Adeje’s mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and CIT Sur vice-president Higinio Guerra announced details of the awards
What have the Adeje Volunteer Firefighters, the beekeepers of Arico, the Bárbara bookshop and the La Barrica restaurant in Vilaflor got in common? They are among the CIT Sur Gánigo prize winners who will receive their award in the Adeje CDTCA (Costa Adeje Centre for Tourism Development) next Friday, October 31st.
The details of the award ceremony, which rotates between the boroughs of the south every year, were announced this morning, Friday October 24th, by the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and the CIT Sur vice-president Higinio Guerra. The Gánigo awards are given annually by CIT Sur, the Centro for Tourism Initiatives in South Tenerife, to individual or companies who have contributed in a particular way to the development of South Tenerife and in the areas of tourism and have helped promote the richness and particular nature of this part of the island.
During the conference the mayor paid tribute to the important work of CIT Sur over the years. “They have become a reference point in the tourism sector for their work, their advancement of initiatives and for raising awareness within the sector”, he said. Tourism was, he added, much more than a simple economic reality, it was a cultural reality too and connections within sector were important. The importance of tourism to the island was also underlined by Rodríguez Fraga. “Tourism is the only sector that has ‘behaved itself’ during the current crisis…the only good news during a crisis that has harmed people and businesses, particularly small and medium enterprises”.
The mayor also paid tribute to the work of CIT Sur president Maria Rosales Alonso, who was unable to attend this morning’s conference for personal reasons but who will be present at the award ceremony.
CIT Sur vice president Higinio Guerra said that for CIT Sur the awarding of Gánigos was a source of great satisfaction. “Sometimes they are given to those companies or individuals who might work behind the scenes, but who do an important job”, he added.
The award is based on the ‘ganigo’, a clay vessel, of pre-Hispanic origins, of different dimensions and many forms. The guanches, the Tenerife aborigines, used ganigos for many thing including cooking and storage. CIT Sur has adopted the symbol over the years to symbolise the relevance of the past in the present day Canary Islands.
The prizes are awarded in two distinct groups – by borough and business sector. There are also two extra awards, a ‘special mention’ and an honorary award. For borough awards each of the eight involved councils nominates a winner each year. This year’s borough awards are: Asociación de Bomberos (fire fighters) Voluntarios de Adeje, Asociación de Apicultores (beekeepers) de Arico (ASAPA), Librería Bárbara (Arona), Cándido Pérez García (Granadilla), Radio Isora (Guía de Isora), Reposteras Tradicionales de San Miguel (San Miguel de Abona), Subida a Tamaimo (Santiago del Teide), Restaurante La Barrica (Vilaflor de Chasna).
In the business sector the awards go to Spring Hotels, Linares Tours, Oliver’s Boutique, Teleférico del Teide, and Lorenzo Reverón González. The Guardia Civil are the winners of the special mention and the Tenerife Barmans Association win the honorary award.