Category Archives: Economy

Property owners in tourist zones urged to confirm their rights to residential use or risk losing it

This summer the Government of The Canary Islands passed into law their latest legislation surrounding tourist properties and tourism land.  Property owners in tourism areas remember well the chaos that ensued on the south of Gran Canaria a couple of years ago when San Bartolomé de Tirajana, the town hall…

Spanish Unions call for 25 days of AENA airport strikes from September 15

Trade unions representing airport workers, the CCOO , UGT and USO, have announced they are preparing to make effective their threat to convene a 25-day strike affecting the main Spanish Airport Authority, AENA, starting from 15 September. The strike call went out to 8,200 employees of the primary public-private airport management company in Spain. Unions say…

Morocco challenges maritime frontiers of The Canary Islands, attempting to control the Western Sahara sea

On 6 July, the Moroccan Government approved a bill and a decree to delimit the maritime frontier of the Canary Islands and to bring under its control the waters off ​​the Western Sahara coast, a determination that a Moroccan government spokesman called “a sovereign decision of political character and with…

UK Government clampdown on fraudulent sickness claims

British Ambassador to Spain sets out UK Government clampdown on fraudulent sickness claims  British Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley recently wrote to key stakeholders in the Spanish tourism industry informing them of the steps taken by the UK government to tackle fraudulent sickness claims, an issue which has had a…

Guardia Civil agents sentenced to prison for bribery convictions

A Las Palmas Court has sentenced two Guardia Civil agents to 8 1/2 years in prison each for having been the ring leaders of a group of agents, which included at least 8 others, at the Gran Canaria Airport who were in the habit of systematically requesting bribes from African travellers. The…

British couple ordered to pay costs to Thomas Cook after a false compensation claim on Gran Canaria

A British couple who stayed in Playa del Inglés have been ordered to compensate tour operator Thomas Cook after a judge in Liverpool (England) dismissed their false claim for illness suffered on their holiday at a hotel in 2013. The pair of scammers, Julie Lavelle, 33, and her partner Michael McIntyre,…

British announce plans to tackle tourist fake food poisoning claims

The British government are considering steps to try and stop the flood of bogus food poisoning compensation claims by British tourists visiting Spain who have already reportedly cost hoteliers more than €50 million and in the case of the Canary Islands claims are said to have increased by 1400% in…

12.5% ​​increase in foreign tourists visiting Gran Canaria in May

Gran Canaria recorded 243,000 foreign visitors throughout May according to the latest report from the Canary Islands Institute of Statistics (ISTAC), representing an increase of 12.5% (+27,000) when compared to the same period of the previous year, which saw 216,000 foreign visitors. The United Kingdom was the leading market of…

Gran Canaria water park project at last receives permission to channel El Veril

The Loro Parque group have at last been granted the long awaited urban license necessary from them to begin canalisation works in the El Veril ravine, on the south of Gran Canaria, where they plan to build Europe’s biggest water park, which will be similar in theme at least to Siam Park,…

Flying to Tenerife now cheaper than a day trip by bus from Mogán to Las Palmas

Since the announcement of the 75% travel discount for residents of The Canary Islands, which came into effect at midnight on Wednesday, bookings have gone through the roof on all inter-island routes, with the unusual comparison being proffered in Spanish language daily La Provincia that it is now cheaper to…

Veneguera project receives recognition of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria

3 years after Gran Canaria hotel group Lopesan started work on the area around the old Finca Veneguera, they say they have consolidated it as a protected zone and agricultural estate. Coinciding with Gran Canaria’s second “Landscape Days” event in Las Palmas, the Lopesan Group’s Veneguera project was awarded for…

Gran Canaria backs Siam Park leaving southern town hall no excuses

The president of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, last week recommended that Siam Park promoter, Wolfgang Kiessling, request the Territorial Qualification, “spontaneously” asked for by the town hall governing Maspalomas, the main tourist zone in the south, to end the newly arisen “doubt” from within the local council…

Compensation claim fakes ordered average of 12 alcoholic drinks a day

Two Liverpudlian tourists who tried to sue Jet2holidays, by claiming they were ‘bed-ridden’ during their visit to Gran Canaria as a result of food poisoning, were, it has transpired, actually boozing throughout their stay, according to their hotel bill. The duo stayed at the Gloria Palace Hotel on the south…

Gran Canaria government say no more gas

Gran Canaria’s new Insular Management Plan (Plan Insular de Ordenación (PIO)), announced at the end of May, eliminates all regulations aimed at the further implementation of gas as a source of energy for the island opting instead for greater commitment to the development of renewable energies, such as solar, wind,…

Why is Maspalomas delaying water park?

It´s been a busy week with regard to El Veril and Siam Park Maspalomas with questions being asked about

TUI Holland chooses the Port of Mogán

The largest Dutch tour operator, TUI Holland, has chosen the picturesque village of Puerto de Mogán

DISA Renewable energy plan for islands

DISA Renovables’ say the company want a wind farm on each of the islands

Fake sportswear at Maspalomas market

Agents from the Policia Nacional detained eleven people, nine men and two women

Canaries’ Government study Tuno plants

The Government of the Canary Islands have started studying the use of tuno fruit in juice

Newsbrief: Canarias registered the 2nd highest annual economic growth in Spain

The Canary Islands ended the first quarter of the year with a year-on-year growth in gross domestic product (GDP) of 3.7%, the second highest in the country, after the Balearic Islands (4.2 %). The Independent Authority of Fiscal Responsibility

€11 million needed for Costa Mogán walkway

The Cabildo de Gran Canaria has urged the Government of Spain to include

Norwegian to fly Gran Canaria to Americas

Norwegian airlines plan to fly to America from the Canary Islands. The decision

The new €50 banknote in circulation

The new €50 bank note, the fourth in the Europa series, came in to circulation on 4 April.

More than 1m visitors to Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria received 383,000 international travellers in March, an increase of 4.2%