The blue flag awarded to Playa Las Cucharas in Costa Teguise was officially hoisted on Thursday 11th July 2013.
Mayor of Teguise, Oswaldo Betancort raised the flag. This is the first time in five years that the beach has met the strict quality, safety and environmental standards set to be awarded the blue flag. The aim of the Council is to have two more flags flying on the beaches of Playa del Jablillo and Playa Bastian in the near future.
Foreign tourists have increased their spend in the Canary Islands by 7% between January and April 2013 (compared to the same period in 2012), spending a total of €3.983 million while on holiday in the Canary Islands, according to a survey by Egatur published recently by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism. The Ministry announced that in the first four months of the year, 3,607,019 tourists visited the Canary Islands, 1.2% less than the previous year.
In April (2013) alone, foreign tourists on their holiday in the Canaries spent €820 million, up 7.2% from a year earlier, with an average expenditure of €1,047 per person (up 7.9%) and €117 euros per person per day (up 6.0%). The Ministry attributed the good performance of the month of April to the contribution of its two main markets: the UK and Germany.
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Energy Performance Certificates or Certificado de Eficiencia Energetica (CEE) will become mandatory for properties that are listed for sale or available to rent from the 1st June 2013.
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A campaign to explain how British citizens in Spain should use UK-issued European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) has been launched by the UK Department of Health and the Valencia Health Authority.
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Statistics provided for tourists visiting Lanzarote help us to determine the fact from the fiction. How many of you have heard comments such as, the tourists might be coming but they’re not spending or that all inclusive is killing the island? The statistics reported show that the total spend for the year is down by 2.5% compared to last year and we already know the arrivals are down by 2.4% year to date, ASOLAN report occupancy down by 9.92%.
The figures are out for the first six months of 2012, the total spend is down compared to last year but only by 2.5%. January to June was a total of 977,968 Euros in 2011 and 953,985 Euros in 2012.
It is also possible to breakdown the spending money by country, again taking the figure of 155,956 for June, the UK are top with 75,004 which is down 1.3% relating to 2011. Spain is the 2nd country spending the most here with 25,442 which is down by 5.6% to the previous year and 3rd is Germany with 19,416 a drop of 5.2%. Ireland is in 4th position with 17,709 and a drop of 3.7% to 2011.
We know from the YTD arrival figures for 2012 that visitors to the island have dropped by 2.4% compared to 2011. The number of German tourists have fallen by 11% and Spanish 3.8% which explains the drop in that countries spend. These statistics are provided from ISTAC Frontur Canarias and relate to tourists who arrived via the airport.
The following occupancy figures are provided by ASOLAN, the breakdown does give each month for different accommodation levels in these areas, we’ve taken the six month average from January to June 2012.
3* & 4* Apartments are top for occupancy in Costa Teguise with 79.15%, followed by 3* hotels at 73.53% and 4* hotels at 71.01%. 1* & 2* Apartments are 69.92% occupied, 5* hotels have the lowest occupancy with 49.83%.
The Island average occupancy figure for 2012 over the first six months of the year was 72.51% compared to 82.43% for the same period last year, a difference of 9.92%. The shortfall of occupancy was recorded in February, March & April. The months of January, May and June were higher than 2011.
You can read these figures in two ways - everything is down compared to 2011 or in a more positive light - we have a small drop in arrivals of (2.4%) which in turn means less income for businesses on the island (2.5%). It also looks like there’s been a shift in tourists who have booked self catering private accommodation, as the drop in arrival figures doesn’t correlate with the 9.92% drop from the number of official beds.
Finally, after years of speculation the promenade around Playa Las Cucharas in Costa Teguise will be refurbished in the near future.
Local companies have been invited to submit their tenders for the project which has a valuation of €544,273 and a deadline of eight months to complete the work.
The announcement is fantastic news for businesses situated along the paseo marítimo in Costa Teguise, particularly along the right hand side of the beach where the surface of the pavement has disintegrated to such a point that it’s not safe to walk in the dark for fear of tripping. The work had been outlined in the budgets since 2010 but not implemented.
