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ABRECA COBRECA (ASSOCIATION OF BARS, RESTAURANTS AND CAFETERIAS OF BENIDORM) was created in 1985 to defend the rights of the Restaurants and Bars in Benidorm.
The most relevant function of the Association is to defend the interests of our associates:
Representation before institutions to defend your rights, We also have a lawyer for free advice to partners.
Advice on any problem that arises related to your establishments.
Information of the new Laws or Ordinances related to the sector.
Support of tourism.
Management and sealing of price lists.
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ABRECA participates in the negotiation of the Collective Agreement of Hospitality.
The Board of Directors of ABRECA created a Purchasing Center for Cobreca hospitality in 1992. This gives the members the power to buy as part of a buying group with vast savings on their purchases.
For 2022 we have extended our opening hours. FACE-TO-FACE attention in the office will be from 09.00 to 14.00 via TELEPHONE from 08.00 to 16.00.
ABRECA, publishes quarterly a MAGAZINE BENIDORM WORLD with information, events of the sector and with the possibility of announcing all the partners that wish it.
Tourist Tax for Valencian Region 21st July 2022 - There is still lots of controversy over the proposed "tourist tax" which is due to be imposed on overnight stays in our region from next year. The tax would impose a small charge which would range from 50 cents a night for a cheap hostal, up to 2€ for a more exclusive hotel. A large meeting was held in Valencia yesterday, driven by the university of Alicante, who had concluded that the new tax would be counterproductive and unjust, damaging the image of destinations, while raising at the most 53.6 million euros, 17 million of which would be corresponding to stays in Benidorm. The Valencian government has repeatedly said that the tax would be voluntary, with individual town halls free to apply it or not...Benidorm has repeatedly said that the town would not be charging it.
Tourist Tax Valencian Region April 12th 2022 - The proposal to implement a nightly tax charge on staying in accommodation was legally registered in the Valencian parliament yesterday 11th April. (The so called tourist tax.) This means that it is due to be approved by the end of this year, with implementation from 2024. It is stated that the implementation of the tax OR NOT, will be entirely down to individual town halls to decide. The town hall of Benidorm for example has already said that the tax WILL NOT be applied here (Despite what certain tabloid newspapers keep trying to claim). there are different levels of tax according to type and quality of accommodation, with levels between 50 cents for campsites, hostels, hostels and houses or rural hotels of one, two or three stars., to 2 euros a night for overnight stays in spaces with more than four stars.
There are several exemptions where people would not have to pay such as cruise travellers who start or finish their travel in the Valencian Community will not be obliged to pay this fee. There are proposal of nine other exemptions, among which the stays of children under 16 or people with a disability greater than 66%, those forced by health, sports competitions or congresses of public universities and those that are held in youth hostels stand out.
December 2021 - Tourist Tax Valencian Region - An agreement was reached yesterday (21st December 2021) between the three main political parties that make up the Valencian government on the introduction of the so called "tourist tax" in our region. The three parties of PSPV, Compromís y Unides Podem have, after much argument, decided to join other regions such as the Balearic Islands and Cataluña, in charging a small amount per person per night, which is dependant on the category of the accommodation that the tourist is staying in. The tax could range between 0.5 and 2 euros per night and excludes the Imserso and health stays
Critisism has not been slow in coming, especially from towns like Benidorm (see below) The mayors of Benidorm, Alicante and Torrevieja, are all opposed to the implementation. Given the announcement of the Valencian government that this new tax will have municipal and voluntary character, Toni Pérez has advanced that "Benidorm will not apply it".
There are few details available yet, just that the charging of the tax has been agreed between the three parties.
The Generalitat will establish a common regulatory framework, but the application of the tax, whose amount could reach up to two euros per night, will be the power of the municipalities. Therefore, it will be the municipalities who decide if visitors are forced to pay this additional tax.
The internal debate on this issue has been dragging on since 2017 between the PSPV, Compromís and Unides Podem, however, they are committed to putting a proposal on the table before March 2022 to then start the parliamentary journey, for the moment, the date on which it will be activated is up in the air, but it should not be before 2023. Nor has it been defined exactly what the proceeds will go to.
Before the end of March 2022, a proposal for a law creating the Valencian Tourist Stay Tax will be drafted. The document that will serve as a starting point will be the one drafted as an amendment to the budgets by Compromís and Unides Podem, which includes rates of between 0.5 and 2 euros per night depending on the type of accommodation and also establishes certain exemptions, such as, for example, to imserso tourism or stays linked to health.
Toni Pérez reaffirms himself in the "no and never" at the tourist rate after the agreement announced by the three-party council The mayor insists that "it's not a rate, it's a tax" that "penalizes the tourist activity", that "is contrary to the hospitality model of the Valencian Community" and that "obeys an ideological tick"
The mayor of Benidorm, Toni Perez, has reaffirmed in his refusal to the implantation of the tourist rate in the Community after the agreement to implant it announced today by the political forces that make up the government of the Valencian Generalitat: PSPV, Commitment and United Podem. Toni Perez has stated that “the Benidorm government, in tune with sector-maintained, has always defended the ‘no and never’ at the tourist rate,” which “only seeks to penalize this activity, the same since the pandemic erupted missed and much support of the three-party council that now intends to put new shortcuts to its recovery.”
The mayor has incited that “the tourist rate only obeys a permanent ideological ‘tic’ of the Council government partners” which, unlike the regional secretary of Tourism, Francesc Colomer, are “unable to see and understand that the turism is the activity that best redistributes wealth that "has a high social commitment" and that "doesn't get dislocated".
