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Lanzarote News In Brief – Week 20

Canary Islands Have Best Internet Connectivity In Europe

97% of homes in The Canaries have internet access, and 83.8% have a broadband service, making the islands not only the most connected part of Spain, but also for the whole of Europe.

Cabildo Begins Process To Declare Lanzarote “Tourist Saturated.”

In a press conference this week, Cabildo President Dolores Corujo said that the process to declare the island a tourist saturated area will begin shortly. The decision is based on the results of a report completed by a team of consultants who have been studying the load capacity of the island. Corujo pointed out that the number of tourist beds has gone from 70 to over 200 per square kilometre in the last 20 years, the population has grown by 51%, and the car fleet has increased from 95,000 to 137,000.

What will follow this decision is a new Island Plan, which will take into account everything that has been learned from the consultancy phase.

More Medals For Lanzarote Wines

Lanzarote wines once again featured well at the 2023 Bacchus Awards Ceremony. Wines from Martinón (Blanco Seco)and El Grifo (George Glas) won gold awards, and Lágrima de Malvasía Volcánica (Lágrima de Malvasía Volcánica Blanco Seco) achieved a silver in the main tastings. Bodegas La Grieta also earned a Gold in the 2023 Small D.O’s National Wine Contest, with its La Grieta Red (night harvest 2021)

Business Confidence At A High

The business confidence index for Lanzarote stands at 82.9 points, the highest in The Canaries. This is based on a number of factors, including whether business owners expect business to improve during the course of the year, as well as how things have gone so far.

84 kmh Gust Recorded

A gust of 84 kmh was recorded on the island on Tuesday. Firefighters were called out to various parts to secure buildings and cables. Part of the glass facade of the Barcelo Hotel in Costa Teguise was damaged, the roof at the gas station in Uga needed to be repaired and telephone and internet lines were brought down in San Bartolomé.

Jet 2 Bringing Back In Resort Check-In

Jet 2 Holidays are bringing back their unique and very popular in resort check-in service for the summer. It will be available in 34 of the island’s most popular hotels, and guest will be able to check in for their flight at their hotel reception and hand their cases over. They will then be able to breeze through to security on arrival at the airport, and their cases will be delivered directly to the aircraft.

Irish Companies Looking To Invest On The Island

A group of Irish business people visited Lanzarote this week, with a view to looking at potential investment opportunities on the island. They enjoyed a welcome presentation at the Chamber of Commerce, met with a Presidential delegation and spent time at the Magma Innovation hub in the capital.

56 Blue Flags For Canary Islands

A total of 56 blue flags were awarded to Canary Island’s beaches for 2023. Lanzarote had seven, including Playa del Reducto in Arrecife, Las Cucharas in Costa Teguise, Playa Dorada in Playa Blanca and Playas Grande, Matagorda, Pila de la Barilla and Los Pocillos in Puerto del Carmen. Tenerife was awarded 14 blue flags, Gran Canaria 13 and Fuerteventura 11.

Yellow Warning For Strong Winds

AEMET has put out a yellow weather warning for strong winds on the island, which are expected to last until Wednesday, with gusts as high as 70kmh. Temperatures are expected to rise, and some dust will be present in the air.

UD Lanzarote Fail to Win Promotion

UD Lanzarote failed to go beyond the first round of the plays offs, losing the two leg tie with UD Villa de Santa Brígada by 2 goals to 1. The Rojillos managed a 1-1 draw in the home leg, but they had previously lost the away leg 1-0.

Electric Catamaran Starts Whale Trips From Puerto Calero

A catamaran which uses electric motors and is equipped with hydrophones, has started whale watching sunset trips going out from Puerto Calero. The boat, operated by We Whale, is designed not to disturb the animals in their natural habitat and is suggesting a 70 or 80% success rate in sightings.

Fred Olsen Orders New Ferry For Playa Blanca – Corralejo Route

Fred Olsen has placed an order for a new Rodman R80 “mini ferry,” which will operate on the Playa Blanca to Corralejo route, offering a passengers only fast service between the island. The line’s existing large catamaran will continue to operate for trucks and cars, as well as for foot passengers.

We’ll add more news here as it comes in……

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