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Even with the start of the 'new normality' on 21 June 2020, popular fiestas and most large gatherings and events are still prohibited and social distancing guidelines still in force. Dates listed on this site, therefore, are still subject to cancellation or change and we will update, where we can, when any new information is made available.

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Friday, August 07, 2020

Recovering and conserving the agricultural biodiversity in the Teno Rural Park

Nispero (loquat) tree in the El Palmar Valley in the Teno Rural Park

The Tenerife Island Corporation (Cabildo) is distributing more than 800 fruit trees of old varieties to farmers in the area of the Parque Rural de Teno (Teno Rural Park) in the north west of the island, among them vines, nisperos (loquat), walnut, many varieties of figs; blancas, negras, brebas, bicariñas, rojas, 'choverde' pears, plums, etc.

These trees, planted in the Park nursery, are then distributed to the residents of the protected area with the aim of recovering and conserving the agricultural biodiversity of the area, promoting the most interesting ancient fruit varieties among the park's farmers, to perpetuate old varieties of fruit which have often already disappeared from the market in favor of other more globalized varieties, ensure the ancestral value of the crops and, in addition, revitalise and enrich the agricultural diversity of the rural park.

The Rural Park is a space that houses an enormous amount of valuable items of scientific, landscape, ethnographic and historical interest. It has important forest masses and a variety of ecosystems of great endemic biodiversity, both animal and plant.

El Cabildo reparte en Teno más de 800 frutales de variedades antiguas

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Fourth Maid of Honour to the Junior Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020

Fourth Maid of Honour 2020

Fourth Maid of Honour to the Junior Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020 is Daniella Saraith Vilora Abreu with ‘Entre un cocodrilo y un príncipe guapo, me enamoro de un sapo’ (Between a crocodile and a handsome prince, I fall in love with a toad), by Ruymán Pérez Jorge, representing Plus Hogar Tenerife.

Carnival 2021: Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife has been postponed to the second quarter of 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The city council will choose the final date in September 2020 and in consensus with the carnival groups. Three options are currently being considered: April, May or July 2021. New dates will be listed here.

Diannella Saraith Vilora Abreu | Gala Reina Infantil | S/C Tenerife 2020

Forth Maid of Honour Daniella Saraith Vilora Abreu

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Tenerife and yellow fever

Cementerio de San Rafael y San Roque Photo: Mataparda / Public domain

In the capital of Tenerife, it was yellow fever or "black vomit" that caused one of the greatest catastrophes in its history when, between 1810 and 1811, a ship from Cádiz spread the disease and left some 1,400 dead, 20 percent of the population, which forced the opening of a new cemetery, that of San Rafael and San Roque.

From the moment of the conquest, Tenerife has faced terrible epidemics that, on the vast majority of occasions, arrived by sea. Santa Cruz and Garachico, a port of great importance between the 16th and 18th centuries, were the gateways to infectious and contagious diseases that repeatedly scourged the island's population. The plague, the typhus epidemic, influenza, smallpox and, of course, the much feared yellow fever, among others, plagued Tenerife in a cruel way on many occasions. The worst of these calamities is that, not infrequently, they were joined by the recurrent droughts and famines produced in the archipelago, which favored the immigration to the capital island of many inhabitants of other islands in search of better fortune. This fact caused the impact of these epidemics to be even worse due to the increase in population density and the unhealthiness of inhabited places due to poverty, as well as the weakness caused by hunger in many people (especially the most vulnerable population: children and the elderly).

Some of the most serious outbreaks in all the Canary Islands, and especially in Tenerife, were those of yellow fever (a term coined by the Welsh cleric and naturalist Griffin Hughes in 1750). Yellow fever has been given more than 150 different names throughout history, the best known being "black vomit", "Siam disease", "Barbados disease" or "American plague". The virus that caused it ended the lives of thousands of Tenerife residents in the successive outbreaks that occurred from the beginning of the 18th century to the 19th.

The impact of yellow fever in Tenerife

According to some historians of medicine and epidemiology, in 1494, the first cases appeared with a clinical presentation similar to that of yellow fever outside Africa ... and where? Well, no more and no less than in the Canary Islands. Obviously, the data from that time are not reliable and, therefore, they must be quarantined (never better said), but it is not surprising - due to the maritime traffic between the islands and the African continent - that this disease could be involved. (Remember that Tenerife had not yet been conquered).

