Christmas lights with more technology

… from December 1st

Christmas lights with more technology feature in the press

The centre of Funchal will be lighting up again from December 1st with extensive use of new technologies incorporated into the traditional Christmas lights, according to JM. There will be places, such as Largo do Chafariz, where visitors can change the colours of the Christmas lights. Rua do Aljube and Largo do Phelps will have video images. The Municipal Garden will have a “magical forest” and a new Christmas train. I am sure I have heard some of this before somewhere….

The front page also highlights humanized artificial intelligence. The Altice Conference taking place this week, foresees a future with more artificial intelligence, but without neglecting human resources. Regional Secretary for Health and Civil Protection, Pedro Ramos envisages hospitals at home. Alberto Oculista already sells thousands of personalized glasses. Jorge Sequeira, a director at Altice values ​​the well-attended event.

In Tourism, Porto Santo Chamber has rejected ecotax. President Nuno Batista justifies the option with the differences of the golden island, which, to be fair, is very much the case. Having been in Porto Santo for the last week it is evident how the tourism industry remains very seasonal, unlike its larger neighbour, with activity dropping off as the high season draws to a close. Despite recent efforts to increase year-round traffic, it is not making a big impact, although there are noticeably more northern Europeans around.

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6 thoughts on “Christmas lights with more technology”

  1. Oh, dear, this sounds horrendous! The lights as they have always been are fine and provide a lovely atmosphere. If people want disney-type lights, let them go to Disneyland/world/whatever.

    As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke..

    I rather fear that Madeira is looking an increasingly less attractive destination for a holiday.

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  2. Caroline, we have seen the best of Madeira! They will keep tinkering with it, horrendous cable car in Nun’s Valley for instance, until the bubble bursts assisted by global warming and high winds preventing aircraft from landing!

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    • I fear you are right. We are definitely having second thoughts – mentally battling between memories of many happy holidays spent there urging us to go again and the fear that reality will spoil all that! We have grave doubts about recommending it to others, too. Such a shame.

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      • If people are having second thoughts about Madeira I would suggest looking to the Azores. Nine beautiful islands unspoilt by mass tourism. Start with São Miguel, the largest island with lots to see. Then try Terceira followed by Pico or Faial. Lovely wines from Pico, cheeses from São Jorge & São Miguel.

        Reminders of old Madeira, similar architecture, pavements of black & white stones etc.

        Also, English spoken just about everywhere due to historical links to UK, Canada & USA.

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        • Thanks, yes we have stayed on São Miguel and have looked to going to the other islands, but direct flights from the U.K. are virtually non-existent and we don’t want the hassle of changing planes. But thanks for the thought. São Miguel is certainly a lovely island.

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  3. Well I don’t know where this people stay but if they stay in urban areas particular in these places it is more than obvious that this type of situation will be happening with the encounter more tourists . What they aspect ? And like I said many time the tourist shouldn’t book only accommodation in Funchal or other urban areas there is more places around of the island where it is complete unspoiled . As far the rest the Christmas lights and the other decorations that they do that beside is a tradition and also is part of their culture . Ant it seems that some people think that the locals should be living from what fresh air and nothing else ? And return to the old times when when was less developed with higher employment and less quality of live ? The only thing I can advise when visiting the island go beyond of the urban areas explore the other areas like the rural areas or even stay in them it is the only way of seeing that isn’t spoiled with mass tourism like many people like to imply .

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