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John Tunks Memorial Mini-Marathon returns Wednesday 8 Dec. with track and skating races

The 43rd John Tunks Memorial Mini-Marathon, organised by Grup Esportiu Espalmador with collaboration from the Formentera Office of Sports, will kick off Wednesday 8 December at 10.00am. The event includes two categories: athletics and skating (12K route) and a kids' 2.8K fun run departing from Sant Ferran.

Registration for the 12K race (€15 or free for under-18s) can be completed on www.elitechip.net. Members of GE Espalmador pay half price. Space remains for lower categories in the 12K race, which starts in Sant Ferran. This year registration fees were waived in all categories. Complete details about the trials are also available on www.elitechip.net. Masks must be worn until the start of the race and immediately after the finish.

Departure times are as follows:
10.00am (12K Memorial John Tunks Mini-Marathon)
10.10am (Skating race, single category)
10.40am approx. (2.800m from Sant Ferran)

Race routes will be closed to vehicle traffic for the duration of the events. From 9.30am to 12 noon, the La Savina-Sant Francesc-Sant Ferran portion of highway PM 820, as well as the La Savina-Es Pujols-Sant Ferran stretch of highway PM 820-2, will be closed.

For participants from off the island, there is a free round-trip coach service from the port of La Savina to the start in Sant Francesc Xavier.

3 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Data Observatory analyses flow of tourists and visitor comments, concerns and suggestions on social media

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Today, before a gathering of the Commission for the Management and Promotion of Tourism (Comissió d'Ordenació i Promoció Turística, COPT), Alejandra Ferrer, Vice President and Councillor of Tourism, sat down with Carlos Bernús, Head of Tourism Promotion, and Catalina Ramis, a specialist at the Formentera Data Observatory, for a press conference to share with industry representatives details about a project involving sensor antennas and research into tourist mobility flows and empathic listening on social media.

Flow of tourists

The June 2020 installation of ten sensor antennas at strategic points of the island means that, for the first time this year, the island's government can present data on crowds in various areas of the island and mobility flows involving tourists, day visitors and Formentera residents. According to Ms Ramis, the data indicate that from June to October 2021, 541,419 visitors came to Formentera. Of this number, 361,531 were day-trippers and 179,888 were tourists who spent at least one night on the island.
Councillor Ferrer explained that the data serve to back Formentera up in requesting competent administrations "to help regulate this influx of visitors, especially in the case of day trips." The idea, said Ferrer, "is that day visitors arrive in a more orderly manner and in line with the island's carrying capacity and port". Moreover, she said, if Formentera's tourism marketing division knows how day-trippers move, the island's government can "make policies to better distribute them so some sites are not overrun by crowds" and "tourist and islander satisfaction goes up".

Empathetic listening on social media

Over the course of the summer season, Formentera's representatives listened to feedback from the island's visitors on social media and online broadcasting channels. All told, an initial 22,858 visitor comments reached 110,674,824 individuals.

In the words of the deputy premier and tourism chief, "the aim of the Empathetic Listening project is to learn about the various actions and online reactions of Formentera's visitors regarding the island's offer as a tourist destination. The data are differentiated based on whether tourists are Spanish, English, French, Italian or German so decision-makers can understand the insight more clearly and chose wisely as they attempt to improve the destination".

The study's authors identified a high degree of tourist satisfaction with their holidays and experiences on Formentera. Tourists indicated that the island awakened feelings and emotions of "happiness and admiration for distinctly well-preserved nature, landscapes and beaches". Other highlights were "the light, beauty, magic, sense of tranquility and people". They described Formentera as "an authentic and unique paradise" and "a sustainable destination".

Leading concerns included the large numbers of tourists at specific times and places on the island. Day-trippers in particular said crowds caused a diminished sense of charm and other issues.


Ferrer, Bernús and the COPT's political and industry representatives met after the press conference. Participants sat for a review of marketing activities this year included in the Economic and Tourism Promotion Plan approved jointly with the sector. The events' schedule was presented as well so that the industry can plan the start and end of its season. In addition to agreeing on marketing activities for 2022, COPT members agreed to convene again after the International Tourism Fair (Fitur), which coincides with the end of the 2022 Tourism Promotion Plan.

2 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Theatre and music on the agenda this Christmas at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema)

Saturday 11 December: La Fornal d'Espectacles regales Formentera with "Tina, la bruixa fina", a funny musical for children 3 and up

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that next Saturday 11 December, crowds at Formentera's Sala de Cultura (Cinema) can enjoy "Tina, la bruixa fina", a musical puppet show starring a very clever witch who is dead set on learning the secrets of her craft. To do this, she has the help of her uncle, Tomassot, an older, experienced witch who makes balms for sick animals.

"Tina, la bruixa fina" is a poetic story about the youthful desire to fly and grow up, tempered with the voice of experience demanding prudence and learning. In addition to puppetry and songs, the family-friendly production incorporates black light theatre, shadow play, colourful costumes and excellent dramatic composition.

"Tina, la bruixa fina" is recommended for ages three and up. The show is directed by Xavier Company and features Marina Nicolás Domínguez, Joan Gomila Gayà and Albert Martínez Artiaga.

Formentera crowds can catch it from 6.00pm on Saturday 11 December at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema). Tickets are €4 and go on sale tomorrow, Friday 3 December at www.entradesformentera.cat or at the box office thirty minutes before the show.

Sunday 12 December: Úrsula Pomar and Jota Hidalgo present Formentera with an evening of flute and piano

Next Sunday 12 December, crowds at Formentera's Sala de Cultura (Cinema) can enjoy an evening of flute and piano performances of C. P. E. Bach, Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Mozart and more from two musicians who crossed paths as teachers at the School of Music and Dance of Formentera (Escola de Música i Dansa de Formentera, EMDF): EMDF director and teacher Úrsula Pomar and former local teacher José Jaime Hidalgo.

Pomar and Hidalgo are two classically trained artists who exude virtuosity and passion for their instruments.

Pomar is a young flautist from Sóller (Mallorca) who peers place among the most promising flute players today. She has been admitted to several masters and postgraduate programmes to work with the most prestigious flutists in the world. She is also a member of the Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya. She currently combines her career as a soloist with her position as director of the EMDF, where she teaches the flute.

Valencian José Jaime Hidalgo began his extensive artistic career as a operatic and ballet pianist at a very young age. His work as an improviser, composer and educator also stands out. A national concert pianist, he has also played in Paris, and his work as an opera repertoire player has taken him to Italian and Spanish theatres like Teatro di Roma, La Fenice in Venice, Palacio de las Artes in Valencia, Ópera de Tenerife and more.

Formentera crowds can catch it from 8.30pm on Saturday 12 December at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema). Tickets cost €7 (€5 for under 25s) and go on sale from tomorrow, Friday 3 December, at www.entradesformentera.cat or at the box office half an hour before the show.

Tickets to both functions will be free for unemployed people and under-employed freelancers. Current health and safety protocol will be enforced.

2 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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'Compra a Casa' delivers Black Friday gift card

foto 2021xii compra a casaNieves Gómez Ortiz, a Compra a Casa cardholder for two years, has received a €50 gift card after a drawing hosted by the Formentera Office of Commerce and the island's small- and medium-sized business group (Pimef) on the occasion of Black Friday. Gómez said would use the prize to buy shoes for her daughter.

A parallel push, 'This Christmas Buy Local' (Al Nadal compra a casa) rewards purchases made on the island between 1 December and 6 January. Compra a Casa cardholders who spend at least €20 at participating businesses will be automatically entered to win a €500 gift card.

2 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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