Arrivals & Occupancy Figures March 2015

Arrival figures are up for Lanzarote, we received 195,055 foreign passengers in March, an increase of 1.82% compared to March 2014. In the first three months of this year the island has received 527,727 foreign passengers at Arrecife airport, which is 14,242 (2.77%) more than the first quarter of 2014.

St Patricks Day Parade Puerto del Carmen

The Canary Islands as a whole received 1,108,667 foreign passengers during March which was a drop of 1.72% visitors compared to the same month the previous year, which amounted to 19,376 less passengers according to AENA. However the total number of foreign passengers to the seven islands during the period January to March 2015 was a record breaking 3,156,574 in the first quarter of this year, which is an increase of 0.92% or 28,810 more passengers than in 2014.

Ricardo Fernández de la Puente Armas, the Deputy Minister of Tourism for the Canary Islands commented “ this was the second best month of March in history, after the record March of last year.” He reiterated that “Canaries, without a doubt, are experiencing a good tourism moment, maintaining positive figures, despite the slight decrease in March, the accumulation of the first three months of 2015 broke historical record”.

According to a  read more »

Lanzarote News In Brief - Week 16

Here’s the brief news for this week from Lanzarote.

Cabildo Announces 3 New Electric Vehicle Charging Points


The new charging points will be located in Monumento al Campesino, the village of Arrieta and in front of the bus station in Playa Blanca. The total investment of €135,000 is part of Lanzarote’s “Strategy 2020” with the aims of reducing  read more »

Papagayo Campsite 2015

The campsite at Papagayo in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote is expected to open for 4 months this summer.

Papagayo Campsite

Pitches should be available from the 29th of May, right through until the 30th of September for 2015. The campsite must be booked in advance through the Cabildo, the same system as last year. Previously the campsite has had 155 pitches, this has been expanded to 230 pitches for the new summer season. Demand is high as this is the only official campsite for campers and caravans in Lanzarote, there is a second one for tents on the beach at La Graciosa.

The price for a caravan is €7 per night, and a tent €4 per night. The Cabildo are covering the maintenance costs of the campsite this year.

Reservations are expected to open in  read more »

ASOLAN Raise Concern Over Modernisation Plan Delays

The Business Association of Hotels & Apartments in Lanzarote (ASOLAN) recently highlighted the shortfall of projects completed in respect of the Modernisation Plan.

La Galea Renovation

The issue was raised by Susana Pérez, the head of ASOLAN to Paulino Rivero, the President of the Canary Islands.  Only a third of the forty seven projects planned to modernise tourist facilities in Lanzarote have been executed to date.

There seems to be a particular problem in the municipality of Teguise, as only 3 of 13 modernisation projects approved for the holiday resort of Costa Teguise have actually been implemented. These three projects include the swimming pool at Santa Rosa and renovation of the Oasis and La Galea hotels.

Puerto del Carmen on the other hand have implemented  read more »

Looking For Matthew Deakin

A concerned friend is looking for Matthew Deakin. Originally from Bournemouth, Matthew lived on the island in the early part of 2014 and was offering a service providing 360 degree panoramic videos for properties here through his website It’s thought he may have moved to Gran Canaria or another island.

Matthew Image from Facebook Profle.

A friend has contacted us to ask if we know of his whereabouts – we’ve spoken to them to ensure there’s nothing untoward about their enquiry, and we’re assured they simply want to know that Matthew is safe and well.  They haven’t heard anything from him since June 2014 when they had a meeting planned with Matthew. We don’t want to invade anyone’s privacy, so we won’t pass on any details to either party unless  read more »

Over 200 people attended the PSOE presentation in Tias

The following is a press release from the socialist party in Tías.

The PSOE assured more than 200 people cheered the socialist candidate who explained what the PP have called savings has been “the dismantling of municipal services”.


César Reyes denounced “the lies” of Pancho Hernández to the audience at the presentation of his candidature of the Ayuntamiento de Tías

Backed by more than 200 people and the Canary Islands presidential candidate, Patricia Hernández, César Reyes presented his candidacy for the Ayuntamiento de Tías on Saturday, composed of men and women aged between 24 and 46 years old, this is the highest number of members with university educations, social commitment and extensive experience in  business culture and sports explained the socialists in their press release.

Reyes, who was presenting in charge for the first time, criticised what he called the “PP Marketing Campaign” in Tías for the “dismantling of public services and institutional neglect”. The socialist candidate, of union militancy too, was especially hard regarding “the wastefulness” of the Ayuntamiento of more than 600,000 euros in severance pay to workers “for the simple reason that they were not PP”. He also blamed the popular mayor of keeping the municipal swimming pool closed “without explanation, with excuse after excuse, then, at the end of his mandate selling the opening in the last hour and a hurried million euros, without rhyme or reason, as part of his marketing campaign to capture the desperate vote of the citizens who have suffered them for four years”.

Prest. cand. PSOE  TIAS (38)

Reyes joked with the most used excuse in the PP of Tías, blaming the former socialist mayor José Juan Cruz Saavedra “although four years later the unique infrastructure that remains in Tías are what made him”, denouncing the deterioration of the municipal facilities suffered in recent years “certainly because of Pepe Juan”. The socialist candidate called the policy of the PP “a big lie” because the people gave him the opportunity to govern for four years and “nothing has been done of what they promised”. He also said that  read more »

13 Year Old Dies In Costa Teguise, Lanzarote

A 13 year old boy died in a holiday complex in Costa Teguise on Saturday. The British boy is thought to have been a holidaymaker on the island. Emergency services were called to the scene at 1430 and tried in vain to revive him using CPR.

Costa Teguise 1 

An autopsy will be carried out, but the Guardia Civil have said that every  read more »

Lanzarote News In Brief - Week 16

Grants For New Businesses – Emprende Lanzarote


The Cabildo has announced new grants of up to €2400 to encourage new start businesses. To be eligible, a business must have been started between 1/7/2014 and the closing date of 15/6/2015. The individual applying must have been  resident on the island for at least 24 months. The grants can be used to pay for office equipment, tools, machinery and insurances. More details here:  Emprende Lanzarote  read more »

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