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Lanzarote Tourism Q1 2014

It’s been an excellent start to 2014 for tourism in Lanzarote.

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Thank you for your continued support in visiting Lanzarote, we hope to welcome you back to the island again soon.

We find the statistics about our visitors fascinating, here’s what we know about tourists that visited us during January to March 2014. Plus the results of a tourist survey relating to visitors during 2013.

Airline Passengers

According to the data published by the Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea (AENA) the Canary Islands have had a record quarter with the arrival of more than three million international visitors during January to March 2014. Across the islands the archipelago received 3.127.764 foreign passengers, 321,923 (11.47%) more than the first three months in 2013.

In respect of Lanzarote, the island received 191,752 foreign passengers in March which is 23,894 more passengers than March 2013, an increase of 14.25%.

Lanzarote was visited by 513,485 foreign passengers during January to March, 87,169 (20.45%) more than 2013.

Cruise Passengers

The number of tourists arriving by cruise ship has  read more »

Change of opening hours for the Puerto del Carmen Market

Last Friday, the opening hours for the weekly market in the harbour of Puerto del Carmen changed from the evening to the daytime.

Mercadillo Puerto del Carmen

The Mercadillo de Puerto del Carmen will now open from 10:00 to 15:00 from the 11th April. Deputy mayor and councillor for Culture and Commerce, Jerónimo Robayna explained that the new schedule was in response to a petition from the stall holders who believe they will have more sales during these daytime hours.

The Ayuntamiento of Tías opened the market on Friday the 14th of February 2014. Puerto del Carmen was the only  read more »

Remembering Barbra Plunkett

We were shocked and saddened to hear that our regular writer Barbra Plunkett lost her battle with cancer towards the end of last year.

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Barbra and her husband Robin, together with their cat Nancy, moved to the island in December 2010 – Robin had retired as a college lecturer and Barbra was a Director at the same college.

She contacted us almost as soon as they arrived and we were delighted to have her fascinating posts for the website. They gave our readers a whole new perspective on what it was like here for recent arrivals, the early retired and for vegetarians in Lanzarote. Some of her most popular articles were written from the perspective of Nancy the cat, as she came to terms with her new and very different lifestyle.

This is what Robin had to say to us:

My beloved Barbra (Barbra Plunkett) died on 01 November last.

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Next LADS Production Announced - Another One Bites The Dust

The Lanzarote Amateur Dramatic Society have announced their next production which will take place on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd May.

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It will be a performance of Another One Bites The Dust, a murder mystery play set in the lead up to a music awards ceremony. As always, there will be plenty of audience participation!

LADS performances always sell out quickly, so get your tickets now – either from Coronas Book Shop in Costa Teguise, or by calling Jenny on 609 020 086.  read more »

David Cameron To Holiday In Lanzarote Over Easter

British Prime Minister David Cameron is planning a trip to Lanzarote over the Easter period, according to several Spanish news agencies.

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Initial reports suggested Cameron, his wife Samantha and children Nancy, Arthur and Florence Rose are booked into a front line hotel in Playa Blanca, but it's now being suggested the family are staying in a rural hotel in San Bartolomé. The Camerons have enjoyed Spain several times in the past, having holidayed in Mallorca, Ibiza and Granada.

The island has enjoyed previous visits from  read more »

New lifesaving equipment & services in Puerto del Carmen

Emerlan have been awarded a two year contract to provide life saving emergency services and equipment for the holiday resort of Puerto del Carmen.

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From this year the beaches of Puerto del Carmen and the coastline of Tías will be protected by a team of 20 personnel trained in emergency situations and first aid. The Ayuntamiento of Tías have confirmed that a two year contract with a value of 820,000 euros was awarded to Emerlan, which is extendable by another two.

Puerto del Carmen life saving kitPuerto del Carmen life saving kit

Each of Puerto del Carmen’s blue flag beaches including Playa Grande, Matagorda, Los Pocillos and Playa Chica  will have a defibrillator available for emergency use, the contract also provides for a permanent ambulance and rescue divers.  read more »

Sports Tourism in Lanzarote 2013

A recent study carried out by the Centro de Datos del Cabildo confirmed that 8.7% of tourists visiting Lanzarote during 2013, visited the island for sport.

Ironman Lanzarote 2012

The study showed that a total of 166,745 tourists came to Lanzarote to participate in sporting activities. The UK was the biggest nationality to visit the island for sports holidays / training accounting for 33% of these tourists, Germany was second with 21.3% and Spain 9.9%. Together, these three countries equalled 64% of the 166,745 tourists, visitors from other countries also worth mentioning include Ireland 7.7%, France 5%, Denmark 3.9% & Italy 3.9%. Further analysis of the nationalities found that 68% of visitors from Finland and 52% from Denmark come to Lanzarote for sport, where as just 6.1% of visitors from the United Kingdom cited sport as a reason to visit Lanzarote.

The study delved deeper to better understand the kind of tourists that visit Lanzarote for sports holidays. It was found that 75% of them are  read more »

New French Connections For Lanzarote

Lanzarote airport has inaugurated three new direct routes from France within the past week.

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Smart Wings, the low cost brand of Travel Service initiated a new route between France and Lanzarote on Sunday 30th March. Their Boeing 737 is scheduled to fly over 15 weeks through the summer, carrying 189 passengers to and from Nantes. In total the airline has programmed 30 flights with 5,670 places available from the end of March until October.

On Saturday 5th April, two new flights from Lyon and Paris (Charles de Gaulle) commenced, operated by Europe Airpost. Both routes will operate every Saturday through the summer.

Other airlines offering regular flight connections from Lanzarote to France include  read more »

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