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Over 400 registered to run in Formentera All Round Trail on 29 February

img 32512Paula Ferrer, chief of Formentera’s Department of Sport, unveiled details today about the ninth Formentera All Round Trail. The run, which is set to take place 29 February, marks the start of Formentera’s 2020 sports calendar, which Ferrer called “one of the key draws for tourism in the off-season”. Pere Serra, representing the Elite Chip firm on Formentera, and Daniel de la Dueña, a Department of Sport staffer—both were on hand at the morning presentation. Some 400 runners will participate according to the most recent tally, which, as Councillor Ferrer pointed out, “comes in just short of our 500-person limit, but gives us a pretty good indication of the recognition the trail run has earned both domestically and abroad”.

The Elite Chip spokesperson described “Fart” as a 72.5K coastal jaunt that starts and ends in La Savina harbour and this year offers runners a new modality, group relay. Participants in the 40.5K Half Round Formentera set out in Es Arenals but wind up in La Savina, and athletes in the 21K “Part Fart” (Tros de Fart) start their run in Es Caló before making their way to La Savina. Runners have 13, 9.5 and 4 hours to complete the respective trials.

Earth-smart run
Councillor Ferrer held up Fart’s “enormous environmental focus—one of the issues that’s closest to our heart”. In kind, gels and bottles carry their holder’s entry number and will be used to identify runners who toss them carelessly along the trail. Free transport is provided to the starting lines of the Half and Part Fart, and an array of discounts on transport and accommodations exist for individuals who patronise participating businesses.

Ferrer also applauded the fixture’s supporting organisations, like the Balearic Port Authority (APB), the regional ministry of environment, the Guardia Civil, Civil Protection and Formentera Local Police forces, and volunteers, all of whom are crucial to Fart’s success.

12 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera caps visit to Milan’s International Travel Expo, hails ‘bright prospects’

formentera-bit-mila--jHaving maintained a promotional presence at Milan’s International Travel Expo (Borsa Internazionale del Turismo, or BIT) since Sunday, the island’s spokespeople at the expo head home today. Describing the Italian market as both “vast and loyal”, marketing chief Carlos Bernús, who was in Milan for the event, said Team Formentera was leaving the three-day, public-and-professional travel show “with bright prospects relative to Italian travellers in 2020”.

At an 8.30pm presentation on Monday, niche and local media outlets and tour operators got a look at Formentera’s credentials as a sustainable destination. Local reps reviewed the island’s already checkered history as far as sustainability is concerned: “Years ago we slashed plastic bags use, in 2017 we launched Save Posidonia Project and last summer we capped entry of in-bound vehicles with formentera.eco.”

According to Bernús, reps played up the island’s image and pointed to “vast possibilities for the visitor, especially in the low season, when our calendar of sport fixtures and cultural programming comes alive”.

Dedicated stand
From Formentera’s very own stand at the event, the island’s representatives distributed promotional material underlining sport- and culture-focused programming and other perks of visiting away from the traditional summer season. They also pushed “Slow Food Formentera”, a map of local growers and businesses trading in locally-sourced products that the island’s handlers have teed up for the season ahead.

11 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Catalina Escandell is Compra a Casa’s buy-local winner for January

catalina-mayans--compra-a-casa1Catalina Escandell was named the January winner of a special campaign backed by the local government and Eivissa and Formentera’s small- and medium-sized business association, Pimef, to promote local businesses in winter. Mayans, a card-carrying Compra a Casa shopper since January 2017, came away with a €50 gift card. Purchases made in participating businesses automatically enter cardholders into a drawing held during the first week of the following month. The February drawing will be held the first week in March, the March drawing the first week in April.

11 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Applications for chauffeurs’ licences now being accepted

taxis-2020taxi-formenterajThe Formentera Department of Mobility announces the first round of competitive exams to obtain a local taxi permit.

Registration for the 4 March session began last Friday 7 February and will continue through the end of the day on Thursday the 20th. A second round of exams is scheduled for 1 April 2020, with registration opening ten days prior on 20 February.

Interested parties should visit the Citizen's Information Office (Oficina d’Atenció Ciutadana, or OAC) at Carrer Ramon Llull, 6, in Sant Francesc, or online via the OVAC. Once registration is closed, a provisional list of accepted and rejected students will be posted to the Consell de Formentera bulletin board and website.

Transport public on the rise
Highlighting forecasts this year of increased demand for cab drivers, mobility councillor Rafael González encouraged all those who might be interested to take the test. The local taxi fleet will grow by 17% in 2020, taking on an extra 6 vehicles. González said the change was about offering islanders and tourists “a better public service, and more mobility options”. Moreover, the new additions will be hybrids, “bringing them one step closer to sustainability”, said the councillor.

For complete information on chauffeurs’ licences and how to obtain one, as well as details about terms and conditions and the subjects that may appear on the exam, visit this link.

11 February 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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