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Calling all stargazers: Formentera Astronòmica turns two

foto 2022 f astronomica BThe Formentera Office of Tourism is pleased to present the second Formentera Astronòmica, which this year will take place between May 6 and 8. Formentera Astronòmica is intended for the general public, residents and tourists who wish to discover part of this exciting world with their families, partners or friends.

"After the success of last year's edition, and conscious of Formentera's privileged position for stargazing, the Consell is promoting Formentera Astronòmica once again", explained Alejandra Ferrer, Vice President and Councillor of Tourism, who pointed out, "The event is organised right at the beginning of the season to attract visitors with a one of a kind programme centred on astronomy".

Alessia Comis, director of Formentera Astronòmica, confided, "We have put together a very complete programme that will allow visitors to enjoy the event as a romantic getaway or a several-day outing with the family". Comis said that she hoped that this angle would be taken up by journalists covering Formentera Astronòmica to give it more visibility. The goal is to reach one hundred participants.

Programme

The daytime part of the event will be held in Sant Francesc, with talks playing out in a hotel and the workshops in Plaça de la Constitució. Children's workshops will again be included as well and will be open to residents. They will take place from 10.00am to 2.00pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday so that Formentera families and schools can participate. Children aged zero to fourteen are additionally invited to take part in a drawing contest; this year's theme is "The Star Tourist". Drawings can be submitted until 6 May to concurso@formenteraastronomica.com.

The nocturnal part of Formentera Astronòmica, set in various natural spaces with scant light pollution, will fuse with gastronomy. Two themed stargazing dinners mean participants will be able to travel into space with telescopes and take part a workshop on night photography.

Speakers specialised in astronomy include Luisella Giulicchi, president of Women in Aerospace; Carlos Briones, researcher at the Spanish National Research Council; Manuel González, astronomer; Eva Ramírez, expert at INECO; Asier Arranz, disseminator of AI and astronomy at Nvidia; Dalila Dawid, expert in night photography; Miguel Ángel Molina, director of GMV's space division; Rosa Rodríguez, from the Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System (SOCIB), and Guillermo De Haro, writer at Jotdown and professor at IE Business School.

The Astronomical Association of Formentera will again collaborate in the event. With the help of AAF's new telescopes, two night sky observation sessions will be staged and open to all, by reservation. AAF will share the best spots for stargazing on the island.

To find out all the details about activities and speakers, see the complete programme and sign up, visit https://www.formenteraastronomica.com/es. Registration is €100 for adults and €50 for children. Residents of Formentera receive a 50% discount. Residents may also choose to register for observation sessions only. Participants who register before 15 April are eligible for an additional discount.

29 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera presents promotional activities in Portugal and Barcelona

The Formentera Office of Tourism is pleased to report on the promotional activities it is carrying out this week in Portugal and Barcelona. Between tomorrow, Tuesday 29 March, and Thursday 31 March, Formentera will participate in three promotional roadshows in the Portuguese cities of Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra.

"At these events, travel agents, tour operators and professionals will be able to see the destination at a stand and get all the necessary information so that they know first-hand everything from how to make reservations and get here, to cultural and sporting events in the pre and post season", explained Alejandra Ferrer, Vice-President and Councillor of Tourism. Also on display will be Formentera's ornithological and heritage routes as well as details about steps that the island has taken "to be a more sustainable destination where travellers have a unique experience in contact with nature", added Councillor Ferrer.

These actions reinforce other efforts to promote Formentera, like at the BTL travel expo in Lisbon, 16 to 20 March. Councillor Ferrer described Portugal as "a market that in the last two seasons has increased its presence on our island".

Promotion in Spain

Between 29 March and 3 April Formentera will participate in two promotional fairs in Barcelona. On the one hand, from 29 to 31 March, local representatives will join the diving sector at the Mediterranean Diving Show. In this sense, Councillor Ferrer confided, "We want to take advantage of our transparent waters to promote Formentera as an ideal destination for diving and at the same time raise awareness about the need to protect our waters in order to continue enjoying them".

Lastly, between 1 and 3 April, the island will be promoted at the BTravel fair in Barcelona. As in Portugal, there, Formentera will tout off-season events and its credentials as a sustainable island that seeks a respectful brand of tourism.

28 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera unveils Employment and Enterprise Fair

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Formentera unveils Employment and Enterprise Fair
This 7 April, the Formentera Office of Entrepreneurship will host the island's first Employment and Enterprise Fair (Fira d'Ocupació i Emprenedoria). The Fira was at the centre of a presentation given today by Ana Juan, President of the Consell de Formentera and Councillor of Entrepreneurship, together with co-organisers Dolors Roig, Island Director of the Eivissa-Formentera arm of the Balearic Employment Office (SOIB), and Pepe Salvador Puig, Director of the vocational training programme and the Entrepreneurship Classroom at Marc Ferrer Secondary School (IES Marc Ferrer). The Fira will be held at Jardí de ses Eres and Centre Antoni Tur 'Gabrielet' from 9.00am to 3.00pm and will have assorted spaces, from information tables staffed by representatives of companies presenting job offers, to training workshops for youth interested in starting a business.

