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​Record Number of Tourists for La Gomera

Record Number of Tourists for La Gomera

By the end of 2017, La Gomera recorded over 700,000 tourists that had visited this island during the year, and a significant increase on previous records, which confirms that the tourist sector has made a record recovery for all tourist centres, but also for increased occupation in rural accommodation centres.

The reasons indicate a massive increase in tourists from other Canary Islands, who benefit from a 75% discount on ferry journeys and flights, as well as two new shipping lines that provide more flexibility for travellers and tourists.

These records for La Gomera tourism in 2017 show that most international tourists came from Germany and the UK, but with a significant increase in Scandinavian tourists that could reflect targeted tourism promotion campaigns by the island government.

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​Special Plan for Historic Centre of Santa Cruz de La Palma Approved

Special Plan for Historic Centre of Santa Cruz de La Palma Approved

The City of Santa Cruz de La Palma will soon complete the approval of the Special Plan for the Historic Centre. This approval has been delayed to requests for updated sectoral reports on the demarcations of the coastline, issues related to ports and civil aviation, as well as the gender impact on the Canary Islands’ Equality Institute.

This Plan Especial del Casco Historico or PECH will guarantee the protection of the artistic and historical neighbourhoods of this capital city, while expediting the processing of licences that allow the development of tourism initiatives integrated within this protection zone.

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​New Fig Drying Structures in El Hierro

New Fig Drying Structures in El Hierro

The municipality of El Pinar in El Hierro contributes to the local economy with the growing of figs, but these need to be dried as part of this agricultural production. The European Union Agricultural Fund for Rural Development has just approved a budget of over 40,000 euros to install new fig drying structures in this region.

The fig is one of the most traditional crops grown in this municipality, and these new infrastructures that will be made available to local farmers should improve conservation conditions for this important fruit.

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​Major Power Cuts in La Gomera This Week


Major Power Cuts in La Gomera This Week

Opposition spokesperson, Casmiro Curbelo, of the Gomera Socialist Group has demanded that Pedro Ortega, Minister for Economy, Industry, Trade and Knowledge, make a statement to explain the reasons for the power outage that affected six municipalities of La Gomera on Monday. The opposition leader also asks for a report on the current status of the electricity distribution network across the island, highlights the lack of investment in this network, and the absence of any interconnection of electricity supply with Tenerife as the greatest weakness of the power network.

These electric power cuts involved homes and businesses in six municipalities on the island for over 20 minutes, which Casmiro Curbelo claims created instability and insecurity for many people and a disturbing delay in reconnecting the supply of power. He also says that this is not the first time that this situation has occurred, as a similar incident happened in 2014.

It is suggested that the demand for electricity across La Gomera has continued to grow over recent years, and in the first six months of 2017, there was a 5.1% increase in electricity demand in the island, which was the second highest increase in the Canary Islands.

Curbelo claims that the installation of a 43 kilometre cable with two 66Kc circuits between the Chio substation in Guia de Isora and the El Palmar substation in La Gomera would minimise the insecurity of an isolated and dependent electric system.

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Lithuanian Men Drown in Tenerife

Lithuanian Men Drown in Tenerife

Two men of Lithuanian nationality drowned this week in the area of Charco de La Laja in San Juan de la Rambla Municipality in Tenerife, while another man and a woman were discovered with moderate physical injuries.

This tragedy occurred at 13.40 when a call was received by the 112 Emergency Centre informing that a person was seen floating in the sea off the coast of San Juan de la Rambla, and that three others have jumped into the water to help. A helicopter of the Emergency Service of the Canary Islands, a Marine Rescue helicopter, fire service responders, Policia Local officers, Guardia Civil officers and two ambulances attended this site.

Rescuers found four people in the sea with two of these floating. These were rescued and hoisted onto the aircraft. Both men were in cardiorespiratory arrest, and staff performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation procedures, but without success, and the victims were pronounced dead.

The helicopter also took two other people out of the water and transported them to the area of La Guancha, where medical staff provided assistance. Those who were rescued were a 36-year-old man suffering from polyontusions and a 37-year-old woman who presented polyontusions and hypothermia. Two fire fighters also threw themselves into the sea to help with the rescue, and these were later hoisted from the water by the helicopter.

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