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Formentera is promoted at Expovacaciones travel expo in Bilbao

foto 2023v expovacas AToday through Sunday 7 May, the Office of Tourism of the Consell de Formentera will promote the island at the Expovacaciones travel expo in Bilbao. "Easy, direct connections and the hankering of travellers in northern Spain for beach destinations that contrast with their local offer" were behind what Carlos Bernús, the island's marketing chief, described as the "enormous amount of interest received by Formentera at the expo".

Visitors to Formentera's stand see the best of local gastronomy and can even take part in wine tastings. Nature trails and birdwatching routes are promoted too, not to mention all the activities that can be carried out on the island outside the high season, which can be consulted on the May activities poster on the Office of Tourism website. Media outlets like Onda Vasca, a radio station, and local television in Bilbao will also broadcast the island's offer.

Additional marketing operations are being carried out this week on Formentera. A team of journalists from the magazine Telva and the Destinos supplement in El Periódico de Catalunya, "who want to see in situ the opportunities that Formentera offers visitors in the low season", added Bernús. On Sunday, the "Gente Viajera" programme will be broadcast live to the listeners of national broadcaster Onda Cero.

5 May 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera stages first-ever tourist guide course

foto 2023v curs guia turisticThe Office of Tourism of the Consell de Formentera is pleased to report that a training course for the tourism sector in which 27 people have enrolled has started this week. The course prepares participants to take the exams to obtain accreditation as tourist guides in the Balearic Islands. This is the first time that the course is held on Formentera and it has been tailored for participants who are not seeking accreditation, but who wish to improve their general knowledge of Formentera to better support the island's visitors.

Alejandra Ferrer, vice president and tourism councillor, shared her satisfaction that "for the first time we can offer this Formentera-specific training and thus have guides offering quality care to visitors and achieving employment".

Employers and workers can also take a module of general knowledge and obtain a Consell de Formentera-issued certificate that will help holders apply for benefits, take part in promotions on the Office of Tourism website, and be considered for recruitment in marketing activities. This course will take place afternoons in May and can be taken in person or online.

Exams for official guides of the Balearic Islands will be held 30 May. Twenty-one people have applied.

5 May 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Pianist Alessandro Martire unveils new music video inspired by and filmed at lighthouses of Formentera

foto 2023v pianoThe Office of Tourism of the Consell de Formentera is pleased to announce that pianist and composer Alessandro Martire released a video of his new song "Faro de la Isla" today. Martire says that not only was the music inspired by Formentera lighthouses, they are also where the video was shot: La Mola lighthouse at sunrise, and Es Cap de Barbaria lighthouse at sunset.

Video for "Faro de la Isla"

Martire traced his decision to his love of "these inspiring places and their incredible nature". For the occasion, he brought the same Waves piano with which he gave a concert in Sant Francesc's Plaça de la Constitució last summer. The Office of Tourism Promotion has supported this project that associates the island with creativity, music, nature and tranquility.

Since 2021, Alessandro Martire has cultivated an original format with his Waves piano and shot video clips in natural locations like glaciers, frozen lakes, rivers and 3,000-metre-high mountains. Some of his other creations can be seen here.

The pianist and composer was born in Cuomo, Italy in 1992, and composed his first song at the age of 15. Inspiration for his songs is drawn from both classical and contemporary music.

4 May 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Calendar of activities and events for month of May

foto 2023v agenda activa CThe Office of Tourism of the Consell de Formentera has put together a brochure of all the cultural, sports and active tourist activities on the island during the month of May. "In this way, we give visitors a guide where they can quickly find everything Formentera has to offer in the low season", said Alejandra Ferrer, vice president and tourism councillor.

A forthcoming activities calendar will focus on all the leisure options offered by the island's administration, associations and businesses--not to mention details on open accommodations and restaurants--toward the end of the high season. As Ferrer put it, "the ultimate goal is to have a programme with proposals covering 365 days a year". All this information will be included in a section of the Office of Tourism website and will be available at tourist information offices, as well as on social media, fairs and other promotions.

