The Canarian economy is characterized by the great importance of the tertiary sector, representing over 80% of total GDP, based on tourism, trade and construction.
The primary sector is mainly focused on the banana, it's the Eurpean region with the highest level of bananas production. It can also be hightlighted the production of tomatoes, flowers, potatoes and wine.
Industry is mainly focused on the energy and water sector, food products, tobacco processing and some other light industries.
As a territory of the European Union, most exports from the Canary Islands are adressed to its member countries. In the last years, it has increased the share of exports to other continents like Africa and Asia.
The islands have a high quality tourist offer. Its privileged geo-strategic position, its wonderful climate, described as "the best climate in the world", together with its beautiful landscape and the quality of their services, have made them as the leading tourist destination in Europe: more than 12 million tourists in 2009.