The first contact of our island with yellow fever took place in 1701, being the first place in Europe to suffer the terrible disease. The epidemic was imported from Cuba and the final balance of deaths was truly terrifying, fluctuating between 6,000 and 9,000 throughout the island, which barely exceeded 50,000 inhabitants, that is, the virus killed between 12 and 18% of the total population. Luis Cola reminds us, in his book Santa Cruz, bandera amarilla (1996) that the epidemic coincided with a tremendous famine that afflicted the archipelago, which contributed to the immigration of other islands to it and the crowding of people, a perfect cocktail for the outbreak's greater expansion and demographic impact. Unfortunately for our island, its effects would be further aggravated two years later by an outbreak of epidemic typhus that would cost many lives.

The second epidemic of "black vomiting" occurred seventy years after the first, between 1771 and 1772, coinciding, as in the previous, with a major famine episode. Also this time the outbreak came from Havana, Cuba. Its balance was not as terrifying as the previous one, but it cost 700 dead in Santa Cruz alone, approximately 12% of the people.

Hospital Civil de Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados 1893

The third outbreak occurred between 1810 and 1811 and, for all the island's historians, this was one of the greatest health, demographic and social catastrophes suffered by the Tenerife capital in its more than five centuries of history. Once again, the disease entered the port of Santa Cruz on a ship from Cádiz that arrived on September 11. In the first weeks it caused more than 2,600 patients (more than 85% of the inhabitants) who overwhelmed the hospitals of the capital - the Hospital Civil de Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados (now Museum of Nature and Archeology (MUNA), and the Military Hospital, the Hospice of San Carlos and other places adapted to the function of lazarettos. The number of deceased rose, just in the capital - which had about 3,000 inhabitants at that time because the rest had fled - to more than 1,300 (almost 45% of the population and more than 50% of those affected). So many died that the first cemetery in our city, that of San Rafael and San Roque, had to be built in 1811. The problem, as had happened with other epidemics previously in many places in our country, was the late declaration by the capital's authorities and the very low effectiveness of the preventive measures that were applied. This fact brought about what almost always happened (and still happens, as we have been able to verify so recently) in these cases as we have already commented above: the massive flight of residents to other places on the island and even to other islands, calculating that more than half of the inhabitants of Santa Cruz fled the capital, especially towards San Cristóbal de La Laguna. By the time total isolation was decreed, with controls at La Cuesta, it was too late and, logically, the spread of the disease throughout the rest of the island was almost immediate. Two other places especially castigated by this outbreak were La Orotava and its Port (current Puerto de la Cruz), losing between them, almost 700 people. The epidemic was officially terminated in late January 1811.

The fourth episode on the Tenerife island happened in 1846 - coinciding once again with a time of scarcity and famine throughout the archipelago - and, again, the source of it was a ship from Havana. As almost always, the declaration of an epidemic was made very late by the civil governor. Although its final balance in deaths did not have the demographic impact of the previous ones, causing less than a hundred fatalities, its attack rate was terrifying since it affected to a greater or lesser extent three-quarters of the population in Santa Cruz, that is to say around 7000 people, although with not too many serious cases. This didn't stop major problems ocurring, due to subsequently overwhelming hospitals, quarantine centers and medical care.

After arriving in the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the frigate "Nivaria" carried out loading and unloading activities. On September 2, after one of the sailors became ill, the entire crew gradually died. A month later, belatedly, the civil governor declared the existence of a yellow fever epidemic that caused 540 deaths on the island. Half the nearly 11 thousand inhabitants that the capital had fled to the interior. In March 1863 the extinction of the epidemic was declared.
The fifth and last encounter Tenerife had with yellow fever occurred between 1862 and 1863 with the arrival of the now famous frigate Nivaria from Havana (Cuba) and Vigo, at the end of August, flying a yellow flag. Given the infected patent status of the ship, it was forced to anchor in the bay to carry out quarantine, but contacts between crew members of the frigate and inhabitants of the city caused the outbreak. Despite the fact that Doctor Vergara Díaz correctly diagnosed the first cases that appeared in Santa Cruz, once again, the declaration of an epidemic was made late (contrary to the opinion of the doctors in the capital who supported Vergara). This, again, motivated the flight of more than half of the inhabitants to other areas of the island, leaving the city with less than 6,000 people and, of course, contributing to the spread of the epidemic for practically all of the insular territory. Hospitals and the lazaretto were reused and the final result was about 2,200 patients, of whom around 550 died, exactly 40% of those infected. The episode ended in March 1863, after more than half a year battling disease.

Tenerife has never had to face this much-feared calamity again.

