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Important Meeting in English for Campaigners against Repsol Oil Drilling in the Canary Islands

The Office for Global Action (OAG) has invited all English speaking people against the Repsol oil drilling campaign to attend a special meeting this Thursday evening.

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The campaign against oil in the Canary Islands has reached a critical point in the conflict and requires a very intense plan of actions for activities during October. There will be a massive mobilisation of demonstrations on all islands, in Spain and Europe on Saturday 18th of October.

The meeting has two agenda points:

1. Discussion of  read more »

Tourist Information Office in Playa Blanca

Gladys Acuña, Mayor of Yaiza announced that the holiday resort of Playa Blanca in Lanzarote is to have it’s own Tourist Information Office during her speech at the International Tourism Day celebration on Saturday.

Gladys Acuña courtesy of Ayuntamiento de Yaiza Lanzarote

The mayor revealed in her speech that funds of 50,000 euros have already been allocated to the refurbishment of the antigua casa del maestro which is situated next to the library. Acuña stated that “the kiosk that is actually functioning as the information point is totally  read more »

Social Media For The Over 50's

Our very own Mike is running a social media training session for the over 50's at Sun Park Living on Tuesday 7th October. 

The training will be half a day and very interactive. If you're someone who spends extended periods in Lanzarote, social media could be right up your street:

You'll learn how to:  read more »

  • Stay in touch with family and friends "back home"
  • Choose the right platform for you and get

Club Lanzarote Desalination Plant in Playa Blanca Seized

President San Ginés stated “The intention is that more than 6,200 residents and around 9,000 tourist beds in the area of Montaña Roja will be supplied at the same conditions of quality and price as the other residents and businesses on the island”.

Montaña Roja in Playa Blanca

From today the hydraulic infrastructure that supplies water to the residents of the area of Montaña Roja in Yaiza has been seized on behalf of the Consejo Insular de Aguas for the Consorcio del Agua de Lanzarote.

Early this morning the Consejo Insular de Aguas, a body competent to grant concessions, authorisations, certifications and other acts relating to water, accompanied by the Consorcio del Agua de Lanzarote presented the Plan Parcial de Montaña Roja with documentation to seize the desalination plant, sewage treatment plant, two regulatory deposits, eight pumping stations and 50 km of water supply & sanitation network that form part of the hydraulic infrastructure of the Plan Parcial for the south of the island that caters for 6,249 residents and more than twenty hotel and complexes with 9,000 tourist beds.

The execution of this procedure has arisen due to “the situation of absolute irregularity of the desalination plant, that are selling water to third parties without authorisation and the corresponding concession” indicated the Island’s President, Pedro San Ginés, adding that “thus we comply with current legislation, after the requirement to cease this activity effected by the Consejo Insular, and respond to the many complaints from residents of this zone, as well as the Diputado del Común”.

Club Lanzarote SA obtained authorisation from the Consejo Insular de Aguas in 2004 to produce water for personal use only, and not for sale. Years later in 2012, the company  read more »

Lose Your Old Football Boots And Trainers For Charity

You can get rid of your old trainers or football boots, and help orphaned children in Gioto School in Kenya. The boots and shoes (all sizes please) will be sent to Kenya for the children to use. They have been running a program called “No school=no football” as a way to encourage the kids to attend school classes, giving them the education they deserve.

Trainers  read more »

Family Church moving to the Hotel San Antonio

The Family Church in Lanzarote will be holding services from their new location in Puerto del Carmen from the first week in October.

Church bells in Lanzarote

Members of this International Evangelical Church come from a range of denominations including Church of Scotland, Baptist and Pentecostal.

Sunday evening services will commence from the Hotel San Antonio on the Avenida de Las Playas by Playa Los Pocillos on Sunday 5th October 2014. The weekly service will be held in  read more »

Gay Airlines - The Fallout

We wrote about the whole Gay Airlines “scam” as soon as it came to light at the end of August. Today I met with  one of several unfortunate victims. He was hired by “Richard Essen” who we now know is Eduard Richard Streur, to work for the company that never actually existed. Attracted by a promised excellent salary and benefits package, he worked for six weeks without pay, and was instructed to give up his previous job to concentrate full time on the new position. Along with others, he was taken on by the company to look after all the entertainment for the planned influx of gay visitors being brought to the island on three privately chartered aircraft from the mainland of Europe. This included setting up a house band, and they even had conversations with Holly Johnson’s manager in the hope of landing him as the special celebrity entertainer for their arrival.

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Eduard Richard Streur

He told me: “It all seemed so plausible at the beginning, and it was fabulous to be part of an exciting new venture, with a responsible job. Richard gave the appearance of being seriously rich, and talked often about moving €20 Million from Holland to a bank account here to fund everything.”

Several other people had been taken in similarly.  read more »

Summer 2014 Tourist Figures for Lanzarote

It’s been an incredible summer for Lanzarote, the island has reported the best tourism figures for the last decade.

Playa Dorada in Playa Blanca 

Airport Passenger Figures

Lanzarote’s Arrecife airport was listed as the 9th busiest in Spain with more than 3.95 million passengers arriving from January to August, it’s believed that the airport will move up to 8th position once the season in Ibiza finishes.

According to AENA (Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea) Lanzarote received 17.9% more foreign passengers than July 2013. The total number of visitors passing through Arrecife airport in July was 193,677 which is 29,398 more than during the same period the previous year. In the first seven months of 2014 the island has received 1,204,957 tourists, which is up 18.63%.

Deputy Minister for Turismo del Gobierno de Canarias, Ricardo Fernández de la Puente commented that the data “is meeting the expectation in arrivals of foreign visitors and that the islands are going to have a good summer without the evolution of peninsular tourism”.

The island received 190.928 foreign passengers during August, this is 21,272 more tourists than last year, equating to an increase of 12.54%. The year to date figures are up 17.75% compared to 2013 with 1,395,885 foreign passengers over the eight months from January to August.

Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea (AENA) confirmed that the Canaries as a whole have received 12.7% more foreign tourists in August with 946,927 travellers arriving from outside of Spain. That’s 7,517,938 foreign passengers over the first eight months of the year.

Hotel Occupancy

July recorded the highest occupancy of tourists visiting Lanzarote so far this year  read more »

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