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Tourism down slightly in November 2012

The number of foreign passengers passing through airports in the Canary Islands during November (2012) fell by 20,852 people.

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New ‘Canary Fly’ flights for the Canary Islands

Canary Fly, a Canarian based airline, is to offer from today, Monday 10th December 2012, two daily flights operating from Monday to Friday between Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura and between Gran Canaria and Lanzarote.

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Canary Islands to start 2013 with 33.7% unemployment

The Canary Islands will end 2012 with approximately 24,000 more unemployed people that the previous year (2011), which represents a growth in unemployment of 2.2% (year on year).

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Decrease in tourism figures for the Canary Islands during October 2012

Spain received 5.1 million international visitors during October 2012, which represents a drop of 3.2% when compared to the same period last year (2011), breaking the growth trend since the beginning of this year (2012). The same happened in the Canary Islands where last month there was also a decrease (of 2.5%) in the arrival of foreign visitors which totalled 933.880.

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Foreigners who buy property to get ‘Residencia’

The Secretary of State for Trade, Jaime García-Legaz, announced yesterday (Monday, 19th November 2012) that the government is considering changing the law to grant an automatic residence permit (Residencia)to foreigners who purchase property in Spain amounting to more than €160,000.

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Cash payments above €2.500 are banned

Cash payments for an amount of €2,500 euros or higher are to be banned from today (Monday, 19th November 2012) in a measure that the Tax Agency (AEAT) relies on for limiting cases of tax fraud in this type of transaction. This is the only initiative that was published in the BOE on 30th October which had been delayed to allow time for people to get used this new limitation.

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Gran Canarias Maspalomas beach in loses its sand again

beach of Maspalomas in the south of Gran Canaria has lost its sand again due the recent bad weather and now the project to regenerate the beach by moving 45,000 cubic meters of sand by lorries from Punta de la Bajeta is on hold.

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12 cruise ships bring over 23,000 tourists to Gran Canaria

Over the next week a total of 12 cruise ships will visit the Santa Catalina harbour in Gran Canaria bringing over 23,000 tourists to the island. Yesterday 6,723 tourists arrived at the harbour and visited the city. Tomorrow (Saturday 27th October 2012) will be the busiest day with the arrival of 8,133 passengers on a total of four cruise ships which will be docking at the harbour.

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Canary Islands receive over 750,000 tourists in September 2012

Canary Islands received 750,780 foreign tourists during September 2012, bringing the total number of tourists visiting the islands so far this year to 7,370,000 according to a survey carried out by Frontur and released today by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism. This shows a slight decrease of 0.4% when compared to September 2011, which is due to lower tourist arrivals from the UK. In Spain, during the first nine months of the year, 47 million people visited the country, an increase of 3.8% over the same period in 2011.

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There are three main police forces in Gran Canaria, the Policía Local, the Guardia Civil, and the Policía National (CNP). The duties of the forces are mutually supportive.
The local police take care of local citizens, patrolling beaches, streets, controlling traffic and handling minor offences, complaints and lost and found.

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