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Formentera woos Chinese travellers

Foto formentera shangaiCarlos Bernús, chair of Formentera's tourism advisory board, is currently in China for Shanghai's World Bridge Tourism Project, where participants are busily laying the groundwork for 2018 as the year of Chinese tourism in Europe. One hundred fifty European firms were invited to the series of day-long gatherings aimed at bridging the cultural divide through actions within the European Union and the People's Republic. One of the twelve Spanish entities tapped to participate in initiative was Formentera's Patronat de Turisme.

Over the course of the travel industry trade show, Bernús will sit in on some 15 meetings with tour operators and travel agencies in an effort to market Formentera's qualities as a destination spot. He pointed out that a February spike in flights between Spain and China coincides with the moment Chinese holidaymakers break for new year festivities—“a prime time to encourage travel to our island,” Bernús said.

Next year Formentera will once again attend China's forum for Spanish tourism, or FOTEC, scheduled for June 2018 in Shanghai. “The goal is not to completely overhaul our list of target markets,” clarified the head of tourism promotion, “but we want to position Formentera as an option for people travelling Europe during the off-season”. Getting there will require cooperation from the island's dining establishments and hotels, who, with minimal tweaks, can adapt to the needs of Chinese travellers.

Pest control efforts take aim at local mosquitos

estany pudent fotoEarlier this month, the Formentera Council's Office of Environment embarked on a push to bring mosquito and chironomid numbers under control in several areas of Ses Salines park. Efforts will be concentrated on standing water ponds—the pest's preferred spots to lay larva—around Estany Pudent, Estany des Peix and Salines den Marroig.

Preventive mosquito and midge controls make use of Bacillus thuringiensis Israeliensi, a natural insecticide which acts on mosquito larvae. It is considered biological treatment.

In 2017, two operators will be tasked with administering the treatment in two weekly sessions using ruck-sack units to spray the substance in its pulverised state. According to projections, the undertaking will require 24 full days and conclude in mid-October.

The initial cost is €22,944.19, though if problem areas are detected the administration can opt to expand treatment.

Condé Nast Traveler crowns Save Posidonia Project earth-friendly initiative of year

Entrega premis 1Last night in a Madrid hotel, at Condé Nast Traveler's annual award gala, CiF land and tourism councillor Alejandra Ferrer was on hand to accept the travel website's “green project of the year” distinction for Formentera's Save Posidonia Project.

Ferrer pointed out the selection served as an appropriate symbol for the celebration of 2017 as the year of sustainable tourism, and expressed gratitude for an accolade she predicted would help broaden the campaign's reach.

Framing the Save Posidonia Project are two foundational pillars: one, to raise awareness about the importance of the posidonia plant, and two, to secure new donors as part of an initiative to safeguard seagrass meadows. Ferrer put the current level of donations at over €13,000, money that will be used at season's end to drive a project to protect the important plant.

This week saw the unveiling of a video tied to the campaign which, thanks to Facebook, has already reached upward of 250,000 individuals. To Ferrer, the project is a clear statement about the kind of tourist Formentera hopes to attract and a symbol of the island's commitment to sustainability.

Bundle of hashish turns up on beach

Rroballa poli local formentera 2At 8.00am this morning Formentera local police were tipped off by a resident of es Pujols about a suspicious package on the town's shore. The officers arrived on the scene and found the object in question: a bundle containing what appeared to be hashish. Police immediately turned over the item to the Guardia Civil, which will oversee the ensuing investigation.

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