698 cruise passengers were received and in 2017, 166,331 visited the capital.
Likewise, the capital entity states that, with the arrival of the pandemic, the capital reduced the number of visitors by 43%, with 150,497 people visiting the city in the first quarter of 2020, but, after the pandemic, the recovery of cruise tourism in the municipality was progressive, reaching 4,234 cruise passengers in January in 2021, 4,580 in February, 6,569 in March and 8,075 in April.
Regarding the income that the arrival of cruise passengers has brought to the capital of Tenerife, in the first four months of 2023 around 15.8 million euros were registered, representing double the amount registered in the same period of the previous year. For its part, in the pre-pandemic stage, the first four months of 2017 obtained 8.6 million euros; in 2018 there were 12.5 million; and in 2019 a total of 13.9 million euros, which indicates that after the pandemic, the levels of economic recovery rose significantly.
On the other hand, in the month of May six cruise ships arrived in the capital of Tenerife, which had a total capacity of 9,461 passengers and 3,205 crew members. For the summer season, four cruise ships are expected to arrive in June, with a total capacity of 9,137 tourists and 3,160 crew members, two cruise ships in July with a capacity for 3,800 cruise passengers and 1,640 crew members, and three cruise ships in August with a maximum capacity of 9,240 passengers. and 2,900 crew members.
The figures that show the recovery of the sector already began to be glimpsed in the months of November and December 2022, when a significant upturn began to be noticed, with the arrival of 180,999 and 170,508 cruise passengers respectively. A rate of arrivals that has been maintained in these first months of 2023.
Finally, the Socioeconomic Observatory of the Development Society highlights that the trend in the tourism sector is positive and presents figures that are in line with the forecasts of the large study centers, where the Canary Islands lead GDP growth, mainly due to the recovery of tourist activity.
Those interested can consult the cruise forecast for the coming months in Santa Cruz, including schedules and the capacity of crew members and tourists through this website.