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Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife Improving Toilets

Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife Improving ToiletsThe President of the Government of Tenerife, Carlos Alonso, and the Secretary of State for Tourism, Isabel Maria Oliver, signed a collaboration agreement this week to invest one million euros in three projects in the Municipality of Puerto de la Cruz, whose completion is scheduled for 2020.

These works will improve the Agatha Christie Promenade (373,820 euros), after being considered an historical heritage site, and will improve the changing rooms and toilets of Playa Jardin (345,000 euros), which present evident deterioration, as well as the urban environment (281,179 euros) for other toilets.

In a press conference at the Government, Alonso thanked the “effort of the State to provide resources for the second year in a row in the municipality in the north of Tenerife for a total investment of two million euros from last year.”

Isabel Maria Oliver said “Despite the fact that the tourism sector always makes an emphasis in visitor spaces, the reforms are also important for residents and will allow the municipality to remain a point of tourist excellence.”

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​New Technology to Predict Strong Waves in Tenerife

New Technology to Predict Strong Waves in TenerifeTechnicians from the public company, Grafcan, and the University of Cantabria have developed a predictive system for potential strong waves off the coast of Garachico in the north of Tenerife, and this week explained that the work will involve the installation at sea of a buoy with a reverse profiler.

As indicated in a communique from the Ministry of Territorial Policy, Sustainability and Security, this system will allow data to be obtained that will be used in predictive models, which will then be used to forecast in the medium term strong wave episodes.

Once the buoy is installed, the study will consist of numerically reproducing the historical events of flooding that have occurred in the area in the last 40 years, calibrate the numerical models used and define a methodology to predict the coastal flood events in the area in advance.

Based on these models, a system will be generated that will alert the relevant authorities when flood events are foreseen, so that they can be managed with the greatest possible efficiency for the safety of residents and vehicles in flood-prone areas.

The implementation of this prediction system is based on previous studies carried out by the Ministry’s staff together with Plocan since May 2017, in meetings with the research development group responsible for the Hidralerta system and the Garachico City Council to collect the necessary information for the calibration and validation of the system.

The Deputy Minister of the Environment of the Canary Islands Government, Blanca Perez, said “This project will respond to the needs of the Municipality of Garachico to anticipate the periodic invasions of the sea on the Avenida Maritima and on the TF-42 highway, by allowing preventive measures that will minimise the impact of storm waves.”

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Tenerife South Airport is Obsolete, Has Structural Problems and Needs a New Terminal

Tenerife South Airport is Obsolete, Has Structural Problems and Needs a New TerminalThe Government of Tenerife is going to request Aena to suspend the open bidding process to expand the current terminal of Tenerife South Airport in order to open a negotiation process that culminates with the construction of a new one.

Carlos Alonso, President of the Government of Tenerife, told journalists that he had secured agreement between representatives of the business and tourist sectors, trade unions and tourist board officials that aims for the project to have the greatest political and social consensus.

The Tenerife President pointed out that the island has a firm and close position to defend the future of the airport, which is more than forty years old, is obsolete and presents structural deficits, which cannot be fixed with “a fix.”

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​No More Holiday Rentals in Tenerife for New Properties

No More Holiday Rentals in Tenerife for New Properties

Tenerife is considering prohibiting holiday rentals in homes that are less than 10 years old. The draft of the ordinance that will regulate the urban use of holiday homes in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and proposes the zoning of the municipality into two areas, while setting the conditions that must be met by the buildings in each of them.

In general, properties cannot be used for tourism if they are less than 10 years old, unless they are the result of a refurbishment.

Jose Manuel Bermudez, Mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, began the process of public consultation on the future regulations with a meeting with the administrators of farms. The meeting was also attended by the Councillor for Economic Promotion, Alfonso Cabello and the Town Planning Councillor, Carlos Tarife.

Bermudez explained that the City Council has decided to start the process of the ordinance, with whose approval Santa Cruz will become the first municipality in the Canary Islands to have specific regulations for this type of tourism.

According to the Mayor, “The vacation rental is now a reality at a global level, and is a good opportunity for the economy of Santa Cruz, provided that an effective regulation is established that reconciles the tourist use with the residential one.”

He added, “That is the objective of the ordinance, whose draft we have presented today to the administrators of farms in order to hear their opinion, as we will do in the coming weeks with other entities and organisations of the municipality.”

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​Regasification Plant in Tenerife Unfeasible

Regasification Plant in Tenerife Unfeasible

The National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC) this week issued a public report that has discouraged the construction of a regasification plant in Granadilla in Tenerife one year after ruling on the unfeasibility of the facility.

Last year the National Commission of Markets and Competition said the project of a regasification plant in Granadilla was not viable for the gas system, because it would generate more costs than revenue. It also criticised Enagas, the company that had been proposing this new gas plant, and told it to explain its forecasts of gas demand in the island and the revenues obtained from tolls.

The new report analyses the changes introduced by the General Directorate of Energy Policy and Mines, as the use of gas on the island would reduce the costs of generating electricity thanks to the replacement of diesel fuel, the most expensive fuel currently used.

