Fortified spirit, by Stuart Forster May 31, 2010
The walking festival was held in Madeira and neighboring Porto Santo in January, just before the floods. Gerry Sluiter runs a travel company called Nature Meetings, which employs 23 guides across the 57 km long and 22 km wide island. His guides, who lead walks along coastal tracks, deep within the thick woodland of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Laurisilva forest and up mountains such as Pico Areeiro and Pico Ruivo, played an important role in informing the authorities as to where repairs were needed. The co-operation has been highly effective. “Ninety nine per cent of Madeira’s tourism facilities are back to normal. All the hotels and excursion trips are back to normal,” said Sluiter.
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