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Canary entrepreneurs turn their attention to cutting cybercrime 

Europol, the Civil Guard, National Police and the Prosecutor’s Office will discuss cybercrime in the tourism sector at HackHotel 2017 to be held in Tenerife.

The Canary Islands is the eighth autonomous community in number of cybercrime complaints, according to the latest study by the Ministry of Interior.

This first National Congress of Hotel Cybersecurity organised by the Hotel and Extra-Hotel Association of Tenerife , La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, Ashotel, will take place on October 10th and 11th in the Tenerife Auditorium Adán Martín. More than 300 professionals, public bodies and companies are expected to attend to raise awareness of the importance of prevention and protection on the internet.

‘Cybercrime and the tourism sector’ will be the first debate scheduled within the congress, and will take place on the morning of October 10th.

According to the latest study on cybercrime in Spain, made in 2016 by the Ministry of the Interior, Spain last year registered more than 66,500 cybercrime, of which the vast majority (45,800) corresponded to the typology of computer fraud. Other registered cybercrimes deal with threats and coercion, computer forgery, illegal access and interception, crimes against honour, data and system interference, sexual offences and against intellectual and industrial property.

By autonomous communities, Andalusia heads the global list of cybercrimes based on the number of complaints (13,052) and the Canary Islands occupies the eighth position (2,934), according to the aforementioned study.

“The good figures recorded in recent times in the islands in terms of the number of tourists make this archipelago an attractive place for the commission of this type of crimes,” said a spokesman for Ashotel.

“Being prepared to identify, prevent and combat cyber-crime is the main objective of HackHotel in broad outlines. This professional congress aims to raise the awareness of both tourism entrepreneurs as well as technicians and companies in the Information and Communication Technolo-gies (ICT) sector that we must be even more on prevention and protection, as well as on the incorporation of cybersecurity in the process of innovation.”

HackHotel is born out of the concern of the Canary Islands hotel entrepreneurs, especially those who make up Ashotel, in the face of the recent events related to cybersecurity in some accommodation establishments and other tourist companies. Tourism in the Canary Islands is the real engine of its economy, since it represents 32% of its GDP and more than 30% of the existing employment in the Islands is directly and indirectly related to the tourism sector.