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    Benidorm News Stories and up and coming Events

    Posted by on July 20, 2018

    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.

    Benidorm Seriously

    Irish travel company FanFare have ceased to trade as of 20th July 2018

    Customers who have current bookings should should contact the relevant ferry, airline company or travel provider. More details here.

    HOTEL FIGURES FOR JULY IN BENIDORM – DOWN FOR THE BRITISH BUT UP FOR OTHER NATIONALITIES

    HOSBEC: July starts in Benidorm with the worst hotel occupancy data since 2010.
    In this first fortnight hotel occupancy decreased 2.9 points compared to the previous period.
    The loss of strength of the British market is a reality. As has been recorded since the beginning of the year, there has been a gradual decline that translates into a total of more than 23,000 fewer overnight stays compared to the first half of July 2017 and a decrease of 8%. As far back as 2018, the British have left 300,000 overnight stays on the road.

    A more relevant justification for this decrease is the deviation of this market to other tourist points. According to the latest data we have, there is an increase in the contracting of packages from Turkey (+ 71%), Egypt (+ 54%) and Tunisia (+ 37%), being direct competitors of the Spanish “sun and beach” model. In addition, the important competitive consolidation of Greece is observed with an 11% rise in the contracting of packages, originated by the deviation of operations by ThomasCook UK.

    It is impossible to grow in foreign markets if there is no air capacity. And in this sense the data of BigDataHosbec nailed the data of the airport of Alicante. While the loss of overnight stays of British hotels has been about 23,000 overnight stays, the decrease in air capacity has been in this same period of 25,000 seats. This decline has affected points of origin as important as 10,000 less in Manchester and 9,000 in Birmingham.

    RECOVERY OF THE SPANISH MARKET





    The percentage of occupancy in Benidorm is still optimal thanks to the increase of other nationalities, in particular of the Spanish, occupying 45.5% of the destination. Which means an increase of 2.2 points over the previous year. Spanish tourists get positive data, covering the decline of the British market so far this year.

    The breakdown by nationality is shown below:

    Spain 45.5%
    UK 43.8%
    Belgium 2.2%
    Germany 0.2%
    France 0.9%
    Netherlands 1.6%
    Portugal 3%
    Russia 0.8%

    Ireland 0.9%
    Italy 0.1%
    Norway 0.2%
    Poland 0.5%
    Romania 0.4%
    Sweden 0.2%

    Keep safe on your balcony this summer! Drinking or taking drugs can increase the risk of you falling, resulting in serious injury or even death

    Advice issued from the British Embassy in Madrid.

    Ryanair To Cancel Up To 300 Of 2,400 Daily Flights Next Wed 25 And Thurs 26 To Minimise Disruption To Customers From Unnecessary Strikes By Some Cabin Crew In Belgium, Portugal & Spain.

    Up To 50,000 Of Ryanair’s 430,000 Customers (12%) To Be Disrupted On Each Of 2 Days

    Ryanair today (18 July) confirmed that it has already this morning issued email and text SMS messages to almost 50,000 customers travelling to/from Belgium, Portugal and Spain next Wed 25th and Thurs 26th July, advising them that their flights have been cancelled 7 days in advance due to a notified strike by some cabin crew in Belgium, Portugal and Spain.

    While deeply regretted, these cancellations will affect approx. 12% of Ryanair’s customers on Wed & Thurs next, and all affected customers have been offered re-accommodation on alternative flights during the 7 days prior to the 25th/26th, or the 7 days after the 25th/26th. Alternatively, these customers can obtain a full refund of their airfares.

    To put these cancellations into context, this will involve:

    – Up to 200 of over 830 daily Ryanair flights to/from Spain (24%)

    Ryanair has added extra Customer Service staff to help re-accommodate/refund these customers over the next 7 days. Any Ryanair customers travelling to/from Belgium, Portugal or Spain next Wed or Thurs, who have not received an email or text SMS today, should expect that their flight will operate as scheduled and should check-in to their departure airport as normal (88% of Ryanair’s customers across Europe will be unaffected).  Full story HERE

    Spain holidays: Airport staff threaten STRIKE this summer causing potential flight chaos.

    HOLIDAYS to Spain this summer are at risk as 60,000 airport ground staff workers are threatening to strike in August, the peak season for British travellers going on summer holiday.

    Spanish holidays this summer are being threatened with chaos due to a huge ground staff strike at major airports.

    The strike, with 60,000 ground staff to be involved, will affect all elements of the airport including baggage handlers, cleaning staff and maintenance workers.

    The reason for the strike is to deal with the issue of wage increases, working hours and promotion progressions.

    It is also to discuss the problem of helping passengers who need assistance such as those with mobility problems and what the role of staff members are.

