Lanzarote News In Brief – Week 19

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April Was Warmest Since Records Began

April 2024 was the warmest one in The Canaries since records began 63 years ago. The average temperature was 2.7 degrees higher than usual and the highest temperature recorded was 35.5 degrees in Tinajo.

The month was also the 12th driest in history, with rain only falling on two days.

Binter Expands Connections With Morocco

Binter Canarias has announced a new service Ouarzazate, the “Gateway to The Sahara,” in the High Atlas of Morocco. The new route will initially be available through July and August, departing from Las Palmas. They are also increasing their flights to Tangier to two per week in the summer.

Visitor Centre Price Increases Result In Drop In Numbers

It’s no surprise that the increase in the entry price for the main attractions resulted in a 5% drop in numbers visiting them. But it drove an astonishing 50% increase in revenue. At Timanfaya, the most visited of all, numbers fell by 13,481 in the quarter but revenue increased by 72%. The income is also shared to the municipalities, so Yaiza, Haria and Tinajo will receive a total of just over 300K €. Ángel Vázquez, in charge of Art, Culture and the Tourism Centres of Lanzarote, said: “These numbers reflect the success of a measure that will allow us to generate greater wealth for Lanzarote and, simultaneously, reduce the pressure on César Manrique’s work.”

Warm This Week

Temperatures will move in the 30’s this week, with moderate north easterly winds expected.

Companies Sanctioned For Arranging Event In Protected Area

Two companies, one from Barcelona and the other from Puerto del Carmen have been sanctioned for staging an “Influencers” event in a protected area of La Geria. The companies invited around 50 influencers to a party in the area, and erected tents, giant logos, and had a DJ playing. The party, which was scheduled to run again for two more days over the weekend, was stopped on the first day by environmental officers.

President of The Cabildo, Oswaldo Betancort said: “We will not allow our protected spaces to be used by unscrupulous people to gain followers on social networks at the cost of deteriorating our landscape. That’s going to end immediately.”

Tourist Visitors Up Across Spain

Spain as a whole welcomed more than 6.3 million visitors March, up 21% on the same month last year. Visitors to The Canaries were up 18.9%.

Ferrer Closes Shop In Calle Real

The iconic clothing retailer closed it’s shop in Calle Real, Arrecife at the weekend, for the last time. The Ferrer family opened the business in the 1960’s, and it grew to become a fashion reference for the island, employing up to 80 staff. Smaller branches were opened in the resort areas, and they will remain open going forward, according to CEO Pedro Ferrer Junior.

New Logo And Brand For Lanzarote

Lanzarote’s new logo and byline “La Isla Diferente” was presented to the press at Jameos del Agua last weekend, by President of The Cabildo, Oswaldo Betancort, and a team from the tourism department. The new logo is described as modern, minimalist and versatile.

Explaining the new brand, the team said:

The three pillars of the brand: sustainability, nature and quality, are the backbone of the brand and reinforce the positioning of the island expressed in the brand claim. This sustainable, landscape and service “difference” makes it unique and singular, hence the concept “The different island.”

The logo symbol is an interpretation of the island’s unique landscape, reinvented in a modern key. Illuminated by a palette of magnetic and luminous tones, directly inspired by the wealth natural and artistic nature of the island, refers us to the cultural legacy of César Manrique, fusing the concept of nature and art.

The main brand is accompanied by the stories corresponding to the five sub-brands of Lanzarote Tourism: Lanzarote Sports Destination, Lanzarote Convention Bureau, Lanzarote Music Festivals, Lanzarote Film Commission and Lanzarote Superyacht Destination.

Yaiza Asks E Scooter Operators To Remove Them

Yaiza town hall has asked the operators of the E Scooters in Playa Blanca to remove them within the next ten days. They are working on a new set of ordinances, and will then consider new applications by companies to supply scooters for public use. Under Spain’s new VMP law, they must be registered, not used on roads and riders must wear a helmet.

UD Lanzarote In The Play Offs

Both UD Lanzarote and US Yaiza will be in the play offs for promotion after the season ends. The two teams play each other on Sunday 12th May, with a place in the Copa del Rey at stake, which is automatic for the team that finishes second in the league.

Statue Commissioned For The Barber Of Haria

Haria ayuntamiento has commissioned a bronze life size statue of Ladislao Rodríguez Bonilla, ‘El mudo de Haría’. Ladislao, now retired, remains one of the most popular residents of the town. The statue will be placed in the Plaza.

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