There will be no WOMAD Festival in Gran Tarajal in November, according to the President of the Cabildo. An alternative music festival in Gran Tarajal will take it's place and details will be announced next week.
A SIMULATION INVOLVING A CRASH BETWEEN A CIVIL AIRCRAFT AND A MILITARY AIRCRAFT WILL TAKE PLACE ON 7/8 JUNE
A translation from the Spanish press:
300 people will participate in the simulation of air crash in Fuerteventura
About 300 people will participate in the Canasar / Morsa exercise 2017 for a ground and sea air accident simulation to be held in Fuerteventura between 7 and 8 June, as revealed at the press conference held today, Wednesday, May 24, during the presentation of this exercise, which was attended by the President of the Cabildo, Marcial Morales, the Government Delegate in the Canary Islands, Mercedes Roldós, the General Director of Security and Emergencies of the Government of the Canary Islands, Nazaret Díaz Santos, the Mayor of Puerto del Rosario, Nicolás Gutiérrez, General Second Chief of the Canary Islands Air Command, Julián Roldán Martínez, the Chief Commander of the Rescue Coordinating Center, Eduardo Navarro Millán, and the Cabildo Security and Emergency Councilor, José Roque Pérez.
The exercise Canasar / Morsa 2017 contemplates an accident resulting from the collision of two aircraft, one military and one civilian passenger. Once the collision of both aircraft is simulated, one will fall into the sea and another will make an emergency landing on the Island.
"Doing things well in terms of security is one of the demands that citizens make to public administrations," said Marcial Morales. "So we have to continue working to convey to the population that we have an adequate response in the event of an incident," he added. "It is also necessary to transmit a culture of security and prevention in an island that is a safe place," Morales said.
Mercedes Roldós said that "this exercise has an end: to be more efficient in a team work to save lives and for that we train". "It is the best guarantee for those who live here and for those who visit us," he said.
Nazaret Díaz Santos recalled that "the drills test the capabilities of emergency services." "This simulacrum will allow different action groups to know how to set specific goals and know the limits of action of each of the participants," he added.
Nicolás Gutiérrez said that this type of "exercises will give us the peace of mind that things are done well."
Julian Roldan Martínez, Second General of the Air Command, said: "It is an advanced training exercise with Portuguese participation and observers from neighboring countries such as Senegal, Cape Verde and Morocco," among others. "Safety is the most important part of the exercise," he said.
The Chief Commander of the Rescue Coordinating Center, Eduardo Navarro Millán, explained the development of the simulacrum that will allow to evaluate, in a single global exercise, the capacity of reaction and the degree of coordination between emergency centers and their means, in the development of the Search and rescue operations.
Together with the Air Force Search and Rescue Service (SAR), the following agencies and institutions will participate as active agents in the resolution of the same: Cabildo de Fuerteventura, Civil Protection and REMER of the Government Delegation in Las Palmas, Cruz Red Cross, Maritime Rescue, Civil Guard, National Police, Government of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands, through the General Direction of Security and Emergencies and the Ministry of Health, with CECOES 112, Emergency and Safety Group (GES) (SUC) and Health Area of the Island with the Hospital Virgen de la Peña and Health Centers of Puerto de Rosario, Airport and Tower of Fuerteventura, Regional Directorate of Air Navigation through the Air Traffic Control Center of Canary Islands (ACC Canarias), the Town Councils of Puerto de Rosario, Antigua, Betancuria, La Oliva, Pájara and Tuineje with their Local Police, Civil Protection, (SARSAT COSPAS), the SAR of Portugal, the Civil Aviation Accident Commission (CIAIAC), the Military Aircraft Accident Commission (CITAAM) and Funeraria Padrón.
In addition, for the staging of the simulacrum, with the inestimable participation of the students and teachers of the CIFP Majada Marcial de Puerto de Rosario (cycles of technicians in health emergencies, technicians in pharmacy and parapharmacy, technicians in nurse nursing care , Technicians in Aesthetics and Beauty), Firefighters of the Air Force of the Air Base of Gando and personnel of the Cabildo of Fuerteventura.
The event will also be attended by international observers (from the SAR and Civil Aviation Rescue Services of Portugal, Senegal, Morocco, Cape Verde and Mauritania).
SPANISH CELEBRITY MASTERCHEF
The programme is being filmed on the Esquinzo beach in the south of the island on Weds 24 May.
