Agents of the Internal Security and Administrative Police Operational Unit (UOSIPA) of the General Corps of the Canary Islands Police opened a disciplinary file, last weekend, against a false active tourism company for carrying out sports activities without the corresponding titles or permits .
Specifically, two agents, accompanied by an accredited official canyoning guide, located in the Badajoz ravine, in the municipality of Güímar (Tenerife), a false guide and a collaborator carrying out, together with twelve clients, activities of hiking and canyoning.
According to the investigations carried out by the agents, the company was not registered as an active tourism company and offered its hiking and canyoning services through social networks. In addition, the payments were allegedly made without invoices through the Bizum platform, with prices significantly lower than the usual rates for these activities.
The agents verified that both the guide and the collaborator lacked the mandatory official qualification for this type of activity, in addition to not proving that they were insured.
Likewise, the clients did not have approved material for this activity —they used skating helmets or climbing harnesses instead of their own for canyoning—, nor did they have an auxiliary rescue rope, which is mandatory for this type of service.
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To these breaches we must add that to carry out this activity in the aforementioned ravine, permission must be requested from the Cabildo de Tenerife, which they did not have either.
For all these reasons, it has been proposed to penalize this false company before the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce of the Government of the Canary Islands for allegedly failing to comply with Decree 226/2017, of November 13, which approves the Regulation establishing the legal regime for the development of active tourism activities; and Law 7/1995, of April 6, on the Regulation of Tourism in the Canary Islands.
The possible penalty he faces ranges from 30,001 to 300,000 euros for infringing section 3 of Article 75 of the aforementioned law, which states that non-compliance with current provisions regarding tourist infrastructure, rules and regulations is considered a very serious infraction. of quality or provision of services.