José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga re-elected mayor of Adeje

 

“I accept the position with great hope for the borough and responsibility for the work we will undertake over the next four years”

José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga has been re-elected mayor of Adeje following the constitution of the new Adeje council. The socialist candidate for the top position received 14 votes, an overall majority.

The new council has 14 socialist members, four from the Coalición Canarias, two from Unidas Podemos-IU, and one from the Partido Popular. All 21 were present to take office on Saturday in a ceremony held in the Convento de San Francisco in front of over 100 members of the Adeje public.

Addressing the assembly once he had been re-elected, the mayor said he was committed to the promise made during the election campaign to “continue the project of social harmony and a prosperous future for the borough”. He said the vote they had received from the local electorate “was both an honour and a challenge, and we cannot let you down This town deserves the best and we will strive to give that and this will be a challenge we will all accept”, adding that they would also work to give the borough the kind of council they deserved.

Rodríguez Fraga extended a wish for success in their endeavours to all 20 elected councillors, adding that “your success signifies success for the borough…Adeje has come a long way in recent years, we have many important achievements under our belts, but we have to continue to work to generate wealth for the borough and its people, to create situations that benefit our people in their search for prosperity, to continue to fight for equality, to create a borough that benefits our young people, our retirees, those who are suffering economic deprivation…these projects are our responsibility.” The mayor said that from Monday the new council would be working hard along the lines laid out, in the service of all the people of Adeje.

The constitution of the new council began with the reading of the official act by the secretary of the council, Hector Gallego. Three municipal political groups were constituted – the socialists, the Coalición Canarias and the mixed group (two councillors from the Podemos-IU and one from the Partido Popular). Each newly elected councillor was then invited to take their oath of office, either on a bible or the constitution.

The members of the newly elected council are: POSO (Socialists) José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, Ermitas Moreira García, Epifanio Díaz Hernández, Esther Rivero Vargas, Desiderio Afonso Ruiz, Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro and José Antonio López Delgado, CC (Coalición Canaria) Oliver Tacoronte Ramos, Patricia León Pérez, Antonio Melián Álvarez and Diana Ariza Rodríguez. PODEMOS-IU Gabriel González Fernández and Eva Bos Delgado, PP (Partido Popular) Partido Popular: Inés Vera Goya.

 

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Hundreds take part in Good Friday presentation

 

Adeje’s dramatisation of the Good Friday events leading up the crucifixion of Jesus Christ has been deemed a success for another year.

The Calle Grande in Adeje was taken over by the dramatisation, ‘La Pasión’ today, with hundreds of local people taking part in the annual event depicting the last days and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The streets were also full of visitors who followed the action, and the events were broadcast life on television and social media.

Over 200 people took on the roles of the people of Jerusalem and the main protagonists in this theatrical representation. And somewhat unusually the weather favoured the actors with some cloud in the sky allowing relief from the kind of heat the public and the cast have suffered from in previous years.

The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, congratulated all those who took part including the over 100 who worked on direction, production, stage building, costumes, communication, props, etc. “Everyone involved played their part in making this possible, and my congratulations and thanks go to all for converting this into one of the most important Easter events in Adeje”. he said,

“Every year more and more people get involved and every year we learn and improve, renewing and incorporating changes into the overall production”, he added.

Under the direction of Laura Marrero and through the department of culture this has become one of the most eagerly awaited productions of the year. The councillor for culture Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, expressed his huge satisfaction at the production. He was also happy to report that the whole production went off without a hitch, nor were there any security matters to report.

The evolution of the production of ‘La Pasión’ began in 1996 when, due to structural issues, the normal dramatic Easter celebrations had to move outside to the street from the Santa Ursula church. “Taking the presentation onto the Calle Grande was circumstantial, but it has now grown into the important event it is today”, commented mayor Rodríguez Fraga.

 

Adeje prepares for the “greatest story ever told”

Pasion de Adeje, Viernes Santo, Tenerife,2018

 

The Good Friday street theatre will be broadcast live on Television Canaria and 13TV nationally

The Adeje Council, under the direction of the cultural department and councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, presents ‘La Pasíon’, the last days and death of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, from 12 midday on Good Friday, April 19th.

