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Canary 75 per cent travel discount has “led to increase in ticket prices” 

Calls are growing in the Canary Islands for a more efficient system related to the residents’ travel discount of 75 per cent within Spain to avoid “crafty” price increases.

The campaign is being backed by Ashotel, the hotel employers’ association for Tenerife, La Palma, La Go-mera and El Hierro which wants to see the setting up of an Air Connectivity Price Observatory.

Ashotel, in line with the Canary Executive, says it has noticed an increased in ticket prices for air and land journeys since the 75 per cent re-sidents’ dicsount was intro-duced which, they say, is unfair and defeats the purpose in the first place.

As well as the setting up of a watchdog body, Ashotel wants to make it illegal on websites to ask at the outset if the person wanting a quote is a Canary resident. Hoteliers say the general quote should be given first and then the 75 per cent discount given, not the other way round. This would guarantee transparency and should apply to any travel portals, as well as the airline sites themselves.

“It should be forbidden to ask at the beginning of the search if the passenger is a resident of the Canary Islands or not,” says the group in a statement. “A transparent tariff policy should ask exclusively for the route you want to make, the dates and times of preference, and only when making the payment is when you must request this information from the user to apply the corresponding resident discount. Otherwise, it may lead to irregular practices.”

 Ashotel has sent a letter to the six parliamentary speakers of the Canarian Chamber (CC, PSOE, PP, Podemos, NC and Mixto) to show their concern.

They originally made their call for an Air Connectivity Price Observatory four months ago and just recently, the idea received the support of the Canary president, Fernando Clavijo.

“This instrument should allow an analytical and continuous evolution of the behaviour of air ticket prices and the effect of the 75 per cent bonus on these,” says Ashotel.

Ashotel says that what in principle has been cause for celebration, both in the social and political, can become a real problem with a double side.

The group believes travel ticket prices are being increased so that with the 75 per cent discount, the companies don’t miss out as much.

Concern is being expressed that this could put Spanish people coming to the Canaries for a holiday in times when there needs to be more concentration on the domestic market to fill the gap left by international markets such as the British.

The Canaey Executive has joined the warnings and requests for measures.