Moratorium On New Tourist Builds To Become Permanent

February 7, 2013

The moratorium on new hotel and holiday apartment builds, introduced in 2001, will become permanent under new legislation being drafted by the Canary Islands government.

The proposal, which applies to all but luxury accommodation, passed its first reading in parliament yesterday, despite the dismissal of amendments proposed by the PP.

The Minister of Environment and Regional Policy, Berriel Domingo, stressed that it is not a “temporary rule or an extension” but a permanent law to regulate the growth of the tourism sector,” adding that no more land in the islands would be classified as for touristic use “because there is already enough vacant”.