We are honoured to welcome you to Routes Africa 2016 in Tenerife. It is a privilege to host a meeting of this calibre for the African aviation community and to be part of one of the region’s most important connectivity events.
Air links are a key element for any destination, but for an island, air connectivity is absolutely vital. Our strategy has been to focus on this like never before. Our goal is to make the island a hub between Europe, Africa and the Americas.
Tenerife currently has direct flights to 150 national and international airports, including our neighbours Morocco and Senegal in Africa and Venezuela in South America.
This is an ideal opportunity to show you why Tenerife is a global success story in the development and sustainability of a tourist destination.
Annually, over 5.2 million international visitors enjoy a unique range of accommodation, natural wonders, theme parks and shopping, to name just a few. We are committed to maintaining our leadership so we work closely with airlines and tour operators.
We believe that we must use our strategic location to become a business platform for international investors as a central gateway to Africa, a continent to which we belong geographically. We are hosting Routes Africa this year because we are keen to play a more prominent role in helping to develop and connect Africa with Europe and the Americas.
Tenerife’s qualities for becoming a hub are indisputable. As well as our key location, companies enjoy the legal security of the European Union and one of the lowest tax rates in Europe. Corporate income tax is 4% compared with 20% on average elsewhere in Europe. Our two international airports carry 12 million passengers a year. We own fibre optic cable connectivity to Africa with a Neutral Access Point and Spain’s second most powerful supercomputer. Our platform, WhyTenerife, backed by public and private institutions, advises and encourages investment.
I wish you a wonderful stay on our island and I hope you will discover some of its many charms.
Thank you for joining us at Routes Africa 2016 in Tenerife.