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Photography's leading lights to rendezvous on island for seventh Formentera Fotogràfica

foto-forfotogra--fica-31The Formentera Council's tourism office wishes to announce details about the seventh Formentera Fotogràfica. Over five days from April 28 to May 1, the island will become a haven for veterans and amateurs of photography. The programme covers conferences, workshops, documentary screenings, portfolio reviews and an array of cultural activities. Department chair Alejandra Ferrer highlighted the “remarkable trajectory of a festival known for bringing some of photography's biggest names under one roof on the island”.

Guest speakers
As ever, Formentera Fotogràfica will be a chance for attendees to get an up-close look at a run of photo experts reputed in Spain and around the world. Fourteen special guest photographers are scheduled to attend: Ricardo Cases, co-founder of Fiesta Ediciones, publishers of nine books; Pau Coll, winner of Agència EFE's Objetivo Abierto and member of Ruido Photo; Ricky Dávila, “visual poet” and director of CFC Bilbao; Jesús M. García Flores, National Geographic winner and creator of PhotoeXperience4U; Cristina García Rodero, multiple award-winning documentary photographer and member of Magnum Photos; David Jimenez, one of Spain's top names in photobooks; Francesc Melcion, photojournalist for Diari Ara; Antonio Moreno Salmoral, astro-photographer and AEFONA member; Martin Parr, member and former chair of Magnum Photos; Tanit Plana, image educator and visual activist; Edu Ponces, photojournalist member of Ruido Photo; Silvia Prió, visual artist and documentary photographer; Eugenio Recuenco, pacemaker in Spanish fashion and advertising photography; Antonio M. Xoubanova, member of Blank Paper involved in publishing and other projects.

This year's festival also features a groundbreaking hosting of the photo show Backway. Under the subtitle “Through Europe's back door from Africa”, the exhibit is a project of the Ruido Photo collective and aims to shed light on the motivations of migrants and human rights abuses. The show will take up residence at Sant Francesc's plaça de la Constitució.

Conferences will take place at the town's cinema, while other activities will unfold at a range of open-air sites across the island—Constitució square, the la Mola lighthouse, Estany Pudent, Estany des Peix and more.

Photographer and festival director Francesc Fàbregas continues his longstanding committment to contemporary visual forms of expression that are not only diverse but also of premier quality. The programme is envisioned more as an ode to eclectism than a fixed homage to one subject in particular. Formentera Fotogràfica is the ideal place to share knowledge and experience in a relaxed environment where high-quality instruction and a friendly atmosphere are key pillars. Fàbregas underlines the goal of remaining true to the festival's small-scale beginnings, and that the icing on the cake is the close contact that exists between photographers, industry pros, festival participants and organisers.

Les places per als tallers ja estan completes, hi ha 70 inscrits, però per segon any consecutiu, s'obre una nova possibilitat d'inscripcions a les ponències i a altres activitats del programa a un preu reduït. També s'ofereixen descomptes a estudiants de fotografia i a residents de les Illes Balears, amb la voluntat d'incentivar i facilitar la seva participació en el festival. Les inscripcions estan obertes fins al 10 d'abril de 2019. Podeu consultar tota la informació al web:


Formentera Council
Àrea de Comunicació
March 7, 2019

Formentera touts itself to Berliners as sustainable destination

foto-itb-formentera1The Formentera Council's department of tourism will be promoting the island at Berlin's ITB travel expo through Sunday March 10. Department chief Alejandra Ferrer travelled to the city to present Formentera to expo-goers as an island where sustainability reigns.

The CiF councillor spoke to members of niche press outlets about pioneering sustainability strategies being deployed on Formentera. She talked about the forthcoming initiative to regulate vehicle ingress, the Save Posidonia Project and “the importance of safeguarding our sea and scenery”, which Ferrer called “mainstays of the island's tourist appeal”.

The tourism chief pointed out that Formentera's economy is “100 per cent tourism-based” and affirmed: “That's why the balance between protecting the land, wellbeing of islanders and working our competitive edge over other destinations is so crucial”. Getting there will require Formentera develop an identity which sets it apart from the crowd: “We've got to showcase those features that make us unique—gastronomy, culture, traditions, heritage and the list goes on”.

'Discover Formentera'
Ferrer also talked to ITB attendees about Descobreix Formentera, a push to attract visitors in May and October (that is, before or after the traditional season) with a chock-a-block slate of fitness and cultural programming. She reckoned German tourism is “part of Formentera's lifeblood”, reasoning that travellers from the country “tend not only to be keen on the outdoors and environmentally conscious, but also favour extended periods of family travel outside the high season”.

