Popular Canary Islands hotel faces demolition

Canary hotel faces demolition
By Linsey McNeill
05/03/2024
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A RIU-owned hotel featured by TUI and other travel companies in the UK is facing the threat of demolition.

The Ministry of Ecological Transition has ordered the three-star all-inclusive RUI Oliva Beach Resort on Fuerteventura to be knocked down.

The 800-room hotel sits on Grandes Playas beach on maritime-terrestrial public land within the protected area of the Corralejo Natural Park.

RIU-owned Geofond Numero Uno Lanzarote was granted a concession to operate the hotel and apartment complex in 2003 on the land, in exchange for ceding ownership of Lobos Island to the State, according to Canarian Weekly.

However, the Ministry has accused Geafond of ‘repeated breaches’, including unauthorised building and a failure to dedicate a portion of the area for public use.

The Ministry ordered the demolition of illegal structures in 2022, but the company has failed to comply so the Ministry declared last week that the concession had expired.

RIU has told local media it will ‘explore all legal avenues’ to prevent the hotel being knocked down.

It is arguing that the Ministry’s resolution is not legally binding.

“The rule of law remains our recourse, and we trust that justice will prevail in the courts,” it said in a press release.

In a statement later issued to Travel Gossip, RIU said it considers the measures ‘arbitrary and without foundation’. It said that the ministerial decision ‘lacks valid arguments and is part of a premeditated strategy to close the hotel, which has always operated legally’.

It added: “RIU criticizes the manipulation of facts by the Ministry and its obstruction of the hotel’s refurbishments, and guarantees to defend its rights in all judicial processes that are opened from now on.

“The hotel chain also denounces potential economic and social damages for the island of Fuerteventura due to the possible closure of the hotel.”

The Government of the Canary Islands President Fernando Clavijo is supporting RIU, arguing that the Ministry’s ruling ‘invades the Canary Islands’ coastal powers’.

*This article was updated at 4.30pm on 5 March to include RIU’s statement.

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