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Alejandra Ferrer defends island's quest for balance at 5th Conference on Tourism and Society in Girona

Today, Alejandra Ferrer, Vice-President and Councillor of Tourism of the Consell de Formentera, attended the Fifth Conference on Tourism and Society - New Horizons in Tourism at Fundació La Caixa in Girona. At "Models of Tourism", Vice-President Ferrer pointed that since the creation of the Consell de Formentera, the island's government has defended a model that is "built around balance and which seeks to enhance visitor experience while bettering and respecting the quality of life of residents".

Ferrer offered an overview of local tourism over the years and explained how the island's triple insularity protected it from speculation that affected other coastal territories. "Our current policies are about striking a balance between caring for the land, protecting the tourist economy and safeguarding natural resources. We have also created the Formentera Observatory, a tool that not only provides insight into our strengths as a destination, but also the threats we face, so that we can craft policies to counteract those threats", she said.

Ferrer highlighted some of the policies that prioritise quality tourism and visitors interested in finding something special, who appreciate the island's unique, laid-back pace She pointed to plans for a vast network of electric vehicle recharge stations, nature trails, a ceiling on permits for overnight rentals and the formentera.eco project to regulate vehicles on island roads during the high season.

Ferrer also described challenges such as saturation and, at sea, anchoring ships and tailoring the port to meet local needs, account for carrying capacity and move towards decarbonisation. In that regard, Ferrer appealed for "the courage to implement protection policies and, at the same time, respect from other administrations so we can make these policies a reality and have the control to self-govern and manage our situation ourselves". Lastly, Ferrer underscored the importance of "continuing to build increased awareness", reasoning, "People appreciate what they know, and they protect what they appreciate". "It is now clear that more is not always better", she added, "but better can mean more".

26 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera presents various campaigns encouraging islanders to buy local this winter

foto 2021 comerc hivernBAna Juan, the Consell de Formentera President and Councillor of Commerce; Josep Mayans, the President of the Small and Medium-Sized Businesses of Formentera (PIMEF); PIMEF manager Lydia Álvarez and Caterina Tur of the Chamber of Commerce of Eivissa and Formentera, gave a presentation today about business-boosting initiatives during the 2021 Christmas season like Compra a Casa, Black Friday and the island's Christmas window dressing contest.

President Juan applauded "the unflagging efforts of hometown businesses to provide service that is marked by quality, familiarity and differentiation, 12 months a year" and insisted, "The island's businesses and government are looking ahead with a new plan, due to be announced in the coming days, to leverage commercial and business development to enhance performance and competitiveness". Juan also announced the return of the Christmas Market from 3 December to 6 January, complete with seven stands: three for shops and crafts, three for food and drinks and one for public entities and/or non-profits.

This Friday 26 November, the Consell de Formentera and PIMEF will present 'Black Friday on Formentera', part of the buy local promotion Compra a Casa. All day long, islanders who spend €15 or more at Compra a Casa partner establishments will be entered in a drawing for a €50 gift card.

This Christmas, Buy Local

'This Christmas, Buy Local' is back this holiday season to incentivise purchases at Formentera establishments between 1 December and 6 January. Shoppers who spend €20 or more will be automatically entered to win a Compra a Casa gift card valued at €500.

The PIMEF president pointed out that the number of businesses taking part in Compra a Casa's 2021 edition, 37, "is double what it was when the programme started in 2016". He also described the Compra a Casa card as "increasingly important among local business owners and shoppers”.

Christmas Window Dressing Competition

In a bid to foster a festive Christmas atmosphere among island shops, the Chamber of Commerce and Consell have announced the return of the Christmas Window Dressing Contest, which this year turns 15. Signups start today and end 9 December. Caterina Tur asserted that, in light of the pandemic, organisers were "quite pleased" with last year's tally of 20 contestants. On 13 December, winners will be announced for the three returning categories plus one that is brand new this year: Best Christmas Look and Feel, Best Commercial Set-up, Most Original and Most Eco-Creative. Winners will receive €150 each and a commemorative plaque. To find out more and to register, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 971 32 20 71 and the Citizen Information Office (OAC).

22 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Signups start tomorrow for stalls at Christmas Market

The Formentera Office of Commerce is pleased to report that the island's government will start accepting requests for booths at the 2021-22 Christmas Market from tomorrow. Applications can be submitted until 24 November at the Citizen Information Office (OAC) and through the Consell's online platform (OVAC). Terms and conditions are available on the Consell de Formentera bulletin board.

Up to seven booths will be available at this year's Christmas Market: three for shops and crafts, three for food and drinks and one for public institutions and/or non-profit associations. The market will open 3 December and run until 6 January, both inclusive, in Sant Francesc's Plaça de la Constitució.

The municipal clerk will select winners in a drawing from among the applications received within the deadline which fulfil required terms.

19 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

5 places remain for SOIB Reactiva call for unemployed under-30s

The Formentera Office of Entrepreneurship and Local Development reports that there are still five vacancies for candidates in the SOIB Reactiva programme for the unemployed https://soib.es/es/soib-reactiva/. The line-one openings are for three administrative assistants and two brigade operators who are under 30 years of age and are registered in the National Youth Guarantee System.

19 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Presenting the Tourist Satisfaction Barometre

The Vice President and Councillor of Tourism, Alejandra Ferrer, together with Head of Tourism Promotion Carlos Bernús and Catalina Ramis from the Data Observatory will present the results of the Tourism Satisfaction Barometre. Other attendees of the meeting will include President Ana Juan and the other councillors.

Councillor Ferrer encouraged islanders, business owners and associations to attend the presentation, which is due to take place next Thursday 18 November at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema). Ferrer hoped for a high turnout, charging it would "help us secure a better future for the island".

16 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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