Tenerife Magazine’s round up of some of the most interesting news stories of the week in Tenerife.

Tenerife is First Choice for Holiday Adverts
Following Thomson Holidays” TV advert, First Choice is the latest tour operator to use Tenerife as the location for their first new TV advert since 2009. Due to be aired during the Who Wants to be a Millionaire Christmas Special, the advert, like Thomsons”, doesn’t actually mention Tenerife. In fact, unless you know the First Choice Holiday Village on Tenerife where it was filmed, there are even less clues about the location than there were in the Thomsons” advert. Still, as the advert is aimed at all-inclusive holidays they probably don’t want to promote the great island that lies outside the hotel anyway.

No Happy New Year in La Laguna
The economic crisis is biting deeply when a traditional fiesta has to be cancelled on Tenerife. For years the New Year has been welcomed in with a party at Plaza de la Concepción in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of La Laguna. But not this year. The big bash has been cancelled to the annoyance and sadness of locals. Also cancelled is the tradition of handing out cakes and chocolate by the area’s fiesta committee. There might not be any sweets in La Laguna’s streets at New Year, but there’s plenty of humbug.

Tenerife Quote of the Week
Comes from former darts champion Phil ‘the Power’ Taylor who, when telling The Metro about his preparations to regain his title at the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship came out with this classic – ‘I did some warm-weather training at my villa in Tenerife…”
Darts players using Tenerife as a winter training camp? The report didn’t mention whether he was smiling at the time.

Christmas Fairs on Tenerife
Whilst there’s no party at Plaza de la Concepción, there is some good cheer about this Christmas. The Tenerife Government has organised three Christmas craft fairs in Santa Cruz, La Laguna and Puerto de la Cruz. But unless you celebrate Tres Reyes, the La Laguna (Plaza del Adelantado) and Santa Cruz (Plaza del Príncipe) fairs are no use for last minute presents as they run from 2nd to 5th January. But don’t panic, the Puerto de la Cruz Christmas fair is open from 21st to 23rd December. The fairs will feature goods from local artisans and will be open from 11am to 10pm except for the 5th when they’ll be open until the early hours of the 6th January for those real last-minuters like Gaspar, Balthasar, and Melchior.

Outnumbered in Tenerife
Apparently the Christmas special of the British sit-com Outnumbered sees the Brockman family planning to fly out to Tenerife for a festive break in the sun on Christmas morning. This will no doubt mean something to somebody out there.

And finally the TIT (This Is Tenerife) of the week award goes to”¦Attitudes toward the law in Tenerife
We regularly quip that legislation is often viewed more as guidelines on Tenerife. But many a true word spoken in jest and all that.
When promoters of a proposed event at the Parque Marítimo in Santa Cruz were refused permission to hold a party at the swimming pool complex last weekend, they ignored the ruling and went ahead with the event anyway.
Their disobedience earned them an appearance in court which threw up another little Tenerife gem relating to the case. According to reports, their lawyer claimed that the party had been attended by the Mayor of Santa Cruz, José Bermúdez and that his presence overruled the decision that had been made by people further down the political chain.
However, official sources insist that the mayor didn’t attend the illegal party.

There’s an easy way to prove it one way or another. People at parties take photographs and there’s no way the mayor of Santa Cruz would be at an event and no-one would take his photo. So no photo…no mayor…no defence.