So the week ended with crazy weather. On 8th August during the morning we had torrential rain. It never rains in August... well it does now. Not just regular rain but a thunder storm with over 200 lightning bolts during the day in the south of the island where the rain reached 11 litres per meter square during the day until 17:00. By the afternoon the sun was out and it was over 30C, everyone back on the beach again. The heat continues over the weekend with a "calima" = hot temperatures as a sand storm drifts over the south of the island.
Tourism figures released this week show 33% of tourists arriving to the Canary Islands are deciding to opt for all-inclusive hotels. This number seems to be ever increasing. Here´s hoping everyone on self catering or half board makes the most of their time outside of the hotel and explores a little to sample local cuisine or just support our local bars and restaurants. There was a 7% increase on tourist spending the over the last three months with a total 2,642 million euros spent. Hotel prices went up on average 3% and we continue to welcome more tourists than ever before.
Unemployment saw a huge drop in July but don´t hurry over for a job just yet, July sees lots of seasoal work that lasts just two months so wwe expect that to go up again in September with over a third of the work-force unemployed.
Las Canteras beach in Las Palmas is officially the best beach in the Canary Islands having regained it's Q for quality, the only beach to have the away ihe Islands.
As well as the additional UK flights in our last blog new routes are being planned for Summer, 2016 :- Gran Canaria-Bratislava (Slovakia); Gran Canaria-Venice (Italy); Gran Canaria-Budapest (Hungary) ; Gran Canaria-Lyon (France); Lanzarote-Warsaw (Poland); Lanzarote-Krakow (Poland); Lanzarote-Geneva (Switzerland); Lanzarote-Nantes (France); Fuerteventura-Lyon (France); Fuerteventura-Vienna (Austria); Tenerife South Vilnius (Lithuania); Tenerife Zagreb (Croatia).
Planning your wedding, want to get married on the beach? Looks like that night be possible http://thecanarynews.com/beach-weddings-in-the-canary-islands/