Adeje is nominated as the best tourist destination in Spain
The town of Adeje has been selected by the Spanish HOTEL.INFO portal to participate in the “Top Cities 2015″ in Spain.
The objective is to promote tourism in smaller cities. HOTEL INFO is “looking for the most charming city and has selected municipalities with up to 60,000 inhabitants, major attractions, and are important historic and cultural centers, and extensive tourism”. This project was created with the aim of making a major impact, not only nationally, but also internationally and the winning city will be a boost in tourism and promotional terms.
To participate you can vote for Adeje by clicking THIS LINK The voting period will be open until 14 July 2015.
Operating theatres on hold
PLANS for opening six new operating theatres at the Candelaria hospital have been dealt another setback. It has been confirmed that the theatres will not be functioning until the end of August or the start of September. Last December, Canary Islands Health Service director Juana Maria Reyes said they would be ready “between April or May”. But new delays mean it will not actually be ready until the end of summer – four years after they should have been open. Full Story Canarian Weekly
Santa Cruz Port expansion
A THIRD cruise terminal is planned for the Santa Cruz Port by September 2016, in time to host the Seatrade Cruise Med event. It will feature a huge luggage area, plus a check-in section with 50 desks, several waiting places, a security area, an aerial gangway plus a taxi lane and bus-parking site.
The new building, adjoining the two existing cruise terminals, will offer easy access to the city centre.This will enable Tenerife to continue handling ships from Thomson Cruises, MSC Cruises, Fred. Olsen Cruise Line, Hapag Lloyd Cruises and Windstar Cruises. Although cruise traffic dropped slightly in 2013, Tenerife welcomed 298 calls and 544,839 passengers. This year, the city has enjoyed calls from some of the newest large cruise ships including P&O Cruises’ Britannia and Royal Caribbean International’s Anthem of the Seas. TUI Cruises’ new-build Mein Schiff 4 will call in November and Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic will visit in December.
Cruise numbers are expected to be boosted this September, when guests will be able to take direct flights from Newark, in New York, to Tenerife. Tenerife Tourism Board Office hopes the new flight route will enable cruise companies to expand the number of itineraries they offer in the Canary Islands and surrounding areas. Source: Canarian Weekly
Starmus returns, with host of Nobel winners
Tenerife’s Starmus Festival next year, from 27th June to 2nd July under the slogan “Beyond the Horizon: tribute to Stephen Hawking”, will bring together a dozen Nobel prize winners in the physics and medicine categories. The Festival will also feature astronomers, astrophysicists and renowned scientists, among them astronauts Michael Lopez-Alegria, Garrett Reisman, Chris Hadfield and Russell Schweickart; cosmonauts Alexei Leonov and Sergey Volkov. Source: Canarian Weekly Facebook account.
EU commissioner to ‘ban roaming fees by 2017′
“From the second quarter of 2017, roaming fees in the EU will probably fall away,” said European Digital Economy Commissioner Günther Oettinger. Oettinger’s announcement comes just over a month after the European Commission dropped plans to abolish roaming charges from 2016 after objections from telecoms companies in smaller member states. But a new agreement will need to be struck amid pressure from consumers’ organizations and the EP itself. “If the end of roaming comes in 2017, companies will have a year longer compared with the old plans to conform to the new rules,” Oettinger said.
Oettinger believes that the EU must consolidate its telecoms market – pointing to the 280 telecoms companies across Europe compared with just four in the US. “To become more competitive and consolidate their networks, many more companies will merge in the coming years,” he predicted.”That should lead to the European telecoms industry playing a bigger role on the global stage. But competition has to be assured.”
Spain’s FACUA consumer lobby group had been outspoken in its criticism over the dropped plans.”The reasons were totally absurd, and they just tried to protect the telecom companies’ interest at the expense of the common good,” a spokesman told The Local. “Since 2007 the FACUA has been criticizing the high cost of addition fees which bring billionaire benfits for operators,” the spokesman added. “They cannot be abolished soon enough.” The Local (email@example.com)
Step Through the Looking Glass and read the Red Queen Musings