The business organizations of Lanzarote – Lanzarote Tourist Federation, Chamber of Commerce and the Confederation of Entrepreneurs -, strongly criticize Costas’ refusal to grant the necessary permits so that the filming of the Netflix series’ Welcome to Eden ‘could be culminated in Lanzarote, just as planned .

The island’s businessmen have lamented the situation in which these administrative decisions leave the economy and employment, severely affected by the pandemic and so in need of new impulses and projects, damaging both companies linked to the film industry and many others in the service sector such as transport, catering or accommodation, in addition to losing income that the film crew would leave on the island during the months of filming, as in restaurants, commerce, among others.


“Making it difficult to develop projects such as cinematographic ones is devastating for the diversification of the island and its economy. In addition, Lanzarote has a great natural landscape attraction and is considered by the audiovisual industry as a” great natural set, having lost, with this filming , the possibility of exponentially multiplying the promotion of the island through film and television, “warn business organizations.


Cinema and audiovisual fiction behave like a great virtual brochure, inducing tourism and inviting people to discover places where filming has taken place. According to the TCI Research study, more than 80 million travelers choose their destination based on movies and series, a number that has doubled in the last five years. The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism has already set up an exclusive pavilion for “Screentourism”, film tourism, at FITUR 2019.


“The lack of due diligence on the Coasts is one more example of the archipelago’s need to enforce the powers transferred in the matter of Coasts as soon as possible,” they claim.


For this reason, the island’s businessmen urge the Government of the Canary Islands to make effective the powers transferred in terms of Coasts , so that projects that represent an economic injection for companies and employment are not lost, especially at this time where the The pandemic is hitting the archipelago’s economy hard.