If you are not able to attend the fireworks tonight, RTP Madeira and RTP International are covering the last day of the year with a special broadcast from the Praça do Povo in Funchal centre between 10:00 and 13:00,14:00 and 18:00 and finally the fireworks display from 22:00 to 00:30. There is also a live video stream planned by Wind Birds on You Tube (videos of previous New Years fireworks displays can be seen on the same link):
Details of this years fireworks display, which will be a little different than usual, were published on the blog at the end on November (link on photo above). Ten cruise ships plan to be in attendance – I have watched the first few arrive and take up position early this morning whilst writing this.
European Best Destinations, a travel organization based in Brussels and aimed at promoting culture and tourism in Europe in partnership with participating tourism offices, has voted Madeira to be the best destination in Europe to spend New Year’s Eve
Hotel strike fails
A strike by hotel staff that was planned to have started yesterday and last until tomorrow has run out of steam according to press agency Lusa as well as the Diario. Most of the major hotels have reported little or no impact as a result of the action by the Madeira Hotel Workers’ Union.
It has been another successful year for the blog, with visitor numbers approaching 1250 daily – which isn’t bad for a small island! Inward links and sponsors have also continued to increase. Whilst the blog is generally being posted twice weekly, the amount and quality of content has increased, whilst the social media side has been developed considerably, reinforcing its position as one of the islands most popular integrated sites. Most importantly, the number of “Comments” from readers has continued to grow – thank you all for your contributions! Wishing you all the best for 2015.