Friday, February 23, 2018

Record Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2018

Plaza de Weyler, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (a bit quieter without carnival revellers!)

At a press conference this week in Santa Cruz, some more data has been released about the carnival that just closed in the city, which they are calling a record carnival with more participation and less incidents. Here's a quick list of what we discovered:

  • More that a million people attended carnival in the streets of Santa Cruz
  • 100,000 people took part in the various contests and parades
  • There was a 14% increase in demand for the 600,000 public transport services 
  • 528 tons of rubbish were collected during the 10 days
  • There were less incidents at the carnival campaign hospital - 620 cases, 11% less than 2017
  • 152,000 cruise passengers made a stop in Santa Cruz during carnival and spent a total of seven million euros between them, 15% more than in 2017
  • Hotels registered record occupation reaching 95% at the weekends and 80% during the week
  • On Shrove Tuesday, the day of the main parade, 11,000 tourists arrived in Santa Cruz in 200 coaches, spent 450,000 euros and bought all 1,600 seats in the stands. (Reports are one tour operator wants all of them in 2019.)
  • Business sponsorship increased almost 100% to reach 600,000 Euros
  • 12 million people visited the Santa Cruz carnival website
  • Almost 11 million people followed carnival on Facebook
  • Seats sold out for the Final of the Murga contests, the Carnival Queen Gala and other contests
  • 50 million viewers watched something of the carnival on televison
Indeed, a fantastic result. Can't wait for 2019!

Carnaval récord en Santa Cruz: más participación, menos incidencias

Photo by Cosimo from es [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Fluent in Spanish and having spent 16 years on the island, Pamela Stocks has now been translating, researching and publishing information on customs and events in Tenerife for 25+ years. This takes a considerable amount of time and effort, for which she receives no payment whatsoever. If you find this work useful or interesting, please buy her a coffee. Buy Pamela Stocks a Coffee

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