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Tourist tax repealed

On Friday, the Valencian regional government signed the declaration to repeal the so-called tourist tax in the region, which would have seen tourists pay an additional small fee, similar to other regions in Spain, to contribute to local infrastructure and facilities.

Spokesperson for the government, Ruth Merino, explained at the subsequent press conference, “This measure was on the road map from the beginning: not implementing the tourist tax, which would have come into force on December 19. With this decree-law, which will be validated in the Courts soon, the entry into force of the tax is suppressed, as was the request of the sector, and from the Government of the Generalitat we were very clear that this was how it had to be”.

Lack of cultural information in Orihuela

Former member of the coalition government team in Orihuela, Luisa Boné, now sitting in opposition as part of the Ciudadanos group, has reported that the government team has so far failed to renew the domain name for the cultural department, and so the website where residents and visitors would learn about local events is no longer functioning.

The councillor has stated that “it is unacceptable that they still have not hit the pay button to maintain the Cultura Orihuela website.”

El Altet set for expansion

Elche town hall has had the environmental approval from the regional body to reclassify land to the east of El Altet, which could then be used for the construction of hotels or leisure facilities, single-family homes, and the associated infrastructure.

The two plots in question, which take up almost 140,000 square metres of land, are currently allocated as forest areas, although parts border the coastal demarcation.

New contract for passengers with reduced mobility awarded

Airport management firm Aena has awarded the new contract for providing services at a number of airports across Spain for passengers with reduced mobility.

Although the contract ran into difficulties in Madrid-Barajas, for Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernadez airport serving the Costa Blanca, the company Alyzia will now provide the service, along with the airports of Málaga-Costa del Sol, Seville, Valencia and Bilbao, in a contract valued at 36.2 million euro.

As part of the contract fulfilment, the companies must meet “very precise” requirements regarding the assistance offered and must implement new technologies and equipment to offer the necessary attention to passengers, as detailed by Aena.

This free to use service, also known as “barrier-free”, is the best rated by passengers based on surveys carried out periodically by Aena. In 2022 it served more than 1.7 million passengers.

Zombie traffic lights in Denia

Pedestrians crossing the tram tracks in certain locations in Dénia should be a little safer, after so-called “zombie traffic lights” have been installed at the tram crossings.

The devices are LED lights, embedded in the ground, that synchronise with the traditional traffic signals, and are aimed at highlighting the situation of the traffic lights to those not paying close attention, such as pedestrians using their mobile phones, the so-called “zombies”, to offer an extra layer of visual indication.

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