    A Workers’ Commissions (CCOO) unions spokesman said: “We have filed an appeal in the Interconfederal Service of Mediation and Arbitration (SIMA) to try to reach an agreement to avoid the collapse in airports in the middle of summer.” Read more of the story HERE

    Benidorm starts on July 19 the festivities in honor of patron Sant Jaume.

    The festivities in honor of Sant Jaume Apóstol, patron of Benidorm, are already ready with an extensive program that will start on July 19 and will run until the 28th of the same month.

    So the acts will begin on Thursday, July 19 with the concert ‘Behind the Sea’, by the Unió Musical de Benidorm Big Band, in the Plaza de Castelar at 22.30. On Saturday, July 21 , at 9:30 p.m., it will be the “soup of Sant Jaume Apóstol”. Tickets can be purchased until Wednesday 18 at Casa del Fester. Adults, 35 euros; children, 20. After dinner, there will be a folk festival in the Plaza de Castelar. On Monday, July 23 , at 22.00, will be the commemorative concert of the Rondalla of the ARC’La Barqueta’ in the Plaza del Castillo.

    On Wednesday , July 25, the patron’s day is celebrated with a parade at 6.30 pm in honor of Sant Jaume, which will start with a rally at Casa del Fester. At 6:45 pm there will be a meeting with the image of Santiago Apóstol at the headquarters of the ARC’La Barqueta’ and subsequent parade to Plaza del Torrejó. At 19:30 the poster of the Festes Majors Patronals of 2018 will be presented, created by Marina Sanchís.
    At 8:30 p.m. will be the mass in honor of the patron saint in the Parish Church of Sant Jaume and Santa Anna. After the ceremony will proceed to the appointment of Mayorales de Honor 2018and subsequently the Estampeta will be shot and the queens and ladies will dance the traditional Peuet. Next a fireworks castle will be shot by Valencian Fireworks.

    Finally, on Saturday, July 28 , at 9:00 pm, there will be a concert of musical exchanges with the Colla de Xirimiters in the Plaza del Castillo.

    Family’s heartfelt tribute to former Ramsbottom player who died in Benidorm

    A FAMILY has paid tribute to an “amazing” son, brother and friend who died on holiday in Benidorm.

    Keen footballer Michael Jones had become separated from his group of friends following a night out.

    The 21-year-old, who is known to many as Mike, was found dead in the early hours of Friday morning (6th July).

    It is understood that he had fallen over the railings at the Apartamentos Viña Del Mar hotel. A full inquest will be carried out in due course. Read the full story HERE

    Spain issues updated travel advice.

    Latest travel advice for Spain including safety and security, entry requirements and travel warnings.

    Over 12 million British nationals visit Spain every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

    There have been several deaths as a result of falls from balconies. Don’t take any unnecessary risks, especially when under the influence of drink or drugs.

    There have been reports of an increase in holidaymakers being encouraged to submit a claim for personal injury if they have experienced gastric illness during their stay. f you make a false or fraudulent claim, you may face legal proceedings in the UK or Spain.

    You should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before you travel. If you already have an EHIC, make sure it hasn’t expired.  Details HERE

    Some medical costs aren’t covered by the EHIC. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

    Be alert to the existence of street crime. Thieves tend to target money and passports so don’t keep them all in one place. Keep a copy of your passport somewhere safe.  You will find lots of information on keeping safe and what scams to look out for in this section of our website.

    Read the full government story including details of what to do in an emergency HERE

     

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

    IN the aftermath of a violent week in what is known as the ‘English zone’ of Benidorm, that has witnessed shootings and a local comedian ending up in an induced coma fighting for his life, the local council and the police have acted immediately.  According to a report in the Spanish media, they have said that “enough is enough”.

    In addition to installing more CCTV cameras in the zone of Calle Mallorca that should be completed within the next two weeks, there will be a permanent police presence in the area to act as a deterrent to the criminals – especially alleged drug dealers – and the general excesses of anti-social behaviour by the tourists in the area.

    A meeting is being held today (Friday July 6) between the Benidorm City Council and the National Police to formally address the issue.   Continue reading here in the EuroWeekly News

    UPDATE –  “town hall removes licences that allow PR workers from outside the clubs and bars in the problem areas” – The mayor explained that the pubs could face penalties of up to 1,200 euros for breaking this ban.

    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.

