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Tarragon Shortage & Summer of Love in Tenerife News of the Week


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

Tourism is Good for Business
In a time when unemployment is rising and the never ending crisis continues to bite even deeper, it’s interesting to note that the oft maligned tourist resorts of Tenerife’s southern parts are actually helping to stem the tide… a little.

Whilst around 7,000 jobs were lost on Tenerife last year, it could have been much worse had it not been for the municipalities of Arona and Adeje. With the amount of visitors to both increasing by 8.4% last year, there were actually more jobs available in both municipalities than in the previous year.

Other municipalities who registered a slight increase included Santiago del Teide and Guia de Isora ““ both home to increasingly popular tourist resorts. Less easily explained are increases in jobs in Candelaria, El Sauzal and Arafo.

In Puerto de la Cruz and the north, despite an increase of 3.1% in visitors, the number of jobs fell: possibly connected to a massive decline of 15.4% in the construction sector.

Although another increase in tourist figures is expected in 2013, it’s unlikely that it will have a great impact of the loss of jobs across the island so whilst there will still be plenty of people enjoying fun in the sun, there will be far too many others experiencing stormy weather.

Sting Sings
For those who may have missed the news, the peroxide-haired one will definitely be bringing his Back to Bass tour to Tenerife on Saturday 30th June at CD Tenerife’s Heliodoro Stadium in Santa Cruz. Tickets are €50 a go and are on sale at Halcón Viajes and Carrefour outlets as well as via ticketmaster.es. Anyone who wants to see Sting live should book their tickets pronto. There are only 14,000 available and 5,000 of them were sold within the first 10 hours of going on sale.
Reviews of Sting’s performances on the tour have been generally very good. But some have criticised a lack of The Police hits in the show sort of missing the fact that it’s Sting and not The Police that are performing. Anyone expecting to sing-along to Roxanne, Message in a Bottle and Every Breath You Take might be better sticking to The Patch in Playa de las Américas.

The Tenerife North Train Delayed
The plans to introduce a train linking Santa Cruz, La Laguna, Tacoronte, La Matanza, Santa Ursula, La Orotava and Los Realejos seems to have come off the rails again with both north and south train projects stalling for the time being.
The north connection would have meant passengers could have travelled between Los Realejos and Santa Cruz in around 34 minutes as opposed to the… err under 30 minutes it can take by car now.

Don’t Keep on Trucking
Tenerife’s police forces are on a roll at the moment. After Guardia Civil agents broke up the Cocoon gang last week, this week National Police agents ‘felt the collar’ of a con artist in Santa Cruz. The scam artist had made around €400,000 selling non-existent trucks on the internet. Police arrested him in Santa Cruz in the process of concluding another fantasy sale worth €50,000. Whilst in no way condoning his actions, it shows impressive enterprise on his part in being able to use the internet on an island where many still have a phobia towards it to make such a decent amount of money. Tellingly his victims tended to be from outside of Tenerife.

Tarragon Shortage
There were reports in the UK press and on the BBC last week about a shortage of tarragon in Britain. One importer put the shortage down to adverse weather in Israel, where much is grown outside of the British growing season. It came as a bit of a surprise to see that they also attributed the shortage to unusually bad weather in Tenerife and Spain; the other destinations that they imported from. The statement shows how ‘bad weather’ can mean different things to different people. Tarragon likes a lot of light and moderate temperatures but it also needs water and that’s the ingredient that’s been lacking on Tenerife. Tenerife’s unusually bad weather in this case refers to the drought which shows no sign of ending. Looks like chicken in a tarragon and mustard sauce is off the menu for the time being.

Summer of Love filmed at Las Teresitas
This week German Euro-dance trio Cascada released the video for the first single from their upcoming new album. The song called Summer of Love was filmed at the exotic Playa de las Teresitas near Santa Cruz. Normally we’d include the video but in this case we didn’t think that it was fair to inflict such an ordeal on our readers. Playa de las Teresitas looks nice but the song sounds like every other uninspired Euro summer dance anthem from the last 15 years – Hearditallamilliontimesbefore.com

And finally the TIT (This Is Tenerife) of the week award goes to”¦ the Scrooges in the Canary Islands Government.
We’re all familiar with the term ‘austerity measures” and understand the need to implement strategies to try to ride out the current economic crisis but some measures seem to amount to misguided, petty, penny pinching.
Employees at some of Tenerife’s and The Canary Islands” medical institutes will lose their right to free parking in a bid by a government department to save money. Anyone who has tried to park at the Hospital Universitario de Canarias (HUC) in La Laguna will know it’s a nightmare and workers were allocated free parking spaces to help them be able to park near to their workplace.
The plan to remove these free places affects the HUC, Hospital Universitario Nuestra Señora de Candelaria (HUNSC) and Hospital Doctor Negrín in Gran Canaria.
There is a need for Spain and its provinces to implement strategies to address the country’s financial problems… but implementing silly ones as opposed to sensible, well thought out ones is partly the reason the country is in a financial mess in the first place.

