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Results from 2022 Tourism Satisfaction Barometer

foto 2022xi barometre turisticToday the 2022 Tourism Satisfaction Barometer, conducted by the Formentera Data Observatory, was presented at a gathering that included representatives of the tourism sector and members of the general public. Development of the barometer involved administering 2,510 in-depth surveys, mostly in the port of La Savina. Tourists and single-day visitors were differentiated among respondents.

Spanish travellers continue to predominate among visitors to the island, representing 39% of the total. These were followed by Italians, who accounted for 28%. The German, French and English markets were also well represented, with these three making up 17% of the total. Other countries accounted for a combined total of 16% of Formentera's visitors. According to Alejandra Ferrer, vice president and councillor of tourism, the data point to the return of international travellers who had stayed home during the pandemic as well as to increased diversification in the current market.

Sixty-three per cent of Formentera's visitors were between 18 and 44 years old, and 55% were women. Visitors generally came with a partner (40%), friends (29%) or family (28%). Ferrer explained that the Tourism Satisfaction Barometer is designed to show "our visitors' exact level of satisfaction and where we –local government and the business community– need to do better".

Degree of tourist satisfaction
Once again this year, the island's most highly ranked assets were its beaches, natural beauty, opportunities to be in contact with nature, tranquillity, weather, ease of information, safety and local cuisine. The worst rated aspects were value, Wi-Fi connection, traffic, noise and cleanliness. At 93.8%, the level of visitor satisfaction remains excellent, but this has fallen 5.4% since 2021.

Ferrer traced this drop in overall satisfaction to growing complaints about high prices and a perceived overcrowdedness and saturation due in large part to increasing numbers of summertime day-trippers. According to the data, 964,143 people came to Formentera this season and, of that total, 681,815 were day-trippers.

Expenditure
Tourists in 2022 spent on average €98 – as much as they did in 2021. Fifty-three percent of the tourists and day-trippers interviewed said they spent between €50 and €100 per person per day, while 18% spent between €101 and €150. The proportion of high-spending tourists grew 5% compared to 2021.

After the presentation, Turitalk's Nuria Moya spoke to attendees about how to attract and retain talent in the local tourism industry. The aim, according to Councillor Ferrer, was "to improve the service received by our visitors by giving our business community tools to achieve staff loyalty".

22 November 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

First working group meets as part of plan to boost local business

foto 2022xi taula treball comercThe Formentera Office of Commerce, which is spearheading the Strengthening Local Business Plan (Pla per a l'enfortiment del comerç, PEC), staged the first working group with sector representatives today. These meetings are part of a participatory work process in which Formentera businesses can provide input to help develop actions to revitalise and improve the commercial fabric of the island.

The first of the meetings was held today at the offices of Formentera's small- and medium-sized business group (PIMEEF) and attendees included representatives of Focalizza, the company at the helm of the project, as well as heads of municipal departments, PIMEEF and the Formentera Chamber of Commerce (CCF) and local tradespeople and artisans invited by PIMEEF and the CCF. Upcoming meetings will be held at the CCF headquarters and the Consell de Formentera.

22 November 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Weekend of sport for Children's Month

The Formentera Office of Sports, with collaboration from sports clubs on the island, has put together a Sports Day (Diada Esportiva) with activities at Antoni Blanc fitness centre, IES Marc Ferrer gymnasium and the municipal swimming pool, football pitch and tennis courts. The Diada is part of the local programme of activities to celebrate Children's Month.

See the programme below:
SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER
Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc
10.30am | Demonstration of taekwondo, Formentera Taekwondo Club
11.00am | Demonstration of judo, Formentera Dojo Club
11.00am to 12 noon | Tennis: training at the tennis courts and open doors, Municipal Tennis School
5.00pm to 7.30pm | Women's futsal lesson for beginners and match (Cosmitos B children's team), Formentera Cosmitos Football Club
Municipal football pitch
10.30am | Open day activities, games, circuits and demo match, SD Formentera
Poliesportiu IES Marc Ferrer
10.00am to 10.30am | Archery demonstration and open day from 10.30am to 12 noon, Municipal Archery School
6.00pm to 7.00pm | Demonstration of figure skating, Formentera Skating Club

SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER
Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc
10.30am | League game and school demonstration, Formentera Basketball Club
Municipal swimming pool
12 noon | Demonstration of artistic swimming, Formentera Swim Club


22 November 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Remembrance of Francisco Solano and all victims of Franco's regime at La Savina penitentiary

foto 2022xi cementiriThis Monday, Ana Juan, president of the Consell de Formentera, and Francina Armengol, president of the Balearic Government, visited the Sant Francesc Cemetery, where excavations and exhumations by Aranzadi Science Society as part of the regional administration's third Mass Graves Plan (2021-2022), have made it possible to identify Francisco Solano Vera, the first person to perish at La Savina penal colony during the Franco regime. Also on hand for the visit were Alejandra Ferrer, vice president, and cabinet councillors of the Consell de Formentera; Jesús Jurado, director general of democratic memory in the Balearics, and Antonio J. Sanz, the provincial councillor for Formentera. Historian Antoni Ferrer Abárzuza also participated in the explanations.

President Juan remarked, "Eighty years have passed since Francisco Solano died in inhuman conditions at the Formentera prison; it is time for his remains to be buried in his home in Cartagena". Juan described the moment as one of reparation for memory and democratic justice, and praised the Govern balear, Consell de Formentera, researchers and associations that "fight and work to put to rights the memory of the victims of Franco's regime".

Last Thursday, the regional government identified remains recovered in April at the Sant Francesc Cemetery as those of Francisco Solano after having compared samples obtained in the exhumation with the DNA given by two of the deceased's daughters.

Solano is not only the first victim of Franco's repression to be identified on Formentera, but also the first victim identified in the Balearic Islands from outside the archipelago.

The identification of the Cartagena native also confirms that the bodies recovered in April during phase one of excavations and exhumations at Sant Francesc Cemetery, which presented characteristics compatible with six victims of the prison, belong to the other people who died in captivity in Franco's military camp.

As approved by the administration's mass graves and missing persons committee, the Balearic Government will commission a second intervention at Sant Francesc Cemetery as part of the fourth Mass Graves Plan (2022-2023) spearheaded by the Balearic Secretariat of Democratic Memory.

The goal is to pinpoint the remains of as many victims as possible. In a study conducted by Antoni Ferrer Abárzuza as part of the second Mass Graves Plan, the Ibizan historian concluded that as many as 58 individuals —most from Extremadura and Murcia, but also Madrid, Catalonia, the Canary Islands, Valencia and the Balearic Islands— perished at La Savina penitentiary due to food shortages and unsanitary conditions between 1940 and 1942.

Crews will focus on the back area of the cemetery esplanade –down row 6, where Solano's remains were found– because signs indicate it was there that the prison's dead were interred. Plots near the entrance were apparently reserved for ordinary burials.


21 November 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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