STAR WARS FILMING
It is said that the filming of the new Star Wars film will start on the 22nd May for 3 weeks. All details are being kept secret, with the filming taking place between costa Calma and La Pared.
INCREASED PASSENGER NUMBERS
Passenger traffic grew by 12.1% in April at Fuerteventura Airport compared to the same period in 2016. 531,575 passengers were received at the airport's facilities last month.
This is reflected in statistics made public today by Spanish Airports and Air Navigation (AENA), which also shows a 4.9% increase in the number of operations to reach 4,045 while the volume of goods is 81.003 tons .
In the year to date, Fuerteventura Airport received during these first four months of the year a total of 1,920,675 visitors, 5.8% more than the same period of the previous year.
BLUE FLAG BEACHES 2017
The following beaches in Fuerteventura have been awarded Blue Flag status for 2017:
In Puerto del Rosario - Playa Blanca, Los Pozos and Puerto Lajas
In Pajara - Butihondo
In La Oliva - Grandes Playas, Charco de las Agujas, Corralejo Viejo (La Goleta) and La Concha in El Cotillo
The Fuerteventura Cabildo have asked AENA (the airport authority) to provide cheaper, long term parking at Fuerteventura airport.
CALLS FOR A WHALE AND DOLPHIN SANCTUARY
SPAIN'S branch of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has handed in a petition with over 52,000 signatures to the national government calling for them to set up a whale sanctuary in the Canary Islands.
The global charity wants better protection in the east and south of the islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote for whales and dolphins, since a third of the world's species of both are regularly found there.
“As well as being a fundamental feeding and migration area for whales in particular, it is home to 29 species of them throughout the year and 11 species year-round,” says Beatriz Ayala of the Canarian Oceans Programme, part of the WWF.
ANTIGUA CRAFT FAIR
The Antigua Craft Fair will be held from 11 - 14 May 2017 at the Cheese Museum/Antigua Windmill site, just north of Antigua. Free buses will run from Caleta de Fuste, Costa de Antigua, Corralejo and Costa Calma on Saturday and Sunday. Free buses will run every 10 mins from the centre of Antigua to the site on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 25,000 people are expected to attend the event.
A 17 year old male was arrested by the Guardia Civil on April 24, after a violent attack and robbery on a 50 year old male in Caleta de Fuste. The attacker stole 2 mobile phones and 30 euros. The victim was initially attacked near the beach and then again in a hotel reception after the victim ran there. Following a statement from the victim and a witness, together with CCTV footage, the attacker was arrested. He had a previous police record. He has now been placed in a juvenile centre in Tenerife.
two people have drowned in the sea over the last couple of days. The first was at La Pared on Sunday and the second was at Cofete yesterday.
FEAGA 2017 -
25,000 people visited the agricultural show this year over the 3 days. Next year's show will be held from 12 - 15 April. 3 million euros is being spent on upgrading the facilities before next year's show.
HIGH OCCUPANCY RATE OVER EASTER
An occupancy rate of over 92% is forecast for tourist accommodation on the island over the long Easter weekend.
The island's agricultural show is on at the Pozo Negro Showground over the next 3 days. It's a free show with lots of animals - bulls, cows, sheep, chickens, donkeys, camels and thousands of goats. There are trade stands, and the opportunity to taste goats cheese and local wine. It gets very busy on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, so it's advisable to get there early.
HIGHEST NUMBER OF TOURISTS per 100 INHABITANTS
We share this news published by Hosteltur that provides some interesting data, which reveal that Fuerteventura is the island of the world with the largest number of tourists currently per 100 inhabitants (2,217 tourists per 100 inhabitants).
INCREASING VISITOR NUMBERS
Fuerteventura Airport registered 494,806 visitors in March, which is a 2% increase on the same month last year, according to the statistics released by AENA.
From January to March 2017 the number of visitors is at 1,389,100, WHICH IS 3.6% MORE THAN THE SAME PERIOD OF 2016.
In the statistics of Aena also recorded the number of operations recorded at the island's airport amounts to 3,864 while the volume of goods coded in tons is 84,297.
The Vice President and Minister of Tourism of the Cabildo of Fuerteventura, Blas Acosta, celebrated this data and advanced a month of April where "again we will grow in visitors taking into account that this Holy Week will again have tourist areas with an occupation above 98 % ".
