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Arona and Adeje in joint call to Canary Government for better infrastructure  

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Arona and the other municipalities of the south of Tenerife live in the 21st century but have infrastructures of the 20th, it has been claimed.

Local politicians have hit home their case for improvements to the newly appointed Tourism Advisor for the Canary Government, Isaac Castellano.

He was making his first official visit to the region and was greeted by the Mayor of Arona, José Julián Mena and the councillors for tourism of Arona and Adeje.

They stressed the necessity of a greater capacity of decision-making by the tourist municipalities in the policies of the Government of the Canary Islands, to address the problems of mobility of the Region, the involvement of the Executive in the acquisition of investments, greater support to improve airport facilities and holiday rental regulation.

They hoped the meeting signalled a new framework of relations in tourism with the Government of the Canary Islands.

The new tourism advisor said he fully backed the concept of “direct contact with the rest of the institutions” and, especially, “with the municipalities that have a significant tourist weight.”

Sr. Mena said he was confident that the first meeting “is not the last, since our municipality has always bet on the need for active cooperation between institutions.”

Both the mayor and the tourism councillors of Arona and Adeje raised several issues considered priorities for their municipalities, such as the need to regulate holiday rentals, considered to be harming residents looking to rent a home. They also called on the Government of the Canary Islands to invest in infrastructures, as well as giving greater support  to the improvement of the airport facilities of Tenerife Sur.

“Arona and the other municipalities of the southern region live in the 21st century, but we have an infrastructure of the last century, so we expect that in the two years that remain of the legislature, some of the investments that we consider fundamental will materialise,” said Sr. Mena.

Both the mayor and the councillors responsible for tourism defended the need for tourism municipalities to have a greater weight of decision-making on the policies that the Canary Islands government rules on and have called for greater support from the Executive to the events they organise, as well as improving the training of the local population so people can access the jobs generated by tourism.

The visit of the Minister of Tourism also saw the presentation of a copy of the Declaration of Arona, which sets the guidelines for the sustainability of tourism destinations around the world and was approved at the recent International Conference on Sustainability of Destinations Tourist, which was held in the municipality.

“Sr. Castellano has shown his interest in the commitment that Arona has made to deepen its policies as a sustainable tourist destination and has ensured that this line coincides fully with what it intends to implement in the Ministry of which he is the holder,” said a council spokesman.