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Saturday, August 01, 2020

Tenerife Fiestas in August 2020

View to the Basillica in Candelaria, Tenerife

Although 15 August is a national public holiday for Asunción de la Virgen (Assumption), this year it will not to be marked by any of the fiestas in Candelaria, which usually take place on the 14 and 15 of August to celebrate the discovery of the Virgin of Candelaria, the patroness of the Canary Islands. The numbers would be just too great for safety.

The Peregrinación a Candelaria (pilgrimage), walking to Candelaria from various points on the island, often to ask or thank the Virgin for something, would also likely gather large numbers, so the town hall has asked people not to make a pilgrimage this year
"We appeal to the individual responsibility of the people in these festivals so marked and we trust that these measures avoid crowds", indicates the mayor, María Concepción Brito

The insular director of Security of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Cayetano José Silva Hernández, clarifies that the Environment area will temporarily prohibit, from 6:00 p.m. on August 13 to 6:00 p.m. on August 15, transit by road [assume they mean on foot] into the town. 

The popular Fuegos de Alcalá (Alcalá Fireworks), which normally take place each year on August 15th, have previously only been interrupted during the Civil War and World War II.

Also missing from the calendar this August, because of COVID-19, will be the fiestas and Romería of San Roque in Garachico, normally held on 16 August. 

We also cannot imagine seeing the Corazones de Tejina on 24 August. 

All that leaves are these few municipal holidays when the shops may close: 

  • 3 August: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de La Esperanza in El Rosario.
  • 6 August: Festivity of El Salvador in La Matanza de Acentejo. 
  • 17 August: Day following the Festivity of San Roque in Garachico.
  • 17 August: Monday of the Fiestas Patronales in La Guancha.
  • 24 August: Festivity of San Bartolomé in Buenavista de Norte.
  • 24 August: Fiestas Patronales in Fasnia.
  • 31 August: Festivity of San Bernardo in Arafo.
  • 31 August: Festividad Nuestra Señora de Buen Viaje in El Tanque.
  • 31 August: Fiestas Patronales in La Victoria de Acentejo.
  • 31 August: Festivity of San Agustín and San Roque in Vilaflor.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Candidate for Carnival Queen in 2020

Melissa Pérez Alfonso

The focus usually is on the winners, but we want to show you all the candidates for the carnival queens in Santa Cruz in 2020, who all deserve recognition for taking part. This candidate is Melissa Pérez Alfonso in a costume entitled, T’Zalah, designed by Caví Lladó Diseñadores and representing Ferretería Prefabricados Araya SL.

Carnival 2021: Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife has been postponed to the second quarter of 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The city council will choose the final date in September 2020 and in consensus with the carnival groups. Three options are currently being considered: April, May or July 2021. New dates will be listed here.

Melissa Pérez Alfonso | Gala Reina del Carnaval | S/C Tenerife 2020

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife reopens on 17 August with more rhythm and security

Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife

Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife, owned by Palladium Hotel Group, resumes its activity Thursday, July 30 17 August with the implementation of all the sanitary security measures recommended by the Government of the Canary Islands.

To help keep guests and collaborators safe and healthy, Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife launches SAFE + SOUND, the most comprehensive program in its class that includes best cleaning practices, social interaction guidelines and protocols in the workplace. SAFE + SOUND has been developed by a team of gaming and hospitality experts in collaboration with health and sanitation specialists from around the world, including Ecolab and NSF. Under the new regulations established by the program, Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife has passed a rigorous inspection of 272 points independently evaluated by NSF.

"To assure our guests and employees that the hotel meets the highest standards of cleanliness, we have worked hand in hand with the leading experts in this industry," explains Sergio Zertuche, Commercial and Corporate Marketing Director of the Palladium Hotel Group, who adds: "We appreciate the opportunity to reopen in Tenerife and continue offering our clients unique experiences and unforgettable services in a safe environment and always representing the values ​​that define Hard Rock Hotel ”.

The SAFE + SOUND program implements the highest level of employee safety, sanitation, and training. A greater focus will be placed on cleanliness, from the initial welcome at check-in to every detail within the rooms and in the common areas of the entire property. In addition, Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife collaborators have been trained by Ecolab's cleaning experts on disinfection procedures.

