Case Study 14. The Canary Islands – Volcanic World Heritage of Spain
Tourism Tourism contributes 32 per cent of the GDP of the islands and there are about ten million tourists a year. Economic growth on the islands has been fuelled mainly by huge foreign investment in tourism real estate and by EU funding. To this investment the volcanoes provide an attractive visual setting, influence the climate and physically have contributed to tourism resources of sand, mountains and hot springs. They also contributed to the world heritage listing of Mt Teide National Park, which reflects the significance of volcanic environments as tourist destinations.