The Canary Islands start their winter season with great success

Lehdistötiedotteet   •   Loka 26, 2020 12:57 EET

The Canary Islands start their winter season with great success

The Canary Islands started their winter season on 23 October. During the weekend, more than 125 international flights from different European countries arrived at the Canarian airports. The following factors have allowed this relaunch:

EU Recommendation[i]

On 13 October, EU Member States adopted a Council Recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The Recommendation sets out five key areas where Member States will coordinate their efforts:

  • A common mapping system, updated weekly, in a variety of colours depending on the risk in a given region (green, orange, red, grey).
  • Common criteria for Member States when deciding whether to introduce travel restrictions, based on incidence (new cases in 100,000 people in the last 14 days) and in percentage of positive tests over the previous week.
  • More clarity on the measures applied to travellers from higher-risk areas (testing and self-quarantine).
  • Providing clear and timely information to the public.
  • Protection of the free movement rights when travelling in the EU during the pandemic, based in the following recommendations:
  • ØTravel from ‘green’ regions without any restrictions.
  • ØAlways allowed to go back to the Member State of nationality or residence.
  • ØNot discrimination.
  • ØAny measures restricting free movement must be proportionate, and the EU citizens should not – in principle – be refused entry.
  • ØWhen travelling from a zone other than ‘green’, the Member State of arrival could ask to undergo quarantine and/or undergo a coronavirus test after arrival.
  • ØPossibility of substitution of the test after arrival by a test carried out before departure.
  • ØTravelers may have to submit passenger locator forms when travelling to another Member State.
  • ØPeople travelling because of an essential function or need will not be required to undergo quarantine.


Good epidemiological situation on the Canary Islands[ii]

Since the end of the first episode of COVID-19 in the months of April and May, and especially since the start of the new rebound in August, the Canary Islands took preventive measures and reinforced their diagnostic, tracking and isolation capabilities, which has allowed them to maintain control of the pandemic. Thus, as of 26 October, the Canary Islands, as a whole, had a Cumulative Incidence of 82 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, a figure much lower than the one of Spain as a whole (362), and lower than those of other countries such as Belgium (1243), France (521), United Kingdom (383), Denmark (120), Sweden (117) or Germany (119). Furthermore, on several of the islands, the rate was lower than 25. On the other hand, the overall percentage of positivity in the tests carried out remained below 4 %.


Safe travel corridors, group insurance and other security measures

The regional government of the Canary Islands, in coordination with the Government of Spain, has taken different measures to reactivate tourism in a safe way, without putting visitors or residents at risk.

Thus, on 9 October, the central government and the regional governments of the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands agreed on an protocol to establish safe travel corridors with European countries. This protocol establishes, among other measures, tests at origin and test at destination for the travellers when returning to their countries (in this case, free for the tourists) if the cumulative incidence in the European region of origin is greater than 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Reyes Maroto, Minister of Tourism of Spain, pointed out that "the protocols are a useful instrument to reach agreements with our European partners that allow us to recover mobility and reactivate tourist flows in safe conditions".

In addition, if a tourist tests positive while being on holidays, the regional government of the Canary Islands has signed a group insurance policy to cover medical expenses, or any expenses due to isolation, extension of stay, or any other kind that may occur. Likewise, it has set up spaces and complementary measures to guarantee, in such cases, adequate isolation for those who may be in that situation.

The Canary Islands have been working in the recent months on the development and implementation of health security protocols for all the tourist establishments and services (the "Canarias Fortaleza" project)[iii], which provides different grants to hotels and other accommodation centers to properly implement these measures.


Arrival of tourists from different European countries. Tour operators and airlines

In Germany, on 22 October, the Robert Koch Institute decided to remove the Canary Islands from areas considered at risk due to their rates of incidence of coronavirus, so the German government has lifted its recommendation not to travel to the Islands.

On the same date, the British Minister of Transport, Grant Shapps, confirmed that they would include the Canary Islands among the destinations considered safe, which has already been done by the UK Government.

Over half of the 13.2 million international tourists who visited the Canary Islands last year came from just two countries: 5 million tourists from the United Kingdom (37 % of the total) and 2.6 million tourists from Germany (20 %).

