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Cruise liners eye Los Gigantes 

Latvian interest in tourism plan.

The possibility of cruise ships coming in to Los Gigantes has moved another step closer to becoming a reality.

Santiago del Teide council says it has received letters from the Ministry of Development giving the green light to the idea in principle.

Local councillor for trade, Emilio Navarro has also had a meeting with a Latvian entrepreneur who is interested in funding cruise liner arrivals at the marina.

A report from the Ministry of Public Works has confirmed that funding would be available for cruise ships to arrive on the outskirts of the harbour. Passengers would then disembark and be taken to Los Gigantes by small boats.

The conditions here are said to be amongst the best on Tenerife for this type of operation as there is plenty of shelter from the winds. The cruise liners could anchor near the south end of the beach of El Paso which starts south of El Jurado.

The authorities say the cruise ship passengers would be able to spend a day exploring not only Los Gigantes but other areas around it, giving a great boost to tourism and helping to revitalise the commercial areas.

It is estimated that the new cruise tourism would enhance direct and indirect employ-ment to the tune of around 400 to 500 jobs, depending on the scale and frequency of arrivals.