Record number of cruise passengers. Court points finger at Jardim. easyJet debacle. TAP credit card rip-off. Ships horn “concert” for New Years Eve

Record cruise passenger numbers and revenues for 2012:


More than 511,000 “tourists in transit” passed through the port of Funchal until November pouring into the regional economy an estimated 40,880,00 euros.

This is based on studies showing that a cruise tourist spends, on average, during their visit to Madeira, 80 euros, five euros more ............ more

Possible ferry link with Canaries? Criminal inquiry into concealment of public debts in Madeira? “Saving Elkanah Merrell”. WalkMe app for iPhone fixed.

Ultraperipheries of MEPs are not unanimous about the viability of a line as the Weapons.  PHOTO ASPRESS

According to the Diario on Wednesday, two MEPs from the Canaries revealed yesterday in Brussels that their islands remain keen to establish direct and regular maritime links with Madeira, through a ‘ferry’ service similar to that provided until January this year by Naviera Armas, admitting ............ more

Casino payout. easyJet “assault”. Troika loan.

In a statement to the media the Casino da Madeira announced that on November 29, at around 22.30, slot machine no 181 02 in their games room paid out a jackpot of 39,062.96 euros to Miguel Pires who was playing the game ‘Wild Gold’. Wonder what he spent the 96 cents on?

The statement also ............ more

Jardim proposes to stand down in 2015. “Unwise” European spending in Madeira. Portugal to quit Euro(vision).

AJJ to resign no later than Jan 2015

During his opening speech to the Congress of the PSD-M, Alberto João Jardim, has announced that he will leave the presidency of the Regional Government in January 2015, nine months before the regional elections.

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The next congress of the PSD-M is scheduled for ............ more

Palácio Hotel project postponed. Population increase. New levada walking “App”. Transport downturn.

Madeira Palácio rebuild cancelled

A Lignum, Investimento Turísticos da Madeira, do not know if they can continue with the works of Madeira Palácio, one of the original 5-Star hotels on the island, where I was lucky enough to stay on my first visit to the island in 1990. Unfortunately it looks like it will now stay as a half demolished ............ more

Dengue outbreak latest update.Tuna catches increase. Airport privatisation confirmed.


Dengue fever latest:

The most recent figures are reported in the Diario today:

“Since October 3, 1,357 cases of dengue fever have cumulatively been reported in the Region, of which 669 were laboratory confirmed and 688 are probable (only with symptoms, some awaiting laboratory confirmation). These numbers are part ............ more

Dengue latest. Storm damage photos. Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 meet up!

Wet weather encourages an increase in the number of mosquitos.

The recent wet spell seems to have brought out a final flurry of mosquitos – certainly in the Funchal area. Visitors are advised to follow the precautions outlined in previous posts (preferably not any of the more humorous suggestions – but please send photos if you decide to try!!). Hopefully ............ more

Portugália Restaurant. Condé Nast second place for Madeira. Sovereign debt rate rises. Madeira singled out by IMF

Apologies for the lack of postings just recently, due to a short trip to Lisbon. This gave us the opportunity to visit one of our favourite restaurant chains – Portugália – which unfortunately does not have a presence in Madeira. Traditional Portuguese fare dominates the menu (at a very reasonable ............ more

Council attempts to stop more work on the seafront. Madeira “poorest” region in Portugal. Jardim accused of “hallucinating”.

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It looks like the Regional Government and the City of Funchal are falling out!

The councillors of Funchal Municipal Council yesterday morning unanimously approved a resolution that prohibits the simultaneous opening of two sets of works in the city centre (one in Ribeira de S. João and other downriver ............ more

Dengue fever latest. New wave of austerity measures. Cameron to veto EU budget?

New wave of austerity measures

Amid growing unrest, Portugal’s Finance Minister Vitor Gaspar unveiled details recently of a new wave of austerity measures, aimed at reducing the country’s deficit and appeasing its bail-out creditors. Keen to secure the next tranche of international aid from Portugal’s bail-out agreement, ............ more

Floods, Fires, and now Dengue Fever.

Directorate General of Health admits dengue outbreak in Madeira

I really don’t want to be the harbinger of bad news again for this island, but there is no way that this story is not going to make headlines – witness the comments section on the latest post last night. What must be emphasised to visitors is that the mosquito “season” is virtually over.

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“Bug” identified, TAP privatisation, World Jet Ski championship,

Moves to prevent privatisation of TAP

Members of the PCP parliamentary party in the National Assembly of Portugal will propose an initiative on the 19th of October aimed at preventing the privatisation of TAP. If I am not mistaken this could conflict with the asset-disposal conditions of the EU bail-out? Mind you, TAP have been trying ............ more

Santa Cruz homes rebuilt after fires, Marine biodiversity, Macaronesia, Tourism awards, Ronaldo again!

Two months after the fires that ravaged and devastated parts of the Municipality of Santa Cruz, the town executive promoted a visit on Tuesday morning to four homes that are being targeted for reconstruction with the help of “solidarity, not the State”.

Although pleased with the donations ............ more

Porto Santo beach award. Bravacar. New weekly Berlin flight. Mail Online. Venezuela. Portuguese PM uses Facebook to announce more austerity!

The beach of Porto Santo has just been voted the best in the category of “Portugal Dunes”. It was one of three finalists (the two other beaches were on the mainland at Carvalhal and Ilha de Tavira – I know the latter well – a lovely spot!) in a national contest of “7 Wonders”, which ............ more

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