The performance, on the Calle Grande in the town, will be broadcast on TV Canarias, as well as nationally on 13TV.  It will also be streamed live on the Adeje Ayuntamiento Facebook page.  Radio Sur Adeje (107.9FM) will be broadcasting live from the Plaza España throughout the performance.

“The Passion is one of the most eagerly awaited cultural events of the year in Adeje, with an important level of local participation from those who live here.  This is very much their staging, and something they feel very committed to year after year”, commented the mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga.

Pasion de Adeje, Viernes Santo, Tenerife,2018

The mayor continued, “this is a council run event with a  huge personal investment from the staff of the town hall, with  all those involved working to ensure everything is perfect, down to the last detail.  Every year people come forward with new ideas and suggestions, each one adding to this singular cultural occasion, which brings together hundreds of people onto the streets, and followed by millions on television and online.

 

This is the 7th year that the final scene, the crucifixion, takes place in the Plaza de España. The change in the location of this most emotive scene has added to the dramatic weight of the final moments of the presentation, with the incredible natural backdrop of the Barranco del Infierno flanked by the Convento and the Parish church, and much more space for the public in attendance. It has also meant a general increase in safety.

“’La Pasión’ is a hugely important event from a cultural and tourist point of view and the people of Adeje feel very much that it is ‘their’ contribution. This year, yet again, we have more than 300 people taking part in what is a unique event”, the cultural councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera commented.

Pasion de Adeje, Viernes Santo, Tenerife,2018

Each year there are some changes to the event – this Good Friday there will be a number of new stalls in the ‘Jerusalem marketplace’ props on some of the other stages are new, and neither the serpent nor the eagle used in previous performances will be taking part.  Sergio Sosa, a student of the municipal school of music will sing ‘No Encuentro Palabras’ and Adeje resident Carla Peraza will sing ‘Oye Mi Voz, Profeta’,

In the Garden of Gethsemane scene there will now be two new actors, one dressed completely in white, representing the will of God, the other in black, representing evil.

The council is using a number of hashtags to increase visibility via social networks – #pasionadeje2019, #semanasantaadeje2019, #easterweekadeje2019 for the public to use when they are uploading photos, videos and stories onto social media.   The council has also extended its gratitude to those who, year after year, work to make this a very special event, for their dedication and commitment.

CAST:

JESUS: José Antonio López Delgado

SIMÓN PETER: Gonzalo Delgado Ferrera

JUDAS ISCARIOT: Balta Isla.

CAIAPHAS Santi Cano

PONTIUS PILATE: Elías González Herrera.

CLAUDIA: Daura Moreira

MARY, MOTHER OF JESUS: Ana Oneida Borges

MARY MAGDALENE: Ainhoa Aguilar

DIRECTOR: Laura Marrero Morales

Pasion de Adeje, Viernes Santo, Tenerife,2018

 

 

Recommendations

The Adeje council asks that those who are planning to attend the event observe the following recommendations:

  • Wear appropriate clothing and shoes – comfort is important
  • Apply high factor sun creams and make sure you have sufficient water
  • Make sure you have personal identification on you including information regarding your blood group and any allergies to medicines.
  • Arrive in plenty of time to avoid delays
  • Don’t push while in the crowd
  • Respect the security signals and barriers in place as well as following any instructions of the security and council personnel
  • Don’t climb up on walls, railings, flower pots, stages, etc.
  • In the event of an accident find the nearest health assistant and ask them to help you find a family member or companion.
  • In the case of an emergency remain calm and respect those who are nearby. Leave the danger zone and a follow the directions of the security personnel. Don’t run or scream.
  • When the event is over wait a few minutes for the crowds to diminish before leaving the centre of town.

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Sports for all in Adeje

 

Alexander Rinder and Maikel Álvarez Morales named Adeje’s top athletes

On the evening of Friday February 22nd, the Adeje Cultural Centre’s theatre was the centre of the local sporting universe with the awarding of prizes for the borough’s top sports people – Alexander Rinder and Maikel Álvarez Morales. Rinder, who is just 20 years old, has already been World Champion twice, runner up twice, one third place and three European titles in bodyboarding. In 2018 she was second in the world.

