Lanzarote News In Brief – Week 10

Consume Lanzarote Cards Sell Out In Two Hours

This year’s Consume Lanzarote programme, where residents can buy pre paid debit cards at half price, to spend in local shops, sold out in two hours. The sum set aside for the project, which aims to help local businesses by encouraging spending, was €260,000, which means there will be an injection of close to half a million Euros into the local economy over the next two months.

“Environmental Vandalism” At El Golfo

Two tourists have been accused of “environmental vandalism” after they left the clearly marked track at El Golfo and climbed in a protected area in order to shoot a video for social media. “We strongly condemn this type of act and anyone that involves aggression against the environment,” says Nicolás Saavedra, Minister for the Environment, who went on to say that “it is important that we all become aware of the importance of protecting the territory and respecting the laws that are designed for it.”

El Reducto Area Of Arrecife To Be Refurbished

The 250 metre stretch along the beach in Arrecife, Paseo del Reduction, will be refurbished as part of an almost €2 million investment. Surfaces will be changed, electricity cables buried and there will be a substantial planting programme including Flamboya, Coconut and Jacaranda trees.

Big Waves Expected On Tuesday

A weather alert for waves of up to 4 metres is in effect from 0800 on Tuesday morning. They are expected to die down during the course of the day.

Revamp For Playa Blanca Bus Station

The bus station in Playa Blanca will undergo a €140,000 refurbishment, which will include, repainting, resurfacing and the installation of an accessible pedestrian access with dropped kerbs.

Lorry Strike Could Threaten Food Stocks

Update Wednesday 1st March. The strike has been called off after the Canarian Government agreed to open talks with the national government about modifying tachograph rules for the islands. Drivers are back at work as normal this morning.

Lorry drivers across The Canaries went on strike this week in protest at tachograph rules which they say are just not suitable for drivers working on island routes. As most food is transported between the islands on trucks, there is a concern this could lead to food shortages in the next few weeks unless the dispute is resolved

652 Flights Per Week Expected This Summer

The tourist authority has announced the island’s most ambitious summer flight schedules, which add up to over 650 flights per week on average. Most, 149, will be coming from UK, followed by those from the Spanish mainland with 102 per week. The top five are completed with 36 flights from Ireland, 21 from Germany and 20 from France each week.

Record January In Hotel Sector

Hotels in January had their best ever performance for the first month of the year, taking just under €70 Million. A total of 232,000 guests stayed in the island’s 196 hotels, and spent an average of 8 nights on the island. More than 10,000 staff are employed at those businesses.

Thousands Enjoy Carnival In Puerto del Carmen

Thousands of visitors and residents lined the Avenida de las Playas in Puerto del Carmen for the main carnival parade last Saturday, the first since 2019.

Another Big Weekend At Airport

A total of 158 flights came into César Manrique Airport over the weekend, making it one of the busiest ever at this time of year. That figure does not include another 54 inter-island flights.

Bodegas Martinón Win Awards

The Lanzarote based bodega has won two awards at the recent VinEspaña event at Zaragoza this week. They achieved a Gold Medal for their their Blanco Seco and a silver for their Blanc de Noirs.

New Website For Binter

Binter Canarias, the Canary Islands inter island airline, has a new website now, which offers greatly improved usability on all devices, as well as detailed information about the destinations the airline flies to.

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