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Formentera courts domestic travellers with message of safety and sustainability

foto 2021 fiturEarlier today in a talk titled “Formentera: safe and sustainable”, Consell de Formentera premiere Alejandra Ferrer shared her hope with crowds at the International Tourism Trade Fair (Fitur) that, in 2021 as in 2020, domestic travellers would decide to come and spend their holidays on Formentera — “where, these days, safety and sustainability are the main draws”.

Ferrer hailed news of a 700% increase in online searches that puts the island at 12% of its 2019 levels. Many hotels have additionally reported similar bookings to pre-Covid levels.

“We’re telling Fitur crowds about the island’s competitive edge in safety and sustainability. Till now, Formentera’s longstanding dedication to sustainability has meant quality natural spaces and safeguards for the land. Now, it means visitors can enjoy the island with peace of mind knowing they’re respecting one of the most crucial Covid measures: social distancing”.

Ferrer described the island’s experience last season during year-one of the pandemic and highlighted safety protocol in restaurants, hotels and beach bars — “all of which have outdoor spaces that make visits to Formentera even safer”, said Ferrer.

Programming
Ferrer spoke about Formentera’s recent return to face-to-face events, and held up recent efforts with the island’s tourism industry to adopt a tourism recovery plan complete with economic measures, marketing operations and a tentative security plan. In addition to public health protocols and continued monitoring at ports and airports, Ferrer said the plan included regular diagnostic tests until vaccines are widely available among local businesses. “It’s about closing the cycle”, quipped the premiere. “This way, not only are visitors safe, but they’ll be safe during the length of their stay”.

Additional changes:
- Efforts to become the first destination in Spain to join Unesco’s web-based Sustainability Charter, where sustainable hotels and overnight accommodations will be celebrated for sustainable measures like plastic reduction, renewable energy and respect for the water cycle.
- Pilot test of a quality seal for family-friendly tourism.
- With the Formentera Data Observatory, planned participation in the Smart Tourism Network to collect and analyse data for good governance and informed decision-making.

In closing, Ferrer expressed her satisfaction with recent “very good news” about a loosening of restrictions on travel between the Balearic Islands and mainland Spain. “Formentera is the perfect place to enjoy the sea, nature, walks and peace and quiet”, asserted Ferrer. “A safe and sustainable place to recharge batteries — something we all can use right about now”, she concluded.

20 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

At FITUR, Formentera touts qualities as ‘safe and sustainable’ destination

From 19 to 23 May, representatives will be at Madrid’s FITUR 2021 international travel expo staffing Formentera’s individualised space at a stand shared with the rest of the Balearic Islands. In addition to protocols aimed at ensuring the island remains as safe a destination as possible, reps will be touting the plethora of outdoor activities, ways to enjoy the island safely and, according to marketing chief Carlos Bernús, “sustainability-forward initiatives that have been in the works some time now”.

The three central days of FITUR will find the team meeting with spokespeople from niche travel magazines, apps seeking to improve visitor experience, PR agencies and tour operators. “In a year made particularly difficult by the Covid crisis, as ever, we’re thinking of new promotional activities and strengthening our strategy to attract visitors”, asserted Bernús.

Spotlight on Formentera
Thursday 20 May, Alejandra Ferrer will give a presentation titled “Formentera: safe and sustainable”. Beyond collaborative efforts by local government, industry and islanders to make Formentera safer in terms of public health, the Consell de Formentera chief will draw attention to longstanding sustainability-centred projects like formentera.eco, Save Posidonia Project and other new initiatives. She will also underscore events designed for families, such as the brand-new Formentera Astronómica and the retooled Formentera Zen, both star features of the local reps’ spiel before FITUR crowds.

Finally, the spokespeople will take part in two round tables: one, an exploration of sustainable destinations and the other, a close-up on origins and ins and outs of the Formentera Data Observatory.

16 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Call for 4 information assistants with SOIB Reactiva

cartell 2021 auxiliar infoThe Formentera Department of Entrepreneurship and Local Development reports it will seek to fill several four-month positions for information assistants as part of SOIB Reactiva. Part of an employment initiative of the regional job-seekers’ office, the offer is open to islanders 30 and up who have been registered as unemployed for at least three months.

Interested parties should sign up on the SOIB website by clicking on the following link and selecting the corresponding offer, scheduled to run today to 15 May: https://soib.es/es/soib-reactiva.

13 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera Astronòmica is for stargazers

foto 2021 ASTRO CEarlier today Alejandra Ferrer attended a presentation of Formentera Astronòmica, a first-time event whose participants, in the words of the Consell de Formentera premiere and tourism chief, “can take advantage of Formentera’s low light pollution to gaze at the stars from the privileged position our island affords us”. Also on hand at the presentation was Alessia Comis, organiser for Formentera Astronòmica, along with Santiago Jiménez, who heads collaborating group Astronomical Association of Formentera and AAF treasurer Jordi Alemany.

President Ferrer said Formentera Astronòmica would happen in the island’s low season, 11–13 June. She described it as “a chance for star-loving tourists and local families to enjoy and discover a world of excitement”.

Alessia Comis outlined the family-friendly programme of lectures, night-time expert-led stargazing sessions, VR intergalactic journeys, activities and crafts. She also highlighted a theme dinner under the stars in a special, soon-to-be revealed location.

Organisers have also announced renowned speakers like Imma Aguilar Nàcher, director-general of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), and Carlos Briones, researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), both of whom will be on hand sharing experiences in an informative and accessible way. Speakers will explore questions about the existence of extraterrestrial life, the nature of space debris and fact and fiction in Sci-Fi films. Comis also touted “El visitant de les estrelles”, an online drawing contest for children and young people under 20 due to play out on social media.

Santiago Jiménez, for his part, hailed the freshly-created event and the promise of new opportunities it holds for AAF. “We’ll basically try to use the two days we have to explain what makes Formentera’s sky wonderful”.

Details about activities, speakers and signups, as well as the complete Formentera Astronòmica programme, can be found at https://www.formenteraastronomica.com. Formentera residents benefit from a 50 % discount. Formentera Astronòmica is organised by the Formentera Office of Tourism in association with the Tourist Agency of the Balearic Islands (AETIB).

14 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera Jazz Festival to take place 23–26 September

cartell 2021 formentera jazzThe Formentera Office of Tourism reports that this year’s Formentera Jazz Festival will be held from 23 to 26 September. After the covid-19 crisis forced organisers of the 2020 festival to opt for an all-virtual format, the 2021 edition will combine in-person events with virtual activities.

Consell de Formentera premiere and tourism chief Alejandra Ferrer praised FJF organisers for putting nature and signature local sites at the centre of this year’s festival, insisting events like FJF offered visitors and residents of the island “an ever richer and varied cultural scene”.

After seven years, organisers say FJF is “more committed than ever” to using music to connect people with nature and the magic of Formentera, unveiling a new hybrid format for the festival that combines livestreaming technology with live-audience performances in iconic venues.

Sonically, FJF will continue to showcase diverse musical genres’ convergence in jazz, delivering the festival’s perennial boost to national and regional talent and using talks and workshops to reflect on the challenges in sustainability that face the island and the music industry.

FJF has received support from the Consell de Formentera since Formentera native Maxwell Moya launched the festival in 2015.

More information on the #FJF2021 programme will soon be available at www.formenterajazzfestival.info.


11 May 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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