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Formentera hosts VYCO participants in meeting on sustainable travel

Between 6.00pm and 8.00pm on Thursday 2 June, islanders will gather at Casbah for a talk entitled “Traveling kindly”. This meeting is part of VYCO, an international conference on travel and communications set to unfold 2 and 4 June on Eivissa and Formentera and which was presented today.

On Formentera, travel journalist Paco Nadal will moderate a presentation where biologist Manu San Félix will talk about the importance in our lives of seas and oceans. This will be followed by a round-table discussion with San Félix, Nadal, naturalist and explorer Nacho Dean (the first person to walk round the world) and traveller and lover of the sea David Ruiz, who has crossed the Atlantic five times and explains it in his latest book “Irse”.

The talk and subsequent discussion are open to the public and highlight the new demands and modes of travel and the most sustainable ways to enjoy it. To attend as a member of the public, send an email to hola@vyco.es. On Saturday 4 June, the conference will continue on Eivissa:

From 10.00am to 12.30am
Travel communication

Presented and moderated by Paco Nadal

Alan x el Mundo, “The Power of Travel”

Ana Azul Mistico

Judith Tiral

Discussion table: “The future of travel communication”

Guille Rodriguez, social media director, Palladium Hotel Group


6.00pm to 8.30pm
Great adventures

Auditori Caló de s'Oli, Sant Josep de sa Talaia

Paco Nadal, “Fascination with large open spaces”

Nacho Dean, “Explorer of nature”

Albert Sans, “Vidaje, the slowest round-the-world trip in history”

David Ruiz, “Irse, the solo round-the-world sailing trip”

Organisers say the event is about bringing together agents and leaders of an essential sector of the economy and reflecting on new models of tourism, demands posed by post-pandemic times, promotion, dissemination and creating a unique experience. The Formentera Office of Tourism has collaborated with this event.

24 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Es Pujols' Plaça d'Europa welcomes "50 fotografías con historia"

foto 2022 50 fotosAna Juan, President of the Consell de Formentera; Alejandra Ferrer, Vice President and Councillor of Tourism; Isabel Izquierdo, director of programming at Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), and Carlos Bernús, the local head of tourism promotion, presented "50 fotografías con historia", a display of 50 photographs from the last eighty years of our country. The exhibition is curated by José María Díaz-Maroto and Gonzalo Revidiego.

Vice President Ferrer thanked organisers for giving Formentera the chance to host an exhibition "of great historical importance" and invited residents and tourists to "visit it and get to know in an educational and artistic way a collection of snapshots from the last eight decades in our country".

Ms. Izquierdo explained that the exhibition, which is presented by the state-owned AC/E, "has met with rave reviews due to its quality and the breadth of topics shown, and because it brings together the most prominent names in Spanish photography of the twentieth century". With 50 images that tell 50 stories, "50 fotografías con historia" takes visitors on a visual journey from the Spanish Civil War to our world today. The exhibition has toured several Spanish cities.

The director of Formentera Fotogràfica asserted, "Bringing the AC/E's magnificent exhibition to the island in parallel with the tenth Formentera Fotogràfica is a point of pride. Many of the photographers who are part of this journey through the history of photography –Chema Madoz, Juan Foncuberta, Isabel Muñoz, Sandra Balsells, Juana Biarnés, Ricardo Casas, Cristina García Rodero, Alberto García-Alix, Cristina de Middel, Carlos Pérez-Siquier and Gervasio Sánchez– have also been integral to the life of the festival, so we are very excited to share this special edition with all of them again. Plus, this year we will welcome Chema Conesa and Ramon Masats, to whom we pay a well-deserved tribute on the centenary of Francesc Català-Roca".

The collective exhibition is on display in Es Pujols' Plaça d'Europa until 3 July. Seventeen of the featured photographers are also recipients of Spain's National Photography Prize. The exhibition offers visitors the chance to take a guided tour by using their mobile phones to scan the QR codes that accompany each photograph.

The exhibition is organised by AC/E, the Consell de Formentera and Formentera Fotogràfica, which this year celebrates its tenth anniversary on the island between 26 and 29 May.

20 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Piano concert in Plaça de la Constitució next Thursday

On Thursday 26 May at 10.00pm, Alessandro Martire will offer a concert with his waves piano in Sant Francesc's Plaça de la Constitució.

This young Italian pianist and composer, born in 1992, will play compositions inspired by classical tradition and contemporary elements which he distils into evocative and catchy melodies and harmonies. Martire's music undefinable, so the Consell encourages residents and tourists to see him live.

Admission is free. This event is sponsored by the Formentera Office of Tourism.

20 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera qualifies a new master artisan and 5 new artisans

foto 2022 cartes artesanalsToday Ana Juan, President and Councillor of Commerce of the Consell de Formentera, and Alejandra Ferrer, Vice President, delivered six cartes d'artesania, or artisan cards, to islanders who successfully completed qualifying exams in October. Recipients include Hernán Gustavo Fernández, Master Artisan Jeweller; Yessica Camacho, Toys and Games Artisan; Maria Isabel Escandell, Costume Jewellery Artisan; Estefanía Hernández, Artisan Object Decorator; Beatriz Rivero, Artisan Jeweller, and Juan Zarco, Artisan Object Decorator.

President Juan congratulated the newly accredited craftworkers on their "efforts to train and grow in this trade, which speaks to the enthusiasm out there for crafts and wares made often by hand on Formentera". Juan noted that this year's exam was the first since 2017 and that it is the Consell's plan to continue giving local artisans the chance to attain accreditation. "Artisan markets are not only immensely valuable assets for tourism, but there is something distinctly Formentera about this modest industry; we need to take care of and promote it".

To receive their diploma, the individuals were evaluated by a panel of craftwork specialists of the Consell and master craftsmen and women. Examinees demonstrated production in their workshops to panel members, who asked practical questions about technique and process. Depending on whether they apply as artisans or master artisans, individuals must also show familiarity with basic notions of the craft, tools, equipment, the origin of the materials used, the process of preparation, handling, processing and finishing, as well as, among other subjects, safety and hygiene.

Today on Formentera there are 68 cardholding artisans, 11 master artisans and four honorary master artisans.

10 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Second national promotional circuit takes Formentera to Malaga, Seville and Bilbao

foto 2022 ruta nacional turismeThe Formentera Office of Tourism reports that this week local representatives will take part in a second promotional circuit featuring several cities of mainland Spain with good air connections to reach our island. Monday 9 May in Málaga, Tuesday 10 May in Seville and Wednesday 11 May in Bilbao, promotional roadshows are being held for the national press, travel agents and representatives of the tourism sector.

Carlos Bernús, head of promotion, said, "As always, representatives' work will involve promoting pre- and post-season sports and cultural activities which are tuned to draw domestic visitors, and highlighting the island's heritage, nature trails, ornithological routes, eco-gastronomy and more". Bernús himself will participate in these actions. In late April, the first national promotional circuit of 2022 included roadshows in València, Barcelona and Madrid.

Promotion in London

At 12 noon Thursday 12 May in the Green House Hotel of London, a presentation before some twenty members of the sustainability and tourism press will be geared towards reaching end readers with high purchasing power.

Then, Sunday 15 May, forty-one European travel agents will visit the island on a familiarisation, or "fam trip", which Bernús said was designed to "encourage participants to promote our destination by showing the friendliest side of the island in low season".

10 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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