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January to June 2014 Tourism Figures for Lanzarote

We’re now 6 months into 2014 and the tourism figures have been published for Lanzarote.

Playa Blanca Lanzarote

Thank you to everyone who has already visited the island this year and to those planning to do so in the next 6 months, Lanzarote has such loyal tourists who return year after year, we just wanted to let you know you’re very much appreciated!

Tourists

Lanzarote has received 1,127,465 tourists to the island during the first half of this year, 15.27% more than the same period of 2013.

Héctor Fernández from the Lanzarote Tourism Board , commented that “we cannot ignore the good figures received during the last months, we are close to reaching the accommodation limits for the island and we must refocus our efforts on on the loyalty of our tourists and increasing their spend on the island”.

Campaigns such as the European Sports Destination or Saborea Lanzarote to encourage sports & gastronomy tourism have been attributed to why the island has received more than one million tourists in the first six months of the year.

January, April & February were great months for tourism with an increase of 23.67%, 22.35% and 21.93% respectively of tourists compared to 2013, in contrast May reported an increase of just 5.67% against last year.

Nationalities

The French market has increased by a whopping 79% to date in 2014, the Polish market is up 57% and Dutch 40%. The British market accounts for  read more »

Enterprise Rent A Car Calling For Transparency In Car Rental Prices

We received an interesting press release from Enterprise Rent A Car about the unfair practices adopted by some car hire companies in Spain. We’ve written about this before, but the trick these unscrupulous companies use is to give potential customers an extremely cheap “headline” price for their car hire, without mentioning the obligatory “Additional charges” they will have to pay on collection, like:

Airport

  • A full tank of fuel at a massive premium over normal fuel prices
  • Additional insurance costs unless you opt to leave a huge deposit

You can read more about these practices here: Lanzarote car hire – watch out for the cheap option.

Enterprise have over 8,000 offices and 78,000 employees worldwide, and they are holding meetings with The Canarian regional government in a bid to have the sector regulated, and the issue has already been raised in the European Parliament. The company conducted a survey and found that around 17% of tourists had been caught with the fuel trap, paying an average of €80 for a tank full. It also revealed that 45% of hirers chose a particular company on price alone.

We completely agree with Enterprise CEO Karsten Summers who said:  read more »

Massive Power Cut in Lanzarote

Just before 8:00 this morning there was a power cut affecting almost the whole island of Lanzarote.

Producción de Energía de Punta Grande Lanzarote

At the time of the incident, Endesa confirmed that a defect in the system caused the outage, although the origin of the problem is unknown. The electrical company are attempting to gradually recover the supply from the energy production plant at Punta Grande this morning.

The holiday resort of Playa Blanca appears to be an exception to  read more »

Lanzarote's Certificates of Excellence 2014

It's that time of the year when TripAdvisor award their Certificates of Excellence.

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There were a total of 337 winners in Lanzarote for 2014, only 5 more than last year. They are broken down as follows: 204 eateries (16 less than 2013), 96 accommodation (1 more than 2013) and 37 attractions (20 more than 2013).

Similarly to the previous year, some bars appear as attractions. We can only presume they offer some entertainment as well as serve drinks to fall into that category.

This is the complete list of winners for Lanzarote that TripAdvisor have kindly provided us with. The winners have been sorted by category and then by town, alphabetically for reference.

ACCOMODATION

Arrecife: 

Hotel Villa VIK

Lancelot Hotel

Arrieta:

Finca de Arrieta

Caleta de Famara:

Red Star Surf & Yoga Camp

Costa Teguise:

Apartamentos Camels Spring

Apartamentos Los Molinos

Apartamentos Sol

Club Tahiti

H10 Lanzarote Gardens

HD Beach Resort

Hotel Coronas Playa

Luabay Lanzarote Beach

Melia Salinas

Molino de Guatiza Apartments

Nazaret Apartaments

Sands Beach Resort

Santa Rosa

Haría:

Casa Teresita, Casita Carmelo and Susi

Casitas Tabayesco

La Asomada:

Casa Hugo

Mozaga:

Casa Tomaren

Playa Blanca:

Bay View Villa  read more »

Vodafone expands 4G coverage in the Canary Islands

Vodafone have expanded their 4G coverage to 54 municipalities across the Canary Islands including 58 beaches, ready for the influx of visitors this summer.

Vodafone-4G

The company have accelerated the expansion of their broadband networks in the Canaries, with special emphasis on coastal towns to cover many of the tourist destinations. For the island of Lanzarote, all seven municipalities are confirmed as having 4G coverage including Arrecife, San Bartolomé, Teguise, Tias, Yaiza, Tinajo & Haria.

The beaches in Lanzarote with 4G cover include: Playa del Reducto, El Cable, La Concha, Playa las Cucharas  read more »

The 50+ Show In London This Weekend

If you’re in or near London this weekend and fancy a taste of Lanzarote, our friends from Sun Park Living will be exhibiting at the 50+ Show at Olympia. The show runs from this Thursday until Saturday 12th July and from 0930 until 1630 each day.

Sun Park

Look out for the Sun Park Living team, and they will give you a free booklet we’ve helped them produce all about life in Lanzarote for the over 50’s and the newly retired.

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Have your say on a beach for dogs in Lanzarote

Loli Corum, the Mayor of San Bartolomé would like to know what residents in the municipality think of allowing dogs access to an area of the beach by the airport.

Dog beach in San Bartolomé

There are dog friendly beaches on the islands of Tenerife & Gran Canaria, as yet Lanzarote doesn’t have a place where our four legged furry friends can enjoy a play on the beach. The beach in question is Playa de Guacimeta in Playa Honda, the area is described as  read more »

Have you seen this man from Blackpool?

Dale Mullineaux was due to return home from a holiday in Lanzarote on the 17th of June, his family have not heard from him since and are extremely worried.

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We’ve been contacted by Jodie, a friend of the family who explained that Dale was staying at Club Siroco in Costa Teguise whilst on holiday with his girlfriend. After an argument, his girlfriend checked into a different hotel and took an early flight home, leaving Dale with his passport and boarding card.

Dale’s son, also called Dale and his daughter, Sarah understand that the hotel called for an ambulance as their father was very drunk and believe that he was admitted to the general hospital Doctor José Molina Orosa. The hospital will not confirm to the family when Dale was discharged, due to patient confidentiality, a member of staff from the hotel had delivered his personal belongings to Dale at the hospital.

Their dad was due to fly back to Manchester on a Monarch flight on the 17th of June, they don’t know if he caught that flight, so Dale could be missing in Lanzarote or back in the UK. The British police have  read more »

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