At present, the Spanish gas system has a deficit or more than 1,000 million euros, which national consumers pay through taxes and tolls on their monthly bills.

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​Regasification Plant in Tenerife Unfeasible

Regasification Plant in Tenerife Unfeasible

The National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC) this week issued a public report that has discouraged the construction of a regasification plant in Granadilla in Tenerife one year after ruling on the unfeasibility of the facility.

Last year the National Commission of Markets and Competition said the project of a regasification plant in Granadilla was not viable for the gas system, because it would generate more costs than revenue. It also criticised Enagas, the company that had been proposing this new gas plant, and told it to explain its forecasts of gas demand in the island and the revenues obtained from tolls.

The new report analyses the changes introduced by the General Directorate of Energy Policy and Mines, as the use of gas on the island would reduce the costs of generating electricity thanks to the replacement of diesel fuel, the most expensive fuel currently used.

At present, the Spanish gas system has a deficit or more than 1,000 million euros, which national consumers pay through taxes and tolls on their monthly bills.

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​Craft and Food Products Presented in Gran Canaria

Craft and Food Products Presented in Gran Canaria

Vecindario in the Municipality of Santa Lucia de Tirajana in Gran Canaria this week held the 15thSoutheast Fair of Gran Canaria.

This event effectively promoted the best products available within this south-east corner of the island. It was estimated to have attracted over one hundred thousand people who came to Vecindario to learn more about local foods and crafts in the area.

The very long Avenida de Canaria in the middle of Vecindario had over 150 craft and food stalls. Many of these had cooking workshops and helped to teach those watching how to enhance the flavours of local foods, and also displayed some of the best local craft products.

This event also included many activities for children, and this year’s Southeast Fair was an occasion for all the family.

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​Marketing Tourism in Fuerteventura

Marketing Tourism in Fuerteventura

This week saw the Fuerteventura Turismo 4.0 Congress, and included an address by Jorge Nuñez, CEO of the Canarian Company, Adquiver to explain the importance of data as a concept of intelligence that can be used to promote tourism.

Nuñez said “Marketing and tourism communication requires knowledge of the tourism sector with intelligence of origin that can be used to implement various tourism marketing strategies, such as video marketing, mobile marketing, social networks, storytelling, experiential and emotional marketing, big data and machine learning.”

Direct sales at source have several advantages for the tourism sector. On the one hand, it reduces the dependence of intermediaries, tour operators and web platforms, which are currently taking around 18% commissions explained Nuñez. On the other hand, these direct digital campaigns are more effective, because they end up addressing the profiles that respond best.

Nuñez said that the key to intelligence at origin is its ability to segment audiences into areas, interests, type of websites visited and endless categories. All these are combined with algorithms that establish patterns of behaviour, resulting in a knowledge of the type of user or ‘target’ before you even make your choice and enjoy your holiday. Therefore, this new approach is more strategic than tactical, and is not only aimed at advertising, but to profile the potential customer.

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American Investors Managing Luxury Hotels in Fuerteventura and Lanzarote

American Investors Managing Luxury Hotels in Fuerteventura and LanzaroteHesperia and Apple Leisure Group this week signed a strategic agreement to operate holiday resorts in Spain under the AMR Resorts brand, under which the American group will manage, starting in 2019, with four hotels that currently operate under a Spanish brand, and with three of these located in the Canary Islands.

According to both companies, throughout this process of transformation and change of brand, the Investor Group Hesperia plans to invest over 20 million euros to remodel these four hotel properties in order to raise their standards to those of luxury AMR Resorts, which is owned by the Apple Leisure Group.

Under this agreement, the hotel Secrets Mallorca Villamil Resort and Spa will open its doors in March 2019, Secrets Lanzarote Resort and Spa and Amigo Fuerteventura Resort will open in May 2019, and in November 2019, Dreams Lanzarote Resort and Spa will reopen from a four star hotel to a five star hotel.

This alliance is the first step of Hesperia’s expansion in Spain after finalising the management agreement of its hotels with NH after the change of control in that company. In fact, Hesperia plans to move forward during the next few months in its expansion and growth plans.

According to CEO of Grupo Inversor Hesperia, Jordi Ferrer, the agreement reached with Apple Leisure will mean raising the profile of its holiday hotels, attracting a greater number of clients from new geographical locations, and begins a new path in the group’s growth and expansion plan.

AM Resorts manages 55 resorts and 21,000 rooms in addition to this new addition of 10,000 rooms, and is expanding its activities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa with Hesperia. The Hesperia Group currently has 28 three, four- and five-star hotels with a total of 3,924 rooms in holiday and city centres.

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​Clowning Around in Fuerteventura Hospital

Clowning Around in Fuerteventura HospitalThis week 78 clowns based in eight Spanish autonomous regions arrived at Fuerteventura Hospital for the first edition of the National Meeting of Clowns and Clowns Hospital.

This event was organised by the hospital clown association of Fuerteventura Hospitran, the event was also watched by Marcial Morales, President of Fuerteventura, Tomas Perez, Director of the Health Area of Fuerteventura, and Daniel Mesa, Artistic Director of Hospitran.

