Dengue “controlled”. Quinta do Lorde. World Travel Awards. Goldcar

No indigenous dengue cases for two years

Yesterdays Diario reported that locally contracted dengue fever has been absent from the island for more than two years. According to a bulletin published by the local health authority, the last locally contracted case was on 3 March 2013. Since then 29 probable cases of dengue have been reported and investigated, of which only five cases have been confirmed, the last being in mid-February 2014. The report stresses that all confirmed cases in this post-outbreak period were “imported” – where people have been infected with the virus in another country, but the symptoms subsequently appearing in Madeira. In the last twelve months, 5 cases have been reported but none confirmed.

More problems for ill-fated “Quinta do Lorde” project

BPI bank yesterday made a court application for the company that owns the project ‘Quinta do Lorde’, in Caniçal, to be declared insolvent. The action has a value of €121 million. According to  the Diario this follows the company experiencing “growing difficulties …. in making payments to suppliers and the bank”. The bankruptcy petition does not necessarily mean that the project will close its doors in the short term, but it is the latest setback in a string of problems going back to 2010 (the resort opened in 2013).

World Travel Awards

imageMadeira was voted as "Europe’s Leading Island Destination" in 2013 and 2014 and has been short-listed again in this year’s World Travel Awards – the self-styled “Oscar’s” of tourism. Opponents are the Canary Islands, Cyprus, the Balearic Islands, Crete, Guernsey, Jersey, Malta and Sardinia.

Madeira received 20 nominations in several areas, including the following in the “European” section.

Best Island Destination: Madeira Islands
Best Luxury Hotel: Pestana Carlton
Best all inclusive resort: Pestana Porto Santo
Best Boutique Hotel: Choupana Hills and Quinta da Bela Vista
Best Boutique Resort: Choupana Hills 
Best Design Hotel: The Vine Hotel 
Best Island Resort: Belmond Reid’s Palace and Choupana Hills

A complete list of local nominees can be seen here and you can cast your vote here before 26th July (you have to register in order to vote).

Goldcar

imageLooks like this infamous car hire company is back in the press for all the wrong reasons again. More bad reports on the Madeira Airport office on trip advisor recently, and on trustpilot.com it manages an average of  just 1.6 stars out of 5 across 450 reviews (graphic opposite). It is strange to see so many vivid “Goldcar” stickers around the island when they get such a truly bad press – surely people do a little research before booking? I have repeated a link back to the Telegraph story from the end of last year here: Is this the world’s worst car hire horror story? The MoneySavingExpert website also has 12 pages on Goldcar going back to 2010 on their forum
Goldcar has 32,000 vehicles across southern Europe, with forecast sales this year of €225 million expected to result in a gross profit of  more than €100 million.

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13 Responses to Dengue “controlled”. Quinta do Lorde. World Travel Awards. Goldcar

  1. mauricereed Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 11:29 #

    Good news re Dengue. As soon as the link is up I’ll be voting for Maderira again.

  2. SimonC Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 19:13 #

    Can anyone point me in the direction of the program for the Flower Festival this coming weekend?

  3. mauricereed Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 22:23 #

    Apparently Spain is not going to block Portugal from expanding its territorial waters around Madeira from 200 to 350 miles.

    Full story(em Portuguses):-

    http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=123223174#post123223174

  4. Joanne Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 23:17 #

    Flower festival programme onthis site
    http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/homepage

  5. neal Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 08:32 #

    I don’t know if you are aware but the blog is being blatantly copied again.

  6. mauricereed Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 09:45 #

    Where Neal?

  7. mauricereed Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 16:36 #

    I see names have now been assigned to the 3 new views from the Marine Shopping webcam.

    Web Cam 15 – The charming Hotel Quinta das Vistas
    Web Cam 16 – Viewpoint Pico dos Barcelos
    Web Cam 17 – Avenida do Infante, Funchal

  8. neal Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 19:00 #

    It was on TripAdvisor Maurice.

  9. mauricereed Friday, April 17, 2015 at 00:42 #

    Well what better place than tripadvisor to copy us???

  10. Joanne Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 17:08 #

    Is it not that there is just a link to the blog? I can’t see any ‘blatant copy’ unless I am missing something. Copyright is upheld on TA and usually threads which ‘reproduce’ articles previously published elsewhere are not allowed.

  11. Kate Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 06:15 #

    I used gold car on Madeira in January. 2014. Atrocious customer service at pick up and drop off. No problems otherwise except this last few days the company decided to use my credit card details in Spain to take some money off me, fraudently. I now have had my card cancelled and the inconvenience of waiting few days for my new one! Will never use gold at again!

  12. Joanne Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 21:10 #

    Kate – If you had done a bit of research and reads the Goldcar reviews on Trip Advisor, you would have run a mile. They have also had some very bad press in the UK.
    http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g189166-i434
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travel-advice/10736572/Warning-over-car-hire-excess-charges.html

  13. Allen Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 16:43 #

    How is Goldcar able to remain in the airport? I would think the bad first and last impression they give to visitors of the island actually costs Madeira more in tourist dollars than is received from the taxes the company pays for a prime airport location. Letting them stay in the airport with so many horrible stories about their business practices seems to show Madeira government agencies are willing to turn a blind eye to these customer complaints. Do you have recommendations of where visitors can direct their complaints about the company to get some action taken against Goldcar?

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