Tenerife, Global Showcase For Golf

October 7, 2015
Tenerife is hosting  the International Golf Travel Market this year, a meeting that will bring together 1,400 delegates, 140 tour operators and more than a hundred journalists in the Magma Conference Centre, Costa Adeje over the coming days, according to Peter Walton, president of the specialised golf tourism event.
President of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo , one of the local dignataries, present at the opening of the event, told reporters that a tourist who comes to the island to play golf typically has a longer stay, in a higher grade hotel and spends more whilst here, than the average tourist.
He went on to stress that the Canary Islands are a a year round golf resort, unlike some venues in mainland europe.
The fair has brought together  tour operators, wholesalers, travel agents and booking portals from countries like Germany, Holland, the United States, China, United Arab Emirates and India.
The Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, said the fair  is a “huge opportunity” for tour operators to demonstrate the benefits of coming to play golf in the islands  with their “blessed climate” making them an all-year-round resort which also has numerous top class golf courses.

Law Preventing Double Commission Charges At ATMs Effective Today

October 5, 2015

As from today the law regulating commissions for cash withdrawals at ATMs belonging to third party banks enters into effect, after being approved Friday by the Spanish Council of Ministers. 

The owner of the terminal may not charge a fee directly to the customer, but instead to the issuer of the card, which then may or may not affect the user fee, in whole or in part. In addition, the ATM screen will inform the user of the maximum amount that may be charged.

The Government has given banks until January 1, 2016  to adapt their payment systems to comply with the new requirements. 

In the case of cash withdrawals by debit card, the card issuer may only pass on the amount of commission charged by the terminal owner, but may not charge any additional charge. If the cash is taken out using a credit card the card issuer may charge an additional fee to the terminal owner, linked to the amount of credit granted. This amount may not exceed the charge to customers for withdrawing cash on credit.

 The government estimates that more than 900 million cash withdrawal operations take place in Spain annually using more than 50,000 machines.

Don’t Poo Poo Animal Rights Protesters

October 4, 2015

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Over a  1,000 people demonstrating against animal abuse and neglect, accompanied by five hundred dogs, came together in Candelaria on Saturday.

Local council representatives and more than 30 animal rights groups representing the Canary Islands, attended the  rally organized by Gente Solidaria de Candelaria.
The participants paraded along the Candelaria sea-front  promenade  for an hour ending up  in front of the Punta Larga school where a manifesto was read out, seeking safety not just for dogs, but for all animals; in particular condemning bullfighting  and cockfighting which are still legal in Spain.
The event passed without notable incidents, although more than one owner shot off when it was time to pick up their pet’s poo, although Antonio Ordonez and others from People Solidarity Candelaria, made sure there were no unwanted presents left on the pavements after the rally.
Candelaria is  one of the areas in the Canary Islands with the most pets per number of inhabitants, and the Local Council does try to make life easier for owners with various initiatives such as creating a large public dog friendly park and automatic feeders for stray cats.