The hours when access is allowed for ‘Owners Only’ are 21:00 to 08:00 (9pm to 8am) which are clearly displayed in Red, on large multilingual signs, on both sides of the gate wall.
For full details, please see the article in the Forum
Just when we thought it was safe to go back in the water, they’re back! Playa Bastian beach was again closed for swimming during the last few weeks as the plague of Jellyfish returned.
A recent report points out that they normally live offshore in the ocean but at certain times of year the current and wind can bring them to the Canary Islands, especially during January & February when the prevailing trade winds are week and variable. A rise in sea temperature brought about by climate change also encourages the growth of plankton the food source for jellyfish. Historically plagues of jellyfish appear more frequently during dry years than wet ones, the ‘barrancos’ take our rain water into the sea creating a natural barrier along the coast otherwise the current brings the jellyfish to the beaches. Another important factor is the declining population of sea turtles and large pelagic fish who feed on the jellyfish.
The consortium responsible for the report are now studying preventative measures that could be taken to deter the jellies from our islands.
2012 marks the tenth consecutive year that Lanzarote have won the award for the best sun and beach destination from Ireland!
The finalists for the category “Best Winter Sun Destination” were Florida, Dubai, Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote. The award given by the Irish Travel Industry was presented during Holiday World Show, the most important Irish Tourism Fair which was held in Belfast from 20th to 22nd and Dublin from the 27th to 29th January 2012.
Lanzarote was also shortlisted as a finalist for the Best Summer Sun Destination along with Algarve, Majorca, Salou and Turkey.
Drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa have been based at the sports complex of Club La Santa along with test drivers Jules Bianchi and Davide Rigon, the 25 strong team include their sports and support staff too. This is their pre season training prior to the official launch of their new car at Ferrari’s own Fiorano test track on the 3rd February.
The presence on Lanzarote of a double world champion and one of the sports most famous and respected teams is a huge PR opportunity as Lanzarote seeks to become known as the Island of sports tourism.
Normally in the Canary Islands we have heavy downpours during the winter months of December to February. This year we are at the end of January and still waiting……The recent alert is actually for the lack of rainfall! The Canary Islands are extremely dry after a lack of rainfall in December, particularly affecting Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura. Although less rainfall in Lanzarote is great for tourism, it is bad for local agriculture. We only receive an average of 125 – 150 mm rainfall a year. December is normally the wettest month followed by January, then November, February and March. It seems like the prediction of above average temperatures was correct for autumn. Looking back to our previous winter 2010 / 2011 December was the warmest month recorded for the past 50 years and the 3rd driest of the decade. This beautiful winter weather resulted in a poor grape harvest in 2011 though.
The programme has been released by the Ayuntamiento's Department of Celebrations for the carnivals within the Teguise municipality of Lanzarote for 2012. Provisional dates are:
Sunday February 26th -
Fancy dress costume competition with your pet
Thursday 1st March - Traditional Canarian carnival in La Villa de Teguise
Friday 2nd March - International carnival event in Costa Teguise, and Cuban Concert in Costa Teguise
Saturday 3rd March - Carnival workshops for children in Costa Teguise, Carnival parade in Costa Teguise, Verbena party (night time) in front of Pueblo Marinero in Costa Teguise
Sunday 4th March - Carnival procession for the market in La Villa de Teguise, andVerbena party (daytime) at Plaza de la Constitución in La Villa de Teguise
Zumba Lanzarote are holding a Zumbathon charity event on Friday 10th February.
The hour and a half Zumbathon session will be held at the Hesperia Lanzarote Hotel in Puerto Calero. Tickets cost €7 with all proceeds going to a local Breast Cancer organisation in Lanzarote. This Zumba masterclass includes 25 Zumba songs with guest instructors during the 90 minutes. The bar will be open and there are some great prizes to be won in the raffle. Cava & canapés will be served on arrival at 7.30pm. As this is for breast cancer, don't forget to wear pink!
