“Unacceptable” decision at Tenerife South airport

The mayors of Adeje, Arona and Guía de Isora held an urgent meeting to discuss the planned airport night closure situation

“The island will be without night time flight connections for three months, an unacceptable situa-tion” they commented
The mayors of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, Arona, José Julián Mena, and Guía de Isora, Pedro Martín, held an urgent meeting today to discuss the planned night time closure of the Tenerife South airport for three months

The three mayors expressed their “total rejection of the position which will mean the island is without flight connections at night. The north airport isn’t open during the night time hours and now the south airport is also going to close for three months at night time. The island will be isolated and the consequences for the residents and for the tourism sector will be terrible. This is unacceptable”:

Rodríguez Fraga, Mena and Martín are asking the regional government and the Tenerife Ca-bildo to explain the gravity of the situation to the relevant national department for develop-ment, a situation which will leave the people of Tenerife in “a complicated situation”:

The mayors have outlined the importance of the airport as a fundamental infrastructure for the south of the island, fundamental for the residents and for the main economic motor of Tenerife, tourism. “This is the third most profitable airport in Spain, with 11.2 million passengers and more than €70 million in income annually. We cannot be treated in this way, the decision has been taken with no regard for the importance of this time of the year.”

The three mayors also pointed out how this decision only served to vindicate their support for a second runway, and also added this decision regarding the airport to the list of examples of how the south of the island was badly treated by the regional government, “motorways, the public hospital” etc.



Calling Adeje’s creative women!


The Adeje council has opened registration for artists who wish to take part in the seventh Art Collective, Adeje Creative Women, which is run annually in parallel with events celebrating international women’s day in March.

Forms to apply for registration can be downloaded via www.adeje.es, and must be submitted by February 19th. More information (in Spanish) can be requested by contacting the department of equality online, igualdad@adeje.es.

“The idea is to continue to stress the importance of women in the arts today, working to increase their presence in art galleries and pay homage to all those who dedicated their lives to overcome discrimination and opposition”, commented the councillor for the politics of equality Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro. Last year 46 artists took part.

This year, again, the exhibition is open to professional as well as amateur painters in the Canary Islands, who can present works in a multitude of artistic disciplines – paint, sculpture, photography, graphic design, recordings, etc. Only one entry per artist will be accepted. The closing date for submissions is February 19th and the final selection will be made on the basis of quality, technique and originality, chosen by an expert tribunal made up of professionals from the art world. They will also chose an overall winning entry and the artist(s) will be given the option of an individual or group show in the Adeje Cultural Centre in 2019.

The collective will also produce a virtual catalogue of artists and their works and the event will be covered in the borough’s social networks and media.

More information and the full list of entry regulations can be found online, www.adeje.es-.




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In Adeje life begins at 65!

Over 5,000 seniors enjoy Adeje activities

The Adeje council’s department for seniors has just released its annual report for 2017 detailing the activities throughout the year gone by and, according to councillor Cristina Fuente Carballo, “it has been a very positive year and we have dealt with over 5,000 people, many of whom have participated in one or more of the over 150 activities we have organised.

“The department is under the auspices of social welfare and attention to diversity and is concerned with the older Adeje population, working in two spheres – social and active, and in this way we can meet the needs of many people who have different levels of dependency too”.

During the year there were activities related to social harmony, physical activity, events dealing with loneliness, caring for one’s health, new technologies and its relevance for older persons, the position of older people in society and in the family, and many more.

Other projects saw people work to improve their quality of life with activities designed to ‘stimulate to prevent physical deterioration’, there were parties, folklore projects, cookery workshops, and many of the events took place in different parts of the borough.

Under the title ‘Active Seniors’ 2017 was a very busy year for the department – over 60 courses and workshops. They also welcomed 180 new senior citizen card holders adding to the 1,000 already signed up. However, “you don’t have to be a card-carrying senior citizen to take part in our events” assured the councillor.

The department, located in the Adeje Cultural Centre, is open to the public from 8am – 7.30pm from Monday to Friday and from 3pm to 7.30pm on Saturdays. There are classes in yoga, adapted gymnastics, information and IT courses, games, seasonal activities, excursions, walks, tours and trips, etc., organised all year around.

The department also works with individuals in need of special care and has offered home help in 130 cases during the year, offering a number of hours a week to individuals in need who may be house-bound. There are courses designed to help individuals with cognitive difficulties due to advancing years and there is a transport service on offer to help people attend doctor visits or deal with administrative matters.

There is also a telephone assistance service for those living alone.




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Sustainability in a limited space!


