31/05/2012 Lanzarote (BG) - Employers’ federation Aetur has claimed a number of companies across Lanzarote, who, during the summer months, offer adventure tourism excursion such as scuba diving, are operating independently “without a license”, “do not possess insurance” and are “not paying taxes”.
They have warned of the “danger this entails” not just for the individual participating, but also for the tourism sector as a whole as it damages the image of the destination. Aetur have now called on the Gobierno de Canarias (Government of the Canary Islands) to draw up an act that will ensure the efficient regulation of the adventure tourism sector.
In recent years adventure tourism has experienced an increase in popularity and therefore has increased its importance within the island’s tourism industry. It is hoped this act will lead to a significant reduction in the number of unlicensed operators, and limit possible accidents to a minimum.
During a meeting with the "Dirección General de Ordenación del Turismo del Ejecutivo Regional (the general director of tourism management for the region), Aetur insisted that companies who offer adventure excursions be covered by insurance and meet “tourist quality and safety standards”.
According to data collected in the latest survey conducted by the turística realizada por el Cabildo de Lanzarote, (Tourism Council of Lanzarote), 7.38% of tourists revealed leisure and recreational activities, such as adventure tourism, were the highlight of their holiday. A further 3.8% of those surveyed stated that adventure tourism alone was the primary factor behind their decision to come to the island.
Aetur went on to mention recreational diving is today regulated by an outdated act, and is such, counterproductive to the development of the diving in the adventure tourism industry and wants this problem addressed.