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Seven applicants answer latest call for artisan accreditation

foto 2023iv artesa CThe Office of Commerce of the Consell de Formentera reports that this week a fresh round of exams have been held as part of a new call to accredit local craft workers. In total, seven people have applied to obtain nine artisan cards for trimmings, costume jewellery, oven glazing, knitting, dressmaking, flower drying and object decorating. Among the applicants, one craftsman has also applied for the drywall master test.

Ana Juan, president and commerce councillor, underscored "Formentera artisans' interest in growing and training in their trade, which shows that this is a very lively sector we must protect and promote".

Applicants must pass a test evaluated by a technical panel chaired by heritage department technician Jaume Escandell and comprising other department technicians and master craftsmen. During the evaluation, applicants make the product they wish to specialise in in their workshop while panel members observe working methods and pose practical questions about the manufacturing process and techniques. In addition, applicants must demonstrate familiarity in certain areas like basic notions, tools, equipment and machinery of the trade; origin of materials; preparation, handling, finishing processes; technical safety and hygiene, and more.

The last test was held in November, when one master craftsman and seven craftsmen received artisan cards, bringing Formentera's current total of accredited artisans to 68 craftspeople, 11 master craftspeople and four honorary master craftspeople.

26 April 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera wins "National Geographic" readers' choice award for best beach destination in Spain

foto 2023iv NG 1This afternoon Alejandra Ferrer, vice president and tourism councillor, collected Formentera's award as the best beach destination in Spain at the first National Geographic Travel readers' awards ceremony in Madrid.

Ferrer thanked readers for the distinction, which she said "encourages us to keep protecting the island and is particularly exciting because it comes from a medium that also promotes preservation and has readers who love nature and know the importance of caring for the environment".

In fact, according to the magazine, destinations were awarded in recognition of their sustainability, excellence and commitment to authenticity. Following an expert-led selection process winnowing out all but 55 finalists, over the course of a month thousands of readers voted and selected ten winners and four special mentions.

Best beach destination in Spain: Formentera
Formentera is renowned in the Mediterranean for its effort to preserve its unique beaches, seabed and traditions. Environmental protection and the dissemination of local values have made Formentera an unparalleled destination, gala organisers pointed out.

Other awards
Best international destination: Japan
Best Latin American destination: Costa Rica
Best European destination: Scotland
Best natural destination in Spain: La Palma
Best urban destination in Spain: León
Best gastronomic destination in Spain: Burgos
Best gastronomic itinerary in Spain: idiazábal cheese route and others

25 April 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera Zen Kids & Families, to be held 1 May, will be free for Formentera residents

The Office of Tourism of the Consell de Formentera is pleased to announce that the inaugural Formentera Zen Kids & Families will be held 1 May. Alejandra Ferrer, vice president and tourism councillor, invited interested local families to sign up. The event is free for residents of Formentera. "This yearly event is a chance to both draw visitors in the pre-season and offer options in healthy leisure to visitors and islanders alike, and now, with the brand-new Kids & Families, that includes children".

Formentera Kids & Families is part of the Consell de Formentera-backed and Puro Benestar-organised Formentera Zen, a wellness event which will be held next week on 28, 29 and 30 April. The central venue for the event will be the Gecko Hotel.

Formentera Kids & Families programme
Featured talks:
"En la consulta de pediatria: alimentació, primers auxilis i son." Pediatrician Anna Estapé will shine a light on infant sleep, feeding, common illnesses, choking and other concerns that parents have around parenting.

"Positive discipline also means saying 'no': Managing emotions and screens with children and adolescents." Child psychologist Carmen Esteban will speak about how parents can guide children in emotional management, adjusting rhythms and understanding the difference between punishments and limits, praising and encouraging. She will also discuss how screens can be abused and how to manage them responsibly at home.

"The importance of taking care of ourselves to take care of others and family fitness." Raquel López, who holds a bachelor's in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences, will offer tips for women and men to strengthen the pelvic floor hypopressive postural exercises, and highlight a fitness activity in which parents and children can enjoy the benefits and fun of doing sport as a family.

The event will take place in Plaça de la Constitució in Sant Francesc on 1 May, a public holiday. To register, visit www.formenterazen.es.

Formentera Zen programme
Formentera Zen includes multidisciplinary sessions covering every dimension of the human being–physical, intellectual, environmental and social–and designed to help us live healthier and more balanced lives.

