Strike cancelled. Pestana CR7 hotel. VAT reduced. Blue Marlin.

Airport strike cancelled

The baggage handlers strike planned to start yesterday at Madeira airport has been cancelled. The strike had been planned by TAP’s handling agents (Groundforce and Portway) for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July.

First Pestana CR7 project kicks off in Madeira

New Pestana CR7 hotel in Madeira

Whilst a sometimes petulant Ronaldo was otherwise involved in the Euros in France, his first joint project with the Pestana hotel group officially opened in Praça do Mar, Funchal, yesterday (Madeira Day). The hotel has 48 rooms (€180 – €220 per night) plus the Cristiano Ronaldo Suite (where daily rate averages €500). The publicity claims that “the target audience is the generation of the millennium (the ‘millennials’) who live dependent on the internet and new technologies, so the hotel unit has a digital component with the SO-ME-MO concept (Social Media Mobile) in its description”. Four more joint ventures are planned, with down-town Lisbon due later this year, and Madrid and New York scheduled for 2017. The total investment will be €75,000,000 split 50/50 between the footballer and Pestana.
More photos here

VAT comes down on meals

From yesterday the IVA (VAT) charged on restaurant meals, including takeaways, will return to 12% from the 22% that it has been in recent years under austerity measures. Alcoholic drinks will remain at 22%. The Regional Secretary of Economy, Tourism and Culture, Eduardo Jesus, is quoted as saying that this is good news for the tourism sector in Madeira. It remains to be seen if restaurants pass this saving directly on to customers.

World Cup Blue Marlin Championship

Catching Blue Marlin off MadeiraJuly 4th sees the World Cup Blue Marlin Championship. The tournament allows teams to fish anywhere in the world for 8 hours in their time zones. The World Cup is for one day only, for the one species and has only one winner. Entry fees start at $3000 (per boat), with potential winnings of “hundreds of thousands of dollars”. There is no second place, so all teams are notified immediately as soon as a qualifying fish is weighed – in this way, any team hooking a smaller fish can release it. A 652lb marlin caught off Madeira won the competition last year, with none of the other 149 competing teams able to better it. Some of the world’s largest Blue Marlin are regularly found off the coast of Madeira.

Festas Concelho da Calheta

Fireworks at Calheta, Madeira

Fado singer Mariza appeared at Calheta last weekend as the star act of the municipal festival. YouTube video here. Sergio Bettencourt has some great photos of the firework display here.

16 Responses to Strike cancelled. Pestana CR7 hotel. VAT reduced. Blue Marlin.

  1. Scarlett Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 11:31 #

    You write: The total investment will be €75,000, split 50/50 between the footballer and Pestana.
    Should that be 75 miljon? Or is this only about the SO ME MO?

  2. Admin Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 12:01 #

    Correct Scarlett – my typo – will add the extra 0’s!

  3. jorge Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 12:30 #

    I ate out yesterday and paid IVA at 12%, but that was in Sabores where they sell by the KG. Interviews on RTP-M last night with restaurant owners were pretty consistent so don’t expect to see your bills reduced. The governement claims this is an important step to boost this sector of the economy, but if there is no incentive that attracts more customers and less IVA coming in to the state, then it seems to me that it will have exactly the opposite effect.

  4. mauricereed Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 18:11 #

    So, a €30 meal with 20% vat costs €36.60 and should come down by €3 to €33.60 is this going to happen or are most restaurants going to pocket the difference?

  5. mauricereed Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 21:42 #

    Windows 10 note.

    The offer of the free upgrade to Windows 10 ends on July 29th. After that date you will have to purchase it.

    If you have already got Windows 10 installed be advised that on Aug 2nd/3rd a complete new build of Windows 10 is released. You don’t have to fo anything as it is delivered via the usual Windowsupdate route. As this is effectively a complete new install it will take longer than the normal updates. So, if you have a laptop I suggest you run it on mains power during this update.

  6. Peter Hamilton Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 01:03 #

    Mauricereed, are you in Microsoft’s employ? Who in their right mind wants a Microsoft free upgrade which will never be without strings attached? All I can say is don’t start whinging next year.

  7. Admin Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 08:46 #

    A fire was reported on Friday aboard Fred Olsen’s Black Watch, which arrived in Funchal harbour late yesterday (Sat) afternoon; Passengers are being returned to the U.K by air. Full story:

  8. Kellie Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 09:05 #

    I will will be moving to Madeira from October. Can you kindly advise if there are any expat organisations that do meet ups? Any feedback would be much appreciated. Many thanks.

  9. Mick Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 10:22 #

    Nowt wrong with Windows 10 IMHO. Good to get info, as many people use windows and don’t realise support will be withdrawn from older windows operating systems. I then just delete/or move the bits of Windows I don’t want to use. For instance IE is rubbish, so I use Firefox, or Chrome. I also use Noscript and Adblock. Finally Kaspersky and Malwarebytes along with a good VPN. If you really don’t like Windows there’s other operating systems you can use. Maurice is just trying to help.

  10. Dobermal Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 15:19 #

    With regards to the CR7 Hotel. Have the little shops and cafes been closed down to accommodate the hotel?


  11. mauricereed Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 15:22 #

    Kellie, check out

    Quite a few members there are resident and arrange get-togethers.

  12. mauricereed Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 16:52 #

    Yes, thanks Mick I was just passing on some advice. I am a retired IT Manager but never worked for Bill Gates.

  13. Christine Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 17:20 #

    Just visited Lareira Portuguesa Restaurant in Funchal today and expected our usual mixed fish for 2 persons, drop in price from £29 to €26.10 due to the IVA reduction.
    It’s such a shame that the owner decided to increase the dish to €34 including the 12% IVA.
    I expected restaurant owners to pass the UVA saving onto their customers but overall in my calculation I paid an increase of €7.90.

  14. Anneke Monday, July 4, 2016 at 11:44 #

    Kellie, you can also check the English church. They also have a lots of oppurtunities to meet people.

  15. Jon Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 10:20 #

    Well done Portugal – football. Christiano woke up at last and helped poor hard working Nani out finally = BUT OH so sorry for Wales – they should have had a better second half but guess the wind was knocked out of their welsh sails (in their most monumental night in the history of Welsh football) as it pushed the “Santa Maria” team along……….but well done Gareth Bale & Wales in any event – good team effort.

    We did have both of our flags flying……..

  16. Jon Friday, July 8, 2016 at 12:14 #

    France v Portugal then….mmmm?

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