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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A foreign resident in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, told local police that after he had withdrawn 900 euros from a bank machine, he was then robbed.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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​The Gran Canaria Hindu Community Celebrates Diwali

The Gran Canaria Hindu Community Celebrates Diwali

The largest Hindu community in the Canary Islands lives in Gran Canaria, although there are also many smaller Hindu communities across the other islands. This week saw celebrations for the Diwali Festival, which is also known as the Festival of Lights, and is often described to be similar to Christian Christmas celebrations, which also include the importance of lights or candles.

The Hindu community this year celebrated the first day of year 2074, which this year fell on a Saturday. Around 3000 people from the Hindu community live in Gran Canaria, and this week around 300 guests joined Augusto Hidalgo, Mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to come together to celebrate this special day, and the beginning of a new year in the Hindu calendar at a massive party.

This was a party to share with family and friends in which the goddess of prosperity is represented to attract happiness and wealth. Another reminder of our diverse community in the Canary Islands, and good to read about families and friends coming together to share happy times.

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​Information Statistics on Tourism in Fuerteventura New Website

Information Statistics on Tourism in Fuerteventura New Website

The Fuerteventura Government Council of Tourism has just launched a new website that provide statistical data related to tourism on the island at www.fuerteventuraintel.com

Marcial Morales, President of Fuerteventura said that this information portal is another step in the provision of tourist services, and this public information site gives opportunities to plan better for all matters linked to tourism.

Blas Acosta, Minister for Tourism, said that this Internet site will become a fundamental tool for the tourist sector as it contain up-to-date information on issues like the arrival of tourists, visitor profiles and jobs.

In addition, this portal will include statistical information, reports and studies of history, evolution, situation and trends of tourist supply and demands of the island, as well as information about employment indicators in the sector, number of tourists visiting the island and for market research.

This project aims to facilitate market research work by professionals, the press, public sector workers, students, the Government and other local administrations.

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Flu Vaccinations Start in the Canary Islands

Flu Vaccinations Start in the Canary Islands

The vaccination against influenza campaign began this week in health centres across the Canary Islands. This vaccine is recommended for all residents over the age of 60 years, those patients with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, health professionals and other professionals who are fundamental to local communities, such as police officers and fire fighters.

This year marks a new initiative, which is a reinforced vaccine to fight flu for all residents over the age of 70 years.

These recommendations for flu vaccinations aim to reduce mortality and morbidity that is often linked to influenza, and the impact of the disease on the community. Therefore, the aim is to protect residents who are at greater risk of presenting complications in cases of flu, those who could transmit the disease to others who are at high risk of complications, and those who due to their jobs provide essential services in the community.

The Canary Islands Health Service reports that vaccinations could reduce between 75% and 80% of deaths that often occur as a result of this disease, and in Spain this accounts for around 2000 deaths each year directly linked to influenza, but this range varies in overall data from 1400 to 4000 deaths that are linked to factors related to flu. Those Canary Islands residents who are entitled to access free health care and match the criteria for this campaign are asked to telephone for an appointment for vaccination.

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​Loro Parque in Tenerife Presents 2016 Gorilla Award to Animal Nutrition Company

Loro Parque in Tenerife Presents 2016 Gorilla Award to Animal Nutrition Company

Loro Parque is a popular tourist attraction in Tenerife, but its Foundation also supports projects to save endangered species across the world. However, this award presentation of the 2016 Gorilla Award held at the Presidency of the Canary Islands in Santa Cruz de Tenerife was an opportunity for the Loro Parque Foundation to present the award to Versele Laga, a Belgian animal nutrition company, and was received by Lode Versele on behalf of the company. This recognised the work that this company has done to preserve different species of parrot in danger of extinction in various parts of the world.

This presentation was held in the presence of President of the Canary Islands, the President of the Loro Parque Group, the German entrepreneur Wolfgang Kiessling, Jesus Morales the councillor for Agriculture for Tenerife Government, Lope Afonso Hernandez, Mayor of Puerto de la Cruz, and Juan Manuel Santana, Deputy Minister of Relations with the Parliament of the Government of the Canary Islands.

Lode Versele, representing the Versele Laga Company, said that he recognised this award was very important for his company, as it recognises all the efforts they have made for the conservation of nature through the quality of its products. He also said that his family felt is was a great honour to receive this award, and that financial resources were key to being successful in protection nature. He also stressed the vision of Loro Parque on conserving various species and ecosystems, and that collaboration with Loro Parque was a very attractive proposition for his company.

The President of Loro Parque used this presentation to raise the issue of climatic changes of the planet and said that the Earth has been overexploited by humans, and talked about the melting of the polar regions, global warming and the extinction of some key species, such as bees.

Over the last 15 years, Loro Parque has used the Gorilla Award to recognise various personalities and organisations for their commitment to the conservation of the environment and dedication to responsible and sustainable tourism.

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​Tenerife Athlete’s Body Found in Teide

Tenerife Athlete’s Body Found in Teide

Local Tenerife resident and athlete, Victor Teni, disappeared on 1 January 2014, when he was last seen in the area. On Saturday, a body was discovered in Teide at a height of 3000 metres.

Sources of the Guardia Civil have used the evidence of where the body has been found and the decomposed state of the body could suggest that this corresponds to the Tenerife resident who disappeared in 2014, but that a definitive identification will have to wait for the results of the autopsy and DNA test results.

