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Economic growth in the Alicante province has already begun to moderate in the 2023 fiscal year, remaining at just 2.3% at the end of the first semester, according to the latest Synthetic Indicator of the Province of Alicante (ISpA) prepared by the Alicante Chamber of Commerce, and now publicly available. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at current prices of the province grew in the second quarter of the year by 1.2% compared to the same period in 2022, which means that the progression falls practically two points compared to the first quarter of the year.

Therefore, everything indicates that as the year 2023 progresses, the economic dynamism of the Costa Blanca loses steam. However, there has been a noticeable growth in both the services and tourism sectors, but Alicante is still way behind the national GDP which recorded year-on-year growth of 8.7%.

Bike u-turn in Elche

Whilst actively launching a campaign against bicycles in the city, by demolishing bike lanes and announcing that they would not expand the bike rental scheme that the previous government team had financed through the EU, the PP and VOX coalition have u-turned and will proceed with the expansion of the bike rental stations.

The expansion of the rental bike system will currently only be focussed on the urban centre, and the surrounding areas will have to wait, but it is seen as a positive move both in terms of urban mobility, and utilising EU funding under the threat they will have to return millions for the demolition actions already taken place.

Further controversy over the demolition of the bike lanes came to light this week, after the police report which recommended the action referred to 2,656 collisions that had taken place, thus showing the roads to be dangerous, however, upon further analysing the details, 94.5% involved only motor vehicles, and not cyclists or scooters as the demolition report was based on.

Webcam network expanded

The tourist portal of the Valencian Community has increased one of its most popular sections, providing a real-time view of various landscapes and enclaves through streaming webcams.

The network of webcams of the Valencian Community opens live windows to such emblematic places as Morella or Forcall, with medieval-looking squares and streets. It is also possible to enjoy the beach of Voramar in Benicàssim, or the beach of Albir in Alfaz del Pi.

The immensity of Llevant beach in Benidorm or the lively port area from the Arenes beach in Valencia are also within reach of anyone, in addition to the pleasant surroundings of Alicante town hall, and the beach at Guardamar del Segura.

Biggest healthcare budget in history

The Valencia region’s Minister of Health, Marciano Gómez, has announced “the largest budget in history allocated to Valencian public health for the year 2024, which amounts to 8,5 billion euro.”

More than 700 million euros will be allocated to Primary Care, plus an addition billion euro allocated to staffing of these health centres.

143 million euro will be allocated for mental health and social health care, “which will allow us to improve human and material resources for comprehensive mental health care, such as increasing the number of social health beds for chronic cases and the implementation of preventive policies against suicide and addictions,” said the Minister.

Fancy dress time in Benidorm

Benidorm is expecting some 40,000 British revellers to take part in this year’s annual fiesta, part of the patron saint festivities in the town, but now a popular attraction for the Brits who adorn fancy dress to celebrate with their Spanish hosts.

Hotel occupancy was already at 75%, and expected to increase with last minute bookings, and this year a total of 51 venues are taking part in the fiesta. There are also more than 30 floats confirmed taking part in the parade.

New police cars for Denia

Dénia town hall is offering almost half a million euro for the provision of six police vehicles for use by the local officers.

The government team is facing criticism however, as the tender contract if for the rental of the vehicle for a period of 4 years, and so the money is not seen as an investment as there will be nothing owned by the town hall at the end of the period.

However, the government team defends the plan as the contract will provide for maintenance and repair during the course of the contract period.

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