Several tour operators, airlines and countries are also considering restoring the trips to the Canary Islands without the obligation of self-quarantine upon return. Thus, the tour operator Ving (Nordic Leisure Travel Group) has resumed its flights to the Canary Islands from Sweden with, initially, four weekly flights (one to Tenerife and three to Gran Canaria), and is considering offering its customers the possibility of a voluntary antigen test at the departure airports, with an approximate cost of 50 €. The tour operator plans to move 179,000 Nordic tourists to the Canary Islands from October to March.

Other tour operators and airlines, such as TUI, Condor, Jet2, EasyJet, Ryanair, Wizzair, Lufthansa (from Tallin and from Germany) and British Airways have already scheduled 70 new flights for this week to the Islands, with about 13,000 seats, which are expected to increase significantly in the coming weeks. Several European countries, such as Austria, Belgium, France, Portugal or the Czech Republic do not currently have any travel restrictions to the Canary Islands, and it is expected that other countries adopt the same criteria in the coming days.

Last year, a total of 350,000 Finns travelled to the Canary Islands; of these, 193,000 did so through “travel packages” sold by tour operators or travel agencies.

Please check the attached PDF for statistic details.


[i] https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/factsheet_-_coronavirus_-_a_coordinated_approach_to_measures_restricting_free_movement_in_the_eu.pdf

[ii]https://grafcan1.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/156eddd4d6fa4ff1987468d1fd70efb6

https://cnecovid.isciii.es/covid19/

[iii]https://turismodeislascanarias.com/en/global-tourism-safety-lab/

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Spanish Government agrees protocols with the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands to establish travel corridors

Lehdistötiedotteet   •   Loka 15, 2020 16:13 EEST

Protocols by Spanish Ministry of Industry, Trade & Tourism to reactivate tourism

Spanish Government agrees protocols with the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands to establish travel corridors

- Protocol includes testing in source country and in destination when the accumulated infection rate is more than 50 per 100.000 residents.

- The protocols have been established as a key measure to reach agreements with key source markets for the reactivation of tourism.

12.10.20. The Spanish government has reached an agreement with the regional executives of the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands on a protocol to establish travel corridors with European countries. The agreement has been established to allow the mobility of travellers in order to reactivate tourism in the two Spanish archipelagos without putting the public at risk.

“The protocols are a useful measure to reach agreements with our European partners to allow us to recover mobility and reactivate the flow of tourists with safe conditions”, announced the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, at the end of a videoconference that was held with the presidents of the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres and Francina Armengol, respectively. The secretaries of state for tourism, Fernando Valdés; health, Silvia Cazón; and ‘Global Spain’, Manuel Muñiz also participated in the meeting.

The Minister thanked all the participants for the intense work carried out by the teams from the three ministries involved, and from both regional governments in the working group which was established to create these protocols. "These protocols are the first and we hope to be able to extend them to other popular tourism destinations within Spain’s mainland", stated Maroto.

The agreed protocol sets out that any traveller arriving in the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands from a destination with an Accumulated Incidence (AI) of 50 or less per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days should not undergo any test on arrival at any of the airports within the archipelagos. Those who arrive from destinations with an AI greater than 50 will have to present a negative diagnostic test for active infection carried out a maximum of 48 hours before the flight.

Before departing the islands, all travellers must undergo a diagnostic test for active infection 48 hours prior to the return flight. These tests will be carried out in centres assigned by the health authorities, at no cost to the tourist. If the test is positive, the tourist will not be allowed to fly and will have to quarantine in the destination.

The governments of the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands will cover the associated costs for the tourist if they receive a positive test and are required to quarantine, providing a series of allocated accommodation for this purpose. Healthcare or hospitalisation would also be covered where necessary. The working group that has established this protocol for tourism corridors has confirmed that the two archipelagos have the necessary capacities to adopt these measures.

Covid radar in multiple languages

To promote this initiative, special campaigns will be developed in a range of languages with the translation of materials currently underway.

These tourist corridors are complementary to the recommendations that the European Council is expected to approve next week, which seeks to standardize epidemiological criteria and the rules to restrict travel between EU countries.

