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Customs free area for Tenerife.
The installation of a Type II Zona Franca in Tenerife, which would allow trouble free import and export facilities, could become a reality by September of this year.
The Spanish Minister of Inland Revenue, Pedro Solbes, explained that unlike the Type I Zona Francas installed in Barcelona, Vigo, Cadiz and Gran Canaria, the planned area for Tenerife would not be surrounded by protection barriers. This would allow the free movement of imports without passing through customs and the tax free export of produce to other countries, in particular Africa and America.
News of the Zona Franca was well received by the island Cabildo which considers the move to be positive for the island since the economy will be boosted and many jobs will be created. Furthermore, the Zona Franca will not be limited to the Santa Cruz area since it will be possible to designate the zone anywhere on the island.

Conference could see an increase in German tourists

The managing director of the German Association of Tour Operators and Travel Agents (DRV), Gerhard Au, visited the island last week to inspect for himself the possible venues for the group’s 2006 convention before announcing his choice on 4 August.
Cabildo vice-president and island councillor for Tourism and Planning, Jose Manuel Bermudez, explained that the convention, which should lead to a notable boost in the number of German tourists visiting the island, will be held at the Piramides de Arona or the Conference Centre of Adeje.
The main objective of Au’s visit was to collect all the information necessary for his executive committee to make an informed decision about the main venue and to compile information about nearby hotels as more than 800 travel professionals will be requiring accommodation for the duration of conference.
During his visit, at which Alberto Bernab�, president of Turismo de Tenerife, Ashotel president Pedro Luis Cobeilla, Adeje’s tourism councillor Miguel Angel Santos and various hoteliers for the south of Tenerife were also present, Au expressed his satisfaction with what the island had to offer along with the quality of the services available and the general professionalism of the sector.

Cash boost creates job opportunities
A total of 47 currently unemployed people are to be taken on by the town hall of Arona to work on local government projects. The contracting of the unemployed has been made possible due to a cash injection of more than 236,000 euros, 70% of which has been provided by European funds.
The money was granted to the local government’s Employment and Development Agency to be used for local development projects. 
Arona’s employment councillor, Agueda Fumero, explained that the newly contracted workers will be assigned various different jobs within the borough. Twelve people will carry out improvement works on the borough’s garden areas, the road sides and open spaces with the aim of making Arona more attractive for both residents and tourists.
Another thirteen workers will be given the task of updating the municipal census data base which has changed dramatically in recent times due to the growth in the local population.
Furthermore six sports monitors, three children’s entertainers, two teachers, a general helper, a specially qualified technician, four care workers and two assistants will organise and carry out summer activities for children in the various areas of the borough. Another team will also be available to support and helping local families with specific problems as well as work on improving the local schools.
Lastly, two architects plus a helper, will be given the responsibility of assessing the accessibility of the borough from the point of view of the handicapped and those with mobility problems. The team will identify and eliminating architectural barriers with the objective of making the borough accessible for everyone. 

Special protection plans approved
The Canarian Archipelago, along with the Galapagos Islands and the Baltic sea, will soon be joining the Australian Grand barrier reef and the Florida keys in that the waters around the islands will be classified as an ‘Especially Fragile Maritime Zone’, ZMES, from the end of 2006.
The proposal to classify the waters, originally made in December 2003, was approved by the International Maritime Organisation on 18 July and will come into force around December 2006.
According to the International Maritime Organisation, a ZMES area is one of recognised scientific and ecological interest which could suffer damage due to maritime activity and as such requires special protection.
Specific areas, such as the north of Lanzarote, the southeast of Tenerife, the south east of Gran Canaria, the coasts of La Palma and El Hierro, will also be designated for use only by fishermen using traditional methods and inter island ferries and their use by other vehicles will be prohibited.
It will also become obligatory to notify the authorities of any passing petrol tankers.

Revamp for Las Chafiras.
Las Chafiras is to be remodelled with a budget of almost one million euros which has been set aside by the Tenerife Cabildo to carry out the improvement work.
Cabildo vice president and island councillor or Tourism and Planning, Jose Manuel Bermudez, explained that work will be carried out on both sides of the TF-1 at the Las Chafiras turn off and along the TF-655 which runs from Las Chafiras to Guaza.
An eighteen month time limit has been set for the work, which comes under the Tourism Infrastructures Plan, and will include improvements to the green areas, road surfaces, drainage systems and electricity supplies, as well as the construction of a small tourist information office with a parking area. The present taxi and bus stops will also be relocated under the scheme.
The motorway filter road, which comes under the Plan for the Improvement of Tourist Areas, will also be improved.
The improvement works will be jointly financed by the island government and the Tourism & Transport Department of the Canarian Government and supplemented by a contribution from the local town hall of San Miguel.

Local women’s service provides a valuable service
Arona’s Women’s Unit, which was set up four months ago to help deal with a wide variety of problems suffered by the women in the borough from domestic violence to discrimination at work, has attended to a total of 183 women to date.
The local Social Services councillor, Marta Melo, explained that the unit offers social, legal and psychological help to women who experience problems with their partners, who suffer emotional crisis or who experience problems finding work, etc.
Marta Melo also explained that the borough has a Teleasistencia system for victims of domestic violence who, thanks to an agreement signed between IMSERSO and FEMP, are equipped with a localisation device which permits 24 hour contact with the support centre where staff are trained to give immediate help.






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