SAFE + SOUND protocols include, among others:
  • Temperature controls for each collaborator, guest and supplier upon arrival.
  • Social distance markers placed two meters apart.
  • Mandatory masks for all collaborators.
  • Face masks required of guests in designated areas, such as check-in zones and elevators.
  • SAFE + SOUND seal on each door of the guest rooms upon arrival.
  • Increased cleaning and disinfection frequency for high-contact surfaces in public areas, meeting rooms, dining rooms, and public restrooms.
  • Hand sanitizer in all public areas and in all bathrooms.
  • Hand washing of our collaborators every 60 minutes.
  • Plexiglass divider at reception and check-in areas.
  • High-level infection control procedures in laundry.
  • Room Service without contact at the door of the rooms.
  • Disinfection of guests' luggage before entering the lobby.
  • Self-service buffets are suspended.
  • At pools and beaches, groups of guests will maintain a safety distance of two meters.

Together with the SAFE + SOUND program, Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife offers all its clients Stay Safe medical insurance with the aim of protecting them against any unforeseen circumstance related to the coronavirus pandemic. This new health care insurance is available to all guests free of charge, whether they book directly or through tour operators or travel agents. Healthcare insurance complements the new Palladium Hotel Group health and safety protocol, endorsed by SGS, the world leader in inspection, verification, analysis and certification.

Likewise, to guarantee the safety of guests at all times, Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife goes one step further by adapting its facilities, services and entertainment programs.

To enjoy breakfast, guests must book in advance in the time slot they request. In addition, regarding the food and drink offer, three of the à la carte restaurants will be open by prior reservation. These are 3rd Half Sports Bar (open Monday and Tuesday from 17:30 to 21:30); the Italian restaurant Capolavoro (open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm); and the Montauk steakhouse (open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.).

To enjoy an aperitif or a drink, The 16th, the spectacular roof of the Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife, will be open every day from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., as will the 3rd Half Sports Bar, which will provide daily service between 17:30 and 23:30. By contrast, The Beach Club, Munchies snack bar and The Lago Bar will be temporarily closed. Guests also have a minibar drink package at an additional cost.

Lastly, the Hard Rock Signature, the Rock Spa and the Body Rock gym will be open to customers upon request. And the Club Lullaby, Roxity Kids Club, and Teen Spirit hotel lounges and lounges will continue to be available to young people alongside the world-famous Hard Rock store located in the hotel lobby.

Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife reabre el 30 de julio con más ritmo y seguridad

Garachico tyre burning fiesta (Fuegos del Risco y la Atalaya) postponed until 2021

Fuegos del Risco y la Atalaya in Garachico
What better way to commemorate your town being destroyed by flows of molten lava following a volcanic eruption than by hurling burning rubber tyres down the very same cliffs? 

The Fiestas Lustrales to honour the Cristo de la Misericordia, are normally celebrated in Garachico every five years, but the Council and various groups involved in the organization have decided to postpone them until 2021, when the night parade of floats is planned for Saturday, July 31, 2021 and the Fuegos del Risco y la Atalaya for Sunday, August 1, 2021, and say that from this date they will resume their regular frequency.

The Council in Garachico agreed to postpone the night parade of floats and the Fuegos del Risco and La Atalaya (Cliff FIres, but our unofficial name is Garachico tyre burning fiesta), which commemorates the volcanic eruption of Trevejo in 1706, for various reasons.
"We think that it is not the most appropriate time for the Council to spend the 80,000 euros that it had destined for this celebration," confirms the mayor, José Heriberto González.
The municipality has more important needs right now and that money will be necessary to meet them. Obviously, the health issues also had to be taken into account, along with current rules that prohibit events with large crowds and this fiesta, at the last edition in 2015 (photos), brought together some 30,000 people on the day of the fires alone.

So for this year, as it has been for many other of the fiestas on the island, the celebrations for the Fiestas Patronales de Santa Ana y San Roque y del Santísimo Cristo de la Misericordia must be from private balconies and windows. There is a program, which you can download (PDF) - contains lots of lovely pictures - and the message is clear about this special edition, "vívelas desde dentro" (live them from indoors).

Events include those with limited capacity (and needing invites), along with retransmissions and broadcasts on the town hall's Facebook page, under the category of Nostalgia. On what would have been the big days of the fiestas, on Saturday, 1 August 2020 at 8:30 pm, there will be a program showing prior years' night parade of floats and on Sunday, 2 August 2020 at 8:00 pm, a similar showing of previous daytime parades of allegorical floats and the infamous Fuegos del Risco y la Atalaya (Cliff Fires).

