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Lanzarote’s president at last declares ‘British visitors will always be welcome’


Lanzarote’s president ultimately declares ‘British travellers will always be welcome’ immediately after her connect with for ‘higher-quality’ holidaymakers sparked outcry

Lanzarote’s president has sought to allay the fears of British travellers by insisting: ‘You are and will normally be welcome below.’

Maria Dolores Corujo hit back again right after currently being rattled by the response to her statements the getaway island was saturated and necessary to decrease its dependence on British tourism.

Previously this thirty day period Corujo confronted far more criticism after heaping praise on Germans and indicating the German market place tailored to its intentions of aiming at ‘higher-quality’ holidaymakers forward of the Berlin Tourism Good.

The unrepentant island president reported once again overnight the island’s tourist capability experienced arrived at its restrict and it had to prioritise a ‘rational and lasting growth centered on quality.’

But Corujo insisted in an open up letter in island newspaper La Voz de Lanzarote: ‘It’s categorically fake that in Lanzarote we do not want British tourism or that we want to lower the numbers of British holidaymakers.

Lanzarote's president has sought to allay the fears of British tourists by insisting: 'You are and will always be welcome here' (file image of Playa Blanca in Lanzarote)

Lanzarote’s president has sought to allay the fears of British visitors by insisting: ‘You are and will generally be welcome here’ (file impression of Playa Blanca in Lanzarote)

‘I will say it when and for all. British tourism has constantly, is and will normally be welcome on the island of Lanzarote.’

Around 50 percent of all the visitors who take a look at Lanzarote are British and Corujo has pinned the island’s upcoming tourism tactic on a single of ‘diversification to lower the dependence on the British market’ and welcome additional ‘upmarket’ holidaymakers.

Lanzarote, dubbed ‘Lanzagrotty’ in the past, is anticipated to target its attempts on focusing on much more French, Italian, Dutch and German people as well as Spanish vacationers from the mainland.

But Corujo insisted that Britons will ‘always be welcome on the island’. 

‘In Lanzarote we are also fortunate to have an outstanding prolonged-time resident British group, a neighborhood that is delicate to the surroundings and involved in caring for and defending sustainable progress for our island.

‘We share our island character with the British and that makes the existence of limitations in an insular, fragile and little territory like ours incredibly effectively comprehended.’

Insisting the backlash her comments have sparked was component of a ‘false controversy fuelled by misinformation’, she included. ‘Some have taken it out of context and other individuals have misrepresented the assessment I manufactured about the potential of the tourism sector on the island.’

She went on to stage the finger of blame for ‘fuelling the controversy’ on a ‘media outlet owned by a hotelier with a court docket get to demolish just one of his establishments’ even though she did not title names.

Defending her remarks all around the time of the Berlin Tourism Honest, Corujo, who belongs to the exact still left-wing PSOE social gathering which at this time governs Spain with the assistance of tricky-left bash Unidas Podemos, additional: ‘All vacationer places attend fairs to clearly show their sights and seize new markets to diversify the tourism they get.

‘Lanzarote has also been doing it for years since widespread feeling and the simple guidelines of the economy recommend us not to depend on a one place, specifically in occasions of uncertainty these kinds of as these we are dealing with derived from the war in Ukraine.

‘But that does not indicate that we do not want those people who go to us the most, British travelers, pretty the reverse.’

Maria Dolores Corujo (pictured) hit back after being rattled by the reaction to her claims the holiday island was saturated and needed to reduce its dependence on British tourism

Maria Dolores Corujo (pictured) strike again immediately after becoming rattled by the response to her promises the holiday island was saturated and required to lessen its dependence on British tourism

Hotel chiefs in Lanzarote have insisted it is unwise to talk of vacationer saturation.  

Francisco Martinez, vice-president of Lanzarote’s Island Affiliation of Accommodations and Residences, reported political leaders were opening an unneeded discussion and staying ‘badly-advised’.

And late past 7 days it emerged Jet2 boss Steve Heapy experienced composed to Mrs Corujo inquiring her to demonstrate what she claimed and explain whether or not she wished British visitors coming to the island.

Lanzarote’s opposition chief Astrid Perez also waded into the discussion at the weekend, indicating Mrs Corujo experienced been ‘irresponsible’ but including: ‘I you should not anticipate the British to boycott Lanzarote just due to the fact of the irresponsible comments of a politician whose words and phrases do not characterize islanders’ feelings.’

Lanzarote has an yearly influx of 1.3million British holidaymakers who contributed to its £2.1billion annual tourist cash flow past year, according to the Lanzarote Knowledge Centre. All over half of all the tourists who visit the island are British.

British expats make up five per cent of Lanzarote’s 130,000 population.

Irish-born Geraldine McFadden, who co-owns a amount of bars and places to eat on the island, instructed the Solar at the weekend: ‘The English and the Irish carry us our bread and butter.

‘They’re the kinds buying beers given that nine o’clock in the early morning.’

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