Marcial Morales said “The activities developed by these professional clowns help to humanise and make more bearable the stay of people admitted with various ailments in hospitals, through an intelligent tool, such as humour. It is a privilege and an honour for Fuerteventura to host this event, and will turn the Albergue Insular de Tefia into a national reference for people who work hard to make the lives of others more pleasant in difficult moments of their lives.”

Tomas Perez thanked Hospitran for both the organisation of the event and the activities of the clown doctors who attended the patients in the hospital. Perez said, “They contribute to making the environment warmer and more human, and this is an added value that is often claimed by the families of the people who are admitted, and with their activities, they bring warmth and companionship.”

Daniel Mesa said “This event will place Fuerteventura in the national spotlight, and will serve its assistants to learn, enjoy and share experiences to continue dignifying medical support.”

This event brought almost 80 participants to Fuerteventura from the associations of PayaSOSpital in Valencia, La Sonrisa Medica from the Balearic Islands, Tirita Clown, Elssomierue, Papallassos and Salut I Clowns from Catalonia, Clowntigo Hospital Clowns from Asturias, Algaraclown from Euskadi, TerapiClown from Castilla y Leon, Payapeutas from Castilla-La Mancha, CosquiClown from Asturias, and Perpetuarte from the Canary Islands.

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Unlimited Bus Travel for Residents of Gran Canaria

Unlimited Bus Travel for Residents of Gran CanariaFrom 5 November, residents of Gran Canaria will be able to apply for the Bono Transporte Residente Canario, which gives unlimited bus travel for a cost of 40 euros per month that can be used with Global buses and the yellow Municipal Buses of Las Palmas.

Applications can be submitted through the websites of both bus companies – www.guaguasglobal.comand www.guaguas.com

There are various cards and discount systems offered by both bus companies in Gran Canaria, but from this month, there is now another good value scheme for residents who regularly use buses, and it is hoped that now more residents will use buses, rather than their cars to make journeys across the island. So, for 40 euros per month, residents of Gran Canaria can now have unlimited bus travel with the two main bus companies on the island.

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Sustainable Mobility Plan in La Gomera

Sustainable Mobility Plan in La GomeraThe Government of La Gomera this week approved its Sustainable Mobility Plan.

This project has been prepared over several months, and has much participation from local residents, which is described as very important.

The document released this week seeks strategies to reduce environmental impacts with a more sustainable transport system.

This project has been completed with the involvement of local municipalities and business representatives of the transport sector, and has investigated the difficulties of creating bike lanes due to dispersed population settlements, and the geography of the island. Despite these difficulties, there are plans to create the first bike lane in La Gomera in Alajero.

This plan also focuses on implementing clean energy in public buildings, and to encourage the use of public transport and electric vehicles.

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​Spanish Air Force Provide Spectacular Display in Lanzarote

Spanish Air Force Provide Spectacular Display in Lanzarote

The Patrulla Aguila is an aerobatic flight group of the Spanish Air Force with 11 pilots and 7 planes, and this amazing Eagle Patrol took to the skies this week above Lanzarote to give an aerial display to commemorate the 600thanniversary of the town of Teguise.

For half an hour, these highly skilled pilots flew different figures, manoeuvres and acrobatics in the sky above the beach of Las Cucharas in Costa Teguise.

This unique aerial display attracted hundreds of people to watch this exhibition of aerial acrobats, and to remember the oldest town in Lanzarote and the Canary Islands on its special birthday.

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Solutions Needed in La Palma to Address Flooding After Heavy Rain Storms

Solutions Needed in La Palma to Address Flooding After Heavy Rain StormsThis week’s heavy rain storms in La Palma once again highlighted the problems faced in the streets of Santa Cruz de La Palma.

During severe storms, seawater often causes damage to local shops, but also heavy rainstorms create serious flooding in the city. One example was shown this week when the rain collected many items of litter, including hygienic wipes, which clogged the drains and increased the problems of flooding.

The City Council of Santa Cruz de La Palma has asked the local water company to find solutions that avoid the regular flooding during torrential rain storms, which ends up affecting businesses and homes in the area.

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​Police in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Now Hover Through the Streets

Police in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Now Hover Through the Streets

The City of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is currently investing in renewing the material resources used by its Policia Local officers, but has also come up with a novel idea. Policia Local officers are not actually going to be using hover boards like those in ‘Back to the Future’ films, but will be currently seen using two Segways for patrolling the streets of the capital city.

After having rented these devices for a year to check out their usefulness to Policia Local officers, the City of Las Palmas has decided to buy two for 15,700 euros.

It’s not just that Segways can move faster than criminals running away from crimes, the City of Las Palmas tells us that police officers are more visible than if they are just walking, but now have greater mobility in pedestrian areas, and so can also travel greater distances in less time.

During the Christmas season in the Triana neighbourhood, residents and tourists could spot up to five police officers using Segways to maintain a security presence, and give reassurance to shoppers that the police are never far away and watching out for trouble. These ‘hover boarding’ police officers will also patrol the neighbourhoods of Canteras Beach and the Port area near to Santa Catalina Park.

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