17th Nov 2023 @ 9:00 am

Lanzarote’s push for quality tourism is unlikely to be helped by a recent article in the Manchester Evening News, in which a woman claimed a return flight to Lanzarote was “cheaper than a night at my local”.

Health worker Nicola Stafford and her niece Lily- Mae bought a £45 Ryanair return ticket to Lanzarote, departed from Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport in the early morning and returned in the evening of the same day.

They hopped on a bus to Puerto del Carmen, checked out a shopping centre and sunbathed on the beach before taking sangria at a beach bar. However, they have been criticised after admitting that they then sneaked into a hotel “to use the facilities” and remained by the pool for two hours, telling other guests that they were residents at the resort.

“We just said ‘Hola’ and pretended we were a resident [at the hotel]. We went in and explored the hotel and relaxed on the sun loungers. It was a beachfront hotel so it had really nice scenery and we just sunbathed under the palm trees.”

Stafford claimed thew whole day cost her just £86, saying this is less than she would spend “in a night at my local”. “It’s definitely worth it”, said Stafford.

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