La Gomera has sought to reassure UK agents and operators that 85% of the island’s ecological areas remain undamaged by forest fires and are open for tourists.

The Canary Islands government stressed that the island remains a safe tourism destination with a large part of its ecological beauty still intact.

“Although damage to the ecological area is significant, at approximately 15%, some 85% remains unaltered for use by tourists who wish to enjoy the natural wonders of the island, particularly Garajonay National Park, a World Heritage site,” the government said.

“Similarly, most walkways are open to the public. Those that are closed are cordoned off out of precaution, as the clean up and maintenance work is nearing an end so the walkways can be reopened in suitable conditions for users.”

The La Gomera Island Council tourism department has set up a channel of communication through the website with up-to-date information specifically aimed at operators and visitors.

A ‘frequently asked questions’ section about the forest fires on the island has been included, with answers in Spanish, English and German.

The Canary’s government said: “We would therefore like to stress that visitors can continue to enjoy the beauty and charm of the large areas of laurel forest that characterise the interior of the island, including the recreation areas and cycle tracks, as well as the coastal areas, beaches and other activities the Biosphere Reserve of La Gomera has to offer.

“As far as tourism is concerned, the situation is perfectly normal for anyone who is considering the island for their holidays or already has a booking, so they can enjoy themselves and relax in optimum conditions.”