Warning to all British tourists traveling to Lanzarote and Tenerife

A plea has been sent to all British holidaymakers traveling to Lanzarote and Tenerife.

The Canary Islands’ Tourism Minister, Jessica de León, has urged tourists not to cancel their holidays as thousands of people joined anti-tourism protests in Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and La Palma on Saturday.

Signs reading “we don’t want to see our island die” and “stop hotels” were seen as thousands of people took to the streets. Despite the protests, Jessica de León, head of regional tourism, told The Telegraph that the Canary Islands remain open for business.

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Ms de León said: “It is still safe to visit the Canary Islands, and we are happy to welcome you.” Tourism represents 35% of the Canary Islands’ economy and accounts for 40% of employment in the archipelago.

Protesters say they are not against the tourism sector but want limits on the number of tourists to ease pressure on the Canary Islands’ environment, infrastructure and housing situation.

Protester Lydia Morale told the BBC: “The biggest problem is that the mass tourism model has been unyielding on the island… (for) decades, and it is only destroying the island… and the lives of the residents here. “