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“Don’t take us for a ride over prices” says Ashotel 

Hoteliers in the Canary Islands are calling for the setting up of a special watchdog commission to monitor air and sea prices for fear of “being taken for a ride”.

The Hotel Association of Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro wants a new Aerial Connectivity Prices Observatory created. This coincides with the imminent entry into force of the 75 per cent discount on tickets for Canarian residents between the archipelago and the peninsula.

Ashotel president, Jorge Marichal expressed the concern of the sector which had already noticed an increase in prices in the maritime sector, despite the fact that the number of passengers has grown.

“Who is controlling this so it does not happen?” he asked.

Sr. Marichal urged the Government of the Canary Islands and the State Government to create a commission together with the tourist patrons of the archipelago and, if necessary, also with the airlines “so that we are not taken for a ride over prices.”

He said that when a Canarian resident buys a plane ticket through the internet, the first question asked is whether or not they are a resident. Instead, they should be offered the ticket price and availablity and then the discount applied so they know they are getting the full amount off.