Category Archives: Business

British burning bulk carrier near Canary Islands “is a gigantic floating bomb”

The latest report we can find on British bulk cargo carrier The Cheshire, was from at 0200 UTC on Saturday Aug 19, which sites the stricken ship as drifting in the vicinity 26 10N 01758W, some 95 nautical miles south of El Hierro Island, the westernmost in the Canary Islands…

Supreme Court ruling continues to tempt thousands of timeshare clients to file lawsuits for fraud

Two and a half years ago we brought you the exclusive story of the Ground Breaking Supreme Court ruling in favour of a Norwegian client, Tove Grimsbo, represented by Arguineguín based lawyer Miguel Rodriguez Ceballos (left) working with the English speaking Canarian Legal Alliance (CLA).   Today it seems Spanish language daily La…

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…

Canary Islands Government claims microalgae blooms in Canarian waters are due to “several natural factors and to climate change”

The Canary Islands Government Ministry of Territorial Policy, Sustainability and Security have released a statement saying that the blooms of Trichodesmium erythraeum cyanobacteria (microalgae), also known as Sea Sawdust, being widely reported, often erroneously, in the British press, are due to a series “natural conditions” that have facilitated “a massive proliferation” of…

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…

The shifting sands of Tauro Beach – investigation for alleged breach of UN International Law

The controversial new beach at Tauro is now in de facto daily use, more than a year after being fenced off, despite the refusal of Spanish Central Government authorities in Madrid to allow it to open officially while court cases continue to investigate how work was allowed to begin on the…

Events: First Tuna Fair Mogán in August

The municipality of Mogán’s their first ‘Feria del Atún’ (Tuna fair) in the port of Arguineguín will take place over the weekend of 3-6 August 2017. The traditional fishing sector, known as Artisnal Fishing, is very important in the municipality of Mogán and on Gran Canaria. The municipality of Mogán…

Aspro Group say dolphinarium was built with all correct licenses, contrary to High Court judgement

According to the Aspro Group in a statement on Wednesday their Palmitos Park dolphinarium was built “on rustic land and not in protected natural space, and has the mandatory license granted by the City of San Bartolomé de Tirajana.” despite the recent ruling of the High Court of Justice of the…

High Court declares Palmitos Park dolphinarium illegal, built without permits in a protected natural area

The dolphinarium at Gran Canaria’s Palmitos Park theme park, located in the protected Pilancones Natural Park, in the southern municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, is illegal. This was the ruling of the Second Section of the Administrative Litigation Room of the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands…

Air Europa announce that three of their five planned inter-island aircraft will be based in Gran Canaria

Air Europa will allocate five planes to their new inter-island service in the Canaries and three of them will be based in Gran Canaria, according to an announcement by Globalia officials, in a meeting with the president of the Gran Canaria Cabildo, Antonio Morales. The island president, along with Tourism…

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,…

Mogán Mayor blames others for lack of access to Taurito after GC-500 rockfall

Mayor of Mogán, Onalia Bueno, has visited the site of the rockfall that injured two people on Tuesday morning 11 July, together with technicians and the general director of Public Works for the Cabildo of Gran Canaria, José Francisco Duque Morán, they assessed the stretch of road at km 44…

July – August 2017 Summer Print Edition The Pristine Sands of Tauro beach

Read The Canary News, Views & Sunshine Print Edition Online: Download PDF   The controversial new beach at Tauro is in de facto daily use, more than a year after being fenced off, despite the refusal of the Madrid authorities to allow it to open officially while court cases continue…

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…

Las Palmas begins work on the MetroGuagua rapid transit system

The first work to build the infrastructure for the Las Palmas MetroGuagua begins over the next few days, to create a high capacity transit line set to improve mobility and transform the capital city, in a collaboration between the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Municipal Guaguas,…

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…

Kiessling frustrated by Town Hall delaying Siam Park

Entrepreneur Wolfgang Kiessling has been waiting for eight months, along with the rest of us, for the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana to grant him the final outstanding license to start channelling of the El Veril ravine, so that the long touted water park development can begin. According to a statement…

President advises territorial report for El Veril

The Kiessling group continues to wait for the San Bartolomé de Tirajana Town Hall, writes Thaidi Llames for Spanish language daily La Provincia, to grant authorisation to channel the El Veril ravine, where they plan to build a water park similar to Tenerife’s Siam Park. The southern municipality has now…

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