Acosta said that the growth recorded so far this year, as happened throughout 2016, is due, among other things, to "the strong presence that Fuerteventura is having in Europe through co-marketing actions with the main European tour operators as well as the opening of new routes with destinations such as Prague or Budapest ".
INCREASED SUBSIDY FOR RESIDENTS ON SEA TRAVEL
From Jan 2018 the subsidy for residents of the Canary Islands will increase from 50% to 75% on all travel by sea. The Government are putting up their subsidy from 25% to %0 %, and this is added to the 25% provided by the Canarian Government.
HOSPITAL PARKING IMPROVEMENT
The second car park at the hospital in Puerto del Rosario is being tarmacked this week, so that will be a major improvement. The car parks are in front of the main entrance and around the back on the western side.
Acua Water Park in Corralejo re-opened yesterday for the season which ends in November.
TWO MORE ROAD DEATHS THIS WEEK
Two more people have been killed in the past week on Fuerteventura's roads. A motorcyclist died after an accident on the FV-10 at Tetir, and a man died following a head on crash on the FV-2 between Pozo Negro and Gran Tarajal.
PLAYA BLANCA HOTEL REOPENING
Following a 1.3 million € refit, R2 Hotels will be opening the former Parador National hotel at Playa Blanca, near Puerto del Rosario, at the end of next month. It will be a 4 star hotel, with 50 bedrooms. In the past Paradors were run by the state, and in recent times it was ran by the Cabildo of Fuerteventura, before becoming disused.
FRASQUITA FISH RESTAURANT
The Ayuntamiento de Antigua have handed over the keys to the owners of the restaurant following it's rebuild in it's new position - just a bit further back from it's original position, to allow the promenade to pass in front of it. It will be reopening soon.
An earthquake measuring 3.4 on the Richter Scale was recorded off the West Coast of Fuerteventura at 4.53pm today - close to the coast of Betancuria.
Earth Day will be celebrated in many places on the island today, with lights being switched off between 20.30 - 21.30 this evening.
Clocks go forward by one hour on Sunday 26 March 2017 at 2am
PUBLIC SERVICE MANAGEMENT FOR THE REGULAR PARKING OF PUERTO DEL ROSARIO
The City of Puerto del Rosario has started a new management of the regulated parking, blue zone, with the company ESTACIONAMIENTOS Y SERVICIOS, S.A.U.
The regulated parking service aims to increase the rotation of vehicles and therefore a greater use of the parking spaces. This service will be operational on the last days of the month of March or beginning of April, in the streets in the centre of the capital.
More regulated parking areas have been enabled and will have two types of regulation, the blue one, located in areas where it is necessary a greater rotation of vehicles, with a parking maximum of 2 hours and the green zone, for residential use. Parking has to be paid for between the hours of 9am-2pm and 5pm and 8pm.
Residents and qualified collectives may park in green spaces without time limitation according to the General Provisions of the Municipal Ordinance (BOP 86 of July 18, 2016) and by paying an annual fee of 60 and 120 euros respectively, with a 50% reduction of the rate for resident pensioners.
New parking meters have been installed which allow different means of payment.
The new service will have special discounts for people with different abilities, residents in the area, health care services, home help or electric vehicles. All of them can park in green or blue zones without limitation of time.
In addition, through the "ELPARKING" app you can park and pay with your mobile, which makes our Smartphone a smart parking meter. With ELPARKING you will not have to worry about carrying coins, look for the ticket dispenser and put the ticket in the vehicle. More information at www.puertodelrsario.org Thematic area "Ordinances".
At last - some official news about the finish of the beach regeneration:
A Google translation:
The Canary Islands Demarcation of Costas has confirmed today to the Cabildo of Fuerteventura that the rehabilitation works of the beach of El Castillo will end on the 31st of this month and will be available to users and swimmers before this summer. The announcement was made during the meeting of the Commission for Monitoring and Control of the Agreement of collaboration between the State and the Island Corporation for the implementation of the rehabilitation project of this beach in the municipality of Antigua.
The meeting was attended by the president of the Cabildo, Marcial Morales, the head of the Canarian Demarcation of the Canaries, Rafael Francisco López Orive, the mayor of Antigua, Juan José Cazorla, and the Minister of Public Works, Edilia Pérez, among others.
