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Tenerife, the largest and most populous of Spain’s Canary Islands, is a destination that is discarding much of its earlier holiday-home baggage. On top of a reputation formed during the 1970s and 1980s for raucous, low-end tourism and unexciting

 

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Keep your passport safe while visiting the Canary Islands

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British consulates in Las Palmas and Tenerife join forces with airport authorities to warn visitors of the consequences of losing a passport while on holiday

As part of a joint initiative with the British Consulate, all airports in the Canary Islands are now displaying digital banners advising passengers to keep their passports safe while on holiday.

Almost 600 British holidaymakers lost their passports in the Canary Islands last year* and, as a result, had to spend valuable holiday time and money at a British Consulate obtaining an emergency travel document (ETD) in order to get home.

British Consul for the Canary Islands, Charmaine Arbouin said:

“We would like to thank the airport authorities for their support in tackling this issue. We all understand the importance of tourism to the islands and we want all four million British tourists to enjoy their time here.

“Losing a passport and having to replace it while on holiday can be expensive, time-consuming and stressful, and can spoil an otherwise enjoyable visit.”

The aim of the airport banners is to catch holidaymakers as they are arriving and encourage them to think about how to keep their passport safe while on holiday.

Ms Arbouin added:

“The safest place for a passport is usually locked away or, if you have to take it with you, in a zipped bag or pocket.”

The initiative, which is part of a global Foreign Office campaign urging Britons to be #PassportAware when travelling abroad, is spearheaded in the Canary Islands by the British Vice Consuls in Gran Canaria and Tenerife, Esther Martin and Helen Keating, and their respective consular teams.

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Consul raises Brit issues with new President

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Charmaine Arbouin also urges residents to register with local authorities

Support for British residents and sustainable tourism topped the agenda during a recent meeting between the British Consul for the Canary Islands, Charmaine Arbouin, and newly-elected President of the Canarian Autonomous Government, Fernando Clavijo Batlle.

President Clavijo heard how the local British community, consulate, local authorities and charities work together to provide support for those in need.

The President also welcomed the consulate’s efforts to promote safety amongst tourists and residents, including initiatives to reduce the number of preventable drownings and lost passports.

For her part, Consul Charmaine Arbouin raised concerns about the impact of proposed tourism protection measures on British tourist interests on the islands.

She said:

“It is reassuring to know that Sr. Clavijo is already aware of many of the issues facing British nationals in the Canaries, including those around holiday property rentals.

“I am encouraged by his commitment to seek a balanced and sustainable approach to tourism in the Canaries, with improvements both to infrastructure and to the quality of accommodation.”

Ms Arbouin added:

“The President was particularly interested in our collaboration with local authorities and charities, and I would encourage British residents who have yet to register on the padrón to go to their local town hall to do so, so that they don’t miss out on vital social services they may need in future.”

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Canary Islands – tourists need to spend money outside all-inclusives

Fernando Clavijo, newly elected president, wants to create jobs and boost economy by encouraging holidaymakers to increase spending

 

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