All Inclusive Visitors to Tenerife Spend More Money Than Other Tourists

Wed, September 7th, 2011 - By Jack Montgomery

The Tenerife Tourist Board recently released some figures about the holidaying habits of people visiting the island that threw a bit of a spanner in the works regarding popular beliefs about what people do when they visit Tenerife.

Anyone who believes that all Tenerife tourists do is to laze around the pool all day turning a kebab shade of brown whilst sipping a pina colada noisily through a straw and trying to avoid getting the cocktail’s sparkly umbrella caught in their AI wristband might need to think again.


What Tourists do on Holiday on Tenerife
People love to enjoy a bit of R&R on the beach or by the pool. But to all but the most devout sun worshippers, it can get a bit boring after a while. Which is why 53% of visitors like to do something else on their holiday to Tenerife. Top of the list is a visit to one or more of the island’s theme parks like Siam Park in Costa Adeje and Loro Parque in Puerto de la Cruz. Going on a whale and dolphin watching excursion from Los Gigantes, Los Cristianos and Puerto Colón is also a big favourite.

More visitors than you might imagine are a bit more adventurous and leave their resorts to explore the rest of Tenerife with Mount Teide, Masca, Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz, Garachico and La Laguna proving the most popular places to visit.

The biggest majority do it under their own steam with 33% of visitors hiring a car to get around. Organised excursions are popular with nearly 18% of visitors visiting Tenerife’s top spots…but the trend does seem to be towards individual exploration.



Where do Visitors to Tenerife Stay?
Stray in to some local forums on Tenerife and you could be forgiven for thinking that all inclusive hotels were in danger of sucking the life out of the island’s resorts and turning them into ghost towns where you were more likely to stumble across tumbleweed than an open bar. The statistics turn that idea on its head.

Even though a third of Tenerife’s hotels offer all inclusive deals, only 18% of visitors to Tenerife opt for AI. Most people (53%) prefer half board or accommodation only with the rest choosing B&B and full board.



The visitors most likely to stay AI are under 45 years-old and come from Italy, Belgium, Scandinavia, Russia and Ireland. The chances are is that it is also likely to be their first visit to Tenerife. Most returners avoid all inclusive…possibly because they’ve discovered how cheap it is to eat out after that first visit.

The biggest shock of all relating to all inclusive is that holidaymakers staying AI spend more money on average than other visitors on excursions, entertainment and shopping.

When you think about it, it does make some sense. Any money AI visitors bring with them is purely for fun – most holiday spends are used up on meals – so more can be spent on shopping, days out and going to bars with good live acts.

Apparently not everyone treats AI like the Garvey family in the TV series Benidorm.

Posted : Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 at 9:33 am
Category : days out
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One Response to “All Inclusive Visitors to Tenerife Spend More Money Than Other Tourists”

  1. dave brown says:

    In Fuerteventura this summer every hotel was full mainly with AI tourists who were diverted from the middle east because of their protests. Since alcohol is banned outside the resorts it’s a good chance they were AI and the armbands showed it.

    This summer was worse than last despite the fact there were far more people, if you wanted proof of the damage of AI it’s there.

    (53%) prefer half board or accommodation only.

    So what you’re saying is this isn’t actually a report on AI tourists at all.

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