Activities agenda
The Consell's May tourist agenda features information and contacts with companies specialised in bicycle excursions, wine tasting, scuba diving, sailing boat rentals, horseback riding, wellness and health activities, birdwatching and environmental walks, gastronomic circuits, and more. It also includes the cultural and sports agenda.

"The idea is to foment year-round activities related to the natural environment, sports and culture; activities that promote the circular economy and diversification, and, at the same time, encourage local businesses to grow this offer. Programming like this is the best way to raise the island's profile", concluded the councillor.

4 May 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Beni Trutmann Photo Contest awards gala and exhibition

foto 2023v bt wolfgang wicherWinners of the 20th Beni Trutmann Photo Contest––where a total of 30 participants submitted 86 photos in the categories of Colour, Black and White, Social Justice and Junior––received their prizes yesterday. First-place awards in the Colour, Black and White, and Social Justice categories carry cash prizes of €500; second-place prizes, €300, and third-place, €200. In Junior, both the first and second prize winners received a Kodak Pixpro AZ422 digital camera.

Vanessa Parellada, culture councillor, congratulated winners and praised everyone that submitted work to the 20-year-old competition. The contest "maintains the same spirit of the photographer that gives it its name, taking care of the island and capturing its landscapes, customs and people". The event is a tribute to Beni Trutmann, the accomplished Swiss photographer who called the island home for 44 years and left it with more than 30,000 photographs evidencing his love for Formentera and its nature.

The first-prize winning photo in the colour category shows the father of photographer Lluís Mayans i Marí as he contemplates grapes and ponders the harvest that lies ahead. It speaks to the tradition of the countryside and its enduring importance, even today, in the 21st century.

Second-prize winner Wolfang Wicher captured the toiling, lonely work of fishermen in a snapshot during a visit to the island in 2015. The photographer traces his interest in the world of fishing to 1965, when the then-14 Wicher accompanied a fisherman in Es Pujols to retrieve nets near S'Espardell.

Ainhoa Ezkurra Cabello's third-prize winning photograph, "Hortolana sense hort", is a textured monochromatic snapshot that invites reflection on water scarcity and its consequences.

Black and White
First prize in Black and White went to Jaime Franch Rojo for his photo entitled "Entre canyes i fang". The image tells the story of a craftsman in winter who collects reeds from the pond, left on purpose, to use in handicrafts. The peaceful natural surroundings and the hand-picking of the reeds move us to reflect on bygone years.

Josep López Vañó's second-prize winner is "Volando voy, volando vengo y con Paco yo me entretengo". The subject's peaceful gaze exudes the natural quality of someone for whom relaxation is serious business: plucking the guitar with an air of kindness and love everlasting.

Adrián Pinilla Ballester won third prize for his black and white exploration of death: of an island and its people, the elderly in particular, whose legacy is speculated on and sold off.

Social Justice
Jaime Franch Rojo won first-prize in the category of Social Justice for "Phantom fishing": a forgotten net on the floor of the sea near Sa Punta which, as the years go by, continues to work damage on the ecosystem that accommodates it. It reminds us of the importance of looking beneath the surface, and acknowledging our ignorance around all we have yet to learn.

Second and third prizes were not awarded.

In the Junior category, first prize went to an underwater photograph of a nudibranch in Es Banc. With remarkable delicacy, Laia Bonet Cardona captured this hard-to-find mollusk under a thin translucent layer of light.

Alecsandru Farcas snagged second prize for a photograph combining the darkness of a night in Sant Francesc with a twinkle of light batting away nearby clouds while a woman walks quietly down the street. It is a search for hope and beauty in dark times.

Third prize was not awarded.

A display of this year's submissions and winning shots is on view at Sala d'Exposicions "Ajuntament Vell" from 3 to 13 May. The exhibition will be open 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, except on Monday mornings and Sundays.

3 May 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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