January Tourist Numbers Exceptional

In January, the islands welcomed 760,000 international tourists, a massive 777% increase on the same month last year. The length of stay also increased considerably, making The Canaries, the most popular destination in Spain.

Covid Test Centre In Arrecife To Be Removed

The Covid test centre at Recinto Ferial in Arrecife is to be taken down over the next two days in order to free up the space for carnival celebrations, which take place in the capital from 11th to 23rd March. The so called “Autocovid,” drive through test centre, has been in operation since September 2020.

Capacity Restrictions To End

All Covid restrictions on capacities for bars, restaurants, sporting and cultural events in The Canaries will end on 7th March, for islands in levels 1, 2 and 3. Lanzarote is in Level 2 currently.

New Automated Test Equipment For Arrecife Hospital

Arrecife hospital now has a high performance PCR test machine that is able to process up to 1440 tests in 24 hours for Covid, but also for Hepatitis, HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.

New Car Sales Up 156% In February

New car sales in Lanzarote in February were 156% up on the same month last year, reflecting the bounce back of tourism and the island’s economy.

Crime Rate Falls Again

Lanzarote’s crime rate fell by 5.7% last year compared to 2020. A total of 5,843 criminal offences were recorded during the year. 41% of all cases recorded were in Arrecife. There were no murders on the island in 2021…..

But….Man Dies After Being Stabbed In Arrecife

A 56 year old man died after being stabbed in Arrecife on Monday evening this week. Two men, aged 18 and 33 have been arrested. The stabbing took place in a house that had been considered a drug den.

Dolphin Dies In Playa Blanca

A beached dolphin died in Playa Blanca on Monday, despite the best efforts to push it back into the sea. The body will be taken for an autopsy to establish the cause of death.

Tenerife Hit Hardest By Cancellation Of Russian Flights

Tenerife is the island with the highest number of Russian visitors each year, and the cancellation of flights from Russia and Ukraine will mean the loss of around 60,000 visitors to the island this year.

Strong Winds Bring Palm Down And Cover Entrance To Famara

Strong winds over the weekend brought down a palm in Costa Teguise, and blocked the entrance to Famara with sand.

Hotel Owners Still Fighting To Get Tax Back From Thomas Cool Failure

Canarian hotel owners are still fighting to at least recover the IGIC tax from invoices that were never paid to them when Thomas Cook went into liquidation. Mainland hoteliers were able to recover the IVA tax on their bills, but so far, there has been no movement on IGIC.

PP Pushing Cabildo To Open Papagayo Campsite All Year

The Partido Popular has asked the government to consider opening the Papagayo campsite all year round, starting with the re-opening this easter. Councillor Jacobo Medina, when making the suggestion said: “it is totally incongruous that on an island where camping has traditionally been a form of leisure and in which in recent years the use and taste for caravans and motorhomes have skyrocketed, it is practically impossible to practice the activity due to the obstacles and prohibitions established by the regulations of territorial planning.”

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