Please contact Lesley from Zumba Lanzarote as soon as possible to confirm your place, tickets are already on sale and going fast.
The Spanish classes will start on the 1st February at the former Escuela de Hostelería on Calle Rafael Alberti in Tahíche, students will be divided into small groups of basic and intermediate levels. These courses includes three to four hours per week over four months until 28th May 2012.
The project is aimed mainly at adults to help them integrate into the local community. Beginners will learn the basics with an emphasis on local culture, where as intermediates will have more practical help such as writing a CV, describing health issues to a doctor, paperwork at the council etc.
Basic classes are Monday & Wednesday from 16:00 – 18:00. Price €60 per month
Intermediate classes are Monday & Wednesday from 18:00 – 19:30. Price €45 per month
The teacher will be Alexandra Arteta who also speaks English and German.
For more information or to enrol please either telephone 928 84 50 01 ext 240 or email: email@example.com
The beaches of Costa Teguise were closed to swimmers on Saturday. Initially swimming was prohibited on Playa de Las Cucharas, when the presence of jellyfish (aguavivas) was discovered. The red flag was raised following established procedures by Cruz Roja Lanzarote (Red Cross). Later in the afternoon the warning was extended to all of the beaches within that resort. Officials confirmed that when the tide had gone out, local services would remove any jellyfish left stranded behind on the beach . The action taken by Cruz Roja and Seguridad, and Health and Environment Dept of Teguise was a precautionary measure to avoid swimmers getting stung.
25/10/11 - PLAYA BASTIAN ZONE D NOTICE
I am sorry to announce that Mrs Christine Olley has resigned from the Administration Board of Zone D because of personal and professional commitments.
I would like to thank Christine for the valuable contribution that she made to our work this year.
I have decided not to appoint a temporary member on this occasion because we are relatively close to the end of our Financial Year.
Brian Purdue, President Zone D
Further to the recently reported increase in occupancy figures, it has also been confirmed that the number of German tourists that arrived in Lanzarote during September has increased to 22,326, an increase of 16.12% more than the same month in 2010. The total number of passengers arriving at Arrecife airport has risen to 143,611, which is 21,389 more people representing an increase of 17.50% than September of last year. Also, this means that Lanzarote is still a favourite amongst the German market and ahead of the rest of the Canary Islands, for the 8th consecutive year.
Establishments on Lanzarote have achieved occupancy levels exceeding 85.15% average during September, the second highest total in the nine months of 2011. This follows on from the last monthly study by ASOLAN, the Lanzarote Tourism Employers Association. In September 2011, Hotel occupancy on the Island increased, on average, by more than 15% above the level achieved in September 2010.
By segment, 4-star Hotels exceeded 89.86%, followed by Apartments, with an average of 85.01% and Aparthotels, with a level of 85.42%.
The six luxury 5-star Hotels recorded an occupancy rate of 73.13%. With these figures, September became the second best month of 2011 behind August with an average of 87.04%, and July, with 83.65%.
The President of ASOLAN, Susana Pérez, confirmed that the data shows a positive recovery of tourism in Lanzarote and the Canaries.
El Hierro is now preparing for a mass evacuation because of a possible volcanic eruption. Experts have recorded 150 tremors on El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands, since yesterday - raising fears of an imminent eruption.
Last night 53 people were ordered out of their homes over fears of landslides and the army has been called in to prepare for a possible evacuation. Schools on the tiny island, home to 10,000 people, have been closed and a tunnel linking the two main towns - Frontera and Valverde - has been shut.
Volcano expert Juan Carlos Carrecedo said: 'There is a ball of magma rising to the surface producing a series of ruptures which generate seismic activity. 'We don't know if that ball of magma will break through the crust and cause an eruption.'
But he warned an eruption was possible 'in days, weeks or months'.
