Behind The Scenes at Reina Sofia Airport!

Updated 24 January 2019: I would just like to thank Clio O’Flynn of Adeje Ayuntamiento, and the council itself, for organizing the airport visit on behalf of the Focus group (a group of local residents who try to help the council achieve integration of English-speaking inhabitants). I thought it was an excellent visit which showed so many aspects of the considerations behind developing and running an airport – from charging points for electric vehicles to the area where the rubbish is sorted, the place where the emergency helicopter lands to transfer patients to waiting ambulances, the weather monitoring and prediction … and the wonderful falcons, hawks, owl and eagle that are used to keep the airfield free of birds and other prey to ensure maximum safety for aircraft landing and taking off.

This trip was way oversubscribed so I have no doubt at all that other trips will be organized for those who couldn’t be accommodated this time. And of course the Focus group intends organizing other outings to different places of interest too, giving a glimpse into how life goes on in Tenerife behind the scenes of things we don’t usually really think about in detail. Thanks to Clio, and Adeje Ayuntamiento … and to Aena who coordinated everything and permitted our group to take everyone through parts of the airport the public never normally sees. Meanwhile here are one or two of those wonderful birds!

Original post 5 December 2018: Have you ever stopped to wonder at how an airport actually works? For most of us who moved here from abroad, Reina Sofia Airport was most likely the first Tenerife landmark we ever knew. We are, no doubt, frequent visitors to the airport as we pick up and drop off our family and friends who come to visit. And there are millions of people who visit each year and pass through the doors of that airport.

But how does it work, and how important is it to the island’s tourism industry that it functions efficiently? Now is your chance to find out with Focus, the association for international residents in Adeje, which in collaboration with CIT Sur is organising a guided visit of the airport on January 24th. The visit will take in check-in, boarding, security, and the falconry section: the airport has trained falcons who are vitally important in keeping the take-off and landing zones free of wayward birds.

The visit will cost €2.50 per person (price includes breakfast). We are opening up the visit to anyone, not just in Adeje, who would like to take part, but places are limited. If you would be interested can you please send an email to focusadeje@gmail.com and include the name and NIF/NIE/Passport number of all those who will be joining us – this is for security reasons so please make sure you include the details for everyone included in the visit.

**PLEASE NOTE THAT THOSE ATTENDING SHOULD BRING THEIR ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS WITH THEM ON THE DAY BECAUSE THEY WILL BE PASSING THROUGH SECURITY AND ENTERING RESTRICTED ZONES**

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Fun in the Sun 2019 in Tenerife – F.A.Q

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Feeling the Buzz!!

My Wife (Corinne) and I have been coming to Tenerife for many years… In fact thats not the truth! I have been coming to Tenerife for some 20 plus years, my wife has only had the pleasure for the past 4 years.  But you would have thought she has been a resident of the island for more years, than I have been visiting.  I am set to return to the Island this weekend, for a brief solo trip, Corinne has Christmas shopping to do, which is safer done while I am out of the country.

Many of you know me as James ‘JJ’ Williams? DJ/Radio Presenter? Some as Director of Boogie Bunker Radio/BBR Tenerife 87.7FM? Both true, however I return to Tenerife this weekend for the Beta Launch, of a Brainchild of my Wife & I.

As I explained above, we have been coming to Tenerife for many years, and a couple of things always baffled us? One of the most crazy things we noticed, was the amount of people who were regular travellers from the UK to Tenerife! Now that doesn’t take much working out for the why’s? But what really blew us away was the fact that a large percentage of the UK travellers, went to the same resort? stayed in the same areas, and visited the same bars etc, each visit! We get the bit about, Liking what you like! But this was a little crazy!

We had a friend who for 20 years stayed in Los Cristiano’s, quite literally.. never left it! Hadn’t be to the Hard Rock Cafe (Los Americas)? So we had to find a solution, if not for our friend, but for anyone who travelled to Tenerife? And we created ‘Tenerife Buzz’!!

Now this was by no means an easy journey.. Although we are both Business Owners, nothing is straightforward!  There are many app’s out there, and most are a handy version of a website! which works, but didn’t do what we wanted to do! We went to developers, and they quoted a huge and unrealistic fee! But we were determined to find a solution, so that everyone could share some of the experiences we had?