Participating professionals: Alejandra Vallejo-Nágera (psychologist), Natalia Zubizarreta (interior designer), Sari Arponen (PhD in Biomedical Sciences), María Casado (expert in integrated wellness), Enric Sánchez (journalist and podcaster), Cristina Martínez (PhD in Psychology), Miguel Trainer (personal trainer) and Cristina Boscá (radio presenter), Alessandra Oram (yoga teacher from Hong Kong), Vicky Gómez (artist, dancer and choreographer), Amelia Platón (pharmacist, nutritionist and former Masterchef contestant) and Laura Cámara (nurse and sexologist).

To sign up for Formentera Zen, visit www.formenterazen.es. Formentera residents benefit from a 50% discount.

Beach cleanup and plastic art mural
In a first, Formentera Zen 2023 will include a coastal cleanup designed to raise awareness and a workshop on caring for the environment and our health, with tips on how to recycle better. A plastic art mural will also be made with the rubbish collected.

Organisers would like to thank the following collaborators for their support: Cabreiroá, Grupo Cala Saona, Trasmapi, Cöel, Freshly Cosmetics, Gecko Hotel, Etnia Cosmetics, Naranjas Ribera, Pure Niche Lab, Komvida and Natura Bissé.

19 April 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera travels second national circuit of presentations and other marketing actions

foto 2023iv promo turisme AThe Office of Tourism of the Consell de Formentera is pleased to announce that local representatives took part in the second national circuit of presentations in Malaga, Valladolid and Valencia. Before Easter, presentations were also held in Barcelona, Madrid and Bilbao.

"We are enhancing our presence because these cities are among Formentera's leading outbound markets and have easy connections to the island in low season", explained Alejandra Ferrer, vice president and tourism councillor. The small-format presentations were given before representatives of local niche travel press and the main media outlets.

These meetings promote the sports and cultural activities organised in the pre- and post-season. Formentera's representatives also put particular focus on heritage, nature trails, ornithological routes and fine dining. At the same time, Formentera is also carrying out marketing activities in London, Amsterdam and Toulouse.

18 April 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Course and exams to accredit tourist guides and offer general training in visitor service

foto 2023iv JA 3The Office of Tourism of the Consell de Formentera is pleased to announce an upcoming course in languages and another allowing participants to obtain accreditation as Formentera-based tourist guides.

Alejandra Ferrer, vice president and tourism councillor, described the training as "crucial to quality service and making Formentera more accessible for visitors" and highlighted the new figure of Formentera Guide, which "will make it possible to offer new activities and give added value to our routes, trails and activities".

Formentera's tourism marketing division has sought to open the second course to the entire local tourism sector. Vice President Ferrer said that this year's course would be "adapted" and have a smaller, practical syllabus designed for applicability to the sector. Besides expanding their knowledge base and improving the service they provide visitors, participants, who will include employers and employees alike, will receive Consell de Formentera-issued certificates that serve to apply for benefits, take part in promotions on the Office of Tourism website, and be considered for recruitment in marketing actions. The course will take place evenings in May and participants can attend in person or online. In the days ahead, enrolment will open on the Consell de Formentera website, Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC) and Citizen Information Office (OAC).

As Vice President Ferrer put it, "entrepreneurs in the active tourism sector will be able to improve their customer service and guides will be able to offer visitors complete information about what to do on their stay. This is a chance to work here on Formentera to publicise the island, our culture, history, nature and traditions".

Prerequisites for guides
Aspiring guides must have at least a post-secondary level of vocational training; diploma; bachelor's or master's degree, or any other equivalent, officially recognised accreditation. Foreign-born participants must have obtained a 5 on the European Qualifications Framework scale.

Registration ends 28 April and can be completed at the OVAC and OAC. Exams will be held 30 May.


Preparatory course
The theory-based and practical course to become a guide on Formentera will be held evenings in May and can be done in person or online. Exams will take place 30 May. Examinees also have the option of preparing for tests on their own.

Successful participants in the participatory course will obtain credit for section one (Cultural and Natural Heritage) of the exam. Questions will cover local history, culture, heritage, natural and culinary heritage, and more. Guides must also demonstrate knowledge of Catalan, Spanish and at least two foreign languages.

Nationally recognised accreditation for foreign guides
Another call will allow guides with foreign-issued accreditation to apply for the nationally recognised title of Formentera-based tourist guide. Registration ends 28 April and can be completed at the OVAC and OAC. Exams will be held 30 May.


5 April 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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