Lanzarote News In Brief - Week 29, 2017

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Scuba Diving Tourism Increased By 50%

Tourists visiting Lanzarote for Scuba diving totalled 146,000 in 2016, up more than 50% on the previous year. Lanzarote has a total of 36 dive centres offering guided dives and training services. In a press release, The Cabildo points out that divers spend significantly more on island than other types of tourists, averaging €138 per day. The average age of divers visiting the island is 43 years, and visitors come mostly from UK (43%) and Germany (12%) read more »

Lanzarote News In Brief - Week27, 2017

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Final Approval For Dive Station At Playa Chica

The Costas department has finally given approval to the new scuba diving station at Playa Chica in Puerto del Carmen, having investigated a complaint about the project made by an individual. The new station will give changing and showering facilities to some of the 10,000 divers a year who use the site. read more »

“Activate The Crater" Wins Playa Honda Park Concept

No Sun Beds On Costa Teguise Beaches

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We went through this pain in 2013 and 2016 in Puerto del Carmen. In Costa Teguise this happened last in 2013, and here we are in 2017, with no sun beds and no parasols on the beaches. read more »

Lanzarote News In Brief - Week 26, 2017


Increase in accidents partly attributable to mobile phone use

A report appeared in Lancelot Digital this week seeking to find the cause of the increase on road accidents on the island. In 2016, there were 336 accidents, up substantially on the previous year’s 268. 139 people were slightly injured, 21 seriously and 10 people lost their lives. One of the contributory factors is thought to be use of cellphones, not necessarily to make calls, but often to update social media. read more »

Lanzarote News In Brief, Week 25, 2017

Housing Crisis Being Needs To Be Addressed

The case of “Gabriela" who was evicted from her home in Arrecife and protested outside The Cabildo, has sparked debate about the current shortage of residential housing stock on the island. There are many factors - the increase in tourism, with the subsequent increase in holiday lettings, the lack of a cohesive housing plan since 2012, the lack of new build properties, empty properties on the island, often owned by banks, the way the law favours tenants which discourages some owners from renting longer term and the increase in the island’s population. The bottom line is there is a desperate shortage of affordable rental accommodation, particularly in Playa Blanca and Arrecife, so hopefully this issue will be address shortly.

Average of 55,000 Tourists On The Island On Any Given Day

Recent figures suggest there are an average of 55,000 tourists in Lanzarote on any given day, swelling the island’s resident population by a staggering 37% to over 200,000. read more »

Lanzarote News In Brief - Week 24, 2017

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Remodelling Of Avenida Continues

Tias Ayuntamiento has announced plans to continue the remodelling of Puerto del Carmen’s famous “Strip." Specifically, they will be carrying out works in the section around the San Antonio Hotel, to join up with the main avenida and the section around Playa Los Pocillos, adding a bike lane and with the intention of increasing parking in that area. Mayor Pancho Hernandez is aware that the previous work reduced parking in the avenida by some 300 spaces, so an attempt will be made to increase spaces in the new section, but staying true to the general aim of reducing traffic on the strip. read more »

Papagayo Campsite 2017

The Papagayo campsite in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote known as the Área de Acampada de Papagayo, is due to open for the summer on Wednesday 21st June until Sunday 17th September 2017.

Papagayo Camping

The registration form can be downloaded from this link which should be printed, completed and taken in person to the Juventud department on the first floor of the Cabildo de Lanzarote building in Arrecife, from 08:00 to 14:00 on Monday and Tuesday of next week. From 12:00 on Wednesday 21st June 2017 reservations can be made directly at the campsite. read more »

Sports Tourism On The Increase

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Figures out for 2016 show that Sport tourism accounted for 175,000 visitors to the island last year, around 7.5 of the total. The island has for some years had the aim of becoming “The European Sports Destination" and this promotional effort is bearing fruit. read more »

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