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Council unveils 'Formentera, a safe place to travel' pamphlets

foto-destinacio---segura prems1Today at 12 noon in the CiF Sala d'Actes, a team of individuals including the head of the CiF president's office and the councillor of tourism (Bartomeu Escandell and Alejandra Ferrer, respectively) as well as local police chief Félix Ramos and Enrique Gómez Bastida, the Guardia Civil's commander in the Pityuses, met before members of the press to unveil “Formentera, destinació segura” (Formentera, a safe place to travel).

President Ferrer said the outreach initiative's associated pamphlet covers the safety essentials for visiting tourists, not to mention smartphone apps to report a crime (AlertCops), online tools to file incident reports (“e-denuncies”) and important phone numbers and basic tips.

The brochure is being published in Castilian Spanish, Catalan and English, and is available online in the Useful information section of the island's portal for tourists: https://www.formentera.es/en/planning/useful-information/

Interpreting in 50 languages
The CiF tourism office has contracted Dualia, a service that provides interpreting in more than 50 languages. Said Ferrer: “One phone call is all it takes to obtain assistance in over 50 languages—24 hours a day, 365 days a year”.

The civil guard, local police, lifeguard and rescue services, tourist info spots and CiF emergency social work staff plan to use the system as well. Ferrer described Dualia as a way to “avoid slip-ups in translation, improve services for visitors and islanders who are still learning our language, and minimise incidents that stem from cultural differences”.

Those at the press conference pointed out that tourists will also need to sign up on the Guardia Civil's registry of overnight lodgers as an additional measure to improve local safety.

Security reinforcements
Commander Gómez pointed out that this summer special Guardia Civil security forces like SEPRONA and ROCA will be in place on the island. As in years past, an extra continent of traffic agents will be here, too.

President Escandell underscored that the local police force was preparing to expand its ranks to 16 this summer, with enough manpower to cover every shift. He additionally pointed to the formation of the administration's inspection team and brigade of blue zone parking attendants as key to freeing up law enforcement officers for other operations.

 

May 7, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

40 empresaris de Formentera s’interessen pels segments estratègics turístics

reunio---set premsa1Avui a les 11h a la Sala d'Actes del Consell de Formentera s’ha fet una jornada explicativa per introduir els segments estratègics turístics a Formentera. “L’objectiu de la trobada ha estat el de propiciar la col•laboració públic-privada per crear productes que facin més competitives les empreses de Formentera i ajudin a diversificar el producte”, segons ha explicat la consellera de Turisme, Alejandra Ferrer. Uns 40 representants del sector privat hi han assistit.

A les illes hi ha 8 diferents Segments Estratègics Turístics, de gastronomia, cultura, turisme actiu, ecoturisme, turisme esportiu, salut (sanitari i benestar), luxe i MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions). Els presidents de cadascun dels SET han explicat als empresaris de Formentera les seves experiències i han convidat empresaris de Formentera a que s’adhereixen a aquesta iniciativa.

Per part seva, el director gerent de l’Agència Estratègia Turística de les Illes Balears, Jaume Alzamora ha detallat que en vista a aquest 2019 es disposa de finançament propi per part de l’agència de turisme que ascendeix a 2.950.000€. Aquests sous es destinaran a projectes de gestió, suport a l’oferta, millora del destí, comercialització, innovació i competitivitat.

A més, hi ha una segona partida de 1.200.000€ d’un projecte de l’Impost de Turisme Sostenible. Amb aquests diners es crearan accions de generació de demanda, és a dir accions promocionals que es consensuaran amb els Consells Insulars.

Les empreses de Formentera que hi participin en aquests segments estratègics tendran veu per decidir a on es destinen aquests recursos i podran fer propostes per millorar la competitivitat del seu sector i de l’illa, així com col·laborar en la confecció del programa d’ activitats i esdeveniments turístics dels que es farà promoció al llarg de l’any.

29 d’abril de 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Consell de Formentera

At London Marathon expo, Formentera touts credentials as sports destination

for-esport premsa1From today, Wednesday April 24, to Saturday, representatives of the Formentera Council's office of tourism will be at the Excel centre (already familiar to attendees of November's World Travel Market) to promote the island at the London Marathon expo. The expo will wind down just in time for the London Marathon to play out on the streets of the UK capital.

Head of local tourism Carlos Bernús described it as “a red-letter event in fitness circles” and said “Formentera at the London Marathon expo just made sense: more and more, Formentera is positioning as a one of a kind backdrop for sporting fixtures”.

Formentera will share a space at the expo with the other Balearic Islands at the region's “Strategic Agency for Tourism”, or AETIB. Bernús indicated that reps would be pushing a freshly printed catalogue detailing the major sporting events which are scheduled on the island at the beginning and end of the summer season.

Also translated into English, the catalogue gives an overview of the 14 premier sports- and fitness-related events (the total number is approximately thirty) geared towards “drawing a brand of tourism that respects our natural surroundings and environment and turning Formentera to a place for fitness—for visitors and islanders alike”.

The promotional initiative was requested by the sports wing of the “Strategic Sectors in Tourism” (SET).


April 24, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Partnership with small and medium-sized business group of Eivissa-Formentera

foto-signatura-conveni-pimef1CiF president Jaume Ferrer and Pep Mayans, chairman of Eivissa and Formentera's association for small and medium-sized businesses (PIMEF), signed a deal to create training opportunities for business owners, coordinate with the Council's commerce department and support the sector through consulting, market research and marketing for trade and industry.

The Formentera Council will give PIMEF €22,000 and, in turn, PIMEF pledges to oversee concept and marketing strategy upgrades in 2019, as well as offer tools for local businesses to kick-start their activity and grow in an increasingly competitive market. The group will additionally host courses in professional development and give advice to islanders and PIMEF's director will conduct support initiatives at the CiF commerce department.


April 4, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Chamber of commerce accord

foto-conveni-signatura-cambra-1CiF president Jaume Ferrer and Juan Manuel Costa, the island's representative at the Cambra de Comerç, have signed a partnership agreement under which the Cambra will offer training, conduct market research and provide communications services for local businesses.

The Cambra pledges to use the Council's €7,000 grant between January and October 2019 for training and education along with consultancy and help in creation, administration, financing and security for business owners on the island.


April 4, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

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