Ever since package holidays were invented, tourist visiting all foreign resorts have succumbed, to some extent, to upset stomachs - from Dehli Belly to Montezuma's revenge.
I occasionally have an upset stomach abroad ? it may be down to the water or different foods, gluttony, too much alcohol or whatever. I've never had the norovirus abroad. I know what it is because I had it once in the UK and I was violently wretching all night even though my stomach was empty. I really thought I might die. Many of my friends and acquaintances in our village have had it recently but our village has had no adverse publicity at all, not even in the local press.
There is a danger that anyone who throws up in Los Gigantes will put it down to this virus when it could be something else. Los Gigantes has had a particularly bad press mainly, in my opinion, because of this website - no offence intended. We rarely get to hear similar complaints from other resorts because generally they do not have their own quality dedicated website.
Los Gigantes appears to stands out as being prone to this bug when it probably isn't. And given that tourism is so competitive and important to the area, this should be the message that the local Council is putting out to tourists. But is says nothing to us. Not a single press release. Nothing about numbers of victims. No reassurance to tourists by publishing the results of sea water tests for independent scrutiny. Nothing about hygiene initiatives they have introduced in local shops, bars and hotels etc. Nothing about reassuring results from inspections they have carried out. Believe it or not the Council has a designated Councillor responsible for Tourism and The Media. Where is he? What is he doing?
As a regular visitor to many of the Canary islands with a particular preference for Los Gigantes, why should I (and anyone else for that matter) return to Los Gigantes if the local Council cannot utter a single reassuring word to me as a tourist on this important health issue.
Is it covering something up, or is it totally incompetent -or maybe it just doesn't care.
Frankly, and I say this with no malice intended, but it seems to me that they (the council members) are somewhat pre-occupied with changing political colours in an effort to hold on to power in the forthcoming elections, and busy blaming everyone else for the lack of investment in local infra-structure and the confidence we the voters have in them generally.
If they would only stop for a moment and realise that right now, with the island virtually full through outside circumstances, being seen to be acting in the best interests of their county might win them some much needed brownie points. Dispelling the Norovirus rumours which continue to be rife on Trip Advisor and elsewhere would be one such option open to them. It doesn't cost much to issue a few press releases of reassurance to both the travel industry nor for that matter locally, nor, assuming they are positive, the results of the many tests that are supposed to be routinely taken of the water around the coast.
As indicated above, keeping such results confidential is paramount to admitting there is, or may be problems.
So, here is a plea from a voter. If the results are positive please shout them from the roof-tops NOW, together with everything else you have done, not just regarding Norovirus, but everything else.
If there are problems, don't be frightened to say so, alongside showing some initiative on how you intend to deal with it.
Let this (and other problems) fester at your peril.