​Adeje approves airport motion

 

At its monthly session today, Friday June 30th, the Adeje council voted on a motion to urge the regional government to tell the state to set in train, as soon as possible, work to build a second runway at Reina Sofia airport. This comes following the seven-hour airport shut down after the tyres on a plane burst on landing earlier this week.

This was what is termed an ‘institutional motion’ with full support from all parties and elected members of the Adeje council and was proposed by the ruling socialists. All those who spoke in favour stated the importance of a second runway and terminal to the area, and included the provision that the regional government offer all necessary assistance to the state in ensuring that this becomes reality.

The party representatives speaking on the issue during the meeting stressed the relevance of the airport as a key infrastructure not just for transport and mobility within the island but also a determining factor in the tourism industry, as the main economic motor of the Canaries.

 

The right to be different!

 

Equal under the law, different by right
Today, June 28th, Adeje has joined in the celebrations to mark International LGBIT Rights Day, as part of the months’ long Pride celebrations all over the world. A rights manifesto was co-published with the Asociación Algarabía, which, among other things, stated as a fundamental premise the rights granted to any individual regardless of her or his sexual orientation or gender identification; “Equal under the law and different by right”.


Early on the morning of Saturday, 28 June 1969, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender individuals rioted following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn a gay bar in New York City. This riot and further protests and rioting over the following nights were the watershed moment in modern LGBT rights movements and the impetus for organizing LGBT pride marches on a much larger public scale.


Today, while Pride events take place in many counties, the rights of many are still not recognised or given equal status on a global scale, In Tenerife the Orgullo/Pride 2017 has seen 53 different events happening around the island, five in Adeje, organised by the Asociación Algarabía, and supported by the Tenerife Cabildo and the regional government under the general theme, “Human Rights Make A Difference”.
According to local equality councillor Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro, “Spain has always been one of the European countries that has pushed strongly for equal rights laws (referring in particular to the equal right to marry, passed into law here 12 years ago) which fundamentally seek to guarantee equality for all”.

Adeje Summer University, opening address

 


Carlos Vogeler, executive director of the World Tourism Organisation, will open the Adeje Summer University

This year the Adeje Summer University celebrates 25 years since it first opened it’s doors to students in South Tenerife. The course offer always has a healthy inclusion of tourism-related topics, given that the industry is the economic motor for these islands, and this year the inaugural address will be made by Carlos Vogeler, executive director for member relations of the World Tourism Organisation.

Vogeler, born in Venezuela, is a tenured professor at University “Rey Juan Carlos”, Madrid, at the Dpt. of Business Economics, a regular lecturer at Spanish and International Universities and author of various university text books, as well as numerous articles on international tourism structure.

Mr. Vogeler started his career in the private sector at Pullmantur, one of the largest Spanish Tour Operators. He also played an active role in the board of directors of the Spanish Travel Agencies Association of Travel Agencies and in UFTAA (United Federation of Travel Agent’s Associations), were he chaired the committee on road transportation. From 1991 to 2008 he served in various senior management positions at Group RCI, part of Wyndham Worldwide, where he was Managing Director for South-Western Europe, covering Spain, France, Portugal and Benelux and later Vice president of Global Account Strategy & Industry Relations.

He was elected Chairman of the Affiliate Members of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) from 2005 to 2008, representing Group RCI. Since 1997 he had been serving as Vice President of the board of the Affiliate Members and Chairman of the Business Council and member of the UNWTO Strategic Group. He is also a founding member of the Spanish Association of Experts in Tourism (AECIT) and was a member of the International Association of Experts in Tourism (AIEST).

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. The UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.

UNWTO generates market knowledge, promotes competitive and sustainable tourism policies and instruments, fosters tourism education and training, and works to make tourism an effective tool for development through technical assistance projects in over 100 countries around the world. The organisation’s membership includes 157 countries, 6 Associate Members and 500 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.

Carlos Vogeler will present the inaugural address of the Adeje Summer University on Friday July 14th at 12 noon, and the following day will take the opportunity to meet with local authorities and sector representatives.

Music to our ears

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adeje is showing its classical side this weekend with two free events open to the public on Thursday and Friday.

On June 29th, Thursday, the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra will give a chamber music concert in the Adeje convent, from 8.30pm. The orchestra will be conducted by Werner Hink.

On Friday June 30th, also at 8.30pm, and in the auditorium of the Cultural Centre, there will be a live streaming of the Puccini opera, Madame Butterfly, featuring Adeje tenor Jorge de León in one of the leading roles. The opera is being staged as part of national Opera Week in the Teatro Real in Madrid, and the performance will also be broadcast from 10pm on Televisión Española at 10pm. There is no charge to attend the streaming at the Cultural Centre.

A child, a meal, a book

On Sunday June 25th the roads around Troya beach will echo to the ‘vroooom vroooom’ of Ferraris Porches, Lamborghinis, Bugattis and even a Corvette and  Mustang or two – all there to take part in the 2017 Tenerife Motorshow organised by the Rotary Club in conjunction with the Adeje and Arona councils.

The overall aim of the event is to raise funds for their campaign, ‘Un Niño, una Comida, un Libro’ (a child, a meal, a book), which has, over the last 4 years, raised money to help more than 160 children by paying for school meals not covered by subsidies and school books and/or materials where needed.

This event, by the Troya barranco and the Avenida Rafael Puig, usually raises about €20,000 and the Rotary Club is encouraging everyone who can to come along to the event which begins at 11am.  And for the first time this year you might even be able to sit into one of the cars, though you probably won’t be allowed take it for a test drive!

