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“Don’t neglect our coastal areas!” 

Business leaders in the Canaries claim the coastal areas are being severely neglected despite being a major part of the islands’ tourism appeal.

Ashotel, the Hotel Asso-ciation of Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, and the Tenerife Circle of Busi-nesses (CEST) say many projects are talked about but take too long to come to fruition, if at all, due to lack of funding or decisons.

Among these are the beaches of Martiánez (Puerto de la Cruz), Los Tarajales (Arona) and Valleseco (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) and the coastal walk from the beach of Callado in Los Cristianos to La Enramada (Adeje). Renovation of the promenade at Las Galletas is also awaiting a single permisison.

They are calling for the creation of a fund for infra-structures and actions on the coasts of the Canary Islands, similar to the one that was launched during the presi-dency of Rodríguez Zapatero for an amount of 50 million euros per year but which was suspended in 2012 with the Government of the PP.

Ashotel and the CEST say it is not acceptable given the importance of tourism to have to wait years for the execution of projects.

“We need greater flexibility and speed,” said Juan Pablo González on behalf of As-hotel.

The two organisations also want regeneration of the sand on certain beaches and a proper policy to avoid the closure of beach bars in Arona and Adeje in August.

Other items on their wishlist include control of the holiday rental activity in the Canaries which currently account for 30 per cent of the regulated supply of tourist beds and another look at the time-share rules.

CEST and Ashotel say the third lane of the TF-1 on the San Isidro-airport-Playa de Las Américas stretch is still desperately needed, together with the renovation of the south airport terminal.

The demands were made during a meeting with Spain’s Minister of Industry, Co-mmerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto.