Lanzarote and Tenerife issue 'manifesto' to deal with UK tourism 'crisis'

Canary Islands protesters and demonstrators have issued a "manifesto" as the tensions continue to sweep the European Union holiday hotspot. Tenerife and Lanzarote, as well as Majorca, have seen protests break out over what locals perceive to be "overtourism".

Now, protest groups in the Canaries - which remain hugely popular with UK holidaymakers - have issued their demands. The protests have largely been sparked by a lack of affordable housing in the sun-kissed destinations, as well as a lack of jobs and poor standard of living.

Activists in La Palma want the island's authorities to rethink tourism amid calls for better wages, more affordable housing and climate concerns. A collective made up of 27 groups from La Palma have slammed the approach adopted by Tenerife councils and government back in 2021.

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It saw tourist numbers creep up, but the groups have called on local government chiefs to prioritise "climate, energy, water, food, living standards, inequalities and housing." They argue the current approach "is not sustainable and compromises the future of La Palma".

They want better wages and work, as well as the climate crisis prioritised. They also want decent wages, support for local trade, decent jobs, affordable housing and protection of public health services, the groups - who've published the manifesto this week - say.

The signatories say the "true strength" of La Palma lies in its people and nature. They want "to build a future that faces climate and social challenges, promoting justice and equity" while appealing for collective action "to build a better island for all".

Tourism accounts for 35 percent of the Canary Islands' GDP with millions flocking to the islands every summer. As well as Lanzarote and Tenerife, were similar protests in the Balearic Islands, with demos breaking out in March, April, May AND June.

As many as 10,000 people marched through Palma de Mallorca in May ahead of the summer holiday season.