In the early hours of sunday 4th September, a car belonging to one of the residents of Playa bastian was vandalised. Both drivers side windows were smashed leaving glass scattered all over the access road. The Guardia Civil said that this was not an isolated incident and that seven other vehicles had been vandalised around the area that night. Although there had been groups of people making a lot of noise as they came up from the beach area in the early hours, no one heard the act of vandalism.
The security camera footage from the site was being eaximined by the Guardia Civil as part of their ongoing investigation.
The Canarian Government has announced plans to renovate the long distance walking paths on the island.
The announcement was made by the Director General for Sustainable Development of Rural Areas and the Cabildo of Lanzarote. The footpaths mentioned are the GR 131 and the GR 135 which are the central and perimeter paths in Lanzarote. Plans include adding shelters and viewpoints along the routes highlighting Lanzarote’s landscape and heritage.
The GR 131, 69km long, runs from the North to the South of the Lanzarote through the centre of the island. The GR 135 is 176 km long, and is a path around the perimeter of Lanzarote passing along the coastline through the different municipalities up to the edge of the Timanfaya National Park.
Ryaniar have opened up a new base in Lanzarote. The new base will have 150 flights a week in and out of Lanzarote connecting the island with Barcelona, Birmingham, Bologna, Bournemouth, Bristol, Brussels, Cork, Dublin, Dusseldorf, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Frankfurt Hahn, Glasgow, Karlsruhe Bdn, Knock, Liverpool, Leeds Bradford, London Luton, London Stansted, Madrid, Milan, Santander, Santiago, Sevilla, Sahannon, Valencia, Valladolid, Venice, Treviso and Zaragoza
The water supply will be turned off on Zone D from 10:00am till 12:00pm on Thursday 31st March whilst pressure testing for leaks on site is carried out.
Brian and the team are working to methodically isolate as many leaks as possible with minimal disruption.
Please let any guests and neighbours know if you can, thank you.
Treatment of the harmless black algae in the Bar Bastian pool is having some effect. We hope to see further reductions over the coming months
The recent extensive works to repair damaged sewers and drains, provided the opportunity to replace another section of our water supply. Several properties also had their water meters relocated outside of their extended patios. There are many examples of property extensions where the pipework has been buried underneath, and access has been lost.This emphasises the need to contact the President before starting any work on a property.
The heat pumps have finally arrived from las Palmas, and have been installed. Both pumps are now in operation, and should be up to temperature early next week.
Despite their busy workload, Miguel and his team have continued to repair footpaths and manholes, replacing the old metal type with plastic.
For more information on these topics, please see the Forum "Work in Progress" section which has been recently updated.
White Bengal Tiger born at Rancho Texas!
A female White Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) was born at Rancho Texas on the 18th of October and will be on display from the 11th of November. The Tiger is the first of its kind to be born in the Canary Islands.
|Ray Edwards, a Zone D Community Member and the Chairman of Limbcare, together with a team of friends and fellow amputees are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, which at 5,895 metres is one of the world’s highest freestanding mountains, during a seven-day hike in September. Ray is hoping the challenge will help raise awareness of amputees as well as funds for his recently founded charity.
Through the aide of three prosthetic and one hi-tech I-limb, Ray has previously completed the Wokingham Bikeathon and piloted a plane. He and the 24-man team, which includes physiotherapists, doctors and six other amputees,jetted out to Africa in early September to begin the hike on September 7, before descending seven days later. By following the link to Ray's Website you can follow their progress by reading his journal and learning about the route he is taking, as he makes the long, hard climb up Mount Kilimanjaro and journeys all the way back down again. We all wish Ray and his Team a successful and safe ascent and descent and hope as many people as possible will give their support by making a donation. http://www.limbcare.org/further-information/useful-contacts/
The Playa Bastian Zone D Spring/Summer Newsletter is now available in the Official Notices section. It contains information regarding Finances, the latest on the ENDESA/UNELCO situation, work being done around Zone D and much more. Copies will be distributed by post in the next few days.