Formentera shares its promotional space at ITB with the other Balearic islands. An island rep is on hand at the stand to talk about Formentera's main draws and play up features like the local network of nature trails (rutes verdes) and opportunities for outdoor family activities, such as guided bird-watching circuits.

Other expos
Friday March 8 marks the start of Saló Mahana in Lyon (France), where Formentera will share a stand with Menorca's tourism office. Ferrer said recent efforts to expand promotional efforts in France are a reflection of how travellers from the country have become a priority.

This week Formentera is also taking part in its first Expo Sports Outdoor in Barcelona, part of efforts to promote off-season fitness events on the island.

Formentera Council
Àrea de Comunicació
March 6, 2019

Formentera outlines changes in tourism by-laws

foto-jornada-informativa-turis1The Formentera Council's land and tourism councillor Alejandra Ferrer appeared in the Sala de Cultura today at 11.00am to lead an info session on the system for regulating the rental of vacation accommodation. Ferrer was joined by David Francés from the administration's legal department in outlining recent changes in Formentera's tourism by-laws for a crowd of roughly 250.

Ferrer spoke about modifications in the island's land directive that affect zoning and a cap on occupancy for holiday rentals. She also went over other changes—to the so-called “Plan for Quality in Vacation Rentals”, the by-law regulating the per-bed cost of permits to rent accommodation, the tax by-law underpinning a levy for administrative services in tourism, and Regulation 1/2015 on vacation rentals.

The representatives also reviewed deadlines for the different regulations so those interested can begin preparing the documentation that will be required. At the end of the event Ferrer opened the floor to questions. Questions? Contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Info session on changes for holiday rentals

jornada-regulacio---turi--stic1The Formentera Council's office of tourism reports that on Wednesday February 20 at 11.00am the Sala de Cultura will be the scene of a gathering to inform islanders about the effort to regulate for-profit holiday rentals. Tourism and land councillor Alejandra Ferrer and David Francés, the administration's legal counsel on land-use for tourism, will lead an overview of recent changes to the local system of regulation.

The gathering will be an occasion for islanders to learn about the so-called “Plan for Quality in Vacation Rentals” which involves setting guidelines for single- and multi-family homes. Twenty-six of the preconditions are non-negotiable; other criteria, of which there are 20, would be applied distinctly, and only 14 would be required for a dwelling to be eligible for rental.

Discussion will also focus on changes to the tax bylaw underpinning a levy for administrative services in tourism as well as the bylaw regulating the per-bed cost of permits to rent out accommodation.

The effort to regulate holiday rentals, part of a recent Govern-backed tweak of tourism legislation, will also be addressed. Application deadlines will be communicated as well so that islanders can start preparing required documentation.

Other points of discussion: the zoning plan for tourism that followed final approval of Formentera's land-use strategy (PTI) and the new cap on holiday rentals. Islanders will also be given the opportunity to ask questions or voice concerns. The gathering is open to anyone interested in finding out more about the changes.

Formentera at BIT—Milanese tourists' destination for fitness, culture, nature and gastronomy

formentera-a-mila-- premsa1The Formentera Council tourism office reports that Sunday to Tuesday (February 10-12) is Milan's BIT, an international travel expo, where Formentera will be promoted, according to department head Alejandra Ferrer, as a “destination for travelers interested in fitness, culture, nature and gastronomy and one with an identity all its own”.

The councillor said BIT—like Madrid's FITUR—“is a chance to spotlight the island's 2019 calendar of sporting events, not to mention the nature, scenery, culture and gastronomy that can sweeten the deal for visitors”. The events programme, said Ferrer, makes it possible to enjoy Formentera 365 days a year.

Ferrer, who traced the idea of Formentera having a dedicated stand at BIT to the fact that Italians are among the island's leading visitors, insisted  promotion would focus on the island's off-season charm. Standouts on the promotional catalog are fitness fixtures like the half-marathon (Mitja Marató), Formentera All Round Trail, Formentera to Run, Marnaton, a mountain bike circuit around the island and the Triatló, while cultural events include (but are not limited to) Formentera Film, Formentera 2.0 and Formentera Jazz Festival.

The events calendar is a sign of Formentera's success positioning itself as a destination for fitness and culture. The councillor pointed out that “meets and gatherings are always organised around a respect for the environment and sustainable use of natural resources”.

Discover Formentera
Another feature of promotional efforts will be the discounts and bonuses offered by local businesses as part of “Discover Formentera” in May and October. “Gastronomic weekends”, in particular, is a heavy hitter.

Newness doesn't stop there. Local reps will also talk about the island's new tourism website formentera.es and links to HD cameras across the island; a book of traditional recipes called “Sabores de Formentera”; a brochure for birdwatchers and another edition of the island's “cultural nature trails”.

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