Photo: Adeje Ayuntamiento.
The British Consulate in Tenerife has launched a campaign with preventative messages aimed at making British visitors to the Canaries safe, and keeping them so. The campaign, Travel Aware, is supported by local authorities and regional organizations, and indeed at the presentation this morning in the Arona Gran Hotel were the heads of 112 Canarias, TFS Reina Sofia, and Ashotel, as well as representatives from the Policía Nacional and tourism departments from the main holiday areas in south Tenerife, and local British media.
The campaign has four main strands, encouraging visitors (and residents!) to be prepared before arriving with sufficient insurance for their holiday, and adequate research about any activities they are planning to carry out. Holidaymakers should also make an effort to be aware of their surroundings at all times – Tenerife is as much a victim to pickpockets and hugger muggers as any other popular tourist resort where people are relaxed and enjoying switching off.
One area where the Canaries has a sad reputation is in the sea, where the numbers who drown are among the worst in Spain. People are generally unaware of and unprepared for the conditions here, including undertow and a sea whose temperature is technically “cold”: these are not necessarily any problem provided people are informed in advance of how they can stay safe. Above all, be aware of the beach flags that fly to advise of safety levels, or whether there are lifeguards in place, or even a temporary problem with jellyfish! Please see my page HERE for official advice on Staying Safe in Tenerife’s Waters.
The presentation also stressed the facilities that were available for visitors who might need help, whether because they have lost a passport, or suffered a theft, or need medical assistance. Not least in this type of situation is a full awareness of the EHIC and hospital system in place in Tenerife (see HERE), and of course, the emergency procedures, including the all-important number to call – 112, the equivalent of the UK’s 999.
Two important sites for official information for travellers are UK help and services in Spain and Healthcare in Spain, both UK Government sites. The official campaign poster is below, and there is a range of further links on my Resources page HERE which include resources on safety of all sorts, including Consulate advice and information for victims of sexual assault.