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22 year old detained for property rental scams in Las Palmas

Policia Nacional last week detained a 22-year-old man, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, with the initials KJVO, alleged to be perpetrator of four scams related to holiday rental homes. The man apparently has 35 prior records for similar crimes committed on Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote, La Palma and El Hierro. The individual rented real estate for small periods of time and once in possession of the keys he sub-leased them to third parties for a long term contract, managing to collect up to €3,900 in advance payments. The investigation began after a complaint from three injured parties, the...

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Brits account for 30% of total tourist turnover in the Canary Islands

British tourists who travel to the Canary Islands spent a total of €4.5 billion last year, 30% of total tourist turnover. The Canary Islands Government Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sports, Isaac Castellano, stated during this year’s World Travel Market in London that the level of spending has not reduced since the ‘Brexit’ referendum last year, remaining around €1,073 per trip The Minister for Tourism also said that “the loyalty of British tourists to the Canary Islands is beyond doubt, with 84% being repeaters, and turnover having grown since 2010 by 69%.” Of the more than 5 million British tourists who...

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The mystery of Gran Canaria’s black swans, is there now a third bird?

  Over the last couple of weeks rare Australian black swans have been mysteriously appearing on the coasts of Gran Canaria, with four or five sightings so far, the most recent being in the waters off the south west coast of Mogán last Thursday. Two birds have so far been captured, but now it seems there may be a third on the loose.  On the Playa de Mogán beach last Thursday, bathers were surprised to be joined by one of these majestic birds, as they shared photographs and videos to social networks, so it seems a third bird roams free around the island....

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The Canary Guide Weekend Tips 10-12 November

With just 7 more shopping weekends to the Yule Time fortnight begins in earnest, a lovely November weekend ahead with weather predictions of winter sun and just a few clouds. There are some big events happening during the weekend such as the return of WOMAD to Las Palmas, the Southeast fair in Arinaga, Maspalomas Rally ( which means road closures ) and free shows in the Yumbo, markets all around the island, and much more besides… 10-12 November, Las Palmas  WOMAD  After a five year absence WOMAD, the World of Music, Arts and Dance is back again over the weekend in the capital,...

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Historic families & women-friendly budget with changes for the Canaries in 2018

The Government of the Canary Islands has approved the budget for the Autonomous Region for 2018, which has grown by 12.9% to €8.23 billion and will this year be the highest in the history of the archipelago. In short : • The accounts for 2018 amount to €8.239 billion , €938 million more than in 2017, an increase of 12.9% • The extra financing of essential public services is to increase productive investment and employment, and provide tax reductions, which are the main priorities of budgets • €5.8 billion have been allocated to essential public services, €439.7 million more...

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