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Lanzarote News In Brief - Week 36, 2016

Immigration Ring Was Using Lanzarote Hotels

Beach

An immigration ring, based in Barcelona, has been broken up with the arrest of 57 people. The ring was charging Chinese nationals €8000 to get them residence permits in Spain. The Lanzarote connection is that some hotels on the island have been accused of giving the Chinese workers “work contracts” in return for a fee of €1500 to €2000. These contracts allowed the workers to then apply for Spanish residency.  read more »

Lanzarote News In Brief - Week 35 2016

Spanish Kite Surfer Sails All 8 Canary Islands

Kitezone Famara

Kite Surfer Gisela Pulido has surfed all 8 inhabited Canary islands, covering a total distance of 380KM starting on the 11th August and finishing on the 19th. The World Champion kitesurfer from Barcelona described her epic journey as a “beautiful experience."  read more »

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Possible Strike By Luggage Handlers At Lanzarote Airport

Airport

The CCOO union has filed a strike notice on behalf of baggage handlers employed by Swissport at Lanzarote Airport. A strike could begin on Monday 22nd August. Swiss port handles the baggage for about 85% of flights into Lanzarote. The protest is about “repeated breeches of the rules of occupational hazards, failing to protect the workers.” It is hoped a resolution will be reached before next Monday.  read more »

Lanzarote News In Brief - Week 32 2016

British Tourists Put Up in Haria After Aircraft Issue

Haria

200 mainly British visitors were put up in the village of Haria, at the residencia, normally for school children. In total, 400 people were affected when two flights to the UK had to be cancelled. In normal circumstances, they would have been put up in hotels, but there is no available accommodation on the island. Most remained at the airport, but 200 with young families were bussed to Haria for the night. 

The Hunting Season has Started In Lanzarote

Bella Podenco Sara

Sunday 7th August saw the start of the carefully controlled hunting season in Lanzarote. Rabbit hunting using dogs and ferrets will run on Sundays until 6ht November in rural areas. Groups of between three and five licensed hunters are allowed to hunt for a maximum of 4 rabbits per hunter.   read more »

Update On Freddy The Cat Charity

Regular readers will recall I met with and interviewed Freddy three years ago, and you can read that article here.

Since then, a great deal has changed for the organisation, and last week I met with Freddie and Michelle, who is the president of the charity.

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Watch All Of The Olympics With Ex-Pat Television

We’ve written about Ex-Pat TV before and you can find out all about it here: Watching television in Lanzarote

Rio

We use the service ourselves to enjoy occasional TV programmes from the UK, and we were delighted to hear that to help celebrate The Olympic Games in Rio, all their subscribers are being given access to the whole the Olympics, whatever package they have!  read more »

Lanzarote is the second biggest island for holiday rental properties

After Tenerife, Lanzarote is the Canary Island with the most properties for holiday rentals.

Villa Era Playa Blanca Lanzarote

Currently there are 6,148 properties for private holiday rental in Lanzarote, these villas & apartments account for 28,065 beds and 23% of this type of accommodation within the Canary Islands.

The figures were released by Mariate Lorenzo, the minister for Tourism, Culture & Sports for the Gobierno de Canarias at a meeting with Turismo Lanzarote, the  read more »

Canary Islands tourist figures are expected to reach a new high of 14 million visitors in 2016

The Canaries have never been so popular as this year.

Playa Flamingo Playa Blanca Lanzarote

In Lanzarote, although there are still flight seats departing from the UK in August, there are no beds available. This isn’t just the official hotel beds, the privately owned properties are almost fully occupied too.We’re being contacted on a daily basis, by people who have booked a last minute flight, and can’t find somewhere to stay. Something for the authorities to think about regarding the legalisation of holiday property rentals.

Promotur Turismo de Canarias have announced this week that they believe it’s likely the  read more »


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