Lanzarote Hotels Association Expresses Concern About Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook’s recent profit warnings have caused concern among Lanzarote’s hotels association. Around 20% of the British visitors to the island come on a Thomas Cook holiday, and several large hotel groups are owed more than €1 Million by the travel company. The hotels are seeking to reduce Thomas cook’s level of debt with them by at least 5%.

Local Gin Wins Awards

Ave del Paraiso, which is a gin made in Uga by Roberto Acuña has won a silver and two bronze awards at the prestigious International Wines & Spirits Competition. The gin is made from local ingredients and just tastes of “Lanzarote.”

El Gordo On Sale

Tickets for Spain’s Christmas lottery, El Gordo, are on sale on the island. The major attraction is that it’s the highest paying out lottery in the world, and has been running uninterrupted since 1812. You can buy full tickets, or “Decimos,” which are a tenth of a ticket. Around €6 Million will be spent on tickets in Lanzarote this year.

Cabildo Invests In Making Arrecife A Christmas Shopping Choice

The Cabildo has announced a plan to revitalise the centre of Arrecife in the lead up to Christmas to encourage residents and visitors to visit the capital to make their Christmas purchases, as opposed to ordering online. The plan includes visits from Santa Claus, musicians playing in the streets, puppet shows and the installation of flowerpots containing poinsettias and fir trees.

Airport Traffic Steady In November

Lanzarote airport matched last year’s record traffic for the month of November, with over 600,000 travellers. Overall the airports of the islands have shown an increase of 3.1% compared to last year’s traffic, but that growth has all been from the mainland of Spain, while international traffic has fallen slightly.

Toxic Spillage In Tahiche

One side of the dual carriageway was closed on Thursday after a truck spilled aluminium hydrochloride onto the road on a roundabout. Firefighters initially drenched the road with water until a specialist company arrived to clear the spillage. Although an alert situation was declared, there was no risk as the spillage took place in the open air.

Work Begins On Atlantic Park In Playa Blanca

Work has begun this week on the new leisure project for Playa Blanca, between Avenidas Canarias and Faro Pechiguera. The 58,000 square metre park will have tennis and paddle courts, a playground, walking and cycling areas, changing rooms and a bar. The project will cost €2.1 Million and work should be completed within four months.

Jet 2 Celebrates 10th Anniversary Of Flights To Lanzarote

Jet 2 celebrated the anniversary of its first flight to Lanzarote, from Manchester, this week. In the last ten years, they have flown 6,500 times to the island, bringing around 2.5 million passengers here, and they now have a permanent base on the island. The airline currently flies to Lanzarote from 9 destinations – Belfast, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester and Newcastle.