In men’s sports the winner was Maikel Álvarez Morales, a footballer who is currently playing in the Second Division B and has also played in most of the clubs in the south of Tenerife. But his current recognition is in the world of Footgolf, a discipline in which he is the Spanish champion and represented Spain in the world championships last December in Morocco.

Adeje’s mayor, Jose Miguel Rodriguez Fraga said, “Tonight we have celebrated our commitment to sports as one of the backbones of our society. Behind tonight’s awards is a firm belief in the project we began in recent years in sport, and there are many people working to make this a reality.”

The mayor stressed that “the work that our sportspeople are putting in is bearing fruit and together we are moving towards a society that is more healthy, happier and more solidified as a community thanks to theses fundamental pillars that practising sport builds.” He added that under the Adeje is Sport slogan more than 40 different kinds of sport were supported by the council “as part of a cross-departmental belief in giving people space to develop, space for personal evolution and space to aid people’s contribution to making our world a better place.”

During the awards ceremony there were other accolades and awards, including that for ‘Overcoming adversity’ which was given to Manuel Basilisco and Gonzalo Techera, athletes who have broken barriers and demonstrated that commitment and constant dedication are the keys to success, each athlete being an excellent reflection of the sporting values of Adeje, which is transmitted to all the children of the borough, regardless of physical capabilities.

The prize for fair play was given to Ruben Oswald Schaffer, the yoga professor from the ‘Ocio y Tiempo Libre’ campaign, who has taught this particular discipline over the last 20 years. The borough’s youngest and oldest registered athletes were also recognised – Chloe Linares Ramos, who is 3 and Margarita Herrera Rodriguez, who at 79 still practises gymnastics to keep herself active and healthy.

The Adeje Sports Gala honoured Martín Fiz with an honorary prize. Fiz is a national and international athlete as well as the winner of the Prince of Asturias sporting prize in 1997, with the Spanish marathon team. He was the European champion (Helsinki 1994) World Champion (Goteborg 1995, Athens 1997) and named Spanish athlete of the year in 1995. Since 2018 he is the first athlete in the world to win, in the veteran’s category, the six most important marathons in the world, the World Marathon Majors.

The prize for Event of the Year went to the Rallye Villa de Adeje which celebrates 29 years in existence this year and has become an excellent showcase for the borough nationally and internationally. Companies and businesses who have worked to promote sport locally were also named, Feeling Comunicación, who also won the Professional Excellence title EXPOVIDA, AND THE Limpiezas Domínguez.

The award for social contribution in sport went to the Alma Rie project, which encourages deep sea diving for individuals with physical challenges. 40 young sports persons starting out on the sporting career were also recognised.

Other notable mentions were Pino Placencia Casanova, who climbed Kilimanjaro, as well as mountains in Nepal and Argentina, and Cristina Lorenzo Ibañez and Alberto Rodolfo Moreno, locally-based long distance swimmers.

 

 

 

Tourism – an opportunity, not a threat!

Adeje and Adeje call for tourism boroughs to be covered by statue and to be properly financed

The necessity for proper legal cover or statute for tourism boroughs, recognising their specific singularities, was part of the intervention today in the Madrid Fitur tourism trade fair by both the mayors of Adeje and Arona, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and José Julián Mena, when they met the national minister for tourism, Reyes Maroto.

The mayors were taking part in the official presentation of the new Spanish alliance for tourism ‘sun and beach’ boroughs, bringing together eight destinations with shared characteristics. The alliance is calling for their boroughs to be covered by a specific statute with separate financing to allow for proper infrastructures and would allow local authorities offer adequate services for the thousands of tourists who visit annually, and without which residents are likely to suffer more. This would maintain the optimistic perception of tourism as an opportunity rather than a threat.

The alliance members, between them, represent 65 million overnight stays in Spain a year, 20% of the national tourism total. As well as Adeje and Arona, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Salou, Calviá, Benidorm, Lloret de Mar and Torremolinos make up the membership. During the meeting Rodríguez Fraga called for a proper definition of a tourism borough. He said that such a definition would also refer to the necessities of such boroughs, “including the needs of our residents as well as the thousands of tourists who visit us on daily basis”.

