New Savoy Palace continues to grow
A photo of the above appeared on Twitter recently with the comment that the new thirteen-storey Savoy Palace “is a point of reference in the National and International Tourism panorama. To have a successful development it is necessary to be bold, different and have courage”. Not sure if everybody agrees with that!
Old Savoy by comparison
this is the photo sent in by Peter mentioned in the Comments below
Meanwhile the height grows – as pictured a few days ago on SkyscraperCity. The short one-way road immediately opposite the Carlton (where the taxi-stand was until recently, diagonally opposite the Music Conservatory, home to restaurants and bars such as Number 2) will be closed later this month and redesigned, presumably to incorporate it more into the western end of the new development, which features its own “boulevard”. Rua Imperatriz Dª Amélia, on the south side (home to other popular restaurants and watering holes including Moynihans and the Prince Albert), will also be partially incorporated into the development.
Overnight stays level out
In a move that may concern the developers of the Savoy Palace, which is due for completion next year, the latest tourist numbers from the Department of Regional Statistics for Madeira shows that year on year growth in tourist numbers is slowing. Detailed analysis shows that both English and French visitors are down more than 2%, with Germany the only major country showing a small increase. “Others” shows the strongest growth – I am guessing this will be the smaller northern European countries, particularly Denmark, where Madeira is a very popular destination.
Festa de Nossa Senhora da Saúde
The Feast of Our Lady of Health takes place in the parish of Lameiros in São Vicente this weekend. This is a largely religious festival but there will be the usual food and drink stalls, together with live music. Full program on the tourism website.
Airport problems again.
There were more problems at the airport due to the strong winds. As at 11.00 there were four aircraft in a holding pattern, waiting for an improvement before they can land. These are TUI flight from Amsterdam, two Transavia flights from Oporto and one Iberia flight from Bilbao. An Edelweiss flight from Zurich has already diverted to Porto Santo. As at 14.00 everything now seems OK, with just a few planes diverted or cancelled late morning. A Lufthansa flight due around 14.05 seems to be stuck in Lisbon.
Sunday morning: Problems continue, with nothing landing so far (10.30) out of the six flights scheduled to have arrived. Two of these have cancelled – easyJet from Lisbon and Transavia from Paris Orly. The next shceduled arrivals are estimated for nearer midday, when the wind may have died down a little. None of the eight flights scheduled for departure has taken off so far. The Captaincy of the Port of Funchal has extended the strong wind warning for the seafront until 6 o’clock tomorrow, Monday.
Sunday afternoon: Still pretty much a complete wash-out at the airport – nothing able to come or go. So far their have been 13 cancellations and six flights diverted to Porto Santo, which will mean that it is at capacity for flights on the tarmac. I am aware of holidaymakers with their own accommodation being allowed to leave some planes in Porto Santo and book themselves on the Sunday afternoon ferry across to Madeira. There are reports from there that there has been a shortage of taxis to pick people up the airport. The weather forecast for the next week does not show the wind abating at the moment.