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Read the Costa Blanca News – Wednesday 11 October 2023

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Foreign tourism boost

Foreign tourism to the province of Alicante recovered levels this summer after the decline caused by the Covid pandemic, according to figures from the National Institute of Statistics (INE) based on the positioning of mobile phones.

In August, there were over 810,000 foreign visitors, over a hundred thousand more than July, totalling just over one and a half million for the peak summer period, around 20,000 more than 2019, the last year before the pandemic.

Alicante was the fourth province that received the most tourists from other countries in August. First place, and with a very prominent position, went to the Balearic Islands, closely followed by Barcelona, then Girona.

The largest group were the British, followed by French tourists, although there were in fact 10% fewer Brits than in 2019.

Checks called for entertainment venues

Sueña Torrevieja is demanding that the town hall carries out immediate reviews and inspections of all nightlife venues in the town, to guarantee that they comply with current regulations, that the operation and maintenance is correct and that they have the permits, opening licences, activity and safety criteria, particularly in the case of fire prevention matters.

The demand follows the tragedy in Murcia, in which a nightclub fire resulted in numerous fatalities, and there has been a considerable lapse in compliance in Torrevieja for a number of years, with the most obvious being bars ignoring entertainment and noise laws, which are seldom enforced with such vigour as other municipalities and can often be indicative of other compliance issues.

Hit and run driver arrested

Police in Orihuela apprehended a man who fled the scene after running over a 40-year-old woman. The victim, according to eyewitnesses, was crossing a zebra crossing on Avenida duque de Tamames, near La Lonja, when she was surprised by the vehicle that hit her.

The driver, according to police sources consulted, fled through the streets of the urban area to Rabaloche, scaring passers-by due to the high speed at which he was traveling and “causing damage.”

The driver was intercepted by the police and was reportedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

Food trucks in Torrevieja

The Park of Nations in Torrevieja will play host to a street food market from today, with a variety of food trucks on offer providing flavours from around the world.

The event is part of a series of activities aimed at boosting trade in the town, which will also feature a mariner´s market and a craft fair later in the month.

The street food market opens tonight from 7, with a special show and a performance by the pop music group “La Guardia”, with entertainment accompanying the event which takes place until Sunday.

Christmas jobs up for grabs

If you’re looking for a temporary job in the runup to Christmas, supermarket chain Mercadona has just launched their seasonal recruitment campaign and are currently advertising roles in their supermarkets in Guardamar del Segura, San Fulgencio and Benijófar.

The rate of pay is just over 1,500 euro a month, full time, with part time positions also available.

There are also a number of permanent vacancies in their Torrevieja store.

Roadworks information plan

Benidorm town hall has put a contract out to tender that, if completed, will allow the dissemination in real time of information relating to work being carried out in the town, such as roadworks.

The tender process will close at the end of this month and has an execution period of 6 months for the half a million-euro contract.

The system would have an interactive map, detailing both current and planned works, and will allow municipal technicians to monitor progress, diverting resources as needed, whilst providing citizens with updates on matters that may cause an inconvenience.

Help with rubbish bills

From today, residents in Alfàs del Pi can apply for financial assistance from the town hall towards their waste disposal bill.

The aid is intended for pensioners, retirees, and unemployed people who have been residents for 10 years or more and can be applied for at the social welfare department in the town hall, or online at lalfas.es, as reported by the councillor responsible for the area, Marisa Cortes.

The application submission period will end on November 17, and has a budget allocation of 12,000 euro.

Abandoned dog rescued by the police

Details have now come to light how members of the Environmental Unit of the Dénia Local Police rescued a dog at the weekend which was found tied to a shed near the TRAM tracks.

The cable used to secure the dog was tied with a sliding knot that squeezed its neck, causing suffocation. Since there was no person responsible for the dog, the officers forced access to the location and cut the cable, thus freeing the dog which showed clear signs of neglect.

The intervention came about thanks to a member of the public reporting the sighting, and the dog is now in the care on an animal protection group.

Happy Holidays!

A reminder that Thursday is a national holiday in Spain, so we’re back on Friday.

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