Adeje, for instance, has a registered population of about 50 thousand residents, but on any given day of the year there may be up to 150 thousand people staying in the borough, which means a need for adequate security, “sanitation, services on beaches, in public centres and zones, on our streets and meeting health requirements”, said the Adeje mayor.

Arona’s mayor did have words of welcome for the willingness the minister for tourism seemed to be showing in her relatively brief time in the job so far, “visiting Arona and the south of Tenerife to take stock of the necessities and needs”. He said all of the boroughs in the new alliance shared some characteristics, and all were relying on resources allocated to a medium sized population, but providing resources and infrastructures for thousands more people all year round. In the case of Arona, he said, with a population of just over 100 thousand residents, the council needed to provide infrastructure and services for up to 1.5 million visitors a year, a situation which needed to be properly and adequately financed.

José Julián Mena also outlined the importance these boroughs have for the state of the Spanish economy, so it was only fair that “they could count upon investment and funding to ensure the destinations could continue to be a source of wealth creation, sustainable and competitive, and that tourism wouldn’t stop being been seen by our resident populations as a source of progress and opportunity, rather than a threat”. He added, “if these tourism destinations and boroughs are working well it benefits the Canaries and Spain”.

 

Culture, leisure and sustainability will be the priorities during Fitur

 

 

With Costa Adeje now accredited as one of the best sun and beach destinations in Europe and one of the most important globally, the authorities look for a different promotional platform annually for the trip to Fitur, the Spanish international tourism fair which is taking place in Madrid next week. This year the tourism department have planned a series of events that will promote the culture and heritage of the destination, and not just those organised by the council, but including private initiatives and events which add to the richness of the Costa Adeje cultural menu.

At the press conference this morning given by the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, the tourism councillor Ermitas Moreira and the cultural councillor Adolfo Alonso, the rich and diverse cultural offerings Costa Adeje has to offer were highlighted as well as the importance of the ‘triple axis’ of sustainability – environmental, social and economic.

The tourism councillor said that “Tenerife Tourism have developed a working guide that, as always, we are following in conjunction with them, to emphasis the value of our cultural offering, one of the most diverse and complete the island has to offer, and to which we can add our patrimony through our traditional fiestas and celebrations”.

Adeje have been happy too with the success of Happy Streets, “360 degrees of fun”, which was presented to the public at last year’s Fitur and has seen the development of many leisure and entertainment activities. This year the council will also be presenting news about two concerts, that of Il Divo, and a Tenerife Symphony Orchestra concert in Adeje with two world-class tenors Celso Albelo and Javier Camarena. Visitors to the trade fair will also be receiving information about the III Tenerife Fashion Beach, the National Leisure Conference scheduled for later this year, and the International Adeje Rally, all promoting the Costa Adeje destination.

For his part the mayor will also be attending the national launch of the new alliance between ‘Sun and Beach Boroughs’, meeting with the national minister for tourism Reyes Maroto, and, in his role as president of the Association of Canarian Tourism Boroughs, participating in a number of different forums and meetings including Foro Fiturtech, which is looking at the personalisation of service to the tourist, creating a unique experience for each and every visitor.

The awarding, by the national ministry for the economy and the EU, of funding for Adeje under the Intelligent Tourism Destination label is also part of the short-term planning for the destination and will be important in finding out the environmental realities and contaminants of the zone in order to increase efficiency and effectiveness in local public services, not just to benefit tourism, but also to improve the quality of life for residents. The money will also be used to optimise and improve resources among other things.

“We are also planning to create a map of our contaminated emissions, throughout the borough, to develop concrete actions to counter these pollutants”, said the mayor, adding that the council was actively working on a number of projects to reduce the borough’s carbon footprint.

The Adeje delegation will be taking part in over 30 different events and presentations throughout the trade fair, which runs from Tuesday January 22nd to Sunday January 27th.