    Summer is for the kids at La Cala Bay

    As of next Tuesday, 3 July, we launch one more year of free children’s activities for children aged from 3 to 12 every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays until September 8th

    The Costa Blanca Cup brings together 4,000 footballers

    Costa Blanca Cup celebrates its 25th consolidated edition from July 1 to 7 as a national and international reference football tournament , which in this edition attracts 4,000 players from 17 countries and has become “the sporting event with the greatest number of participants not only from Benidorm, but from the entire province of Alicante,

    Altea, Calpe, La Nucía, La Vila Joiosa and Polop complete with Benidorm the payroll of a tournament that is based “on three pillars: the promotion of values, the international character of the event and the economic impact” in venues that they lodge the participants. In this sense, Costa Blanca Cup constitutes a “model of tourist sport in which players and companions use sport as a tool for tourism”.

    276 teams from 17 countries on four continents: Europeans France, Russia, England, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Spain and the newcomer Turkey; Morocco as an African representative, the Asians Japan, Bahrain, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as the United States and Brazil. In total, almost 4,000 players, including 400 girls, who will play 660 games and spend a week living on and off the turf to generate 24,000 direct overnight stays in the town.

    “The history of the Costa Blanca Cup is the sporting history of the city of Benidorm over the last 25 years, but it is also a reflection of the evolution of the base football tournaments and in this sense, Costa Blanca Cup has been configured as a sustainable proposal , lasting and growing.  Read more HERE

    Confirmation of Crissy Rocks dates in Benidorm 2018.

    Monday July 16th until Monday September 18th.

    December/Christmas/New Year are being discussed but depend upon UK commitments with Panto.

    Senior Masters Tour coming to Benidorm

    The P.G.A. Senior Masters Tour is coming to Benidorm on the Costa Blanca in 2018 from November 29 to December 1 and Union Jack Golf Reservations are offering special “Full Package” deals so that you can come and enjoy this unique event on the European Senior Circuit here in Spain, where the best players over 50 years old meet in the tournament to be held at Meliá Villaitana.

    This year’s calendar features three new tournaments, including the Costa Blanca Senior Masters which is the last regular tournament of the season. The best players over 50 years old meet in the tournament to be held at Meliá Villaitana Golf Club on the outskirts of Benidorm.

    Spanish golf legend Miguel Angel Jiménez will be playing in a regular Staysure Tour event for the first time at the 2018 Costa Blanca Benidorm Senior Golf Masters.  MORE INFORMATION HERE

    “ENJOY AND RESPECT” Benidorm

    THE slogan above can be seen in and around Benidorm, this is aimed at trying to prevent anti-social behaviour, politicians, business owners and residents are now attempting to cut down on this unacceptable conduct.

    Several bars along the Levante beachfront have put up banners and posters with the header “Enjoy & Respect” accompanied by tag lines – “Please be considerate and respectful to the rest of the people; Please do not dress in offensive clothing, this is a place for families as well; Please use the bins and recycling containers”. In the coming weeks more and more of these signs will be visible.

    The objective of this campaign, which will be spread throughout the municipality, is to raise awareness in all the tourist spots (hotels, hotels, restaurants …) that there is no room in the city disrespectful behaviour.

    To help enforce this campaign, from Thursday to Sunday, there will be more of a police presence, the Levante beach section expects to have five extra Local Police on patrol.

    Benidorm installs extra security measures

    AS part of the continued security operation to prevent further terrorist attacks in Spain, Benidorm City Council has begun to test new mobile barriers that prevent vehicle access to public spaces.

    The trials were carried out at the Wednesday municipal market this week.

    Benidorm’s Councillor for Security Lorenzo Martinez said that these devices “will be tested over the next couple of weeks, to gauge both the reaction of the public and to see how effective they are.”

    The barriers can be moved around easily and also be adjusted and extended to take into account the width of the space needed to be cut off. Unlike other ‘fixed’ barriers, these can be removed at a moment’s notice to give access to emergency vehicles.

    The councillor went on to explain that other cities, such as Cordoba during the recent Holy Week, had already implemented this type of security barriers to cut off traffic during a number of processions.

    According to tests carried out by the manufacturers, the barriers would stop any vehicle travelling at any speed between 40 and 70 kph

    Tolls to be abolished

    It has been reported in the RTN paper today that the Valencian Government has voted in favour of removing the toll charges on the much underused AP7 autopista. This vote marks the first stage in the removal of the concessions that were due for renewal in December 2019.
    It is anticipated that this will remove traffic congestions on the national road N332 as it passes through Torrevieja and Cabo Roig in Orihuela Costa. This will be of great benefits to the residents as it will relieve many arteries that are forced to route through these areas. From Easter until September the population increases several fold as Costa Blanca remains the number one holiday destination in Spain.

    Middle and outside-lane hoggers to be fined in Spain

    SPAIN’S national roads authority has confirmed it will enforce a law and fine drivers in an effort to put an end to a widespread practice that winds up motorists throughout the country.