The Cabildo of Fuerteventura, for its part, has demanded the optimum completion of the different works units before finalizing the contract with the awarded company and the corresponding agreement with the State.
Likewise, during the meeting it was agreed to start as soon as possible the technical and administrative work necessary to reinvest the reduction of the award of the rehabilitation works on the beach in the extension and improvement of the annexed avenue, as agreed last year.
On 20 April 2015, the Cabildo of Fuerteventura signed a collaboration agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment for the execution of the construction work on El Castillo beach in Caleta de Fuste. The island corporation contributed 1,881,186.56 euros and the works were awarded for 1,966,059 euros.
On the occasion of World Water Day, which is celebrated on March 22, Eltiempo.es has drawn up a ranking of the most arid zones of Spain, and Fuerteventura comes top of the list.
The aridity of the Canary Islands is due to the persistence of the Azores Anti-cyclone and the Saharan influence.
With volcanic origin, these are the islands closest to the African continent, and therefore the ones most frequently affected by the calima. In them annual rainfall is very low, of 98 l / m2 per year in the south of Fuerteventura and not exceed 200 l / m2 in the rest. Temperatures do not vary much throughout the year and the minimum temperatures do not fall below 14 ºC.
The lower altitude of these islands causes that its entire surface is below the level of inversion of the trade winds, which makes difficult the typical orographic rains of the other Western Canary Islands that have some mountainous obstacle.
Locals and tourists are reminded to conserve water as all water on the island has to be desalinated.
20 people had to be rescued by helicopter from the cliff area at Ajuy yesterday when they were cut off when the dry river bed suddenly became a swollen river as a result of the heavy rain in the mountains.
Hailstones fell in several places on Fuerteventura yesterday afternoon, as a Yellow Weather Alert was in place. Today, there have been some more hailstones, and a storm in Gran Tarajal has flooded streets.
4 people were seriously injured in a car crash near Tarajalejo in the south of Fuerteventura - http://www.rtvaguacabra.com/noticias/cuatro_heridos_graves_en_una_colisi_n_m_ltiple_con_vuelco_de_un_veh_culo_en_tarajalejo.html
Disney are looking for 350 extras and others for the filming of Star Wars - http://canarias7.es/articulo.cfm?id=457543
Disney will soon start the filming of part of the new Star Wars film in Fuerteventura. Over the past few days, they have been setting up the area for filming in Cañada de la Barca in Jandia. The area will be the desert planet of Coreilla, where the young Han Solo came from. The site is heavily protected by security guards
Tourism in the island generated 2.455 million euros last year, but the destination expenditure is stagnating.
Tourism generated a whopping € 2,455 million in Fuerteventura last year, nearly 410 million more than in 2015. While tourist arrivals have skyrocketed in the last three years to record record highs, visitors spending hasn't increased. Cafes, gift shops, clothing, footwear, hairdressers and restaurants warn that visitor spending is minimal during their vacations, although so far in 2017 there has been a small upturn in localities such as Caleta de Fuste, Corralejo and Morro Jable.
"We have three 'Crazy Corner Photography' businesses in El Castillo, and on the main street there are a lot of people. Tourists come in, they look and they love handbags, hats, wallets and everything, but we see that they spend very little, practically buy some cheap detail, print some photo, but they do not take gifts for the family or expensive details although we offer a variety of articles of decoration, gifts, jewellery and complements. Sales are slack, "says shop assistant Martina Robbiani.
Most of the budget that tourists spend for their holidays in Fuerteventura is contracted in their countries of origin: almost eight out of ten euros are already committed before taking off for the island. "Many families walk in front of our terrace but are told to sit down to drink, and only come when they want to watch a major sports game on TV or go to the machines and games," says Daniel Guerrero, Cafeteria Piscolabis Play Park of El Castillo. "The all inclusive has done a lot of damage to the hostelry of Fuerteventura and in this area you can see why the accommodations are quite full but does not result in its benefits," he adds.
In the last three years, the tourist industry of Fuerteventura has gone from generating 1,883 million euros in 2014 to surpassing the 2,000 million barrier in 2015, when 2,045 million were generated, and reaching 2,455 million euros in 2016 . However, destination spending has always represented between 20 and 21 percent of what visitors spend on the island: 380 million in 2014, 429 million in 2015 and 520 million in 2016, according to the study on tourism spending made by the Canary Islands Institute of Statistics (Istac).
