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Formentera announces one-year extension on permits for holiday rentals

Amid the unusual backdrop of unfolding developments in the public health situation, the Consell de Formentera will extend the validity of holiday rental permits another year. Set to receive approval in local government’s upcoming February plenary, the move marks a continuation of the extension adopted at the pandemic’s start. “Crises in public health and the economy and across society have not dissipated”, said President Alejandra Ferrer, “so we’ll be tacking on another 12-month extension to holiday rental permits at our February full-house session”.

Permits issued while earlier regulations were in force and which were due to expire in 2021 will be automatically extended. The change also affects previously extended permits. An associated €70 fee is typically charged for such permits, which are valid for one year.

Plan for quality
In May 2020, with the island poised to adopt a new “plan for quality” for the 2019-2024 period, local legislators opted to suspend the new plan’s rollout in favour of extending the 2015-2019 plan until December 2021. President Ferrer said the about-turn was about giving islanders additional time to make investments required to meet new conditions on holiday rentals.

In Ferrer’s words, “2020 and 2021 have seen the adoption of various rebates, extensions and subsidies for businesses and families. The extensions are designed to palliate the ongoing economic recession in local tourism by scrapping fees associated with holiday rentals.”

16 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

With ‘Formentera to-go’, islanders can find restaurants offering takeaway and delivery

cartell 2021 F per emportarWith bars and restaurants forced to close their doors amid enhanced tier 4 public health orders, the Formentera Commerce Department is putting its powers of dissemination in the service of local businesses that have begun offering takeaway and delivery service. Deputy chair and commerce councillor Ana Juan praised the businesses’ “commitment in recent weeks to customer service and dynamism” and explained, “The idea is to let islanders know what their options are”. Juan indicated the Consell was in the process of preparing the terms and conditions of assistance for local businesses and that the call for applications would be forthcoming.

4 February 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Four special €1,000 prizes handed out as part of Christmas buy-local push

foto 2021 compra a casaDeputy premiere and commerce councillor Ana Juan was joined by Josep Mayans, chair of Formentera’s league of small- and medium-sized businesses, in delivering four special €1,000 prizes as part of the Consell- and Pimef-backed campaign ‘This Christmas Buy Local’ (Al Nadal Compra a Casa). Winners were Compra a Casa cardholders Maite Garbizu Gómez, Maria Ferrer Ferrer, Leonor Asensio Álvarez and Maria Isabel Salazar Sánchez.

Councillor Juan congratulated winners and underscored the campaign’s warm reception during what she described as “a tough year for everyone”. She congratulated organisers too, saying they had accomplished the double objective of increasing footfall at hometown businesses and offering perks to local shoppers. Praise was also in order, Juan asserted, for Formentera retailers who made the effort to keep business afloat this winter.

Pimef chairman Josep Mayans described the special Christmas edition of Compra a Casa as “a boost to an already well-established local initiative” and “a win for everyone”, since prizes mean extra publicity for participating Compra a Casa establishments.

Maite Garbizu got her Compra a Casa loyalty card on 19 December, logging trips with it to Ofiusa supermarket and Petrofor petrol station. Maria Ferrer, a cardholder since 2018, used her card at Ofiusa too, not to mention at Federico fishmonger. Leonor Asensio has also been a cardholder since 2018, making her purchase at Detalls Nou Estil. Maria Isabel Salazar Sánchez has had a Compra a Casa card since 2018. She made her purchase at Strivancus. Winners have until 11 February to use their gift-cards at Compra a Casa partner businesses.

In the last four weeks Compra a Casa has expanded to include an additional five member businesses, for a current total of 35.

‘Al Nadal Compra a Casa’ received funding under the Balearic government’s 2020 ‘Cel Obert’ programme.

12 January 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera’s tourist satisfaction rises when crowds decline

foto 2020 barometre turisticConsell de Formentera president and tourism councillor Alejandra Ferrer, marketing director Carlos Bernús, department liaison Catalina Ramis and staffer Luz Márquez gathered before islanders and representatives of the local tourism industry to offer a presentation of the Barometer of Tourist Satisfaction.

2020 is the first year that the Formentera Data Observatory gauges tourist satisfaction in the form of a barometer. The endeavour entailed administering 2,438 surveys — more than three times the number performed in years past. The pandemic meant a distinctly unique backdrop for President Ferrer’s analysis of the data. In that regard, Ferrer drew attention to the fact that, during a summer as difficult as this one, overall tourist satisfaction —99.6%— was higher than any other year on record. Satisfaction was recorded at 96.2% in 2019.

Sagging visitor numbers positively impacted the satisfaction of those who came, said President Ferrer, who pointed to the sudden absence of historic complaints like noise, crowds, commercial activity and vehicles in the respondents’ comments. Visitors found prices on the island high, but said they were justified in light of the quality of service received. “This changing perspective shows us we’re on the right track”, added the president.

Tourists choose Formentera for a variety of reasons, highest among them are beaches, sensation of tranquility and natural spaces. Visitors’ average length of stay was shorter this year than last, and people preferred overnighting in private apartments than hotels. The profile of visiting tourists changed as well, no doubt a factor of the Covid crisis. Seventy-five per cent came from Spain: Catalunya first, then Madrid, the Balearics, Valencia and Andalusia. Increases were likewise seen in the number of travellers from Portugal, Switzerland, Netherlands and Belgium, with numbers from the island’s historic markets holding steady. Eighty-six per cent of visitors gave a positive evaluation concerning public health measures.

Lastly, President Ferrer made assurances that “after having studied the survey results and analysed the weaknesses, threats, strengths and opportunities of our destination, we’ve come to the conclusion that we must continue working with our model of sustainability: restricting in-bound vehicle traffic with formentera.eco, caring for the environment, focusing on cleanliless and waste management and building visibility for cultural and heritage activities and other tourist-oriented products that give our destination added value”.

The document presented today can be viewed here.

15 December 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Winners of 14th Christmas Window Dressing Contest get prizes

foto 2020 concurs aparadorisme 3The Consell de Formentera and Chamber of Commerce handed out prizes today to winners of the 14th Christmas Window Dressing Contest. Launched in a bid to foment and encourage the Christmas spirit at hometown businesses, this year’s competition logged a record-breaking twenty participants.

After touring window displays, the panel of judges —OCB’s Savina Majoral, painter Álvaro Mendoza and Amalia Mora and José Manuel Alcaraz of the Formentera Commerce Department— saluted the originality, creativity and imagination on display at the following businesses:

1. Pinturas Cabezuelo, Sant Ferran.
2. Sol Courrèges Boné, La Savina.
3. Be Formentera, Sant Francesc.

This year, judges praised the window dressings at two additional businesses —Pescadería Nuestra Señora del Carmen and Floristeria Formentera— “for creativity and outstanding craftsmanship”.

Deputy premiere and commerce councillor Ana Juan applauded the winners and everyone who participated for “sprucing up window displays and proving that, when the going gets tough, local shops stay lively and dynamic”. Juan said the Consell would continue working with business groups on the island to build capacities and strengthen a unique identity.

Simplicity —a single Christmas tree consisting of a ladder and paint cans— was the name of the game with the display at Pinturas Cabezuelo, a paint store with nearly a quarter century of history serving Sant Ferran. Sol Courrèges Boné repurposed materials for her original window decoration, while Be Formentera’s Christmas display is personalised with products from the shop’s own inventory.

Prizes were delivered to the retailers by Councillor Juan and Lina Tur, of the Chamber of Commerce. Winners took home commemorative plaques and cash prizes of €225 (first place), €150 (second) and €75 (third).

11 December 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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