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Bird of paradise Canary Islands offering lucky person the chance to live in the sun for free

The prize includes return flights, accommodation, co-working space and activities


Spain will be welcoming tourists this summer (stock image)

Spain will be welcoming tourists this summer (stock image)

Spain will be welcoming tourists this summer (stock image)

Irish people longing for a taste of summer now have a chance to win an all-expenses six-month stay in the Canaries.

The Canary Islands Tourist Board is offering one lucky “digital nomad” the opportunity to win an all-expenses paid trip to the sunny archipelago.

The prize includes return flights, accommodation, co-working space and activities.

With remote working now a growing trend that has become even more popular since the pandemic, companies are changing the way they work.

Mobile offices are springing up all over the world to cater for the rise in digital nomads. The Government of the Canary Islands recently announced that it now estimates they will host 20,000 more in the next five years than the 10,000 they had originally planned for.


Houses in Arrieta, Lanzarote

Houses in Arrieta, Lanzarote

Houses in Arrieta, Lanzarote

With high internet speed, an endless summer, 30 natural parks and protected spaces, five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, world-class beaches and an array of original cultural activities, the Canary Islands have become a haven for digital nomads looking for a great work-life balance.

The competition that has been launched today will run for 30 days, and finishes on June 9.

To enter, participants are asked to record themselves answering “What do you do and what would you get out of working from the Canary Islands?”.

Videos should be uploaded to social media using the hashtag #RemoteWorkerWanted and tagging the Canary Islands’ Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or YouTube.

The lucky winner will be chosen by a jury made up of five members, including experts in remote working and in tourism marketing, and will be announced on June 30 on the Canary Islands social media channels.

José Juan Lorenzo, Managing Director of Canary Islands Tourism said they are looking for the best remote worker to develop their project from the Islands.

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“We intend for these teleworkers to compete for a position – which will be published as a job offer on Linkedin – to develop their project from the Canary Islands with travel expenses, co-living spaces, co-working and complementary activities paid for a maximum period of six months,” he said.

The Canary Islands announced a plan to accommodate and promote remote working in the Archipelago in 2020, with the launch of the Office with the Best Climate in the World campaign.

This campaign allocated €500,000 to attract over 30,000 remote workers to the Canary Islands within a decade, with their stays lasting between three to six months.

Among the popular locations are Tazacorte, La Palma; Corralejo in Fuerteventura; and Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

The Canary Islands have been one of Ireland’s favourite holiday destinations for years, with a subtropical climate, 4,800 hours of daylight per year and average temperatures of 23C in summer and 19C in winter.

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