Tenerife will have its motorway ring road by 2014 or 2015, the Canarian Government Minister for Public Works and Transport, Juan Ramón Hernández, announced in a press conference on Thursday. Sr Hernández said that the stretch between Icod de los Vinos and El Tanque was well underway, as was the section between Adeje y Santiago del Teide, as indeed many who live in the south can confirm. This latter piece of motorway alone is costing 140 million Euros. The connecting stretch between Santiago del Teide and El Tanque, which includes around twelve kilometres of tunneling, was approaching completion, said Sr Hernández, and it was aREAD MORE

Between 13 and 26 July, the Arona areas of Las Galletas, Costa del Silencio, and Palm Mar will be hosting the II Ruta Gastronómica Marinera (Seafood Route) “Arona en Mil Sabores” (Arona in 1,000 flavours). Between 7pm and 9pm, participating businesses will be offering tapas of the best delicacies the southern sea and coast provide, drinks included, for just €3. The promotion, by Arona Ayuntamiento, is supported by the Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Entrepreneurs, Traders, and professionals of the municipality, and the Canarian Employment Service. Businesses which have so far confirmed their participation are: Las Galletas: La Vieja Pandorga, Pizzería Euro, and LaREAD MORE

El Médano will stage the first Tourism and Sports Fair on Saturday 18 July. The fair is being organized by Granadilla Ayuntamiento and will start at 10.30 am, finishing at 8pm after a full day of basketball, beach volleyball, fishing, virtual bicycle racing (exercise bikes?!), aerobics, walking on Montaña Roja, canoeing, windsurfing, kite surfing, surf boarding, diving, and martial arts, among other activities. In addition, there will be a prize draw for participants and those who buy items and services promoted in the Fair. The Tourism and Sports Councillors, María Candelaria Rodríguez and Pedro Miranda gave a presentation in Hotel Médano to inaugurate the Fair,READ MORE

The latest tourist figures for the Canaries have been announced and it’s not looking any better. In fact, June’s figures have added to the despair felt in many sectors this year at what is being called a “catastrophic” drop in visitors. In June, the Canaries welcomed 497,764 holidaymakers, down 123,232 from 2008, a year-on-year fall of 19,84%, representing the worst month of 2009 second only to the 19.89% drop in March. Almost half of the missing tourists are British, with 21% (57,000 ) fewer in June; German visitors are down 15.9%, Irish 34.82%, and Norwegian 34%. Overall in the first half of 2009, the islandsREAD MORE

It looks as though the long-running saga over the legality of La Laguna’s Al Campo galería is coming to an end with the Tenerife President, no less, giving the nod to a licence for the formerly illegal extension. Amidst various sidelong glances and snide remarks about corruption, Ricardo Melchior has justified his approval by saying that the galería has existed for four years and has not had an adverse effect on small and medium-sized business. Many say that the Cabildo has just ridden roughshod over even the Canarian High Court, which has demanded the galería’s closure, but most, I suspect, will just be glad toREAD MORE

As of Monday 13 July, the Adeje end of the motorway heading towards Los Cristianos will be reduced to one lane. The slow lane will be closed for 350 metres from the Atalaya roundabout and the feeder lane from the Armeñime road will be shut off. This is in order for works to be carried out to remove the hard shoulder and resurface as part of the motorway extension. Works are expected to last a month. Drivers who approach the motorway from the Armeñime road are advised to take the back road through the industrial estate, which will be signposted as a detour. I suspectREAD MORE