President Juan expressed her satisfaction at seeing the initiative's inaugural edition come to life: "Our local administration is aware of the needs on both sides: of businesses, to find employees, and of workers, to find jobs that fit their skills, so the Office of Entrepreneurship promotes this fair in the hope it creates a space for synergies between companies and islanders without jobs". Juan confided that this Fira "comes from a desire to deliver continuity and a boost to every sector of the local job market", and encouraged workers and companies alike to participate.

Eight companies from the tourism and transportation sectors and a human resources company have signed up to offer jobs and conduct interviews, and the application period remains open. Collaborating entities also on hand will share information on employment and training.

The Director of SOIB Eivissa-Formentera applauded the Consell's impulse in the initiative, which she asserted would "strengthen connections between companies and workers", and said that SOIB representatives at a dedicated stand would "be there to inform, guide and advise people who need it".

Mr Salvador, for his part, welcomed the chance to "publicise the Entrepreneurship Classroom, which we believe is a basic tool for the economic and social growth of the island". He cast the Fira as "a great opportunity to showcase the educational offer at IES Marc Ferrer". Students of the basic vocational training course in cooking and catering will also be at the fair to provide catering.

Activities programme
(Time / Activity)
9.30am Opening: Employment and Enterprise Fair of Formentera 2022

10.00am Talk: "SOIB: Tools for Training and Employment", with Iván Zamora, Employment and Labour Market technician (SOIB)

11.00am Talk: "Nimble Methodologies: How to Turn an Idea into a Real Business", with Javier González Martínez, consultant and trainer for business growth at IES Marc Ferrer

11.45am Break

12.15pm Talk: "Resources and Aid for Entrepreneurship", with Pere Jiménez Creis, Head of the Business Information and Training Service (R&D&I)
1.15pm
Workshop: "Create your Business Model with Mind Maps", with Pere Jiménez Creis, Head of the Business Information and Training Service (R&D&I)

2.15pm Round-table: "Training, Employment and Entrepreneurship"

Want to attend or participate in the Fira d'Ocupació i Emprenedoria?

Registration/participation form: https://forms.gle/S7afj2EX6E8SMH8j8

e-mail: aodl@conselldeformentera.com

Phone: 971 073 887


24 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

National Geographic promotes Formentera to UK travellers

foto 2022 national geoThe Formentera Office of Tourism is pleased to report that yesterday National Geographic gave an online conference entitled "The other side of the Balearics" that was backed by Formentera. This presentation was aimed at travel reporters from the United Kingdom and hosted by the National Geographic magazine and website. In the words of Carlos Bernús, Director of Promotion, who participated, "this event allows us to reach a type of visitor with purchasing power who is keen on outdoor activities and conscious of sustainability, including environmental sustainability, at the destination they visit".

The presentation highlighted the advantages of visiting Formentera –an environment where one can be in near constant contact with nature– outside the months of summer, and touted the island's low-season offer of culture, sports, heritage and gastronomy. Participants also found out about initiatives like formentera.eco for a sustainable mobility and Save Posidonia Project to preserve posidonia seagrass and the local coastline, "as well as other actions being taken on our island to ensure that our visitors' experiences are unique", explained Bernús.

This presentation is included in Formentera's Strategic Promotion Plan, in which more promotional actions will be piloted in collaboration with a PR firm specialised in tourism and publicising Formentera to UK travellers. Bernús pointed out that the multitude of travel connections between the UK and the Balearic Islands, together with increasingly loose Covid travel restrictions, "has meant a spike in reservations to come to our destination".


23 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Consell and PIMEF renew collaboration to promote and boost small businesses on the island

foto 2022 conveni pimefYesterday Ana Juan, President of the Consell de Formentera, signed a collaboration agreement with Josep Mayans, president of Small and Mid-sized Businesses of Formentera (PIMEF), to promote training, market research and communication for local businesses.

The Consell de Formentera will provide PIMEF with €22,000 so that it can offer winter training sessions to entrepreneurs, pilot marketing strategies and deliver key tools to make Formentera businesses more competitive. Some of the other projects supported under the agreement are campaigns like Compra a Casa, which encourages island shoppers to buy local, as well business consulting, cultural sponsorships and collaboration with environmental initiatives.

23 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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