Canary Islands resort to new tourism

Canary Island Resort in London is taking another look at whether it can lure visitors back to the island, as the tourism sector is struggling with a lack of visitors and a falling number of visitors.

The Canary Wharf resort, which opened in March, has already attracted the likes of singer-songwriter Jess Glynne and a host of other celebrities.

But it faces the challenge of trying to attract more of the island’s 2 million people, who are now living and working in the capital, who might want to take a dip in the nearby waters.

Canary Wharves, which will become the first new hotel on the island in more than 50 years, said the hotel was considering an expansion to take up to 500 guests, a number that would be more than double the current number of tourists.

Canaries Wharf is owned by London-based hoteliers Royal Atlantic and Royal Caribbean.

Its development is one of a string of new hotels on the Isle of Canaries that are also aimed at attracting tourists, with the likes a golf course, a cruise ship terminal and even a new shopping centre.

But there are concerns that a tourist influx would undermine the local economy.

The tourist industry has been battered by the economic crisis and by a record drop in the number of holidaymakers, which has prompted hoteliers to reduce the number and price of accommodation on the islands.

The island has seen a sharp decline in visitors, but tourism was up by more than 10 per cent in the first six months of this year.

And the decline has been even sharper in recent months, with a total of 5,500 tourists visiting in the last six months, compared with just over 1,000 in the same period last year.

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