They Are Back!


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Arrecife has started the new cruise season this September with figures that invite optimism and reflect that the recovery of tourism travelling by transatlantic liners is booming. The stops this Saturday of the Anthem of the Seas liners, and the MSC Virtuosa with 14,000 people, "invigorated commercial and hospitality activity in the capital of Lanzarote." Calle Real, the surroundings of the San Ginés church and the entire bank of the Charco de San Ginés saw a huge presence of tourists on the day, which coincided with the traditional market day in Arrecife.

The Anthem of the Seas, with American tourists, will make more stops in the coming weeks in Arrecife with passengers, mostly of American origin. The Royal Caribean company has this ship, among the largest in its fleet, with circuits through the Canary Islands, Morocco and Portugal this fall.

According to the forecasts of the Port Authority of Las Palmas, with the requests of the shipping companies, the port of Arrecife will be the one that experiences the greatest increase in berths, compared to the figures before the COVID pandemic. The rabbitry capital has 242 new stops scheduled in this new season, added to the two yesterday Saturday, compared to the 232 registered in the pre-covid stage.

The mayor of Arrecife, and member of the Board of Directors of the Port Authority of Las Palmas, Yonathan de León Machín, has highlighted that "the city has a great improvement underway in its port facilities, especially those destined to receive tourism from cruise ships".

Precisely, this Monday, the first mayor has a working meeting, at the headquarters of the Mayor's Office of Arrecife, with the president of the Port Authority of Las Palmas, Beatriz Calzada, to study the future development of the port area of the capital of Lanzarote.

The mayor highlighted that, "in a planned manner, the modernization of the Arrecife seafront is underway with the execution of several municipal works." Several of these works, such as the transformations of Canalejas, Valls de la Torre and Manolo Millares streets, will be completed this fall, and others by the winter of 2024, with the pedestrianization of a section of Fred Olsen Avenue, next to El Reducto , a beach very frequented in winter by cruise passengers arriving at the port of Arrecife.

Mayor Yonathan of León, recalled that the works to expand the cruise ship dock are currently being carried out in the port area, with an investment of almost 12 million euros, and the imminent start of the works for the construction of the new passenger terminal at the Arrecife cruise ship dock, thanks to an administrative concession from the Port Authority.

For her part, the Councilor for Tourism, Commerce, Sports and Human Resources, Eli Merino - who has among her objectives for this mandate to relaunch the island's capital as the epicenter of leisure, shopping and healthy living - has highlighted that tourism Cruises energize the city, help the economy, and activate the commercial and hospitality sector with their stops, as seen this weekend in Arrecife with the disembarkation of 14,000 people in a single day.

For the mayor of Tourism and Commerce, Eli Merino, it is important that this increase in stopovers for the new season, about half, 110, are scheduled from now until the end of the year, which will make it possible for hospitality, leisure, commercial, transportation and excursions, have a great economic complement in this next quarter.