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London calling!

The Valencia regional president, Carlos Mazón, is in London today and tomorrow, attending the World Travel Market fair to try to boost the region, including the Costa Blanca, in the eyes of UK tourism chiefs.

Collectively, Spain has seen an increase in both the number of visitors from the UK, and the amount they spend, but Valencia and the Costa Blanca have been losing out to more popular destinations such as the Balearics and Canary Islands.

Turisme Comunitat Valenciana is also carrying out an extensive campaign across media in the UK in the hope of attracting tourists to the area, still seen as one of the most important factors in the economy.

Electrifying Orihuela

The launch of the ultra-fast charging station for electric vehicles at the Zenia Boulevard shopping centre in Orihuela has been highlighted by the regional Ministry of Energy, as one of the charging stations for electric vehicles with the largest number of ultra-fast chargers in the Valencian Community

The unit has had subsidy of around 250,000 euro, a little more than 45% of the overall cost, from the government´s Ivace Energia scheme.

In total, some 1,7 million euro has been invested in Orihuela towards both the electric vehicle infrastructure, and the acquisition of vehicles themselves.

Hotel boost for Guardamar

The Parque Mar Hotel in Guardamar del Segura is celebrating being full to capacity during the off-season quiet period, by accommodating 231 Senegalese migrants who have arrived from the Canary Islands. The mayor, Mayor José Luis Sáez, confirmed that it is an agreement between the Ministry of the Interior and the hotel establishment that will last until the end of the year.

According to the mayor most of the men are from Senegal, they are French-speaking and have family ties in France and Belgium, countries to which they may be moved in the coming weeks.

Improvements to Torrevieja industrial estate

The Casa Grande industrial estate in Torrevieja is set to benefit from a half a million euro upgrade to the lighting and security camera network.

The industrial estate houses many car workshops and storage and distribution companies, along with a few retail outlets, and discotheques.

The mayor, Eduardo Dolon, promised improvements during his election tour, as many of the businesses had been complaining for may years about the neglect, including during Dolon´s previous investiture.

Medical malpractice case resolved

A private hospital, which has not been named in the resulting court case for confidentiality reasons, will have to compensate a resident of l’Alfàs del Pi with 420,000 euro for damage caused by an infection to one of her legs due to “malpractice”.

The 42-year-old woman suffered an injury to her leg at her home which caused a fracture to her tibia. The injury was treated at the hospital but a few days later the woman had to return due to an infection, resulting in catastrophic consequences and the ombudsman referring the case to the judiciary, resulting in the agreed settlement.

Benidorm 80 percent full in October

Considered the tourism jewel of the Costa Blanca, Benidorm registered 80% occupancy during the second half of October, ending the month with an occupancy rate of 84.4%, according to the Hosbec hotel association, who see the figures as “very positive”, which is only 1.6 points away from the average for the same month in 2019.

Regarding nationalities, the British market continues to lead with 46.2% representation, followed by domestic tourism with 37.6%. At a great distance are the rest of international tourists such as the Belgian market with a 4.5% share, then the Dutch, Irish and French. The rest of the issuing markets do not exceed 1% representation in any case.

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