Tragedy In Orzola

At least eight people on an immigrant boat which overturned after hitting the harbour wall in Orzola in the early hours of Wednesday morning have died. Locals and emergency services rescued as many as they could, and a helicopter and drone were scrambled to assist in the search. So far, 28 have been brought safely to shore.

Big Roads Investment Agreed

Total funding of around €3.3 million has been agreed by The Canarian government to support on-going work on Lanzarote’s roads. The project will include the installation of new street furniture on the LZ 1 at Tahiche, cleaning and planting on the access road to the airport, more barriers on the Arrecife to Playa Blanca LZ 2 and improvements on the LZ 3 around San Bartolomé.

Water Supply Affected By Serious Incident

Water in parts of the island has been cut, and the pressure reduced in others this week, following a breakdown at the desalination plant. Work is being carried out to resolve the problem and it is hoped that water supplies will be restored to normal by the middle of the week.

Tourism Figures For October

Lanzarote had 30,000 foreign arrivals in October, double September, but only around 15% of the usual number for the month. British visitors topped the list, with 16,399, followed by those from France with 4701 and 2276 from Germany.

Armas Ferry Breakdown Causes Football Match To Be Postponed

The Armas ferry which connects Lanzarote with Fuerteventura broke down on Sunday. The vessel was carrying the UD Lanzarote team and 50 supporters for the match against UD Gran Tarajal. The issue was the loss of the bow thruster.

Tourism Budget Agreed

Lanzarote’s tourism department has had it’s annual budget confirmed at €4.6 million for 2021. One of the key objectives is to begin to attract new markets, with USA, Canada, Asia and The Middle East mentioned in the document.

New Yaiza Clinic Almost Ready

The new health clinic for Yaiza has completed the construction phase, and the next steps are to equip and furnish it. Two doctors, two nurses, two assistant nurses and two admin staff will be based there.

Netflix Series To Be Shot In Lanzaote

A Netflix original series called Welcome to Eden will be shot in Lanzarote during 2021. The action series will feature scuba diving, but at the this stage it’s not known who the cast will include.

Lanzarote Premium Initiative

Lead by Martinez Group and supported by 120 companies on the island, the Lanzarote Premium initiative was announced this week at Jameos del Agua, in a press conference attended by Dolores Corujo, President of The Cabildo.  The objective is to position “Lanzarote as an exclusive destination, attracting high end tourists who demand select experiences with sustainability.” The first phase is already underway – analysis and understanding of the market.

New Public Parking In Puerto del Carmen

A piece of land in Calle Anzuelo, Puerto del Carmen is to be turned into a public car park, with 65 spaces, as well as electric car charging points. The project is already out to tender.

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