Adeje’s municipal tourism council met today in the Hard Rock Hotel with mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, and Adeje councillors for tourism and the presidency, Ermitas Moreira García and Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, as well as a healthy turnout from representatives of the tourism sector in Costa Adeje, Ashotel (the provincial hoteliers association), CIT, the centre for tourism initiatives, CEST, the South Tenerife business circle, and other areas working in the sector.
The meeting agenda included a presentation of the different projects currently under way in the zone, and those on the point of beginning work on moves to improve tourism, including plans from the International Tourism Forum and the Atlantic Tourism Laboratory. The meeting also discussed sustainable development plans and the recently obtained Biosphere Tourism Destination certificate granted to Costa Adeje.
During the meeting the delegates proposed a number of plans for debate at insular and regional level regarding connectivity and mobility and the vulnerabilities of the borough. This included a need for discussion on the construction of a second runway and terminal at Reína Sofía Airport in South Tenerife and daily congestion problems along the TF-1 motorway.
The Adeje mayor alongside Ashotel’s Victoria López and the head of the University of La Laguna’s department of economics Francisco Calero, held a press conference where they outlined the priorities for the council. Rodríguez Fraga stressed the importance of plans to improve and upgrade tourism infrastructures in Costa Adeje. He said that in the coming years the amount available for investment in the area could reach €135 million and monies had already been sought from PITCAN, the Canarian Tourism Investment Plan. “We are seeking to insure that public investment matches private funding in the areas of renovation and improvements in tourist spaces, the areas that are the economic bread and butter of the region”, he said. He pointed to the positive effects already felt as a result of modernisation projects adding that it was important that public administrations didn’t get left behind. “We have to renovate and create new environments, modern and attractive, for our visitors”. He confirmed that there was already promises of over €130 million from private investors, so with public funding to match that, overall spending could top €260 million in the region.
The mayor made reference to a number of projects already underway in strategic areas of Costa Adeje, including Calle Roma, Calle París, Calle Uruguay and Calle Paraguay, the maritime walkway in Playa Paraíso and the open area in Salytien. “In 2017 we have already seen spending of €15million, almost all of that council funded”, he said, adding that this meant generating spaces for tourists and residents, those who live here, who sustain our economy.
The Adeje municipal tourism council was established in 1988 and has operated through a number of different tourism development phases. Its primary aim is to recognise and work on the premise that the position of Costa Adeje as a leader in the tourism sector is the responsibility of everyone involved and to work and speak on behalf of the borough in seeking private and public support channelled through participative bodies. During the week the body also explained the incorporation of Adeje into the Canarian Tourism Borough Association and the creation of LAT, the Atlantic Tourism Laboratory, whose objective is development and training in the sector, sharing tourism information and knowledge with all relevant agents in the tourism process. This includes ideas exchange among those involved, and making sure that the lives of those who live here are generally improved.
The council also discussed international issues that affect the industry, looking, for instance, at how some competitor destinations are in a process of recovery, and the economic effects Brexit may have on the market sector given the huge importance of British holiday makers.