“Tourism is more than promotion and marketing…”

At the most recent meeting of the AMTC, the Association of Tourism Towns in the Canarias, held in Arona, the committee released details of the first public conference of the body, ratified the selection of the technical secretariat of the association and welcomed new members.

Present at the meeting were the association president, Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and the mayors of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Marco Aurelio Pérez, of Arona, José Julian Mena, of Guía de Isora, Pedro Martin, as well as councillors Mencey Navarro and Alba Medina (Mogán), Ermitas Moreira (Adeje), David Peréz (Arona) and José Miguel Mena (Guía de Isora).

The meeting approved the membership of the borough of Pájara to the association, and the assumption is that over coming months other tourism boroughs will be joining as well.

Discussion was also held regarding the structure of the up and coming association conference, to be held on June 15th and 16th in the Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre (CDTCA), the aim being, “to create a space for dialogue and exchange which will open new avenues for the advancement of the tourism model for the Canary Islands”, according to the association president.

The structure of the event will see up to 100 targeted individuals invited to participate, individuals from different public and private sectors, trades unions, education centres, national and international organisations including the World Tourism Organisation. Among issues to be discussed will be sustainable growth, training and employment in the sector, digitalisation and planning.

The conference is not, however, being planned as a forum or congress, “instead we want this to be a meeting place, an open participative body where authorities, intellectuals, workers and business can bring genuine proposals for discussion. Where we look beyond the description of tourism as solely a matter for promotion and marketing, where we recognise the need for serious ground work, in hotels, in the complementary industry, in infrastructure and services”, argued José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, “matters in which all town councils must be protagonists as it is they who must actively manage in this regard”.

The AMTC committee also accepted an invitation from the business forum, ‘Futurismo 2018’, to be held in Arona, where mayors of tourism towns will discuss relevant issues and needs of the most important tourism destinations in the Canaries, the sector which sustains the economy of the region. La I Conferencia de Municipios Turísticos de Canarias se celebrará el 15 y 16 de junio en Adeje

Five hospitalised following Puerto Colón boat fire

 

The Adeje Policía Local  activated their emergency team this morning following an explosion on a boat in Puerto Colón, which caused a fire to break out. Five people were injured as a result and were hospitalised.

The Ceoces – 113 emergency services body immediately instigated their protocol plans for incidents of this nature once they were informed by the police of the explosion and fire. Rescue and safety teams were at the scene as was a helicopter from the regional government rescue division, alongside local and national police, the Canarian health emergency services and the maritime rescue teams.

The five injured were brought to the port by local boats and attended to by health service teams at the scene, and none are reported to be suffering from serious injuries.

Water cuts: Playa Paraíso

 

Due to works to improve the drinking water network in the Playa Paraíso zone, there will be a temporary cut in the tap water supply on Tuesday, February 6th, from 8.30am until 3pm.

The affected zones:

PLAYA PARAISO:

  • C/ LA ERA
  • AVDA. ADEJE 300
  • C/ EL ALJIBE
  • AVDA. LAS GALGAS
  • C/ EL HORNO

Water company Entemanser say they will work to reconnect the supply as quickly as possible and also have a client information phone number 902 23 60 23

 

“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
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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.