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BAD TRIP Tour Ops Take Alt Route As Strike Bites

Friday September 1, 2017

BAD TRIP Tour Ops Take Alt Route As Strike Bites

The indefinite, continuous strike action at Lanzarote´s main Centres of Art, Culture and Tourism (CACT) is now starting to bite. Eroding profits for local government, along with the island´s image.

However, with no end to the increasingly bitter dispute in sight, tour operators and excursion companies have started to formulate alternative itineraries for holidaymakers who wish to explore Lanzarote - a vital consideration for an island that is widely sold on its range of unique visitor attractions. In a move that is also designed to reduce their current dependence on the Centres both now and in the future.

As a result, a number of local Aetur affiliated companies have created new excursion program operated entirely outside the network of tourist Centres, creating, "a varied cultural and leisure offering". A move which could also translate into more tourist visitors at smaller and non-strike hit attractions, such as the César Manrique Foundation and LagOmar, as well as a greater reliance on visits to natural beauty spots, such as the Valley of 1000 Palms.

These operators have also expressed concern about the negative impact that the strike is having on cross-island tourism, as coach parties from Fuerteventura have disappeared from Lanzarote´s roads since the start of the strike back on August 15th. Whilst the cruise season is also on the horizon, with ships disembarking this month in search of sights to explore.

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