Forest fires to impact on tourism? Independent – hiking in Madeira. Venezuelan loo paper crisis! Ferry petition.

Politics dominate the press at the moment with the local elections imminent. However the Diario’s “More” supplement last weekend featured an article entitled “From Green to Grey”, with shots of the aftermath of the recent fires above Monte and São Roque.

The newspaper notes that forest ............ more

First flood defences opened. Santa Cruz bankruptcy? No German business interest in Portugal.

First of three flood defence sytems opened

The President of the Regional Government convened the media on Friday to publicise an investment of € 2.75 million in four sets of dams intended to ensure that in future debris is trapped in the upper Ribeira de João Gomes, preventing any recurrence of the disastrous events due to the heavy rain ............ more

Back to work. Record business closures. Madeira voted best European island destination. Ryanair baggage charges.

Bit of a “back to work” feel about Funchal this week after most of the locals seem to have had most of August as holidays as usual. Schools still closed for another few weeks (I thought there were plans to reduce the length of the summer holiday here?). As per previous blogs there still seems ............ more

Portuguese tourism grows against forecasts. Illegal gambling on Madeira. TAP increases Gatwick flights.

Portuguese Tourism growth surprise

Some good news from Portugal News Online a couple of days ago:  The worst fears in the recession have proven unfounded and favourite holiday destinations across Portugal have all reported strong performances this year, and in some cases, occupancy levels have climbed by as much as ten per cent. ............ more

Fires above Monte, Funchal – Friday 16th August

The fire that broke out in the early hours of the morning (Friday) above the village of Monte became stronger towards lunchtime as intense heat and the wind made the flames spread (photo above courtesy of the Diario). Certainly it looked a serious incident when viewed from the Rapida early this ............ more

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