Carmen Luisa, from Dream's Peluqueros, is one of the most optimistic in the tourist area of Caleta de Fuste. "Every three days tourists come to the hairdresser to comb their hair or try our beauty and beauty treatments, so it's not bad because we detected a lot of movement this year and we see that spending in shops is very slow," she says.
The businesses that have worked best in the last year and in 2017 are the 'rent a car', says Manola, employee of a company dedicated to this sector, due to the interest of tourists to travel the Island. There has been an increase in clothing sales in clothing with known brands. "In our trade in clothing and accessories from Puerto Castillo, sales work because for the Nordic, English and German there are certain brands that interest them, and tell us that here is cheaper than in their countries of origin," says the Italian Melani Alvaro .
In that sense, the economic recovery in the countries from where tourists to Fuerteventura come from has also been perceived in the increase of what each visitor spends on their vacations. A tourist spent 118 euros in 2014, about 124 euros in 2015 and 129 euros in 2016. In contrast, the daily expenditure of the visitor in the destination has suffered in the last year, with a slight decline, 0.2 in percentage terms, but which shows the difficulties in getting tourists to spend money.
The establishments and coffee shops of the South, in the municipality of Pájara, have been the most affected by the all-inclusive and those that have suffered the crisis with more intensity, because the consumption of the visitors outside the complexes was minimal, and many businesses of Costa Calma and Morro Jable were forced to close the doors.
The island has been on Yellow Alert since 1pm today for very strong winds. The alert is in place until 8pm on Monday 13 March.
Fuerteventura Airport received 439,555 visitors in February, 1.4% more than the same period in 2016. During the first two months of this year the figure stands at 894,294 passengers.
The Minister of Tourism, Blas Acosta, forecasts that this growth will be maintained throughout the year.
According to data released this morning by Spanish Airports and Air Navigation (AENA), the number of operations stood at 3,461 and freight traffic reached 71,4604.tonnes last February.
The Vice-President and Minister of Tourism of the Cabildo of Fuerteventura, Blas Acosta, said that for the second consecutive month of 2017, "our airport continues to grow, a symptom we are confident will be maintained throughout this year."
According to data from AENA, between January and February this year the number of passengers (arrivals and departures) is 894,294, 4.5% more than the previous year.
A man has been arrested following a traffic accident. He is being charged with the theft of 5 vehicles in the Caleta de Fuste area, and one case of damaging a hotel door.
The Cabildo of Fuerteventura are inviting tenders for the operation of the Salt Museum at Las Salinas, The Cheese museum in Antigua and the Windmill Centre in Tiscamanita. The period of the contract will be 12 years.
Ryanair have announced an increase in flights to Fuerteventura. From October 29 2017, there will be twice weekly flights from Birmingham and daily flights from Madrid.
04.03.17 - The Ayuntamiento of Antigua are currently working on a 2 month programme of improving and paving of the pavements in Costa de Antigua. The work is costing 243,000€ for the 2,300 metres of pavements in the 5 streets of Alegranza, Isla de la Graciosa, Artesano Paquito Batista, Avenidas Central and De los Tarajales.
The Cabildo of Fuerteventura have today confirmed that Disney have now been given the necessary permissions to film parts of the new Star Wars film in the south of Fuerteventura.
CanaryFly, the Canarian airline, are now offering 12 weekly flights between Fuerteventura and Tenerife. The flight takes 50 minutes to Tenerife North airport. This is in addition to the operators flights between Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria.
Binter Airlines also operate on this route.
Since the beginning of the year there have been 48 traffic accidents registered in Fuerteventura. As a result of these events, two people lost their lives, leaving several seriously injured. The occurrence of these accidents almost daily is generating a deep concern among local people.
Among the main causes of this large number of accidents are drivers being distracted, using mobile phones, dangerous overtaking, falling asleep, speeding, presence of animals on the road, as well as alcohol and drug intake, among other factors .
Fran Torres, coordinator of the Emergency and Security Service, said "We continue to see in our roads a lot of recklessness, driving at an excessive speed, advancing in a continuous line and other imprudences that can be fatal."
If this trend continued then by the end of the year there would be 288 accidents and 12 people killed.
In 2016, the island roads claimed the lives of seven people.