Rodríguez Fraga: “Hopefully we will be able to support sustainability, avoid any more pressure in terms of numbers in a limited space and work for a more equitable share-out of the benefits”

Among the important events that Costa Adeje took part in during the Spanish tourism trade fair, Fitur 2018 were diverse meetings and forums with professionals and representatives from the sector. Adeje mayor Jose Miguel Rodríguez Fraga was guest speaker at Fiturtech, organised by the ITH, the hotels technology institute. Also in attendance were the mayors from Spain’s main tourism zones and members of the National Tourism Alliance: Benidorm, Calvía, Lloret de Mar, Arona, San Bartolomé de Tirajana and Torremolinos. The moderator was Juan Molas, president of the ITH.

150 professionals were present at the round-table event, looking at “the differentiation, as a formula, in the repositioning of pioneer destinations”. Rodríguez Fraga used the opportunity to give a rundown of the main actions taken and challenges dealt with by Costa Adeje. One of the areas he gave particular emphasis to was the council’s concerns regarding sustainability, the need to ensure that there is no increase in pressure in what is a limited space and that the benefits accrued from tourism are more equitably distributed. “Adeje generates an important part of the island’s income, contributes to the economy in a major way, but the share-out is not properly reflected”, he said. The mayor says it was of primary importance that the share was more equitable because it is, he stressed, “fundamentally important that in a destination such as ours the local population sees that they benefit from the industry they work in, and do so via better services, higher wages and better working conditions, commitment to training and quality of service”. He added that local administrations “also have to work to ensure that this is the case and in that way more people will want to work in the sector giving of their best and being properly compensated for it”.

Regarding the development within the destination, Rodríguez Fraga was robust in his commitment to sustainability. “In Costa Adeje it is no longer a question of increasing the number of tourists coming here, but of maintaining the numbers while improving the offer and the quality of the destination”. Questioned about the new hotels being built in the borough and the reformation taking place around the destination, he said “in general we are not looking to build new hotels, what we are concentrating on is the modernisation of the existing hotels and the reformation of those that are obsolete. We are doing this hand-in-hand with a business sector that is very committed to this idea of readapting. Furthermore, for us the main objective is to achieve improved profitability, in turn creating more jobs with less pressure on what is a finite space.”

During the forum there was also an important discussion on the presence and role of new technology in the tourism industry and with this in mind Rodríguez Fraga voiced his interest, given that “innovations and the use of new technology can be useful in solving and dealing with problems in the sector, and has a lot to do with the overall sustainability within our offer and the future projects in the borough”.

11.2% of GDP
During the fair, in different debates that took place, one of the constant themes was the issue of legislation and the funding of local administrations in tourism boroughs. In this regard the eight boroughs that make upon the national alliance, with over 400 million overnight stays between them, generate 11.21% of the country’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product), something that is not reflected in the distribution of funds by, among others, the Finance ministry. The mayor commented, “what concerns us is the fact that superior (national) administrations pass laws and impose regulations from above without taking into account the problems and the solutions that arise and are dealt with at local level often while lacking the proper resources to do so. Rodríguez Fraga, who is also president of the Canarian association of tourism boroughs, agreed that regulation was important but in a reasonable way and with rules and orders that were applicable and apt and that local administrations were given the tools to carry them out. “We are too used to the fact that they regulate too much and contribute too little”:

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La Caleta night run this weekend



This year the race also features a special ‘2 km of confidence’ which is part of the “Moving the Planet” social project

The La Caleta residents association, with the support of the Adeje council, have organised the La Caleta Night Run for the third year running, to be held on Saturday January 27th. This year the race will also include a special section called ‘2 km of confidence’ where parents who are running will be masked and move according to the instructions of their children. This initiative, part of the “Moving the Planet” social project, is designed to raise awareness about blind people and create greater family ties.

This year Spain’s youngest sport’s presenter and ‘influencer’ Jesús Hernández, who is just 9 years old, who will run with his father.

“Moving the Planet” is a social project designed to inspire levels of responsibility for the planet in people, to improve the world we live in through actions and sporting and leisure events.

Before the 2 km masked event, which starts at 7pm participants can enjoy a zumba master class with Mariana at 6pm. At 8pm the 5k and 10k races get under way and the night will end with a concert featuring the Orquesta Toque Latino.

Registration is online, www.conxip.com or in TDC Adeje and TDC Cabo Blanco sports shops. Monies rasied will be used by the La Caleta residents association to fund the move to have village declared a European Cardio Safe Space, accredited by the European Foundation for Health, Research and Education.

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Adeje’s popular patron saint

Thousands turn out to honour San Sebastian

During this morning, Saturday January 20th, thousands of people were in La Caleta in Adeje to celebrate one of the oldest festivals in the south of Tenerife. The festival of San Sebastián has been celebrated in Adeje since the 18th century, adapted over time to meet and acquire new needs and customs.

