Lanzarote News In Brief – Week 46

Updates To Arrecife Cruise Terminal

Construction will soon start on two cruise terminals in separate locations in Arrecife, which will have space for several ships simultaneously. The cruise terminal in Naos will be a one-story building covering 1,106 m2, dedicated to both transit and homeport operations.

The cruise terminal in Los Mármoles will be a modern modular facility spread across 556m2, with a capacity for three cruise ships. This setup will also include a satellite cruise terminal of 426 m2, to provide auxiliary services to both guests and crew members.

According to numbers released by CLIA, every 24 cruise guests support one full-time job, and on average, each guest spends €660 in port cities during a typical seven-day cruise, so assuming 5 stops, they will spend €132 in each.

Long Term Rental Increases

The price of long term rents on properties in the Province of Las Palmas, of which Lanzarote is part, have increased to an average of €10.47 per square metre, making the province the fifth most expensive in Spain for property rentals. A shortage of residential properties is being blamed largely on the amount being made available for holiday letting by some parties.

Canaries GDP Forecast Above National Average

The institute of statistics has predicted that the GDP of the islands will grow by 2% next year, compared to a national average of 1.7%.

Yellow Warning For Big Waves

The government weather department has issued a yellow warning for big seas, which are expected to lat until Wednesday this week, waves could be 4 to 5 metres, pushed by winds of 50 to 60KMH.

Proposed Increase In Prices At Tourist Centres

The new team in charge of the official tourist centres is proposing sweeping increases in entry fees. They are hoping to increase the price of entry at Montañas del Fuego to €20, and Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua to €15. The proposed rates have been put forward to the board for approval.

Special Christmas For Arrecife

This year is the 225th anniversary of the founding on Arrecife, and plans are in place to make it a special Christmas, with a Christmas market, and several celebrations planned for Charco San Ginés. A full programme of events will be announced soon.

A €300 million investment into the islands has been announced by BeetleSat, a direct competitor for Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet service. BeetleSat will launch around 100 satellites into orbit, and the whole system will be controlled from new offices, thought to be in Las Palmas.

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

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