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Close Loro Parque and Wild Weather in Tenerife News of the Week


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

Stormy Weather
The change in seasons brought more than rain, cloud and wind to Tenerife, it also brought high seas resulting in an orange alert over the weekend. Waves were so ferocious in Punta de Hidalgo and Bajamar that steel rails were twisted out of shape by the force of the Atlantic rollers and a boat was destroyed in Puerto de la Cruz harbour. Worst affected seems to be Garachico which was unreachable during Sunday morning as huge waves battered roads in and out of the town as well as engulfing the seafront causing damage to shops and restaurants.

Tenerife’s North Train
The latest specification for the proposed train link between Santa Cruz and Los Realejos was published last week. The document stated that the line would be 37.3 km long, of which 17.3km would be through tunnels. So half the time, residents would be in the dark…pretty much par for the course. The proposed budget would be 1.146 million euros to create a line that would be used by an estimated 13.5 million people per year. The spec also included the journey times on the 220kmh train between Los Realejos and Costa Adeje (67 mins) and from Los Realejos to Santa Cruz (34mins). Okay mathematicians out there might be wondering why a train travelling at 220knh would take 34 minutes to cover 37 kilometres, but presumably that’s because of stoppage time. Interestingly, the journey by car from Los Realejos to Santa Cruz can be done in 25 mins.

Police and Thieves on the Street…Oh Yeah
Whilst the rest of the developed world moves forward at breakneck pace, Tenerife seems to be bucking the trend by returning to the days of Dixon of Dock Green (might seem a dated reference, but that’s the point). Police officers in Playa de las Américas have ditched their cars, or more accurately their cars have ditched them as most are in the garage waiting to be repaired. Apparently there is still one working patrol car, but the gears are a bit dodgy, so the boys in blue, grey, navy or whatever colour uniform Tenerife’s numerous police forces wear, have had to take to pounding the beat until the situation improves. Might not be a bad thing.

Food for Nought
Restaurants in Candelaria might see some of their profits drop as the council have just opened a food hall for residents aged over 60 where they can enjoy a three course meal for only €3.50. The comedor in the municipal swimming pool serves as a training ground for catering students; whilst Candelaria’s mature residents get cheap meals, students get to hone their skills. It’s also open to people under the age of 60, but they have to pay a still reasonable €6 for the privilege of being guinea pigs.

Thomas Cook V Canary Islands
Tenerife’s forces may have seen off Admiral Nelson, but can they stop travel giants Thomas Cook from plundering the land? Against overwhelming and unanimous opposition, Thomas Cook have begun implementing their plan to knock five percent off monies owed to Canary Islands hotels to compensate for losses caused by the Icelandic Volcano disruption. Hoteliers claim that the tour company is in breach of Spanish, British and European law and intend to take legal action. Whilst the Canarios may have tasted victory against Sir Francis Drake, Robert Blake and Nelson, somehow I don’t think that they’ll be celebrating after this particular battle.

And finally the TIT (This Is Tenerife) of the week award goes to… Eco websites calling for the closure of Loro Parque
Over the last couple of weeks we’ve noticed that a couple of eco-websites have launched an online petition lobbying to close Loro Parque.
One site explains… “In the Atlantic Ocean are some Paradise islands especially for Northern European tourists. Canaries Islands. One of them is Tenerife. Here are many Orcas and Dolphins in captivity to entertain these visitors in a place called Loro Parque.” It goes on to say. “We all know that Orcas and Dolphins are the animals who are least able to be in captivity. They suffer so terribly. I want this park closed.”

The reason we’re giving it and sites like it the TIT award is not because of the sentiments, but because it reduces animal conservation to a Free Willy level. They don’t appear to have done any background research on Loro Parque and seem unaware of the conservation programmes that the Loro Parque Foundation are involved with.
Saying ‘I don’t like this” isn’t exactly a strong, reasoned argument and calling for animals born and raised in captivity to be released into the wild ““ something which research has shown is more than likely to lead their deaths – is naive at best.

Furthermore, classing the Canary Islands as being ‘especially for Northern European tourists ‘ is simply being dismissive and disrespectful of the resident Canarian population.

Maybe we should start a movement to have a petition removed that is much more harmful than beneficial to animal conservation.

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