The Oliva Beach hotel is famous as one of Fuerteventura’s first major hotels – the place where the Spanish duo Baccara were discovered in the 1970s. However, it has also had a long history of controversy, being subject to demolition orders that were reversed after owners RIU handed over the rights to the Isle of Lobos.
The cautionary suspension of renovation work on the hotel is the latest action and was taken by the Spanish Department of Ecological Transition, which assumed control over the coast from the Canarian Coastal Department.
Tourist federations have condemned the suspension as “shocking” and claim it will affect the jobs of up to 400 employees.
The controversy comes at a sensitive time for Fuerteventura – the only Canary Island where tourist numbers have fallen this year.
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