Lanzarote News In Brief – Week 23

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More Than 2,000 For Wine Run

Over 2,000 people, from 32 countries, have entered to do The Wine Run, or in some cases The Wine Walk, in La Geria on 15th and 16th June.

40% Drop In Migrant Arrivals

In the first five months of this year, a total of 26 migrant boats arrived in Lanzarote from Africa, bringing 1361 people to the island, a drop of over 40% on the same period last year.

ECO Rally

A new type of motorsport will take place on the island on 12th to 14th July – an ECO rally. Cars will compete in one of three categories – Hybrid, plug-in Hybrid and fully electric. The event will be based at Marina Rubicon in Playa Blanca.

New Passenger Terminals For Arrecife Cruise Port

Work has started on the construction of two cruise passenger terminals in Arrecife, one at Puerto Naos, by the marina, and the other Los Marmoles. The former will be 1100 square metre building, which will have all the facilities to allow cruise ships to use Arrecife as a home port.

FTI Group Files For Insolvency

FTI Group, a German tour and hotel operator, has filed for insolvency this week. The operator is responsible for about 5% of German tourism to the island, but they also own the Labranda chain of hotels, four of which are in Lanzarote – Suite Hotel Alyssa in Playa Blanca, and in Puerto del Carmen, Playa Club, Eldorado and Los Cocoteros.

FTI is the third largest travel agent in Europe, has a staff of 11,000, and owns and manages 50 hotels.

Information is still filtering through and we’ll update here when we know more, but currently the Labranda Hotels website is offline.

The Naked Cyclist

Videos taken by passers by appeared on the social networks over the weekend of a naked cyclist pedalling his bike in the area of Guatiza. The man hasn’t yet been identified in this bizarre story.

Haria To Honour Football Hero

Oscar Vladimir Ramos, who scored the goal for UD Lanzarote, against Real Madrid in the 2001 Copa del Rey match in Arrecife, is to be recognised with a special award in Haria on Fiesta de San Juan. The award is for his services as a professional footballer and coach.

Unemployment Down By 8.3%

Unemployment on the island has fallen by 8.3% over the last 12 months. The total number of people registered as unemployed on the island is 7,766.

Earthquake On La Palma

A small earthquake, with a magnitude of 2.2 was felt on the island of La Palma on Tuesday afternoon. Experts suggest it may have been caused by lava from the eruption two years ago shifting to a new position.

Bosquecillo To Be Refurbished

The picnic area at the bosquecillo, known as the secret forest, in Haria, will be remodelled by The Cabildo in the next few months at a cost of 800,000 €. The remodelling will include new tables and seating, the repair of walls, new barbecues, toilets and general clean up. Security cameras will also be installed.

A Vespa To All 8 Islands

Juan Ramos Rosales, a Lanzarote Firefighter, has completed his “Choleando Canarias en Vespa.” This was a trip around all 8 Canary Islands, which he undertook on his 41 year old Vespa 150. It took a total of 20 days.

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

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