Adeje, Arona and San Bartolomé de Tirajan join national alliance


The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, alongside the mayor of Arona, José Julian Mena and of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Marco Aurelio Pérez, were in Madrid this morning to take part in the foundation of a new alliance of the most imporatant tourism destinations in Spain, a move that has the full backing of the World Tourism Organisation, in whose headquarters the alliance was signed, as well the CEHAT, the Spanish federation of hotels and apartments.

There were five other boroughs also present as founder members, Salou, Benidorm, Calviá, Lloret de Mar and Torremolinos. The national secretary for state for tourism, Matilde Asián, was in attendance, with the WTO director for relations, Carlos Vogeler, and the president of CEHAT, Juan Molas. The eight destinations between them host 10.5 million visitors annually.

The new alliance has a number of objectives, among those being the restoration of a working dialogue between administrations, local, regional, national and European. They also will be working to create a level of participation among the different member destinations in applying for public funding, given their strategic importance for the national economy. This will in turn assist in improving infrastructures and offering quality service, both for residents and visitors.

Rodríguez Fraga said “with this initiative we want to intensify promotion and development and advances geared towards the improvement of the product and the destination. Our main objective will be to improve the destinations, and create local wealth and quality employment, always bearing in mind the wellbeing of the people working and living in the destination”.

He added, “We believe the coming together of these 8 important boroughs will also help in the advanced use of new technologies in development and innovation and promote co-operation between the different administrations, companies and agencies involved in the sector”.

Arona mayor José Julian Mena said “all our destinations play key roles in the local and national economy and they all experience pressure on the resources and the infrastructures available, which in turn has an effect on our residents. This is why we have to look for further investment from regional, national and European authorities”. Marco Aurelio Pérez, mayor of San Bartolomé de Tirajana,added that this was a great step forward and would assist in the work along the Maspalomas-Costa Canaria regions.

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Los Olivos Open Doors bring in many visitors

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The open day was held to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Over 300 people visited the Los Olivos Centre for the Disabled in Adeje during the ‘open door’ day marking International Day for Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd.

During the busy morning visitors were able to view first-hand the facilties available at the cnetre which cares for 181 people and enjoy the different events performed by local associations and groups based in Adeje. The councillor responsible for special needs persons, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, said, “opening the doors to the public in general is a way of showing the local community the kind of municipal resources available as well as helping break down barriers that may exist for those people with special needs. We firmly believe in working towards the incorporation of these people into society as a norm, and that they will actively participate too. For that reason we are working on a number of different projects with social integration as the primary aim for all ages”.

Among the groups who took part in the open day were the Dzamling Gar community who performed a number of Tibetan dances, and the Globalterapia association who gave a demonstration of canane therapy. The ‘Huerto Ocupacional El Viso de Arico’ gave a demonstration of adapted ‘palo’, a traditional guanche sport, and Ademi Tenerife wowed those present with an exhibition of wheelchair basketball. There were also information stands for the Spanish Cancer Association (AECC) and the Tenerife Mental Health Association (ATELSAM).
The Adeje Centre for Persons with Disability

The Adeje Centre for Persons with Disability in Los Olivos opened its doors in 2005 co-financed by the council and the Fundación CajaCanarias. Among its primary aims are to encourage personal autonomy through education and work services. At the same time the council has spear-headed actions to develop policies of integration through education and work paying special attention to the rights and liberties due to persons with disabilities and working to improve the quality of thier lives and that of their families.

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