 

 

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Swedish universities in Adeje for international get-together

SEPIE is the Spanish body in charge of international education in Spain, and overseeing the European Erasmus programme, and in that regard have organised an international university exchange event which is taking place in Adeje this week, with representatives from 9 Swedish and 19 Spanish universities. Tenerife’s University of La Laguna (ULL) are the local managers of this event.
At the inauguration of the event Carmen Rubio, the ULL vice-rector for internationalisation thanked SEPIE for the confidence they had placed in the ULL as the organisers and explained that the aim was to facilitate contact between the different Swedish and Spanish universities and establish links for future co-operation which would in lead to partnerships that would benefit students offering exchanges and academic investigative programmes.


Also speaking the inauguration Adeje mayor Jose Miguel Rodríguez Fraga underlined the commitment the borough has to further education as he and the council firmly believe education is an essential tool in the development, and Adeje, he mentioned, was also a reflection of our world internationally with over 120 different nationalities in residence here.
UUL rector Antonio Martinón, the regional government’s deputy minister for education and universities David Pérez-Dionis, and Daniel Edquist, from the Swedish department of education also addressed the opening event.
The Swedish universities taking part are Dalarna, Karlstad, Linnaeus, Malmö, Halmstad, Örebro and Kristianstad, as well as the Blekinge Institute of Technology and the Swedish department of higher education. From Spain there are representatives from the universities of La Laguna, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Sevilla, Nebrija, Vic, Jaén, Rey Juan Carlos, Vigo, Internacional de Catalunya, Navarra, León, Católica de Murcia, Málaga, Murcia, Santiago de Compostela, Ramón Llull, Pública de Navarra, ESIC Bussiness & Marketing School and SEPIE.

 

 

 

“Register, register, register”; words of advice from British Ambassador Simon Manley

British Ambassador meets Tenerife south mayors and British public

 (Photo Credits: Luz Sosa)

The UK Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, was in Arona yesterday to address a public meeting on Brexit matters affecting British residents. The ambassador said the timing was opportune, given the fact that the British prime minister Theresa May had finalised a deal, approved by the EU 27, on the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. Manley also met with a group of Tenerife South mayors and councillors, and local business representatives, in advance of the public meeting, to talk to them about issues of relevance to them, considering the many thousands of Britons who live in their boroughs.

The Ambassador is in the Canary Islands for four days, visiting five islands, and yesterday morning also met the head of the Canarian government, and representatives of the Embassy’s social partners. Accompanying the mayor was the Consul for the South of Spain and the Canaries, Charmaine Arbouin, vice consul Helen Keating, and the consular staff who deal with British residents here on a daily basis.

During the public meeting the Ambassador sought to allay any worries people have about changes in status, pensions, and workers and business owners rights here in the Canary Islands. “Register, register, register” was Manley’s repeated call to residents, not just on the ‘padrón’ in local councils, but with the national police/foreigners office, adding that they were aware that the official numbers of Britons living in Spain didn’t reflect the reality. He told them that if they were registered as residents; “what the withdrawal treaty does, once it is ratified by the British Parliament and the European Parliament, is to put the guarantees set out in that treaty, your current rights as citizens here will then be embodied in international law. There can be no firmer basis for the protection of your rights…enabling you and your families to continue to live here in the manner in which you have lived here hitherto”.

One of the matters the Ambassador raised speaking to the mayors and authorities earlier, including the Arona mayor, José Julian Mena, Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and councillors Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, Ermitas Moreira García and Zebenzui Chinea Linares (Adeje) and David Perez (Arona), was the right to vote in local elections. While it is one of the few rights not currently guaranteed under the withdrawal treaty the Ambassador said talks with Spanish authorities were on-going and they hoped that UK citizens in Spain would be able to continue to participate in local politics here both as voters and candidates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ‘before and after’ of luxury tourism in Adeje

Gold medal presentation for Hotel Bahía del Duque

José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga: “This hotel opening signified a ‘before and after’ in the tourism model here and in the rest of the island”

The Adeje council, following a unanimous vote, this Tuesday awarded the borough’s Gold Medal to the Hotel Bahía del Duque, celebrating 25 years since it opened in 1993. The presentation was made by Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and accepted on behalf of the hotel by the president of the group, Francisco Javier Zamorano. Also present were the current director of the hotel Cristina de Juan and the seven workers who have been with the hotel since it first opened its doors.