Fuegos del Risco y La Atalaya 2015: The traditional fireworks of the Fiestas Lustrales de Garachico, Tenerife, recreate the volcanic eruption that the town suffered in 1706.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Here we are safer, this is not peninsular Spain

Tenerife airport in other times

The British feel safe in the Islands, although they admit that they would not have come knowing that they would have to submit to isolation upon returning to their countries

London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Glasgow ... Tenerife South airport yesterday received several flights from the United Kingdom. Travelers arrived on the island knowing that upon their return, they will have to spend a quarantine of two weeks and that breaking it will mean facing high fines. Even so, the British are not afraid, they feel that they are in a safe environment and it seems to them "a shame" that the situation in the Canary Islands is compared with that of peninsular Spain and even their own place of origin. Isolation is experienced as "an inconvenience", but not as a cause for concern.

Reina Sofía airport gradually emerged from the forced lethargy into which it was paralyzed, for more than three months, ready to fight against the spread of the coronavirus epidemic. The image of the airport is still a long way from what it was before that hiatus - only one store was operating yesterday, which had opened that same day - but since the first foreign passengers arrived on June 21, it has gradually recovered its activity. Hundreds of tourists arrived yesterday, many of them from the countries that make up the United Kingdom, while many others ended their holidays in Tenerife, also heading for the British Isles.

Among those who arrived and those who returned, the same feeling prevailed: that Tenerife is a safe place, more so than the continent and the United Kingdom itself. Tourists prove to be well informed and agree when they are told that the archipelago has kept the pandemic under control. Greta - who was returning to Glasgow, in Scotland, along with her partner, Oscar - stressed that Tenerife "is safer than other places". "It is a shame to be put in the same group as the mainland," she said as she stood in line at the Ryanair check-in counter.

The obligation to quarantine when returning to their countries - which Boris Johnson's government reinstated yesterday for travelers from all over Spain, including the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands - is "a nuisance" or "very inconvenient", but not all visitors find it a reason to put their plans to spend a few days off and good weather on the islands on hold. Thus, a Jet2 flight landed in Tenerife South, coming from London, at around 5 pm. In it the young Tobey traveled with a group of friends. It is his second time in Tenerife, a stay that neither he nor his colleagues are willing to be frustrated by the measures imposed by the British Executive to protect its citizens from the introduction of the virus from other areas of the world, which last Saturday returned to include Spain.

Tobey explained that for a few days it was commented that the United Kingdom could reinstate the quarantine for travelers arriving from Spain. "We considered canceling the trip, but in the end we decided not to," he said. A factor had a decisive weight in this decision: the good sanitary conditions that exist in the archipelago. "Here we are safer, this is not peninsular Spain," Tobey judged.

The favorable epidemiological situation experienced by the Canary Islands, of which British tourists who visit it are so aware, is the argument put forward by the island administrations to try to establish "safe corridors" between European territories where the pandemic is under control. The institutions hoped, so far without success, that the United Kingdom would exempt the region from the imposition of quarantine. British tourists themselves have also taken action to try to get their government to make an exception with the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands. The petition launched on the Change.org platform by a UK citizen had collected nearly 65,000 signatures at the end of the day.

However, the Johnson executive has not only not backed down but has also extended the recommendation not to travel to the two archipelagos, which has motivated Jet2 to announce that it will temporarily stop operating to them.

Deterrent isolation

Two hours after Tobey's flight landed at the Tenerife airport, another was leaving for Manchester, where a family of five from Bolton was traveling. The ten nights spent in the south of the island were evident in the rosy tone of their skins. Although they usually spend the summer holidays in Benidorm, this time they opted for Tenerife, "for a change", they indicated. They have felt "very safe" on the island, but they recognized that, had they known that they would have to spend 14 days in isolation at home, they would not have come.

In contrast to this family, who was stepping on Tenerife for the first time, a couple preparing to return to Staffordshire - in central England - commented that they have spent their holidays on the island "three or four times". They like "the good weather, the friendly people and the pleasant and relaxing atmosphere". The news of the quarantine, which they must undergo also surprised them when their stay reached its final moments, and they have experienced it as something "very inconvenient", but not with concern.

"Esto no es la España peninsular"

United Kingdom strengthens its veto to Spain and ‘finishes’ the Canary Islands

The sun sets on Tenerife

The British Government issued advice yesterday against all non-essential travel to Spain including the Balearic and Canary Islands and ratified its mandatory quarantine, which brings the Canarian Archipelago to the worst economic scenario. Pedro Sánchez, the island authorities and the British airlines summon Johnson to rectify this.

In an absolute failure of Spanish diplomacy, after a whole day of negotiations between the Spanish and British authorities, with the intention of easing the restrictions for the Balearic and Canary Islands and exempting them from the application of quarantine, the result was precisely the opposite: the tightening of measures.