Resident and visitors filled the plaza and the La Enramada beach to mark the day, attending both the religious part of the celebrations as well as the highly popular section when almost 130 horses and riders took a short dip in the sea.

Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said that the location of the fiesta was one which had been a meeting place in the past, and confirmed that this was one of the oldest celebrations in the south of the island. “It is probable that the Guanches (Tenerife aborigines) held celebrations in this area and, following their conversion to Christianity, continued to celebrate here and that spontaneous continuance is part of our heritage, but also shows our strength as a people who belong to a community who are consistently looking to move forward and adapt”.

He continued, “One of the nicest things about this festival is the coming together and meeting up with so many different people. San Sebastián is a reflection of our day to day lives with roots in our past. It is a day when we remember our history, from where we have come, those who have gone from our lives too. The fiesta of San Sebastian has become a celebration that transcends individual religious beliefs which is when we enjoy this day so much, why it has become an international celebration”.

Celebrations began at midday with a sung mass, broadcast live by Radio Sur Adeje, the municipal station, on air and online. Events were also broadcast live by other local and regional radio and television stations. After mass the statue of San Sebastian was carried out of the church and, accompanied by the Adeje Patron band, walked to the La Enramada beach followed by the traditional parade of horses and riders, with a camel, small ponies and a few donkeys as well.

After the sea dip, the statue and the animals returned to the main Street in front of the church where the parish priest blessed them all, including a flock of goats and the many domestic animals members of the public had brought along for the purpose.

The festival atmosphere throughout the morning was a reflection of the social harmony that Adeje is always keen to encourage especially on days like this, where residents and visitors, both from other parts of the islands and the country as well as from abroad, come together in one of Adeje’s most popular fiestas.

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Costa Adeje’s Happy Streets!



As part of their presentation at Fitur, the Spanish tourism trade fair, the Adeje council through the Costa Adeje Brand, launched the Happy Streets booking concept allowing people to buy a huge range of tickets for different events on one webpage.

Under the tagline, “Wherever you look, 360º of fun” the council detailed the creation of a web platform allowing visitors to look for information on events and book directly. The activites are both public (Council organised) and private and include cultural, music, sports and social happenings. The platform sees the Costa Adeje brand working with private institutions such as Siam Park, Hard Rock Hotel, Fara Producciones, Monkey Beach, La Terrazza del Mare, Le Club and Creventy.

“For us it is very clear that what is increasingly important and what is the main challenge for us is meeting the needs of a diversity of tourists, and coming up with a leisure offer to meet all needs and expectations”, said the Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, who has been attending Fitur with the borough tourism councillor Ermitas Moreira.

Events detailed online include The Passion (the Good Friday street theatre on the town’s Calle Grande every Easter), concerts in Siam Park, the Children of the 80s gigs in the Hard Rock Hotel and happenings in popular night-time venues such as Monkey Club, Terrazza del Mare and Le Club. “We are offering different activities for all kinds of visitors, from those who are travelling alone or with a partner to families with children of all ages”, commented the tourism councillor.

Under the Happy Streets label visitors can chose the kind of event they are interested in. By visiting www.costa-adeje.es and clicking on the Happy Streets option they will have a menu to choose from, and can view the calendar of events planned throughout the year as well as buying tickets where and when they wish to.

During Fitur details of the XXVIII Rally Villa de Adeje Cicar were also presented with the news that the organisers will be working to include the circuit on the international stage. During the 2018 rally technical inspections will be taking place and if all goes well the rally could be a European circuit. Present at this event were Adeje sports councillor, Adolfo Alonso, the president of the Adeje Rally Poli Delgado, the director general of Cicar and the president of the Spanish automobile federation, Manuel Aviñó.





Over 11 thousand visitors to the Adeje Youth Centre



The councillor for youth affairs, Zebenzui Chinea Linares, published the figures for the municipal youth centre in 2017, noting over 11 thousand visits to the centre, “a clear indication that the borough’s young people see the place as their centre and somewhere they can use for services and activities”, he said.

Of the 11,000, 40% of the users were girls and young women, 60% were boys and young men, with the 14-16 year olds representing the largest age group using the centre.

There are a range of programmes and activities on offer, designed to engage and encourage the borough’s younger residents, from those that are directed at secondary school students and their studies to programmes for after-school hobbies –music, literature, cinema, games, gastronomy walks, excursions, and lots more.

There is a specific range of activities for the 12-15 year olds with workshops and chats designed to improve social harmony, educational opportunities and personal development.

Working within European initiatives the centre also offers a “Garantia Juvenil” which works with a programme aimed at easing access into the labour market offering young people courses and training to improve their employment opportunities when they have finished formal schooling or are currently unemployed.

In parallel, the Adeje department of youth works with private entities offering a series of activities such as, in 2017, a robotics workshop, bodyboarding, youth exchanges, etc.


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