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Promoting Formentera in San Sebastián

senderismo moonkoala-1-The Formentera Council tourism department reports that today through Sunday March 31 island representatives will be promoting Formentera at San Sebastián's SEVATUR travel expo. Formentera has its own stand at the expo, with information about outdoor activities for families even after the traditional summer season.

Alluding to the Basque country's comparatively chilly climate, promotion chief Carlos Bernús affirmed visitors at the expo are “very keen...on not just our island, but our weather too”. Formentera is the only Balearic island with representation at SEVATUR.

March 29, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

PIMEF training courses

informatica cat-5-The Formentera Council's trade department teamed up with the small and medium-sized business association of Eivissa and Formentera (PIMEF) to host a presentation on “Fent Pimef”, a series of upcoming training courses. The instruction is about giving hometown businesses the tools to improve management and become more competitive with upgraded attention to customers and the services they provide.

Six courses, offered at PIMEF's office and subsidised by the Formentera Council, are free and open to the public. The classes are part of a yearly pledge between PIMEF and the Council on business training and assistance for business owners.

Kicking off Friday March 29 and winding down April 5, the first course is a return to a workshop that débuted last year on smartphone photography for businesses. Other courses include IT for dummies, Quality Customer Service, Sales skills and techniques and Emotional intelligence and social skills, in addition to a conference with Israel Serrano on coaching and staff motivation. Space is limited and individuals interested in registering can do it in person at PIMEF, over the phone (971.32.25.20) or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Formentera Council
Àrea de Comunicació
March 22, 2019

Formentera 2.0 to put island at centre of digital culture from May 2-5

foto-for-2-0-premsa1The Formentera Council's tourism department reports that when the seventh Formentera 2.0 hits the island from May 2 to 5, international experts will be on hand to share experiences in communication, creativity and emerging technologies. Director Rosa Castells says the event will find “the leading lights of digital culture rendezvousing here on the island”.

“Formentera 2.0 has put the island on the map”, asserted the organiser. “Today Formentera is more than just a tourist destination; our line-up of world-renowned experts means we're also an authentic talent magnet”. The encounter is a chance to connect, share and learn in a familiar, low-key environment far from sprawling convention centres.

Who it's for
Whether you're a full-fledged tech devotee or more of a digital dabbler, Formentera 2.0 is a multi-disciplinary event for a wide range of profiles. Journalists, communication professionals, creative types, entrepreneurs, heads of communication and marketing, community managers, freelancers, content managers, institutions, organisations, bloggers and anyone keen on getting up to speed on emerging tech, communication and digital culture will feel right at home.

Though 50 individuals have already registered, space is still available. Full programme details can be found online at www.formentera20.com.

Anaïs Pérez Figueras, communications director for Google Spain and Portugal; Ricard Robles, director of Sónar festival; Tomás Fdo Flores, director of Ràdio-3 and Siglo 21; Enric Jove, CEO of Mc Cann, advertising and marketing mavericks behind award-winning spots for Ikea and Campofrío; Macarena Rey, CEO of Shine Ibèria production commpany and executive producer for Masterchef and Maestros de la costura; and Oscar Romagosa, executive producer for Canada, the production company behind two music videos for two-time Grammy-winner Rosalía. Other Formentera 2.0 participants include Disney Channel director general Vincent Sourdeau and Ana Gea, founder of the leading design and creativity magazine Graffica.

Formentera Council
Àrea de Comunicació
March 13, 2019

In Barcelona, Formentera pitched as destination for families

foto-fira-barcelona1The Formentera Council's tourism department reports that from today to Sunday March 24 local reps will be at Barcelona's Montjuïc fairgrounds promoting the island at the B-Travel expo. Two tourist canvassers will present Formentera as a family destination that can be visited 365 days a year.

Formentera has its own stand with promotional material spotlighting heritage, nature, culture, gastronomy and the full spread of fitness events organised on the island at the beginning and end of the season.

Figuring among the promotional fare is information about a new marine museum (and future tenant of la Mola's lighthouse), the first edition of the book "Sabores de Formentera" and the latest version of the smartphone app "Formentera 365", which features complete information about the island.

Catalonia is one of Formentera's chief sources of tourism.

Formentera Council
Àrea de Comunicació
March 22, 2019

Submissions to Beni Trutmann photo contest's 17th edition now accepted

foto bTRUTMANN 2019 3The Formentera Council's Office of Culture reports that today until April 12, submissions —either in person at the Citizen Information Office (OAC) or by certified mail directly to the Formentera Council— will be accepted to the Beni Trutmann photo competition. Entering into its seventeenth year, the contest has become a fixture on the island.

The photo contest is a tribute to Beni Trutmann, a prodigious Swiss photographer who fell in love with Formentera on a visit and went on to spend 44 years on the island, during which time he took upwards of thirty thousand photos, each a demonstration of his love for the island and its natural spaces. It is the reason the Beni Trutmann photo contest is all about nature —landscapes, fauna and humans interacting in the outdoors— and defending our environment.

Colour/Black & White
In the Colour and Black & White categories, participants can submit up to three prints (analog or digital) in square, digital, classic and panorama format. Contestants must also state which prize—first, second or third, with cash prizes of €500, €300 and €200, respectively—they wish to compete for.

Social justice photography
This year, organisers have added a new category —fotodenúncia— for photography that is political in nature, seeking to denounce injustices, demand change or encourage reflection on a particular environmental issue. Cash prizes for the first-, second- and third-place winners are €500, €300 and €200, respectively.

Smart shots
Tuned for youth aged 12 to 18, another category that has become increasingly established with time is for photos snapped with smartphones. These submissions can be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Contestants are asked to include no more than three photos taken with their smartphone.

As every year, a panel of judges will be made up of a spokesperson from the local chapter of the Balearic association for birdwatching and the defence of nature; one representative of the local chapter of Obra Cultural Balear; three individuals renowned for their work in the visual arts; plus a president and secretary.

Winning submissions will be included in Formentera's image and sound archive, the AISF, and become property of the Council, which reserves the right to reproduce them as it deems fit (on posters, signs, internet-based campaigns, etc), though not for profit.

In its 17 years, the competition has amassed a valuable archive of roughly 1,200 photos from 300 participants. No better proof of the contest's growth can be found than the participation of photographers from as far away as mainland Spain and other countries in Europe.

CiF culture and patrimony councillor Susana Labrador encouraged islanders to trawl their boxes of old photos or “walk the island, camera in hand, and be ready—absolutely anyone can be in the right place and right time and snap a classic”. Highlighting the youth category, Labrador called on young islanders in particular to scour the island —personal phone (or their parents') in hand— and dive right into photography.

For more information and to see submission conditions, visit the Formentera Council website: http://conselldeformentera.cat/images/stories/tauler_danuncis/educacio_cultura_i_patrimoni/2019/Bases_Beni_Trutmann_catal%C3%A0_pdf.pdf

Exhibit and awards
Capping Beni Trutmann is an exhibit of selected photo submissions at the Sala d'Exposicions (Ajuntament Vell) through May 11. The show opens Monday, April 29, when there will also be a ceremony to deliver prizes to the seventeenth edition's winning photographers. For more information and to review submission conditions, visit the Formentera Council website:

Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council
March 12, 2019

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