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El Tonelero Sculpture

"El Tonelero",  meaning "The Cooper", is a new sculpture that was just unveiled on the evening of the 2nd of December in San Bartolomé.

 Sculpture Sculpture and the man himself

It's located on the roundabout on the Avenida Alcalde Antonio Cabrera Barrera at the intersection with Calle Dr. Severo Ochoa.   read more »

Lanzarote News In Brief - Week 49, 2016

Former Playa Blanca Mayor Jailed

Playa Blanca

José Francisco Reyes, the former mayor of Yaiza has been sentenced to 19 months imprisonment and disqualified from holding public office for a period of 9 years and three months. Reyes was found guilty, along with two officers from the technical office, of “Urban Prevarication” relating to licences granted for various projects in 2005.  read more »

Brief News From Lanzarote - Week 48, 2017

Teguise Food Festival A Success

Saborea

Last weekend’s gastronomic food festival in Teguise attracted around 20,000 people, who enjoyed 120,000 tastings, about 25,000 more than last year. The festival this year was dedicated to the sea and sustainable gastronomy. This year’s was the sixth running of the event.  read more »

Hotel Fariones Closing On Monday For Refurbishment

The Truth About The Lanzarote Dolphins At Rancho Texas

Unfortunately, there has been a real lack of information about the new dolphinarium at Rancho Texas since the work there was approved some time ago. As often happens, this has lead to much speculation, and many incorrect stories being cast around by uninformed people.

Dolphins Lanzarote

We haven’t commented until now, because we were keen to understand the full facts, and we present them here, without bias, so that readers can make up their own minds.  read more »

Lanzarote News In Brief - Week 44, 2016

Shearwaters Returned To Natural Habitat

Pardelas 1

In a Cabildo sponsored campaign, more than 2014 shearwaters have been returned to their natural habitat in La Graciosa and Famara. The young birds had all been inured attempting their first flights, and after a period of rehabilitation, were successfully returned to their nesting areas.

Four Injured On Are Lingus Flight To Lanzarote

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Lanzarote News In Brief - Week 43, 2016

British Hiker Dies After Fall

Roja

A 72 year British male died this week while mountain walking near to Playa Blanca. He suffered a cardiac arrest following a fall, and despite being helicoptered to Arrecife Hospital, he could not be revived.  read more »

Two More Rescued From Risco Trail

Lanzarote News In Brief - Week 42, 2016

Local Man Arrested As Part Of Ponzi Scheme

Ponzi  read more »

Are Alpharooms In Trouble?

Update 20th October at 16.30

Breaking news is that Alpharooms has been sold to Truly Travel, as suggested yesterday. Hopefully this will result in a cash injection which will result in any outstanding customer issues with non payment of hotel bills being resolved very quickly.

It looks like the company will no longer offer flight sales. Over the last few days all references to selling flights have been removed from their website. 

Truly Travel are London based and own Teletext Holidays.

You can read more details and some financial information here:  Travel Weekly Alpharooms

Update 19th October at 13:30

Reports have appeared on Spanish Tourism website Preferente.com that Alpharooms are in negotiations with London based Truly Travel. The report suggests Truly Travel have until noon tomorrow in order to agree a deal, which might explain the silence from Alpharooms.

It goes on to mention “payment difficulties” in recent months and suggests a capital injection would remove doubts about the business.  You can read the full article here:  http://www.preferente.com/noticias-de-agencias-de-viajes/on-line/alpharooms-com-negocia-su-venta-al-grupo-britanico-truly-travel-262845.html

Update 19th October 13:00

This is an update that isn’t really an update! There’s simply no information coming from Alpharooms, and they are not responding to press enquiries.
It appears they are no longer offering flights for sale on their website.

From reading social media comments, it seems that some people’s hotel bills have now been paid, but more and more are coming forward on Facebook and Twitter with the same problem. Somebody called “Jake” is responding to many Tweets, but nobody is responding on Facebook.

Many comments from disgruntled clients on their Facebook page have been deleted, and their last actual post on Facebook was on 17th October.
Their last Tweet (other than responding to people) was also on 17th October.

We’re aware that some hotels are telling their clients that Alpharooms have gone into liquidation.

Money Saving Expert published this:   http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/travel/2016/10/alpharooms-hotels-not-paid

 

So far, there has not been any kind of statement from the company apart from the one posted to Facebook on 17th October blaming a technical issue and suggesting bookings had been cancelled in error. Neither ABTA nor ATOL have issued any information.

The hope must be that it was indeed a technical issue, and that they are now busy making sure everyone’s hotel rooms are paid for. But with all the rumours online, and with so many disgruntled and worried customers shouting about their problems, I just cannot fathom why the company has not issued a clearly worded statement telling everyone what is happening.

 

Original Article

We’ve had news from Lanzarote visitors this evening that they arrived on the island today, having booked their stay with Alpharooms, only to be told their accommodation has not been paid for by the travel website.

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