Spanish islands to benefit from “Intelligent Island” funding plan

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TRAVEL GAZETTE – The Spanish islands of Mallorca, Fuerteventura, and El Hierro will receive a total of just over 19 million euros (21 million U.S. dollars) between them as part of the Spanish ministry of industry and tourism’s “intelligent island initiative,” the ministry has confirmed.

The three projects receiving the money aim to improve public services and reduce the negative effects of insularity which can happen with island life.

Mallorca will receive 8.9 million euros as part of the “Smart Island Mallorca” project, which aims for the technological management of the largest of the Balearic Islands while also promoting a series of actions aimed at promoting year-round tourism.

This will see the digital transformation of the Mallorca tourist office and the installation of interactive information panels and public Wi-Fi hotspots which will allow for the analysis of tourism numbers.

The smallest of the Balearic Islands, Fuerteventura, will receive 6.5 million euros for the “Fuerteventura Open i-Sland” initiative which will improve digital public services, hardware infrastructure, and a project named “Project iLight”, which is a vertical service for the management of solid waste.

The final strand of the plan will give 3.5 million euros to El Hierro in the Canary Islands, which aims to increase sustainability, intelligent government, and security, while improving the response to emergency situations. (1 euro = 1.11 U.S. dollars)

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