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​Gran Canaria Foreign Resident Falsely Claims Robbery

Gran Canaria Foreign Resident Falsely Claims Robbery

A foreign resident in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, told local police that after he had withdrawn 900 euros from a bank machine, he was then robbed. This incident was reported earlier this year, but the police had some suspicions about the evidence presented by the 23-year-old victim of this robbery.

This week, the police concluded their investigations into this incident in Puerto Rico, and found that local security cameras had recorded this incident. However, the camera evidence showed this 23-year-old foreign resident withdrawing the money from the bank machine and then walking away from the bank, and was not robbed.

The police have now arrested this foreign resident for misinforming the police and wasting their time, and for attempting to defraud the bank by claiming he had been robbed, but just lied.

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UK Tourist Mugged in Gran Canaria

UK Tourist Mugged in Gran Canaria

A UK tourist left a Playa del Ingles bar late at night, but was attacked by a robber who hit him on the head, and stole his wallet containing credit cards and cash, as well as personal documents. However, this vicious attack left the victim with a gaping wound.

The tourist recovered and returned to his hotel and reported the incident to the receptionist, who called the police and ambulance. The victim later needed several stitches for his head wound and he returned to his hotel in Playa del Ingles.

The police report that a 20-year-old Moroccan man was later found and arrested for this robbery with violence.

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​Another Airline Cancels Flights to the Canary Islands

Another Airline Cancels Flights to the Canary Islands

Passengers who had booked to fly from Birmingham Airport to Gran Canaria and Tenerife in the Canary Islands, as well as those planning to travel to Barcelona, Madrid and Malaga in Peninsular Spain have been left devastated that Norwegian has cancelled all these flights after this week. All Norwegian passengers currently staying in Spanish and Canary Islands resorts will have until Saturday 28 October before all outgoing flights are cancelled. Concerned Norwegian customers should contact the company for more information.

The Norwegian website has issued the following statement. “Following a review of our services we will cease operating flights from Birmingham to Spain with the last services departing on Saturday, 28 October. A natural part of our UK development will see some reductions in routes with lower passenger demand, allowing us to focus instead on providing affordable flights on strong performing routes.

Although many flight companies provide reduced connection service to destinations in Peninsular Spain over the winter period, when fewer UK residents take holidays, the destinations of Gran Canaria and Tenerife begin their high tourist season over the autumn, winter and spring periods. This raises a strange reason for Norwegian to stop flights to the Canary Islands so suddenly.

Birmingham Airport also appears to be experiencing reduced services for flight passengers with cancellations by United Airlines, American Airlines and Monarch Airlines now bankrupt. The airport has also seen cancellations of flights to Ireland with Aer Southeast and reduced flights to Dubai with Emirates.

Many tourists planning holidays will be concerned that the failure of Monarch Airlines, sudden cancellations by Norwegian and chaotic rescheduling by Ryanair pose instability for low cost airlines that have kept the tourist industry in Spain and the Canary Islands so busy over recent years. Which will be the next company to announce cancellations or airline collapse?

UPDATE

One day after Norwegain airlines announced it is cancelling flights from Birmingham to Spain and the Canary Islands from this weekend, sources indicate that direct winter flights from Manchester and Edinburgh to the Spanish Peninsular have also been cancelled.

There are no flights available from this weekend to Peninsular Spain from Manchester and Edinburgh. Popular winter sun routes to Alicante, Barcelona, Madrid and Malaga are also cancelled.

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​Gran Canaria Investigates Vulnerability to Climate Change

Gran Canaria Investigates Vulnerability to Climate Change

Next summer, Gran Canaria will begin a diagnosis of vulnerability to climate change that is intended to serve as a tool to define actions that could reduce the risks from this phenomenon within a framework initiative led by the island government.

This diagnosis will create an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions across the island, which supports the Government of Gran Canaria’s Covenant for Climate and Sustainable Energy developed from a European Union initiative. All municipalities are invited to join this project to fight against climate change, because according to scientific forecasts by the year 2100 there will be a two degree increase in average temperatures globally. This would create economic and health problems for communities across the world.

Ten municipalities have already agreed to take part in this project, which already has an investment budget. Each municipality across the island will be asked to collaborate by writing a Plan of Action for Climate and Sustainable Energy, based on advice from engineers who are specifically trained to measure this information.

The ultimate aim is for each municipality of Gran Canaria to achieve a 40% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, which meets the objectives set by the European Union. So far, the 10 municipalities who are already adhered to this principle include Aguimes, Firgas, Galdar, Ingenio, Moya, Santa Brigida, Tejeda, Telde, Valleseco and Valesquillo.

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Europe’s Largest Water Park in Gran Canaria - Will it Ever Happen?

Europe’s Largest Water Park in Gran Canaria - Will it Ever Happen?

You've possibly heard it all before; it has been going on for months, possibly years. The new Gran Canaria Water Park will soon see the first tentative stages of construction this week with local building company, Satocan, at last moving earth to create underground storm channels for the El Veril ravine, which is the preliminary step before Grupo Loro Parque begins to construct the Gran Canaria Siam Park next year.

This first stage of the giant project should be completed within four months and has a budget of two million euros, allowing for flexibility of timing and financing. This site is planned to become the largest water park in Europe, but needs the ravine to have channels constructed for rainwater during storms. This will involve creating underground tunnels for this drainage infrastructure.

The Kiessling Group that owns Grupo Loro Parque and Siam Park in Tenerife is hoping to open this new leisure park within two years, but don't hold your breath. 2019 could possibly see a massive increase in tourists who want to experience this new unique water park, and the owners are also planning to build a hotel on the site, so not far to walk to reach the water attractions!

Those of us that cover these endless, suited press conferences have heard it all many times before. Despite the fine oratory, the island has become synonymous with failed and unfulfilled projects in recent years. If in doubt, just ask what happened to the plans for the Gran Canaria Railway, the Space Port and the Chinese Village. Projects announced with great enthusiasm often simply disappear, are seriously over budget, suffer from an unrealistic timescale, or slip into the legal mists of time. This project has generated a fair amount of newsprint and high expectations over the last few months, which could easily turn into years before the first tickets are sold. Will this project ever come to fruition? Is it worth the effort and potential damage to the environment? Do we really need another water park on the island? Don't unpack your Speedos just yet as we suspect that this story will just run and run...

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