Tourist figures for the first three months of this year show an increase to more than 1.258 million visitors, which is 8.8 per cent up on the same three months of 2010 year.

Figures for April are expected to show an even bigger increase due to the Easter holidays.

President of the Tenerife Cabildo, Ricardo Melchior stated that the rise in figures was mainly due to the crisis in North Africa and the Middle East, but estimated that without the problems figures would still be up to around 5 per cent