Thomson and Thomas Cook Love Tenerife

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Not only is Tenerife in the Canary Isles a popular summer and winter sun destination for us Brits and Irish but the tour operator companies who provide our holidays like them too. Last year Thomas Cook – whose brands include Airtours, Sunset and Neilson – had their annual convention there but this year, the other biggie, TUI- whose brands include Thomson, First Choice and Crystal – are having their big managers meeting there as well.
It’s easy to know why. So popular is the island that nearly a third of all their visitors come from the UK. Add the Irish visitors and we have a substantial impact on the place which explains why it sometimes seems to be like home but with that added Spanish something. Like good weather which has seemed non-existent in our countries this week.
As most of you will know, the south of the island is the most “touristy” part whilst the north has more of the feel of the old life. Increasingly though, Tenerife is attracting those who come for two other reasons. The first is to watch the sealife. 5 of the world’s 7 species of turtles live off the coastline. It is also home to pilot whales who can be seen all year round whilst cavorting bottlenose dolphins can easily amuse visitors. The second is the appeal of space. As we wrote about South Africa yesterday, but with having to go so far, the volcanic landscape outside the main holiday areas has little night light so provides an eerie backdrop to good views of the night skies. Little wonder that a leading world observatory is to be found in the Canaries.
So although it is a year round destination for us, Tenerife is working hard to provide us with extra reasons to visit them.

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