Two posts today for a change, as there is a rapidly developing story which may have an impact on visitors to the island, together with residents on the island who have been spoilt by cheap fares over the last few years. It appears that almost exactly a year from it’s last problems, Monarch
Todays Diario reports that the Alojamento Local tourist sector now constitutes 25% of the tourist accommodation available in the archipelago. There are currently 2,145 individual units, with a total of more than 8,500 beds spread throughout the region. In the last five months there was a considerable increase in new Alojamento Local registrations. Supervisory authorities ..................read more
The Diario online reports that Madeira was tonight distinguished for the fourth time as Europe’s ‘best island destination’ at the tourism “Oscars” gala held in St Petersburg, Russia. In the 24th edition of the World Travel Awards, an initiative created in 1993 to recognize the best examples of good practices in the tourism sector, Madeira beat the ..................read more
The reality is beginning to emerge from the ambitious plans announced by Pestana earlier this year when they revealed that they were planning 22 new hotels over the next four years in eight different countries. 4,000 rooms to the existing ones, combining to a impressive total of more than 110 hotels and 15,000 rooms in 21 countries.
Four of these new hotels were planned ..................read more
Cabo Girão entry remains free until 2018
Charging for entry at Cabo Girão will only takes come into force from January next year, the Regional Secretariat of Finance and Public Administration confirmed yesterday. The Cabo Girão turnstiles were functioning during the day, prompting some confusion over charges. A SRFAP source explained to the Diario that the machines were simply being used to count to count visitors, ..................read more
The Journal reports today that the Parish Council of Faial has announced improvements to the wharf at Fajã do Mar in Faial, which serves around forty boats from the region, which covers Faial, Santana and Porto da Cruz.
According to the mayor new iron staircase will be introduced in order to allow the embarking and disembarking of people on ..................read more
WalkMe Guide (link on the sidebar) published a YouTube video of sunrise on Pico Ruivo recently. The torchlight ascent which starts the Pico Ruivo video coincides with the announcement of a project to provide water-powered charging points for mobile phones and torches on the levadas of Madeira. This excellent initiative is a partnership between a local school and the electicity museum.