The hotel was built in 1993 and that decision to construct a 5-star luxury hotel, in what was a period of economic uncertainty in the region, was seen as a brave one, a risk but one that marked a confidence in the tourism sector in Adeje and in the islands in general.

The mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, on presenting the award, said that the hotel’s construction and philosophy marked a ‘before and after’, “not just for our borough but for the sector as a whole because it was our entry into the top level of tourism, the introduction of a new brand where the main goal was quality, something we have striven for in the 25 years since”. He also congratulated all the workers who have, over the years, contributed to the success of the hotel as well as the directors and owners, “who have consistently worked to introduce new tourism concepts, and created a school for staff training…to work in the Bahía del Duque has always been seen within the sector as a mark of professionalism and ensuring things are properly done”.

The president of the group said it was an honour for the hotel to receive the award. “When we began 25 years ago the idea was to create a destination which would stand out for its qualities of excellence and after a lot of work, dedication and perseverance, we have created a product that is synonymous with luxury, quality and personalisation in a unique setting without losing those traditional values that make us different. Thanks too to the institutions and public administrations such as the Adeje council who have supported us in every way possible”.

The hotel, designed by architect Andrés Piñeiro, opened with 346 rooms, 57 of those were suites, and 40 villas, and was an excellent reflection of Canarian architecture. It is acknowledged as the first luxury hotel to open in the Canary Islands and was also innovative in offering private villas with personalised steward services, as well as hotel rooms.

With 600 employees it boasts 5 pools, squash, padel and tennis courts, gyms, a lake, the Bahía Wellness Retreat and a biosphere with 63,000m2 of tropical and subtropical vegetation. From its inception it was seen as force to improve the local economy in the south of the island, and over the years has become an excellent resource for employment given the on-going staff training. And since 1993 many other hotels have copied the style to enhance the luxury offer in the south.

The Bahía del Duque is, today, a recognised standard bearer for good practise in the luxury hotel industry and experts have consistently named it as one of the best establishments of its kind in Europe. It has also won numerous prizes over the years, including the Conde Nast Johansen best hotel in the world in 2011, with various of the different installations also being recognised internationally for their quality.

 

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The ‘Kellys’ hold their first conference in Adeje; call for conciliation

 

The Kellys is a national Spanish union of hotel cleaners

Today Adeje hosted the first ever Kellys Union Tenerife Congress, organised with the support of the Adeje Council. The goal of the conference was, according to the Union’s founder Eulalia Corralero, to “create a space for conciliation”, and to strengthen the collective, which has only been in existence for a short number of years. (The name ‘Kellys’ is a play on words on ‘those who clean – que limpian’).

Representatives from all parts Spain were in attendance, as well as the president of the Tenerife branch, Mónica Garcia, the Cabildo councillor for equality, Estafanía Castro and the Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga. The founder explained that the movement started four years ago with a Facebook group, and has grown since then, and the (mostly) women are fighting to ensure that, despite changes in employment law and hotel practises, often outsourcing cleaning services, their rights are protected.

Estefanía Castro said “it is no accident that the first conference in Spain is being held in Adeje, given the commitment this council and the mayor has always had for the more vulnerable. This conference is not looking for confrontation but for conciliation as the founder has stressed. The position of chambermaids has been intolerable in the past but thanks to the Kellys their struggle is now visible”.

The mayor of Adeje welcomed the delegates and underlined the importance of their work in building the society we enjoy today, “women workers who have, over the years, sacrificed a lot, silence and invisible in helping to create a healthy tourism industry in Spain. Sometimes we forget that the construction of a country depends on many more people than simply intellectuals and business leaders”.

The Adeje major commented that “if tourism isn’t working to improve the lives of those who live here we’re not doing things properly, tourism has to create wealth but that has to reach all the sectors of the population to allow us live in a society that is more just and equal.” He pledged that the council would be with the Kellys in their judicial fight for better work conditions, saying that exploitative practises harmed tourism destinations.

 

 

 

 

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