The lifeguard and beach attendant at Los Guíos beach in Los Gigantes, Antonio José Plasencia, has given evidence that he specifically advised the British victim of the tragedy, Marion Auril O’Hara, that the beach was unsafe and that she should leave the area, but that she took no notice of him. Sr Plasencia said that he told many people that they should not be in the region of the unsafe cliffs, but whereas some obeyed him, others did not. He also confirmed that the area had been roped off for around a month before the disaster, and that warning signs were checked and placed daily,READ MORE

The Canaries’ stand in the World Travel Market in London’s ExCel Centre has won first price for best stand. The Canaries’ Tourism Minister, Rita Martín, was delighted with the award, and said that without doubt it would help the team to continue tirelessly to achieve the islands’ touristic potential.  Canarias7 Original Post 9 November: Over 50,000 people are expected to descend on the ExCel Centre, in London, over the next few days to visit the World Travel Market (WTM), which opens today. The Canaries have a huge stand to market their presence to the world travel industry at one of the three most important tourismREAD MORE

The 28 kilometre Adeje-Santiago del Teide TF1 extension should be completed by October 2011 if there are no unexpected delays. Moreover, works are proceeding so well that the Armeñime bridge junction should be in operation this December. To avoid confusion, the Armeñime bridge junction is not directly in the town of Armeñime, but further uphill and towards Guía de Isora. This is, therefore, a new and different roundabout junction to the current Atalaya end of the motorway. The upbeat explanation of the new junction and bridge that is currently well advanced in construction was provided earlier today by project engineer Alfonso Hoyos, accompanied by theREAD MORE

Today is the deadline for registering PAYG mobile phones, regardless of network. As posted HERE in early August, the Spanish Interior Ministry, equivalent to the UK’s Home Office, has been urging all users of Pay As You Go mobile phones to register them by 9 November. Any which are not registered by close of business today will be deactivated. Several million PAYG users have still not registered their phones, however, and others left it so late that phone company computers were overwhelmed by the demand, and they were sent away in frustration. Any which are still unregistered tomorrow will be shut off, but users haveREAD MORE

Up to 100 more workers are set to lose their jobs as Puerto de la Cruz hotels Xibana Park and La Paz look about to close. Union sources also say that the company that owned the hotels, Quality Hotels & Resort SL, owed employees wages for September and October, as well as holiday payments. The business went into administration last December, but receivers now say that it is not financially viable. They have applied to the Mercantile Court to cease trading. Unions are in despair over the loss of jobs, and the knock-on effect this will have on tourism in Puerto de la Cruz, asREAD MORE

Mystery surrounds a motor cyclist who was killed around 6pm yesterday evening when his motorbike left the road near the new San Isidro bridge at Los Cardones on the southbound TF1. Trafico officers and police from the main Las Américas station attended the scene in some numbers, but apart from establishing that the bike had a foreign numberplate, have so far been unable to identify its rider, who was not carrying any identity papers. All that is clear at the moment is that he was between 40 and 50 years of age.  El DiaREAD MORE