“Illegal letting” discussion page
I’ve added this page for discussion about the illegal letting situation. As B Freeman says in his comment HERE, “There are other ideas that I’d like to kick around but I don’t want to crowd out Janet’s page too much”.
His comment was:
The latest official tourism statistics are interesting:
Overnight stays in hotels fell by 10% in March over the same month of 2011, as a result of a reduction by 8% of travelers staying, which means a difference of 74,392-year travelers less. This drop in the number of overnight stays is not offset by the growth of the average stay of travelers come in, which amounted to 6.45 nights.
The rate of room occupancy census stood at 79.41%, suffering a fall 6 points over the same month last year.
One frost doesn’t make a winter, but if this trend continues it might become obvious to the authorities that making private rentals unavailable doesn’t result in visitors choosing hotels instead. Tourists do have a choice. They can choose Cyprus, Israel, Egypt and many other places.
In addition to the proposed petition and lobbying by ALOTCA, which may eventually get results but will take a long time, I am in favour of a media campaign to win hearts and minds. I guess ALOTCA will be doing this too, but so much can also be done by individuals, for example: blogs, tweets, and youtube. I think there’s scope for someone to make a video showing the abandoned and decaying apartment blocks and commercial areas of which there are plenty of examples in the south of Gran Canaria.
Please feel free to discuss at your leisure.