459 Companies Lost In 2020

A total of 459 companies went out of business on the island during 2020. But digging deeper into the figures reveals some interesting facts. All of those losses were in three municipalities – Tias, Teguise and Tinajo. In Haria, Arrecife, San Bartolomé and Yaiza, there were increases, as new companies were started.

Lanzarote Remains At Level 2

In the weekly review, The Canarian government advised that Lanzarote will remain in Level 2 restrictions. Fuerteventura changed from level 3 to 2 and all other islands remained at their previous levels. The government said they would be reviewing the various measures in each level in the next week or so, as Spain moves out of the State of Alarm on 9th May.

Arrecife Seeks To Ban Smoking On Beaches

Ayuntamiento de Arrecife is hoping to ban smoking on beaches in the town, in a bid to clean them up. As part of the same proposed piece of legislation, they will also remove unregistered boats from Charco San Gines, and install new, authorised anchorage points there, in a bid to rescue the current “ mess of ropes.”

Man Snorkeling In Fountain Goes Viral

A video showing a man kitted out with a mask, snorkel and fins, swimming in the fountain pool at Plaza de Leon In San Bartolomé went viral this week. It turned out the stunt was being filmed for a TV commercial for a well known sports retailer.

Club La Santa Re-Opening

Lanzarote’s most well known sports destination, Club La Santa, is re-opening on 20th April. Many parts of the complex and facilities have been renovated and upgrading during the pandemic closure.

Business Sector Opposes New Fish Farms

Business leaders in Lanzarote have voiced concerns over the possibility of fish farms beings installed off the coast of Puerto del Carmen. In a press release they cited the potential for causing pollution to the blue flag beaches of the resort and urged The Cabildo to look at other areas.

Covid Testing For Travellers From Mainland Spain Extended

Since before Christmas, The Canaries have insisted on Covid tests for everyone travelling to the islands from the mainland of Spain, and this has now been extended for the foreseeable future. A total of 324,000 people have traveled to the islands in that period, and 482 positive cases were detected before they left Spain.

Caribbean Volcano May Affect Islands

A sulphur cloud emitted by the erupting volcano in the Antilles is expected to bring a cloud of sulphur over The Canaries early this week. The cloud shouldn’t affect people on the islands, as it is at high level – between 3000 and 5000 metres above sea level, but it may cause interesting skies.

Cabildo Grants Keep Farmers Going

The island’s farmers and Camel owners have benefited from Cabildo support grants during the pandemic, receiving a total of over €220,000 towards feed costs.

Castillo Restaurant Makes Repsol Guide

The Repsol guide is Spain’s most prestigious gastronomy guide, and for the first time, the restaurant at Castillo San José has made it into this year’s edition. The entry mentions “a totally renewed gastronomic offer created under the advice of the Lanzarote chef Orlando Ortega , and a list of local wines and beers that intends to highlight the emblematic products of Lanzarote.”

Fire At Deiland

Deiland shopping centre had to be evacuated on Monday after a fire broke out in a fryer at Burger King. Thee people needed medical assistance, but the fire was brought under control, not before filling the centre with smoke.

Direct Flights To Mallorca

Vueling will be offering direct flights to Mallorca from 19th June. The once a week flight will arrive in Lanzarote at 0920 on Saturday mornings, departing back to Mallorca at 1000.

Jet 2 Delay A Blow To The Islands

Jet 2’s decision to delay starting operations until the end of June has come as a blow to The Canaries. The tourism department had hoped that international travel from UK would start in late May, but a lack of clarity from the UK government has meant Jet 2 have taken a decision to delay at least another month. Jet 2’s CEO Steve Heapy was scathing about the lack of information coming from his government, telling us it takes several weeks to get the aircraft in the right place, crews ready to operate them, and hotel partners ready to accept guests.

Unemployment Drops

The total number of unemployed on Lanzarote dropped in April, for the first time in many months, to 19,732. With the exception of Yaiza, the other six municipalities all showed falls in the number of unemployed. Yaiza increased to 2217, a record number.

La Isla y El Mar Expanding

Puerto del Carmen’s five star boutique hotel, La Isla y El Mar, is expanding onto the lot of land next to the hotel. The extension will allow for the swimming pool area to be extended, will add more luxury suite accommodation, and also provide an underground car park for guests. Martinez Hermanos Corporation, owners of the hotel, have also bought Villas Alondra in Puerto del Carmen, as well as a rural hotel in Macher, adding to their luxury portfolio.

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