Public meeting and “illegal letting” lobbying association announcement
Update 14 March: Just a reminder that this meeting is tomorrow morning at 10am. We hope to see as many there as possible.
Update 9 March: The asociación papers were signed today and will be formally presented and registered on Monday. Its fundamental principles state that it represents the interests of everyone affected by this legislation, including property owners, business people, investors, property professionals, the entertainment and catering industry, taxi drivers, and so on. The asociación’s express aims are to counter the damage caused by this law and its recent enforcement, to promote Tenerife positively and specifically to encourage and welcome tourists, and to get the law changed.
To these ends, the asociación will be lobbying the press as well as Turismo itself. Contact will be made over the next few days with television channels and newspapers, both Canarian and English. Many have noted that there has been little coverage in the press of this legislation and its enforcement, but they will have seen coverage given to Turismo’s figures of hotel occupancy and the amount they expect to raise from fines imposed on “illegal rentals”. Now, the other side will be presented, including the damaging cost to Tenerife itself of these inspections and sanctions.
There will also be a petition to change the law. Under the Spanish Constitution, 15,000 signatures are needed to apply for a change in a law, and the asociación hopes to gather many more than this. Once this figure is reached, formal procedures will be put in place to make the application for legislative change. There will be more details on this in the near future.
The asociación will be presented at the public meeting on 15 March as announced previously. For the moment, I can confirm that it comprises:
- Maria Ereza Blasco, ex Turismo, now with Clear Blue Skies – President
- Santiago Saenz, lawyer – secretary
- José Escobedo, lawyer – secretary
- Paul Ruane, Los Gigantes Properties
Update 7 March: The public meeting on 15th March will take place at 10am at CDTCA, the Centro de Desarrollo Turístico Costa Adeje (Costa Adeje Touristic Development Centre). This is based in Calle las Jarcias, in the El Galeon area of Adeje. I’ve added a googlemap above to help locate this. The roundabout that can be seen on the TF1 bottom left is the main Adeje exit.
Original post 5 March: There is to be a public meeting on 15 March with regard to the illegal letting situation. Turismo will not be attending, but this will be a meeting of interested parties in order to discuss ways forward. A formal lobbying “asociación” has also now been registered, with its own articles dedicated to fighting the enforcement of this legislation. Further details on time and place of meeting to follow, as well as a report on the meeting after it has taken place, together with further information about the asociación and the steps it will be taking.
This is now a new thread for this and future update posts on the lobbying asociación because this is now looking to the future and a co-ordinated attempt to make an impact on government policy, rather than discussing the simple fact of the Turismo campaign. The two other threads with all the past posts are HERE (original thread) and HERE (continuation thread).