The top news stories from both the British and Spanish Newspapers this week.
Please note this webpage is constantly being updated with new up to the minute stories so pop back often for up to the minute news.
FRENCH AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL STRIKE – NOVEMBER 16TH
French Air Traffic Control Strike.
French air traffic control industrial action will start Wednesday, 6pm the 15th of November, 2017 and end Friday 17th November, 2017 5am.
If you have flights booked during those times contact your flight provider for updates.
A fire in a hotel fryer causes alarm at dawn in Benidorm
The fire started at 01.35 in the kitchen of the Cristal Park Hotel in the heart of Benidorm Old Town.
The incident started at 01.35 in a fryer in the hotel kitchen located at the bottom of the building. After the call to 112, firefighters from Benidorm came to the hotel with three vehicles, including a ladder and fire engine. The fire was controlled by a few minutes and no one was injured and no evacuation of the hotel was necessary.
31/10/17 Spanish Economic Growth
The Spanish economy grew by 0.8% in the third quarter of the year, one tenth less than in the previous quarter, according to the data advance of the Quarterly National Accounts published this Monday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE). On the other hand, the year-on-year GDP rate remained at 3.1% in the third quarter and has already accumulated ten consecutive quarters growing at rates of 3% or more. Continue reading HERE
25/10/17 New Traffic Limitations
Starting tomorrow, vehicles passing through the avenue of Alcoy from El Torrejó can only reach the Avenida de Bilbao, which will obligatorily leave the Mediterranean avenue. The next block, the one that runs to Avenida Sacerdote Juan Rodríguez, will only be accessed by residents with parking in the “Bassa Seca” building.
The installation of planters will be “provisional,” explained the councilor of the area, as “the idea is to install folding bollards directly controlled by the Local Police that will be raised or lowered in cases of emergency
NO Tourist Tax for the Valencia region in 2018
There will be no tourist tax, at least, during 2018. The Ministry of Finance, headed by Vicent Soler, is finalizing the budget document that will be sent to the Parliament for parliamentary processing, probably on October 31st – the last day of the deadline – without the detail of the tax that would tax tourist overnight stays in the Community. Read more HERE
20/10/17 – A1 Travel ceases trading
Chadwell Travel which trades as A1 Travel has gone out of business due to costs incurred following the collapse of Monarch Airlines.
The Ilford based online and call centre agency and Atol holder was licenced to carry just under 100,000 passengers a year by the CAA.
Broadway Travel has taken over future bookings and will re-protect the accommodation part of holidays for customers who have not yet travelled.
According to a well placed source A1’s demise came about due to the impact of the collapse of Monarch, the UK’s fifth largest carrier which failed at the beginning of this month.
If you have a booking with A1 Travel you can get further information at the CAA HERE
20/10/17 Spain-Holiday.com announce the removal of 500 rental properties.
The rental platform Spain-Holiday.com announced Thursday that it has withdrawn about 500 unlicensed homes from its tourist offer in the Valencian Community, leaving it with 2,344 advertisements in autonomy. this company is one of several that have been the subject of investigations for advertising non registered properties.
According to a statement, “as has already happened in Catalonia since January 2016, 100 percent of the holiday homes Spain-Holiday.com offers now” in the Valencian Community “will have a tourist license,” Continue reading HERE
13/10/17 – Cable Car Project for Benidorm
The legendary businessman and builder Antonio Manuel Puchades will present, in a week’s time, all the details of the last big project that he plans on the tourist city: a cable car with which to fly over the natural park of Serra Gelada.
It is an initiative that has already been put on the table, a few years ago by a Russian businessman and now, has been resurrected Antonio Puchades, who still has land in the aforementioned natural park. As his father did in the past – Alfonso Puchades promoted important projects in Benidorm as the bullring or the municipal market – the builder has launched a step forward to continue to maintain his native town in the forefront of tourism .
An overly problematic bike lane
Mediterranean Avenue is full of traffic jams and the new roads cause the rejection of the drivers ask for it to be removed immediately.
The Mediterranean avenue of Benidorm, one of the main arteries of the city, changed its physiognomy almost a month ago. The City Council started a bike lane in this road that, until then, had two lanes of traffic in each direction. After two weeks of operation, it seems that the disadvantages have outweighed the advantages and led to the rejection of the drivers.
This new bike lane made one of the two ways of circulation in both directions only available for cycling, taxi or bus. That is, vehicles can only use one lane in each direction, which, together with the reduction of speed and the placement of traffic lights, causes long jams. Continue reading HERE
Benidorm´s Famous In Tempo Building sells for 60 Million
The Asset Management Company from Banking Restructuring (Sareb) finalizes the sale of In Tempo de Benidorm , as confirmed by real estate market sources to this newspaper. The entity chaired by Jaime Echegoyen handles an offer that exceeds 60 million euros . Sareb hopes to close the operation in the coming weeks. Continue reading HERE
Guardia Civil warn of new ATM scam
Many thieves have specialized in the so-called “false front”, which consists of a simulation of the cashier equipped with cameras to capture the key of the card . This is why it is also recommended to check that there is no evidence of tampering.
If you have problems with any ATM machine that you think may have been tampered with in any way please contact the bank direct and call 062 or 112.
Things to look for –
and in English –
- false front capture your key and money
- bulky card slot may mean there is a skimmer
- Loose slot, could be fake
- loose keyboard, could be false
- pay attention to who is around they may be waiting to use distraction techniques
Read the full story at lasprovincias.es
Benidorm.- Disrupted a criminal organization that swindled its victims by offering false holiday rentals
The National Police has detained four people from a criminal organization that was dedicated to committing scams by offering their victims false vacation rentals. Officials have so far clarified 170 such offenses.
The detainees used photographs of flats they found on the Internet and posted them on different internet platforms dedicated to renting real estate. Scam, usurpation of identity, and membership in a criminal group are some of the crimes attributed to the band.
A 5-month investigation that culminated in the disarticulation of the band and the arrest of the four members
The investigation began in April following a complaint lodged at Elda- Petrer police station. The victim reported that he had been swindled by those arrested, as he made the reservation payment for a rental apartment he never got to enjoy.
The activity of the swindlers, was centered in the coastal town of Benidorm. Once the scam was consummated, when the victims made the bank transfer as a reserve, two members of the gang were responsible for withdrawing the money at a cashier, in order to, thus, lose track of it.
The damage to the victims was double, the economic for the money they disbursed, and the “situation of total helplessness” in which they were when they arrived at their place of vacation and verified that there was no rented apartment. Continue reading benidormaldia
Benidorm to pedestrianise the street Doctor Perez Llorca
The Urban Scene Council gives the green light to the project, whose financing will come from funds earmarked for the remodeling of Avenida Mediterráneo – The route will follow the model of Calle Gambo – http://www.diarioinformacion.com/benidorm/2017/09/07/benidorm-peatonalizara-calle-doctor-perez/1933306.html