News Week 35

Lanzarote News In Brief – Week 35

Tenerife Fire Stabilised

The forest fire in Tenerife has been stabilised, it was reported on Friday morning. This means it is now under control, but fire fighters are remaining in place in case of any further flare ups. Some property owners who were evacuated, have now been allowed to return to they homes.

Three Medals For Lanzaroteños

Daniel González and Saulo Hernández, both from Lanzarote won three medals between them – a silver and two bronxes – at the World Championships for wrestling, held in Warsaw.

More Than 2 Million Visitors To Tourist Centres

Over 2 million people visited Lanzarote’s official visitor centre in the first half of this year, a 21% increase on the same period in 2022.

Thousands Watch World Cup Final On Beach

Arrecife ayuntamiento set up a giant screen on Playa del Reducto in Arrecife on Sunday morning, and thousands watched Spain’s Women’s team win 1-0 against England. Spain has become the first nation to win both the women’s and men’s world cup.

Tour Operator & Travel Agents Billing Up 42.9%

Tour operators and travel agents reported a billing increase of over 40% in the first half of 2023 compared to last year. At the same time, their staff levels have increased by almost 12%.

Ryanair Denounces Airport Tax Increases

The airport authority AENA, has announced plans to increase of 4.06% in landing fees at airports, after a 5 year price freeze. Ryanair, which runs 210 flights per week to 30 destinations from Lanzarote, has asked The Council of Ministers to act to prevent the increase, which it calls “The single biggest threat to tourism since the pandemic.”

Lanzarote is now the 5th most popular destination for Spanish citizens to travel to for their holiday, behind Tenerife, Mallorca, Gran Canaria and Madrid.

“Improvement” In Tenerife Fire

Fire fighters reported an improving situation in the wildfires in Tenerife last weekend, although it remains active and has destroyed 15,000 hectares of forest, crossing 11 municipalities.

Third Heatwave Due

A third heatwave of the summer is expected this week, with temperatures in the high 30’s from Monday onwards, specifically in central parts of the island.

3 Million Kilos Of Grapes Expected

The wineries are predicting that the final count for this year’s harvest will reach 3 million kilos, which is better than expected. The final grapes, Diego and Moscatel are being harvested now, as they are left on the vine longer to increase their sugar content. Prices paid range from €3 to €3.40 per kilo, depending on the quality, and it is expected that around 2 million bottles will be produced.

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

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