Eco Cruise Ship Docks In Arrecife

AidaNova, dubbed the “eco” cruise ship, because she runs on liquified natural gas, docked in Arrecife last week. With 5,200 passengers and 1650 crew, she is also one of the largest ships to have visited the island.

Third Modernisation Plan Approved for Costa Teguise

The third modernisation plan, with a total investment of €170 Million, which comes from both government and private investment has been presented. Plans include two five star properties for the resort, parking for 200 more cars, plans to develop the old Toca Sport complex and to renovate some of the older complexes. The overall aim is not to increase the number of tourist beds, but to improve the quality.

Big Win On Private Lettings

The supreme court has ruled that the proposed new letting law should not contain the clause restricting owners of properties in tourist areas from applying for a licence for short term letting. In the ruling they stated that the clause was “contrary to the principle of freedom of enterprise guaranteed by the Spanish constitution.

Coast Guard Scrambled Over Oil Slick Fear

Bathers on some of Lanzarote’s beaches reported small “balls” of oil appearing on the beaches. A helicopter and coast guard vessels searched the ocean around the island, but found no sign of a slick. The oil balls may have been brought ashore in very rough seas from deep in The Atlantic.

5 Star Lava Beach Hotel Nears Completion

The Lava Beach Hotel in Matagorda is planning to open on 1st February. The 154 room hotel will become Puerto del Carmen’s second 5 star property. The investment in the new build has been around €30 Million and has included “eco” energy management, using geothermal technology.