Inauguration of the new British Consul

September 18th, 2008 - 6:15 pm Posted in British Ambassador to Spain, Denise Holt, helen watson, ibiza, meg munn, xico tarres | Comments (0)

Thats what it said on the tin…

In actualité it meant that Xico Tarres (President of the Island Council), Mrs Meg Munn (British Secretary of State for Consular Affairs), Denise Holt (British Ambassador to Spain) and Helen Watson (British Consul) had a “do” down at the existing British Consul and unveiled a plaque to commemorate the day. Security was tight and there were no riff raff – but we got in and we did spot an island couple who were probably trying to bend the ear of Xico…

Andy, I put a shirt on for the first time this year – you could’ve :)

After the typical english muck up of the pulling of the curtain of the plaque went wrong there was a q and a with the local press. Both Mrs Munn and Mr Tarres went to great lengths to emphasise how important british tourists are to the island.

We have to review the recording of it but the penultimate question didn’t seem to go down that well but being british we wouldn’t let the press conference end on a downer so I asked Xico Tarres about Winter Tourism and whether they would be working with the consul for the UK market.

Here’s the audio of the question and answer: click here
To paraphrase:
“We are expanding on the spanish scheme that subsidises spanish pensioners to come to ibiza in the winter and will be expanding it so the english, french, german and italian pensioners will be coming over in winter 2009″

so thats the islands answer to winter tourism…

Fair play to Mrs Munn, she arrived last night after a 4 hour plane delay, went to san an’s west end and then went to amnesia….

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Xico Tarres, Meg Munn, Denise Holt
Meg Munn unveils the plaque
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Xico Tarres, Meg Munn and Helen Watson
let’s have some cava…

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