Benidorm News Stories and up and coming Events
Benidorm News Stories and up and coming Events
Here you will find links to up to new up to the minute stories so pop back often for up to the minute news.
20 May – Benidorm disco-pub facing investigation over Dwarf shows and hire.
A Benidorm disco-pub popular with British holidaymakers is facing an investigation over its advertisement for Dwarf hire and shows.
State prosecutors in Alicante have been asked to probe the bar near the resort’s Levante Beach following claims it may have committed a hate crime.
The investigation was launched following a complaint from Cermi, an umbrella organisation representing people with disabilities in Spain, about a street sign outside the nightspot and online ad.
The bar is the only one currently under investigation but there are other bars in Benidorm also offering this service mainly to Stag and Hen parties from the UK.
CERMI spokesperson Jesus Martin believes that the offer contravenes the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and reported it to prosecutors in Alicante.
He said: “Dwarfism is a disability that it is still mocked, and practices like this make the stigma and stereotypes worse.”
The investigation is ongoing.
19 May – Dozens of flights cancelled and grounded at Manchester Airport
DOZENS of flights at Manchester airport have been cancelled and grounded due to a refuelling issue.
Airport bosses say the problem has been caused by a power issue earlier this afternoon.
However, the airport has confirmed that engineers are onsite working to fix the issue.
A Manchester Airport spokesman said: “Due to a power issue this afternoon there is currently an issue with the fuel supply at the airport and we have engineers on-site working to fix this. Please speak to your airline for specific flight information and updates.” Story courtesy of BuryTimes
18th May – Thomas Cook woes deepen as payment firm holds on to cash
Payment firms are seeking to hold on to millions of pounds of customers’ money owed to Thomas Cook Group in a move which underlines the financial pressures afflicting the 178-year-old tour operator.
Sky News has learnt that a payment intermediary which works with Thomas Cook in the Nordic region – a significant part of the company’s operations – is in talks to extend the period for which it retains holidaymakers’ cash from two days to several weeks. Read the full story here at Sky News
17th May -Thomas Cook shares ‘worthless’, says Citigroup
Shares in Thomas Cook have plunged 30% after analysts at a bank said the travel firm’s shares were “worthless”.
Thomas Cook’s tour operations and airline are worth £738m, but its debt is around the same “and implies zero equity value”, according to Citigroup.
Citigroup’s damning conclusion comes a day after Thomas Cook issued its third profit warning in less than a year and reported a £1.5bn half-year loss.
Its outlook was “significantly weaker than expected,” Citigroup said.
The analysts also pointed to a warning from auditor EY on Thomas’ Cook’s results which warned of “material uncertainties” over the group’s sale of its airline, on which a new £300m bank facility depends.
“Like the auditors we see material uncertainties around the airline sale and the new debt facilities,” said Citigroup.
It also warned that the firm’s recent poor performance could “unsettle consumers and drive further weakness in bookings” Read the full story here at BBC News
13th May – Hollywood Actress Doris Day dies age 97
In a statement, the Doris Day Animal Foundation said she died on Monday at her home in Carmel Valley, California.
It said she had been “in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia”.
“She was surrounded by a few close friends as she passed,” the statement continued.
New Survey reveals most common reason for people to visit Benidorm.
HOLIDAYS in Benidorm are forever a hit with British holidaymakers. Tourists from the UK make up nearly half of the figures in the Spanish resort, yet the real reason for its popularity has now come to light.
Holidays spent in sun-soaked Spanish resort Benidorm are a go-to for many British travellers. Earlier this year, Express.co.uk flagged how UK travellers were flocking to the seaside hotspot in an attempt to get away from current Brexit turmoil. Occupancy of hotels was up, as well as figures from Hostec showing 42.7 per cent of Benidorm tourists come from the UK. Yet a new study has claimed to show the real reason the resort is so popular.
One in five Britons who were surveyed confessed the sole reason for venturing there was due to watching the TV show set in the seaside resort, which features hilarious actors Sherrie Hewson and Tim Healy. You can read the full story from the Express newspaper HERE
9th May – Comedian Freddie Starr dies age 76
Freddie Starrhas died at the age of 76.
The comedian and lead singer of Merseybeat pop group the Midniters has been found dead at his Spanish home.
The star’s body was discovered on the floor of his Costa Del Sol apartment. Full Story at irishmirror.ie
23rd April – The Storms and heavy rains over Easter have filled the reservoirs.
The rainiest month of April since 1946 fills the reservoirs and recovers the aquifers of the province – The precipitations will ensure there are no shortages over the summer and that farmers will be able to water crops. Although some have been lost already because of the bad weather.
8th April –British tourism grows in Benidorm despite the uncertainty of “Brexit”
Tourists from the United Kingdom increase overnight stays by 7% in the city to reach 200,000 stays. Hosbec advise that the reservations for Holy Week (Easter) already reach 90%.
By categories, the 3-star hotels of Benidorm are those that register a greater occupation during this fortnight, reaching 85.4%, followed by the establishments of 4 stars that have registered 79.5% and finally the 2-star hotels , which have obtained a 74.2% occupation. Read the full story (in Spanish) at www.diarioinformacion.com
8th April – Robbery at Cafe Benidorm:
There is a story in town at the moment that a man had been arrested for a robbery or attempted robbery using a stun gun of one of Benidorm´s top night spots We believe the venue concerned to be Cafe B although it was not the venue itself but the offices connected to Cafe Benidorm.
A man has already been arrested. The man concerned is well known to Holiday makers in the town. We will release further information here as soon as we have received the facts from official sources.
Benidorm denies the opening license to the restaurant on Peacock Island after 60 years
Benidorm City Council has dismissed the appeal filed by the management of the restaurant l’Illa, located on the island of Benidorm.
the refusal is based on the fact that the establishment is located on the maritime-terrestrial public domain and does not have the “enabling title for the use of the installation. ” This dismissal opens the door to the eviction of this space, located in the natural park of the Serra Gelada .
The City Council relied on the report prepared by the Provincial Coastal Service in October 2017, according to which the site is located in a building built by the City Council in the middle of the last century “without authorisation from the Administration of the State “and that is exploited” by an individual during a period of about 60 years under the concept of municipal lease or similar (at least until the year 2013), and without in this period the existence of the mandatory municipal license of opening of this activity. ”
Information from the National Police
Did you know that door-to-door selling of electricity or gas is now illegal here in Spain…. If someone knocks on your door stating that they are from one of these types of companies and they have not made a prior appointment with you, do not let them in as they may have an ulterior motive. If you are in any doubt, call the Guardia Civil immediately on 091.
British expats urged to get permanent residency certificates
BRITISH expats are being urged to apply for an official residency certificate before Brexit when the UK leaves the European Union on 29th March, 2019.
Negotiations continue between the British government and the EU’s remaining 27 members as part of the planned Withdrawal Agreement and last December both sides addressed the subject of citizens’ rights. Details on how to obtain RESIDENCIA can be found HERE.
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UP AND COMING EVENTS
Any up and coming events will be posted here
19th May – Fundraiser for Animal Angells
Fantastic Charity Fundraiser Show Next Sunday At The Showboat In Benidorm
**Just 2€ Entrance **
With Great Music From Some of Benidorms Top Performers
6th September – Soul Foundation
Hosted by Soul foundation benidorm 2019
Sunday 29th September – SAVE MY LIFE 3