I ran the idea by an old school friend, who introduced us to a sister, of another school friend? (Keep up, this gets good)! Who worked for a software company.. Bingo? Not really, but a step nearer! The Bingo bit comes, some weeks later, when the school friends sister quit, to go solo!  BINGO!! Tenerife Buzz was born, the app went into development!  Did I mention that my Wife, or I know anything about building an app, and played ‘Fortnite’ during a couple of those tech meetings.  But we know loads now! The reason for the app, for us was to show people around Tenerife, and show that the North is just as interesting as the South? The Climate may differ, but it has as much to offer, as the South of the island.  We also want to include those that were resident of the island! Not just Brit’s but locals, as well as tourists from other countries, so we wanted to make it as all inclusive as possible.  But at the heart of Tenerife, are the many Bars, and Restaurants, and Nightlife which make Tenerife so special.  So first we need to get all the business’ in Tenerife involved? That would be one long email? So you start will a business database, and add them to a map, and make the map the key feature!

 

Powered by Google our map is just one of the app’s clever features, but works just like google maps.  With the difference that when you click on a Buzz Icon the business will be able to give the user a host of information that google doesn’t offer? Ticket sales, Vouchers, goods, services, ie: if a Restaurant? you can book a table, read menu, or even watch a video of the venue? View other users reviews, and redeem vouchers/discounts! Even when you’re not in Tenerife, say the week before you travel?

Another clever map feature is ‘Drop a Pin’ (update in January).  Most people fear venturing out and about for fear of getting lost? Worry no more. open your map, lock your location – Drop a pin, and google will return you back to your hotel (with directions), if you want to find a Bar, or Restaurant you have been recommend? Search on our map for the place, Drop a pin, and get in a taxi, and the map will give you directions? Forgot where you parked your hire car? After all they are all white? Drop a Pin problem solved! Impressive? there’s More!

How do you sell, purchase, and make it all possible via an app? And make it secure, after all this is the internet, and Me and the wife didn’t sleep during that tech meeting? So how do you do it?

QR Codes! Everywhere you go there is a QR code… Even we have one?

Every Code is unique and therefore unique to you, or your business! It also allows us to integrate our system into any other system that is QR Code led! Currently bus tickets in Tenerife are run via a QR Code system, so maybe in the future you could use your app to purchase travel tickets, for bus journeys? But meanwhile we will make use of this system for discount vouchers, and for ticketing, but throughout 2019 new services will come online.

Back to the Beta, what is this Beta? What does it do? Well every app needs to iron out a few bugs, and with a clever app like Tenerife Buzz, there is a lot that needs testing! Secondly, we want to be fair to all business’ in Tenerife! We have a large database of all the business’ in Tenerife, and as with any database, business’ change ownership, move, or get rebuilt! So we want to give everyone the opportunity to take up their FREE LISTING! and make use of the Business Dashboard where they can give more detailed information on their business, and upload pictures, and videos if they wish, all for free.  We will have it available in the App Store & Google Play in the coming day’s, and will continue to work on the app features, right up until January 2019.  When we launch the full version of the app, with a full listing, and all the features.

Now… Back to my trip to Tenerife this weekend… Well someone has to test the mapping… I know we have staff in Tenerife? But my tan is in need of topping up? I am going to make a few tweaks to BBR Tenerife 87.7FM, which will make a great improvement to our range, and Sound quality, for our listeners in Tenerife, as well as online (also available on Magi boxes CH13).

Many of you know that Boogie Bunker Radio host an event in Tenerife every January, and this year is no different… Oh! Just Bigger!!

For further information visit the Boogie Bunker Radio Website

Before I close, I want to thank everyone who has worked hard to bring this project together.  The names are too numerous to mention, but Corinne and I are truly grateful for all your support.  To the Buzz Team, the best is yet to come… For the BBR Team UK & BBR Tenerife FM, we are about to bring the best week to Tenerife, Uniting the Island, Welcoming Visitors!

For the people of Tenerife… We hope that we will bring something to the island, for those that have been forgotten…

See you at the weekend, and don’t forget to come and say Holla!

 

James & Corinne Williams.

 

 

 

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Lenny Fontana Joins ‘Fun in the Sun 2019’ Tenerife!!

Boogie Bunker Radio & Tenerife Buzz, are pleased to announce Legendary DJ Lenny Fontana (Karmic Records).  Will be Headlining the DJ Lineup in Tenerife in January 2019.


Alongside Jazz-Funk Combo ‘Camera Soul’ bringing to a close a great evening of Live music, at the ‘Top Terrace’ at the legendary Hard Rock Cafe in Los Americas, Tenerife.

But this won’t be your only change to see Lenny Fontana on the Decks…. Saturday 19th January at Finca Serena, in Grandilla.  This unique venue will host ‘Under the Stars’ Weekend, and Lenny Fontana will Headline Saturday night, under the stars of Tenerife.

