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Traffic restrictions in Teide National Park

Posted by dolly diver on February 14, 2009
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Last weekend brought much delight to thousands of Canarians when Teide was covered with a beautiful blanket of snow.

Families in their thousands packed their enormous picnic hampers, loaded up body boards, inflatable beds, black plastic bags…anything in fact that could be turned into a makeshift sled. Sledging down a mountain probably isn’t an activity most people would associate with Tenerife, and tourists here didn’t understand what all the fuss was about, they had come to Tenerife to escape such conditions!

 	playing-in-snowIt was party time in the Teide National Park. Wherever there was a hint of a space locals were parking, building snowmen, sledging down the slopes, having family snowball fights, great fun was had by all, but their badly parked cars partly block the road turning the crater road into single lane in many places, causing long queues of traffic. Should there be an accident, a child breaking a leg while sledging, how would the emergency vehicles get through?

This problem is causing President of the Cabildo, Ricardo Melchior, great concern and there is also the worry of sightseeing tourists being stranded in a sudden snowstorm without sufficient warm clothing.

The Cabildo are planning to survey the situation and it has been suggested that the park is limit to a maximum of 3000 vehicles in the area to allow the authorities more control in a snowfall.

Bus Fare Rise

Posted by dolly diver on July 31, 2008
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 	titsa-bus-puerto-santiagoA 4% increase in bus and tram fares, as of today, has been announced by the Tenerife Cabildo.

In the metropolitan area the increase is €1.25 to €1.30 per journey, or 0.95 with a Bono card (bus pass).

An increased of 4% has also been introduced on Interurban routes throughout the island.

The price of the monthly Bono ticket will remain the same, €40.

The Titsa Bus service is heavily subsidised by the Cabildo and the Canarian Government but still loses money, mostly on little used but essential outlying routes, which act as an essential lifeline to remote communities.

Press release from Tenerife tourist board – Featuring a new set of proposals designed to maintain the island’s status as a leading holiday destination.

Tenerife has a well defined tourism strategy to be applied over the next eight years. Featuring an ample range of directives and actions, it aims to reactivate tourism on the island and combat the complex situation the holiday sector is currently facing as evidenced in last year’s figures. The new proposals focus on renovation in all aspects (resort areas, services on offer, means used for promotion and marketing and even management).

The Strategy was announced in public on 16th April at Tenerife’s Auditorium by the island’s councillor for Tourism and first junior chairman of the Tenerife Cabildo, José Manuel Bermúdez.
  Tenerife’s Tourism Strategy 2008-15, devised by the Cabildo through Turismo de Tenerife and with a significant level of participation by the sector, features 12 essential objectives. Of primary importance is the regeneration of resort areas with a view to guaranteeing their competitive edge, quality and sustainability. Secondly, there is a directive which focuses on specialisation, diversification and enriching the available services and holiday products, which is linked closely to the development of new products and upgrading existing ones.

The third main objective is to reach a balance between the investment made into attracting consolidated markets and the diversification of activities aimed at new outbound markets. The fourth goal refers specifically to highlighting differentiation and efficiency in promotions.

Other important aims outlined in the strategy include improving market accessibility to the Tenerife holiday product, boosting online promotion and marketing plus better management of the relationship between the client and the destination resulting in higher levels of satisfaction and, therefore, customer loyalty.

Tenerife’s remaining strategic objectives are to encourage levels of knowledge, information and research into the holiday industry, innovation at all levels of management and promotion and a renewed bid for cooperation and coordination. Finally Turismo de Tenerife has incorporated into its objectives the goal of strengthening social implication and links with the tourism sector and its activities as well as raising professional standards, qualification and training in the industry as a whole.

A complex, participatory professional procedure

In order to draw up the strategy designed by Turismo de Tenerife for the Cabildo, all the internal and external statistical information has been taken into account as well as any available studies. A working method was applied to this information involving an unprecedented level of social participation which incorporated trends deriving from a complex consultation process to include virtually the entire holiday industry plus a large group of professionals from a wide range of fields.

Train first then tunnel

Posted by dolly diver on April 24, 2008
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The Tenerife Cabildo has announced that plans for a tunnel to link La Orotava with the other side of Tenerife are not a realistic prospect for at least 10 years.

Speculation has grown over the recent months that an enormous project to build the tunnel was about to be announced.

The corporation insists that the tunnel will not be even be in the first stages of planning until other projects such as the train from Santa Cruz to Playa de Las Américas are completed.

Hotel MedanoAfter months of talks between central government, the Tenerife Cabildo and Granadilla council, the plans of the Department of Coasts to demolish the Hotel Medano have been ditched. Politicians and local people are breathing a sigh of relief.

The hotel building, a popular landmark in the town, will be left standing. However there are plans to demolish the sun deck which was added long after the hotel was built. It stands on stilts and extends into the sea.