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Blues, jazz and rock drive Formentera Guitars Festival in Sant Ferran

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that the thirteenth Formentera Guitars Festival will take place between 16 and 18 September. Organised by the Formentera Guitars association with the collaboration of the Consell de Formentera, the festival of blues, jazz and rock music has become an unmissable entry on the local summer calendar.

Musical activities start at 10.00pm on Friday 16 September in Sant Ferran's Plaça de l'Església, when scheduled performers will include Piolet Swing, Sgt. Pepe's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Los Peligrosos Gentlemen and The Raters. When the programme picks up at the same time the following day, performers include Maya Alexander Group, Cecilya, The Mighty Groovin's Stuff and Chris Lee. Finally, at 9.30pm on Sunday 18 September, the Sant Ferran restaurant Sa Panxa will host the festival's closing jam-session.

6 September 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Expanded bus service to La Mola market

The Consell de Formentera is adding trips to and from the La Mola craft market on Wednesdays and Sundays to encourage public transport use and in response to a request from the association of La Mola market artisans.

Extended evening service starts Sunday 21 August, with the last bus leaving La Mola at 10.20pm.

19 August 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera offers visitors 24-hour FAQ service via WhatsApp

The Formentera Office of Tourism is pleased to announce that the WhatsApp-driven information service it offers to visitors in seven languages is now available 24 hours a day. Previously, this service was only available during office hours, but now, thanks to a computerised system of frequently asked questions, information can be provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Individuals who wish to be attended by a person may contact the service Monday to Friday 8.00am to 3.00pm (except holidays).

Alejandra Ferrer, vice-president and councillor of tourism, said, "This is the 21st century, and we are committed to these communication tools that are so widespread among the population". She explained, "The goal is to reach and serve as many visitors as possible and offer them information that makes their stay on the island more satisfactory. It also means we can publicise year-round activities that don't revolve around the sun and the beach".

The service can be reached at 607 111 716, and further information can be found on the Consell de Formentera website and at tourist information points. Today, five years after Formentera unveiled its free WhatsApp-powered questions hotline, a wide array of information is available, including details on cultural events, the opening hours of heritage sites, conditions at beaches and more. The service is offered in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Italian, German and Dutch. Telephone calls are not answered.

9 August 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera revisits push to educate tourists and residents about itinerant vending

The Formentera Offices of Commerce and Interior, in collaboration with the local small and medium-sized business group (PIMEF), have reactivated a push to stop visitors and islanders from buying from illegal waterside vendors.

Ana Juan, president and councillor of commerce, stressed "the importance of raising awareness among tourists and residents of the harm that itinerant selling does to local commerce and consumers themselves, considering it violates health measures, is not subject to controls, and increases litter on our beaches and in our natural environment".

The Consell de Formentera has put out a leaflet picturing a woman on a local beach responding "NO" to vendors' offers of drinks, fruit and clothes. Bearing the slogan "Protect local commerce: say NO to itinerant vending!", the document, printed in Catalan, Spanish and English, includes the following text:

"The fruits, drinks, clothing and accessories and jewellery that vendors peddle on our beaches have not passed legally mandated food and quality controls. They also constitute unfair competition for Formentera's businesses.

To stop it, we need the cooperation of all potential buyers. Please say NO to itinerant vending!"

These leaflets will be available at offices of tourism, PIMEF and the Citizen Information Office (OAC). The campaign will also be disseminated on the social media pages of the Consell de Formentera and Formentera Office of Tourism.

Josep Marí, councillor of interior, explained, "Campaigns like this are about educating potential buyers. They are the ones who can put a definitive end to illegal selling on our beaches". Since the start of the season, Formentera Local Police have issued 134 citations for itinerant vending. In May, 13 were for food and beverages. Of 56 citations issued in June, 7 involved clothing sales and 49 involved food or drink sales. Of 65 issued so far this month, 12 were for clothing and 53 were for food or drinks. Itinerant vendors operate on the beaches of the nature reserve and Platja Migjorn.

27 July 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera assesses season and starts work on unique lodging platform

foto 2022vii COPTToday Alejandra Ferrer, vice president of the Consell de Formentera and councillor of tourism promotion and management; Carlos Bernús, chief of tourism promotion; members of the Formentera Association of Hotels, the Chamber of Commerce, the local small- and medium-sized business association (PIMEF), the Balearic Confederation of Business Groups (CAEB), travel agencies and other figures from the local tourism sector, and political party representatives, gathered to analyse occupancy data for the month of June at a meeting of the Commission for Tourism Promotion and Management (COPT).

According to surveys conducted by the Formentera Observatory, occupancy in 2022 is similar to that of 2019. In May, the average occupancy rate was 47.28%, and in June it was 84.62%. By the same barometer, 59% of visitors stay in houses and apartments, and the remaining 41% in hotels.

As highlighted at the meeting, the tourism barometer also indicates key data points like the diverse nationalities of Formentera's visitors. In terms of visitor numbers, Spanish travellers come in first, followed by Italian, then German, French and English. But tourism officials pointed out that third place could just as well be formed by grouping together visitors from other increasingly well-represented countries like Portugal, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Bookings engine
Meeting attendees also sat for presentations of assorted types of bookings engines that COPT wishes to implement on Formentera. The aim is to have a single platform with information on the various accommodations available on the island, which promotes Formentera and acts as a clearing house for information on local activities and events. At the close of the gathering, Councillor Ferrer pointed out that this platform could also be used to create accommodation and experience packages, and would be significantly less expensive than large accommodation platforms.

27 July 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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