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Six Spanish videos are running for the title of World’s Best Tourism Film

Lehdistötiedotteet   •   Loka 13, 2020 10:41 EEST

Six Spanish videos are running for the title of World’s Best Tourism Film


The online competition to choose the World’s Best Tourism Film - CIFFT “People’s Choice” Award 2020, runs till 25th October. The initiative by the International Committee of Tourism Film aims to let people discover new tourist destinations through video and vote for their favourite. In this third edition, there are 31 candidate videos from 16 countries. Among them, there are six Spanish productions.

The videos “Help” y “Tú me acostumbraste”, by Ayuntamiento de Madrid; “Hunger for Experiences”, by Diputación de Pontevedra – Turismo Rías Baixas; “Magic Cordoba”, by Patronato Provincial de Turismo de Córdoba; “The Captain”, by Patronato Municipal de Turismo de Conil; and “Toledo Alfonso X” by Ayuntamiento de Toledo; represent Spain in the CIFFT “People’s Choice” Award 2020 competition, which aims at drawing attention to the huge potential of video for the promotion of tourist destinations and for creating bonds with visitors.

The videos in Spanish show to the public the diversity and variety of the tourism experiences in the country with creative messages, sounds and images that take your breath away.

Tourism is considered one of the main drivers of the Spanish economy. During the last years, the country has invested more and more in the promotion of its tourism assets and has being using video as a tool for it. As a result, they have won many international awards in the best tourism film festivals in the world, which are part of the Grand Prix CIFFT Circuit, the “Oscars” for tourism.

According to Alexander V. Kammel, CIFFT director, “it is time for the public to discover and vote for the videos that are increasing the bar for excellence in the promotion of tourist destinations, products and services. The Grand Prix CIFFT Circuit, together with the CIFFT "People's Choice" Award is the biggest competition in the industry of tourism video and your vote can make a difference when choosing the best one".

If you want to watch all the videos running for the CIFFT “People’s Choice” Award 2020 and vote for your favourite, visit www.cifft.com/cast-your-vote. The winner will be announced on 26th October on the CIFFT website and its social networks.

About CIFFT

Created in 1989, CIFFT brings together the world's best tourism film festivals in a unique initiative – the Grand Prix CIFFT Circuit – that aims at recognising and rewarding the best tourism audio visual productions.

CIFFT has 17 festivals all over the world, including Los Angeles, New York, Cannes, Zagreb, Riga, Berlin and Portugal, amongst others. Spain is also represented in the circuit by the terres Travel Festival – Films & Creativity, which takes place takes every year in Tortosa, the capital of the Terres de l’Ebre region, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2013. The event is organised by Filmsnòmades, and supported by the Ayuntamiento de Tortosa.

The mission of CIFFT is the promotion of the creativity and economic development of the Travel Video Marketing Industry related to the promotion of tourist destinations, products and services. In partnership with the endorsers - UNWTO (World Tourism Organization), ETC (European Travel Commission), CTO (Caribbean Tourism Organization), and CATA (Centro America Tourism Association) – CIFFT works to encourage tourism destinations to achieve the excellence in promoting their products, services, and locations using video.

The online competition to choose the World’s Best Tourism Film - CIFFT “People’s Choice” Award 2020, runs till 25th October. The initiative by the International Committee of Tourism Film aims to let people discover new tourist destinations through video and vote for their favourite. In this 3rd edition, there are 31 candidate videos from 16 countries. Among them, there are six Spanish productions.

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"Espanjasta, Suomalaisia Odottaen"

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The third number of the Spanish Tourist Office magazine, titled “Espanjasta, Suomalaisia Odottaen” is now available. Follow the link to gain full access to the newest content about Spain.

Seminar on Present Spanish Architecture at Helsinki Central Library Oodi. 16th October. 18:00

Uutiset   •   Loka 15, 2019 16:43 EEST

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Elä ja koe Espanja - now available

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Exhibition Suomalaiset Espanjassa (Finlandeses en España) at Think Corner in Helsinki

Lehdistötiedotteet   •   Syys 29, 2017 13:04 EEST

The Spanish Tourist Office in Helsinki is hosting the exhibition “Suomalaiset Espanjassa (Finlandeses en España)” which will be open to the public at the basement of the Think Corner – Tiedekulma from the 9th to the 16th of October, 2017.

Katse Suomesta Espanjaan

Uutiset   •   Heinä 25, 2017 12:57 EEST

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