    The Direccion General de Trafico say that the current regulations clearly state that motorists should always drive in the right-hand land on dual-carriageways and motorways unless overtaking another vehicle and then you should return to the inside lane when you have completed the manoeuvre.

    The DGT has said drivers who are caught flouting the law will face an automatic €200 fine.

    BIG cut down on Illegal Pirate Taxis

    Police forces across the Costa’s have said they are now increasing the number of cars being stopped leaving the Airports. Many unlicensed operators are using the Costa Blanca (Alicante worst hit) as a way to make fast cash and exposing you (the customer) to unnecessary risks.

    Why Pay €50 for an illegal Transfer with risk of been fined & dumped at the road side & missing your flights (if return leg)

    PLEASE READ THIS ITS NOT WORTH IT.

    The laws for all taxi/private hire companies in Spain are extremely strict. Please be aware that there are numerous illegal companies with websites and advertising on Facebook as legitimate taxi/transfer businesses.There are also apartment owners & letting agencies offering cheap transfers, these are also illegal.

    Alicante Airport, Pirates In Arrivals?
    Alicante Airport strictly controls the arrivals area to weed out illegal transport pirates. Only legal companies are permitted into the airport arrivals area. Your driver will be visibly holding an AENA card which will have the name of the lead passenger on. This is a mandatory procedure highlighted by AENA, which is the Spain’s Airport Governing body. As the article opposite highlights, Spanish police have begun clamping down on illegal transport companies so please don’t fall into this trap. Vehicles will now regularly checked for Tarjeta de Transporte and if your driver can not produce this documentation, the vehicle will be impounded, you will be out of pocket and could receive a fine for allowing your self to be carried in an uninsured vehicle, We come across this story all too frequently so please avoid this horror story and book with a professional licensed company – Legal companies HERE

    Alicante Airport is patrolled continuously by the Guardia Civil (Police) & government inspectors looking for illegal touts. If a transfer company asks to meet you anywhere apart from the designated area in the arrivals terminal, they will be illegal, (even if they use the excuse that this is due to building work), their vehicles will also not be insured for passenger liability cover. You should remember that if stopped by the Guardia Civil (Police) the vehicle would be confiscated immediately leaving you stranded. A vehicle that is licensed will be SP (ServicioPublico) plated by the Spanish.

    Remember:
    1. Without a permit, it is illegal to offer a taxi service in Spain.

    2. Insurance is another important factor as you cannot obtain cover for the transportation of passengers without a legal permit.
    If they say they paid or if the owner or Villa’s give free transport, This is still illegal.

    3. Without the necessary insurance cover a passenger is also running the risk in the case of an accident as they could not hope to be compensated or have Hospital bills paid for,

    4. Any unfortunate passengers caught up in the process can find themselves dumped on the road with their luggage if the police stop and seize the vehicle along with a €300 Fine.

    Work begins on Benidorm transport hub

    INTERCONNECTED: New TRAM stop to be connected to Benidorm bus station.

    THE Valencian Community government has set in motion the timetable for Benidorm to get its major transport hub.

    The programme of works to build a station that connects the bus and TRAM stations on the outskirts of the city have begun in recent days following an investment of close to €3.2 million by the regional railway authorities, Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana (FGV).

    A subsidy of 50 per cent of the building works has come from European Union funds, although this is dependent on the new Benidorm station being completed before December 31 if part of the grant isn’t to be lost.

    Digging has already started on the site and should last for four months. The new station could be operational in mid-August and during the busiest period of the year for Benidorm.

    Once the building has been completed, the current stop of ‘Disco Benidorm’ that supplies some of the popular night spots will be closed down.

    The project also included the electrification of the TRAM route as it passes through a large part of Benidorm.

    It is understood the planned works will not affect the current TRAM service; a service that continues to see a number of disruptions and replacement bus routes due to ongoing renovation work on much of the line north of Benidorm.

    Approval of the project to remodel Benidorm’s Mediterranean Avenue

    The Advisory Council of Urban Scene has given its approval on Monday to the project of the first phase of remodeling of the avenue of the Mediterranean, which includes the stretch between El Puente Street and the Avd Europa.

    Here is an artists impression of the finished project and nice to see NO cycle lane.

    Tourist trap: Britons risk missing their flights home as they face a two-day wait to replace lost passports

    British travellers who lose their passports overseas will now have to wait two days to receive an emergency replacement.

    Previously they could get temporary papers within hours, but the Foreign Office has quietly introduced a new trial system in which emergency applications are handled by officials in Poland and Spain instead of by individual consulates around Europe.

    It means tourists could miss flights home and be landed with huge extra costs while they wait.

    For further information click HERE

    You can also read our comprehensive guide about obtaining an Emergency Passport HERE

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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