11am  – 5pm: Exhibition of cars

11.30am – 12 noon Trial exhibition

12 noon – 1pm – Kart exhibition

1pm – 1.40pm – Car expo – Dream Team

3pm -3.30pm – Trial exhibition

3.30 – 4pm – Kart exhibition

4pm – 4-45pm – Car expo – Dream Team

5pm – Closing events

Social plan benefits borough and workers

 

Carmen Rosa González Cabrera and Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, councillors for work and municipal services and for economic development and employment policies respectively, visited the various borough zones were 57 people are working on social employment contracts to improve and maintain different public spaces in Adeje.

Both councillors congratulated the “professional competence of those directing these minor works, which will improve and maintain many of the borough’s public zones, colleges, etc. The teams are working well and the results are already appreciated by residents in the relevant neighbourhoods, who have also praised the attitude of those working under this scheme”.

During the visit to Las Rosas the councillors saw the team working to improve existing pavements and the integration of new paving along some stretches of road that haven’t been paved for pedestrian use. A green zone has also been reconditioned for the leisure use of residents and a number of barriers to those with mobility difficulties have been removed. Soon a number of streets will be re-laid and zones painted.

In Callao Salvaje and Playa Paraíso the work has been concentrated on finishing the work on a pétanque/boules pitch, the installation of a new drainage system in one of the green zones and maintenance work and painting of public areas.

The funding for the projects is split between the Canarian Employment Service and the Adeje council.

Kindness without conditions

 

Charlotte Abildtrup, director Atlantic Holiday Centre

Room service for cancer families!

The Hotel Atlantic Holiday Centre in Callao Salvaje has donated 10 week-long holidays to the local branch of the Spanish Cancer Association and the Adeje council to give to families in the region who have someone suffering from cancer.

The initiative was welcomed by Adeje health councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo as “very positive, as those who are affected by cancer are also under a huge amount of stress during their palliative care. Now they can use this week to relax, enjoy some leisure time with their family, and be looked after by the hotel staff. This will contribute to their recuperation, and the staff in the holiday complex will be delighted to welcome them”.

Hotel director Charlotte Abildtrup said “we want to help these people and their families relax a little and escape from some of the stress they are experiencing as a result of their cancer. We know they are fighters and that they are facing difficulties on a daily basis. That’s why we want to offer ten families the chance to enjoy what the hotel has to offer this summer, a week where they can enjoy some quiet time with us”.

Councillor Trujillo Bencomo added, “this gesture from the heart by people such as Charlotte do show that there is kindness without conditions, without barriers, people who only want to help”.
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Costa Adeje Noise Map created

The borough is generally within normal legal limits

Today Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga presented the results of a study creating a ‘Noise Map’ for Costa Adeje. The map was created over a year-long period by the AAC Acústica + Lumínica company, specialists in this area, and the results indicate “in general we are meeting the quality acoustic objectives”. The mayor, accompanied by the tourism councillor Ermitas Moreira García, explained that this “radio-graph of the acoustic reality of the borough will be a fundamental tool in future urban planning, the organisation of events, activities, etc”.

The Costa Adeje Noise Map, as well as determining whether the acoustic levels are generally within the limits permitted by law, also focuses on two key issues. The first of those is the need to bring the 1994 municipal regulation into line as it is currently “obsolete, and needs be adapted to meet current state and European norms”. The study recommends that a new ordinance “would establish the limits and indicate clearly that measurement of noise and decibel levels needs to be carried out in the buildings where the noise is being heard”.

Furthermore, in the conclusions it is recommended that the new municipal law would identify zones of areas which are designated for leisure and where exceptions can be permitted, such as, for instance, during local annual patronal festivals. At the same time the new ordinance will include the definition of Saturated Acoustic Zones, and the preventative measures needed to be taken.

Tourism councillor Ermitas Moreira commented, “With this information we in the council can now work to draw up the new ordinance the meet the current situation. In parallel we are working via a mayoral pact on the issue of mobility (traffic) to reduce the noise impact in the borough”.

Areas where the noise exceeds limits

The Noise Map did show that noise levels some areas in Costa Adeje are breaking the accepted limits, in many cases due to excess traffic noise. This situation will require the council to create an action plan to improve the situation in these identified zones.

Certain zones are affected by traffic from the TF-1 motorway and urban street traffic. Therefore the study is recommending, among other measures, some work from the regional government (who has responsibility for motorways for instance) to meet their requirements in noise-reduction measures in the areas beside the motorway. Regarding urban thoroughfares, the council is already working under a Costa Adeje ‘traffic and sustainable urban development plan’ to reduce traffic and speed in these zones.

The specific areas were limits were breached included CC Pueblo Canario, points close to the CC Torviscas and the Terraza del Mar, however as the nearest buildings were deemed far enough away from the epicentre of the noise, they were agreed to be within acceptable limits.

In other areas, there was a noticeable increase in noise during weekend nights created by bars or other leisure-related activities but overall the readings are averaged out so there was now general breach of the limits as laid down.


The development of the Noise Map

A year ago the Adeje council, through the tourism promotion department, requested a study to determine the impact to noise in Costa Adeje, the objective being to know the true state of affairs and design a plan of action to improve the quality of the destination. The study was carried out, based on national legal requirements using European standards, to determine noise levels inside and outside buildings.
In line with the national laws, there are three time blocks when noise is to be measured ; from 7am – 7pm, from 7pm – 11m, and from 11pm – 7am (this division did conflict with previous borough practises which divided the 24 hour period into only two blocks, 8am – 10.30pm and 10.30pm – 8am). There are also different kinds of areas for acoustic purposes – health care, educational and cultural, residential, service, recreational and show zones, industrial infrastructures. Measurements were taken over different durations – shorter and longer, up to 15 days in 18 different points – to create the map and suggest recommendations.

 
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