It was a hiker who found the body at 9.00 at the top of Mount Teide on Saturday, and reported this to the police. Later, the body was transported by a Guardia Civil helicopter to the Institute of Forensic Medicine for tests.

Victor Teni is reported to have been an experienced athlete and sportsman, and was last seen on New Year’s Day 2014 by tourists staying at the Parador de Turismo del Teide. Victor’s friends discovered his car near a mountain shelter, and when they could not locate him, they altered the local police to his disappearance. This resulted in a search of the local area made up of volunteers, friends, members of the Unidad Militar de Emergencias and officers of the Guardia Civil.

His friends and family members now wait for the results of the autopsy to confirm whether this body is the final discovery of the disappearance of Victor Teni.

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​New Ferry Route between La Gomera and Tenerife

New Ferry Route between La Gomera and Tenerife

From last Saturday, a new ferry route started to connect the port of Valle Gran Rey in La Gomera with Los Cristianos in Tenerife by the Naviera Armas Company. The Alboran will be the ship that connects the port of Vueltas in Valle Gran Rey with Tenerife, but with also one stop at the port of San Sebastian de la Gomera during weekdays.

This ferry service currently offers two connections a day, and the longest route from Vueltas to Los Cristianos will take around 90 minutes. The Alboran ferry can carry 260 cars and 878 passengers, and has a top speed of 35 knots.

This new ferry route is a great boost to the economy of La Gomera, and it improves connections with Valle Gran Rey, which is one of the most important tourist municipalities on the island. So this meets the demands of local residents for better ferry connections and the needs of tourists to reach their destination more quickly.

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More Fire Hydrants in Santa Cruz de La Palma

More Fire Hydrants in Santa Cruz de La Palma

In July this year, one Eighteenth Century building and four businesses were destroyed by fire in the city of Santa Cruz de La Palma. Since then, local fire fighters have been working with the Municipality of Santa Cruz to find ways of improving fire fighting techniques in the city.

Santa Cruz de La Palma has networks of narrow and steep streets, and it has been decided that the devastating fire of July demonstrated that more fire hydrants are needed in the city to reach areas that are difficult to access and to increase the availability of water for emergencies.

Therefore, 15 new hydrants will be installed in the city in places determined to be complicated spaces for fighting fires. These are intended to safeguard the local residents and their homes and businesses, but also to prevent fires from spreading beyond the original source.

The destruction of the Eighteenth Century Casa Velez de Ontanilla was a serious loss for the city, as well as the buildings of four businesses, and it is believed that these new fire fighting measures should help to stop fires in the future, and also to prevent them from spreading so fast, as happened in July this year.

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​March Against Cancer in Lanzarote

March Against Cancer in Lanzarote

The Asociacion de Familas Oncohematologicas de Lanzarote and the City of Arrecife have just teamed up again for the second ‘March Against Cancer’ on the occasion of World Breast Cancer Day.

Patients, family members and caregivers came together to march and wore commemorative handkerchiefs and shirts to raise awareness and show support for all those are struggling to live with this disease.

This march against cancer travelled along the coastal path from Charco de San Ginas to Arrecife, and finished outside the Government Offices, where those taking part in the march and others who came to watch and support them enjoyed music provided by Woman Batuca.

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​Lanzarote Debates Tourism and Sustainability

Lanzarote Debates Tourism and Sustainability

Lanzarote held an international conference called ‘Sustainability as a key competitive factor in the tourism industry’ and was hosted at Jameos del Agua Centre to examine an important part of a key sector of the economy of Lanzarote.

This conference had two objectives. The first is to ensure that the tourism industry recognises the sustainability of its territory, as well as its strategic role in the face of competitive future markets. The second objective is to create and define a master plan where the tourist sector has a voice and a vote. This was organised by the Tourism, Culture and Sports Department of the Canary Islands Government and UNESCO.

Isaac Castellano, Minister for Tourism in this department said that sustainability and tourism must walk together so that the Canary Islands can remain leaders, as this is an indispensible factor to remain competitive in the largest industry of these islands. He also recalled that it was the island of Lanzarote that was one of the first Spanish territories to promote sustainability from the beginning of tourist development on the island. Also, he reminded everyone at this conference that the first World Charter on Sustainable Tourism agreed in 1995 was first developed in Lanzarote, and later reissued in 2015 in Vitoria.

The Minister for Tourism also said that it was no coincidence that the Canary Islands have ensured that their tourism leadership has remained compatible with the declaration of seven Biosphere Reserves that recognises the harmonious relationship between human activity and the space in which it develops.

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​Improved Awareness of Tourism in La Palma

Improved Awareness of Tourism for Residents of La Palma

The La Palma Tourism Centre has launched a new initiative to raise awareness of dynamic tourism and to help create jobs for local residents, and is called ‘Tourismo Somos Todos’.

This project is funded by the Canary Islands Employment Service and will continue for eight months, and should enable the hiring of qualified staff who were previously unemployed, as well as promoting the importance of tourism for the island by training sessions for school children, professional groups and staff working in the services sector in La Palma.

This project will operate with an investment of 68,000 euros, and it is hoped to involve hundreds of students, professionals and service sector workers, and will be based in educational centres, local town halls and business centres across the island, as well as special events.

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