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%)

Public Housing Proposal

The Cabildo, following a meeting to discuss the lack of affordable long term rental housing on the island, has agreed to request budget from The Canarian government to purchase existing or develop new housing to help families in need.

Love Island’s Chloe Crowhurst and Towie’s Jon Clark In Lanzarote

The couple, both celebrities in the UK as a result of appearing on reality TV shows, were pictured on the beaches of Lanzarote last week in several tabloid newspapers. They stayed near Marina Rubicon in Playa Blanca.

UK Government Seeks To Limit Holiday Sickness Claims Amounts

Following several high profile “Fake sickness” claims by British tourists visiting Spain, some of which were made years after the alleged event, the UK government is seeking to create a limit to the amount that can be claimed, by using a system of fixed recoverable costs. They are also seeking to allow for a jail term of up to 3 years for fraudulent claims. A family from Liverpool had their case referred to the crown court this week after being accused of making a fake claim for £52,000 compensation for food poisoning against Thomas Cook.

More Parking For Puerto del Carmen And Sports Center Refurbishment

A total of 700 car parking spaces will be added in Puerto del Carmen as part of two initiatives. On the site where CC La Perla once stood, a new shopping centre with parking will be built, with construction beginning shortly. In 2018, the Fariones sports centre will be demolished and re-built, with 313 underground parking spaces and a new state of the art sports centre at ground level.

Another Ruling Against Canarian Government On Holiday Letting

Yet another ruling has gone against The Canarian Government in relation to the controversial proposed holiday letting law. This time the Supreme Court has ruled against the law on the basis that it infringes competition regulations “possibly in an attempt to give favourable treatment to the hotel sector."