By mid-afternoon yesterday, the UK Ministry of Foreign Affairs updated its travel recommendations and, instead of easing the routes to the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, it advised against visiting the two archipelagos, as well as peninsular Spain, due to the risk of Covid- 19 in various areas, especially Aragon, Navarra and Catalonia.

On its website, the Foreign Office specifies that the recommendation covers "the whole country". Until yesterday at 6:00 p.m., the islands, with less incidence of the virus, were exempt.

This change in position occured when the British and Spanish governments were in full talks to create possible air corridors between the islands and the United Kingdom, and British airlines had assured that they would maintain their flights with the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands. Now all of this is in the air.

After learning of this announcement, the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, declared in an interview on Telecinco that "London's decision is an unfair one" and called on the United Kingdom to rectify it "with epidemiological criteria". Sánchez acknowledged that the quarantine imposed by the Boris Johnson government is "a blow" for the tourism sector, "which has made enormous efforts at this time, an exercise in responsibility to send a security message." In fact, unlike Health spokesman, Fernando Simón, he suggested that the British are "safer" in the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Andalusia or the Valencian Community than in their country.

The president attributes this decision to the fact that London is "misfocusing" the measure, "because more than 64% of new cases in Spain are taking place in specific territories" and he refused to link this decision of the Boris Johnson government nor to Brexit nor to the meeting of Minister González Laya with Fabian Picardo, Gibraltar's chief minister, last week in Algeciras.


Be that as it may, this decision that, for the moment, seems irrevocable, has hit the island's business sector like a jug of cold water. His concern "is paramount."

The general secretary of the Provincial Confederation of Entrepreneurs of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (CEOE-Tenerife), Eduardo Bezares, warned that this decision will hinder the economic recovery of the islands "and brings us closer to the worst fears when we present the latest economic situation report”. According to the report, the economic recovery in this third scenario will not start before autumn, which is what is expected to happen, if this veto continues; And this will mean "unemployment levels never seen before", from 45% to 60%.

Bezares also indicated that this situation of uncertainty may “discourage” other tourists from other countries from visiting the islands.

The same opinion was expressed yesterday by the president of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Chamber of Commerce, Santiago Sesé, who warned that it is "endangering the entire chain of the sector and the economic recovery of the islands." He explained that in the latest growth forecasts, the Canary Islands was slower because tourism was slower; "Now this will prevent us from growing faster."

Sesé indicated that the entire sector had put "a lot of hope" in reopening the hotels "and now this has been truncated." The president of the Chamber assured that this measure, in addition, will cause a contagion effect from other destinations, and says that the most likely thing is that the airlines stop flying to the islands, many hotels will close again and those that were planning to open in August, wont do so. "I am aware of some airlines that have already suspended flights today." It must be remembered that 250 weekly flights between the Canary Islands and the United Kingdom are at stake. For the Speaker of the House, the statements of the Health spokesman, Fernando Simón, have been most “unfortunate” and he hopes that these have nothing to do with the announcement by the British Government, which was just afterwards. "What is needed now," he declared, "is a diplomatic negotiation so that the Canary Islands can save the summer season."

Monday, July 27, 2020

Bahía del Duque hotel launches a pioneering program for a safe tourist experience

Bahía del Duque

For its imminent reopening, Bahía del Duque offers guests "the confidence and tranquility they need to enjoy a dream vacation in the context of new normality."

The innovative safe experience program is validated by Grupo Hospiten and certified by Biolab Consulting International Standard.

The establishment in Costa Adeje is reinforcing procedures to protect clients, employees and collaborators with prevention and security measures. Cristina de Juan, director of Bahía del Duque, "providing the family of clients with an unforgettable experience is our main vocation and we understand that, in the current context, security and trust are fundamental, that is why we have launched this pioneering initiative through the safe hospitality program that has been very well received. "

The Hospiten Group, with more than 50 years of experience and a leader in the provision of medical services in international settings, has worked jointly with The Tais Hotels to oversee the hotel's health safety programs. This alliance includes carrying out strict reviews and monitoring of employees on the occasion of the reopening, conducting tests between clients and collaborators that allow the early detection of possible cases of Covid-19 and the implementation of isolation, wellness and security protocols in suspicious cases.

The program is certified by Biolab Consulting International Standard, a specialist in food safety and hygiene. It consists of a comprehensive proposal that provides the necessary tools to evaluate, verify, test and demonstrate health security in tourist establishments.

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