Canary Island hotels expected to slash prices this winter thanks to Brexit and Thomas Cook closure – The Sun

BRITS could get a cheap holiday in the Canary Islands this year as hotels are expected to drop their prices during the winter season.

The islands fear a drop in tourist numbers due to the collapse of Thomas Cook as well as falling visitors due to Brexit.

Spanish Confederation of Hotels and Accommodations' (CEHAT) general secretary Ramon Estalella told local media: "Some areas and markets may begin to be at lower levels than in previous years".

He added that it could be the "first winter in four years" where prices will drop in efforts to entice British tourists.

Falling tourist numbers this year have concerned hotels, with a drop by 8.4 per cent in visitor arrivals in September, according to the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

Many Brits are avoiding holidays abroad due to Brexit, with staycations in the UK rising in popularity.

Benidorm hotels have blamed the fear of a No-Deal Brexit behind the drop of British tourists.

CEHAT have claimed that the closure of Thomas Cook could badly affect the islands as well, with a loss of over 250,000 seats until the end of the year – with more than 500 hotels also facing closure in the Canary Islands.

The holiday provider collapsed last month, leaving 150,000 holidaymakers stranded abroad.

However, tour operators and airlines have announced plans to fill the void left by Thomas Cook.

EasyJet is selling package holidays again, with destinations such as Sharm el-Sheikh back on the menu, while TUI have launched two million extra seats next summer.

We've rounded up some great deals for a cheaper last minute holiday this year to the Canary Islands.

Seven nights in Lanzarote costs just £275 per person when travelling next month while a week in Fuerteventura will set you back just £227 per person in December.

A popular beach in Fuerteventura has tourists flocking due to the unique stones which look like popcorn.

However, tourists have been slammed for stealing the "popcorn rocks"  which are damaging the local wildlife at the beach.

An island called Lobos Island in Spain is now forcing tourists to seek written permission to be able to visit.

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