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Ferry prices fall

Posted by dolly diver on September 14, 2008
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 	fred-olson-ferryFred Olsen ferry company has wasted no time in passing on fuel savings to their customers. Earlier this month the fuel surcharges on all crossings were reduced following the drop in the price of petrol.
The company announces that the lower fares come into effect on Monday 15th September, and it is hoped that it will lead to an increase in passenger numbers.

In addition, following the popularity of ‘Tarifa Si’, the campaign is to be continued throughout September. A return trip between Gran Canaria and Tenerife for two people with a car continues to cost just €90.

The €20 return ticket for students will also be extended.

Just another manic Friday

Posted by dolly diver on September 12, 2008
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Reina Sofia Airport TenerifeThis morning started exactly as normal. Get up, switch on Sky news see what’s happening in the world over a cup of coffee. I watched in amazement and incredulity at the demise of XL airlines. All those poor stranded people, all those poor people out of work. Have breakfast, leave house, 10 mins later the mobile rings.

In one of our other guises we are Dragonfire TV and the trusted supplier of stories for the award winning Sky news team. The call was from Sky news UK, could we get any footage of stranded people at the airport. Absolutely, we’ll go to the airport now and see what we can do but normally the airport police are not happy with anyone filming inside the airport. When we arrive at the airport a most peculiar scene greeted us within the airport building.

 	reina-sofia-airport-2Instead of huge queues at the check in desks there were huge queues at the airport flight supplier’s offices. One quick question “are any of you affected by the XL collapse and would any of you like to speak to Sky News”. We were almost mobbed with volunteers.

As for the airport authorities they obviously decided there was no point in trying to take on the dozen or more TV crews doing interviews and gathering images for their relevant news programs. Within a matter of minutes we had some 10 or more interviews done with all of the other necessary views to go with them. A further phone call to the UK, then a trip to the transmission point elsewhere on the Island which allowed the images to be transmitted back to the UK to be edited ready or the 3pm news.

Link to video  Sky news click XL holidaymakers stranded

And now…back to the plan for the day are they behaving themselves on the forum!

Fury over car sales in street

Posted by dolly diver on August 19, 2008
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venta-cocheTwo major car organisations have joined forces to make a formal protest about the sale of vehicles in the street. It has become a common sight in Tenerife to see “For Sale” signs on the windscreens of cars parked in a variety of locations. Sometimes it is just a one-off by a private individual but in other cases, there can be as many as ten or even more cars illegally on sale.

Now, urgent action is being called for to get rid of them once and for all. The campaign is being led by La Asociación de Empresarios de Compra-venta de Automóviles Nuevos y de Ocasión de Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Asate) and la Federación Regional Canaria de Empresarios Importadores y Concesionarios de Automóviles (Fredica).

They have approached all the mayors of the island for support, saying the sales are not only illegal but “disloyal competition.”

Asate president José Manuel Martin has asked Fredica to open talks with those involved. They say the cars are parked in all sorts of places, including side streets and public car parks.

Sr. Martin says it is a “serious risk” to the consumer as no guarantee accompanies the sale.
He points out that a recent investigation showed that 58 per cent of the cars sold had defects that affected the safety of the vehicles and more than half were serious, such as the tyres. “These problems are avoided if you buy or sell a car through a professional, independent or concessionary salesman because all the vehicles have a guarantee,” he said.

They have also warned about an internet fiddle involving fake web pages showing cars for sale and say consumers must be confident about where they buy a car from.

Source: Tenerife News

Spanair cuts announced

Posted by dolly diver on August 14, 2008
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SpanairSeveral hundred jobs are to be cut by Spain’s second biggest airline in an attempt to streamline operations in the Canaries due to the economic crisis.

In the coming months Spanair is to shut down several bases outside Madrid and Barcelona. Tenerife and Gran Canaria are included on the cuts list.

Up to 350 jobs may be affected but unions believe the figure may be as high as 490 direct posts and over one thousand indirect ones. An official request for the redundancies has been filed with the Department of Employment by the airline.

Cocaine ring smashed

Posted by dolly diver on August 14, 2008
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According to the Tenerife authorities, the latest cocaine ring which has recently been smashed on the island was the biggest drug-distribution network in the Canaries.

11 Colombian men, and one Tenerife woman were arrested in swoops on homes in various parts of the north of the island earlier this week. The operation originally kicked off last May after two people were arrested as they flew into La Palma with one kilo of cocaine.

There were more arrests at the end of July and a total of 40 kilos have now been seized, along with 15 luxury cars and €370,000 in cash.

Fred Olsen cuts services to adjust to crisis

Posted by dolly diver on August 10, 2008
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The Canaries’ biggest ferry company, Fred Olsen, has announced it is to cut some services and reduce staff in an attempt to mitigate the effects of the current economic crisis.

Soaring fuel costs have driven prices on inter-island routes up through recent surcharges but the increases have been insufficient to meet the full cost of the crisis.

The company says that cutbacks are necessary help make considerable savings on fuel and maintenance, and they are in talks with employees to temporarily suspend some positions until the situation improves. Schedules will be adjusted on almost all routes.

Plaza de Espana open again

Posted by dolly diver on July 31, 2008
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Plaza España

The newly remodelled Plaza de Espana in Santa Cruz has officially opened.

The public areas of Santa Cruz, including the Plaza de Espana, the Duke of Alameda St. Helena and the Plaza de Candelaria, which have undergone massive renovations, are now finished and were officially inaugurated last Thursday by the highest representatives of the Cabildo.

An area of 36,160 square metres which has undergone the huge remodelling during the past two years only needs the completion of the required testing techniques to fill and empty the lake.

The project was designed by the architectural firm Herzog and Meuron and executed by the joint venture (UTE) constituted by Acciona and VVO Building and Infrastructure Projects.

Tenerife is ‘Top Holiday Spot This Summer’

Posted by dolly diver on July 18, 2008
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playa-arena-beachTenerife is the top destination that Brits are jetting off to this summer, new research has revealed. analysed searches on its website for holidays between May 1st to June 30th 2008 and the Spanish island came top, reports Travel Weekly.

It was followed by sun-soaked Orlando, Florida, which thanks to the weak position of the dollar against the pound was 60 per cent more popular this year compared to the same period in 2007.

Other places popular with Brits included Euro zones such as Alicante and Malaga, while further afield the charms of Bangkok and Dubai are still luring in holidaymakers.

The only Greek entry was Paphos (7th) and fellow European destinations The Algarve and Turkey also slipped into the bottom half of the top ten.

Source – Travel Industry News

Road Information Centre

Posted by dolly diver on July 15, 2008
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motorway-trafficThe Centro de Información de Carreteras (Road Information Centre) to include an intelligent transport control system

The Cabildo Insular de Tenerife (Tenerife Island Council) has recently given the go-ahead for funds to develop the Centro de Información de Carreteras (Road Information Centre), located in the Intercambiador de Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Interchange), which will manage video surveillance of the island’s main roads and access to Santa Cruz and La Laguna, and possible congestion or danger points. The new device will facilitate immediate action for road incidents and will provide information at all times to users about the state of the roads. Read more

Fire Campaign

Posted by dolly diver on July 15, 2008
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Campaña Contra Incendios de Tenerife 2008 is to incorporate satellite use.

Over 700 personnel, 8 helicopters, 36 vehicles, 8 surveillance towers and three communications networks are the main resources available for the operating unit of the 2008 anti-fire campaign organised by the Cabildo Insular de Tenerife (Tenerife Island Council). Read more