To be a part of these amazing events, on this amazing island…

Join us… FITS 2019 WRISTBAND £40, or via DJ’s (via BBR Website & Tenerife Buzz app from Nov).

Book your own Flight’s & Accommodation!!! or contact our Travel Consultant: Gemma (Travel) 

Under the Stars ticket info  Further information: boogiebunkerradio@gmail.com

Fun in the Sun 2019 OFFICIAL PROGRAMME.

Friday:  Finca Serena  – ‘Under the Stars’ – Weekender

Saturday: Finca Serena  – ‘Under the Stars’ – Weekender With Lenny Fontana & More!

SundayFinca Serena  –  ‘Under the Stars’ –  Weekender (Close)

               Le Club:  2pm-8pm

             Hard Rock Cafe  – DJ Session 9pm-2am

Monday: Hard Rock Hotel Beach Club/SIAM PARK 12-6pm

                 Monkey Beach Club 8pm-12pm

Tuesday: Hard Rock Cafe (Los Americas). 2-6pm FITS Launch

               Camera Soul LIVE at Hard Rock Cafe 8-9.30pm (after party the Top Terrace 9.30-2am)

Wednesday: Sunset Hard Rock Hotel  – 16th floor 6pm-12am

                       Parquet Santiago 6 – Loft Coffee & Food  – 5pm-11pm

Thursday: Hard Rock Cafe (Los Americas) – 2-6pm DJ Session

          Camera Soul LIVE at Hard Rock Cafe 8-9.30pm

          (after party the Top Terrace 9.30-2am) With Lenny Fontana (Karmic Records)

Friday:   Hard Rock Hotel Beach Club/SIAM PARK  – 12-6pm

               Parque Santiago 6 – Loft Coffee and food  5pm-11pm with Laser show & FITS 2018 Finale 

See Tenerife Buzz app for further ‘Secret’ Events!!

Boogie Bunker Radio & Tenerife Buzz in Partnership

FITS 2019 will be Broadcast LIVE on BBR 87.7FM & Worldwide On www.boogiebunkerradio.com

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FITS 2019 Tenerife – ‘Under the Stars’ Weekender!

Boogie Bunker Radio & Tenerife Buzz

Bring you ‘Fun in the Sun 2019’ in Glorious Tenerife.

For the first time ever in Tenerife, Boogie Bunker Radio brings you a Massive 30 hour Event!!

‘Under the Stars’  Friday 18th – Sunday 20th January 2019.

Held at Finca Serena, Tenerife.  (carrettera sur de Atogo a Granadilla 
38611 Atogo, Canarias, Spain)

This amazing venue in the hills of Granadilla, will host 3 day, Music event. As Part of BBR’s ‘Fun in the Sun 2019’.

A host of DJ’s from both the UK, Tenerife, Spain, Israel... Playing every Genre from House, Funk, Reggae, Soul, R&B, and much more!!

€30 Euros Weekend Pass,  €20 Euros Saturday, €10 Day Pass (Fri/Sun Breakfast).

FITS 2019 WRISTBANDS HOLDERS FREE!!

Tickets: https://www.ticketarena.co.uk/events/Under-the-Stars?_ga=2.258572618.132327749.1540467751-2020768844.1540467749

Thanks to Finca Serena & Tenerife Buzz we can now off you, an Exclusive offer!!!

Fri-Sun:

3 nights + 3 Breakfast English/Spanish, 3 Dinner or Lunch, 2 Trips Beach & Vulcan Teide, FREE Airport Transfer! PLUS

Yoga, Sensitive Aromatic Tour, Kinder-garden, Massage, Hammock Area, Recycle Art, Craft Market, all on site!

ALL THE ABOVE – PRICE DEPENDANT ON ACCOMMODATION CHOICE..

Under the Stars Glamping : €80 excluding flights – Fri-Monday (am) Max 100

Hostel 6 sharing/10 sharing: €110 excluding flights –  Fri-Monday (am) Max 16

Hostel Double Room 2 sharing: €110 excluding flight – Fri-Monday (am) Max 8

Posh Glamping by arrangement Domes Available on request

for further information: Gemma Holderness

gemma.holderness@travelcounsellors.com or 07976968497

or boogiebunkerradio@gmail.com

 

There’s More!!

Thanks to Tenerife Buzz… If you book before 20th November you will receive 20% discount on Glamping, and if you book before December 15th, only 10% discount.  All the above price’s include entry to all weekend events!!

Kick off your FITS 2019 in Style!!

Fun in the Sun 2019 with Boogie Bunker Radio & Tenerife Buzz

Boogie Bunker Radio & BBR Tenerife 87.7FM will broadcast LIVE from FITS 2019 Tenerife
 
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