Toni Pérez has claimed that the agreement announced today is "an imposition of those who deeply hate tourism and democracy of the holidays that imposes the model of sun and beach"; while "generates more uncertainty to a sector that has always been a tractor and locomotora, offering great yields to the GDP of the Valencian Community."
In addition, he has clarified that "contrary to what is being claimed is not a rate, it is a tax" which, in addition, "to a good measure, they will have to assume the Valencians themselves, who are one of the main clients of the tourist offer of the Community Valencian."
Toni Pérez has reminded that "the sector that provides the service already pays taxes for its activity, just like the tourist, including the VAT", so "it results disproportionate, unfair and petty to add now to that activity a new tax". Similarly, he has emphasized that "the implantation of the tourist rate is against the model of the Valencian Community, to the same model that is hidden in a law that talks about a hospitality that has been preaching and practicing the sector for decades." “We do not understand that forcing a visitor to pay a fee is the best letter of presentation or example of hospitality that can be given,” he added.
Sustainable, responsible and quality tourism is practiced day to day and for decades in this Community in destinations such as Benidorm, and that little or nothing has to do with penalizing the sector and activity or with implanting a tax that does not solve nothing," he pointed out.
Finally, he has urged the government to preside over the socialist Ximo Puig "to stop vericuetos and invent new taxes to divert the attention of what is truly important, his inability to develop social policies and to help families and the productive tissue and more in such complex moments like the current ones."
In similar terms, the deputy mayor of Alicante, Mari Carmen Sánchez (Cs), expressed herself: "If Alicante depends on us, it will not have a tourist tax," he said. He also emphasized that it seems a lie that it is intended to approve the tourist tax now, in the middle of a pandemic, and pointed out that it is a tax that "leaves us at a clear competitive disadvantage with respect to other destinations with similar characteristics and offers."
The mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolón (PP), stressed that the tripartite is "far from the reality of our tourism sector", and added that from the Botànic "they make clear what their wishes are for this coming year, as always, thinking about theirs: more taxes and less aid to the citizens of the Community". Therefore, it will not enter into force in your city either.
Please note the above information has been translated from Spanish to English, read the original article HERE
Mobile Phone Safety Tips - Nearly everyone has a mobile phone these days and they all come on holiday with you, every single day on the Benidorm Seriously Facebook group we get reports of lost and found phones.
Losing your phone whilst on holiday is even more stressful then losing it at home, but there are things you can do to protect your mobile phone and keep it safe. There are also steps you should take if your phone is lost or stolen whilst on holiday.
Mobile phones are used for lots of things these days, including banking, if your phone isn't protected by security, losing your phone could mean thieves gain access to your personal information.
Did you know that people between the ages of 25 to 34 on average have already lost 3 phones.....
Tips for keeping your phone safe
Make sure your mobile phone is covered on your travel or home insurance police, check the small print.
Obviously the number 1 tip to not losing your phone on holiday is DO NOT take it out with you, do you really need it for a day on the beach or that night out?
Being on holiday means that you are more relaxed and tend to let your guard down, especially after a few drinks, but always know where your phone is.
NEVER leave your mobile unattended in a public place.
DO NOT leave it sitting on the table.
If a strangers comes to join you at your table, or someone asks for directions and your phone is sitting blatantly on the table, pick it up, hold it or put it away. Some con artists will use the asking for directions ruse to put a map on the table, covering your mobile phone (making you forget it was there in the first place) when they leave the pick up their map and YOUR mobile.
DO NOT leave it sticking out of an unzipped handbag
Gentlemen, DO NOT leave it sticking out of your back pockets, chances are you will not even feel someone lifting it.
DO NOT have your credit cards, driving licence etc tucked into the phone case, lose one, you lose them all causing even more headache.
DO NOT get involved with the pea/potato men here in Benidorm, most of the people involved are pick pockets.
DO NOT have your phone on SILENT - Only use silent mode when it’s needed, having your phone on silent can cause problems if it is misplaced.
Mobile phones these days are expensive, why not purchase a cheaper version just for your holiday, or if the camera on the phone is what you use most, leave the phone in the hotel safe and purchase a cheap camera to take out with you.
If going out in a group, have just one member of the group have a phone with them for emergencies, a holiday is to be enjoyed, not spent sending text messages to all and sundry back home, wait and do that when you are safely back in your hotel room.
Mobile Phone Safety Tips
Keeping the data on your phone safe
Use the security features provided. Most mobile phones have security features that are designed to stop people accessing a phone and using it if it is lost or stolen, but for these features to work you need to make sure they are switched on.
Turn on password or biometric protection
About a third of mobile phone users do not use a password to protect their phones. Passwords are the first line of defence in protecting your data if your device is lost or stolen. Better yet, enable both a password and biometric identification like a fingerprint swipe if that is available.
Backup your data
Do this before you leave for your trip and during your travels, make sure you backup your contacts and other data, like photos, so that if your phone is lost or stolen, your data can be easily restored.
Before going on holiday, clean your phone
Delete old apps that you are not using, quite often APPS can track your location and collect data about you, why risk that information falling into the wrong hands for an app you don't use?
Install the latest updates
Updates help ensure your phone has the latest security measures installed or updated. Without carrying out important updates, your existing security could make for easy pickings.
Add a lock screen message
If you do lose your phone, having handy information such as ‘if found’ available on your lock screen can help reunite you with your handset.
Beware of public Wi-Fi hotspots
When traveling abroad, using Wi-Fi instead of a cellular connection can save you money on data roaming fees. But Wi-Fi is less secure than cellular, especially if the network is not password protected. Hackers could intercept communications stealing passwords, credit card numbers and other personal information from you, make sure you do not sharing credit card or other personal information if using a public hotspot.
Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when you are not using them.
When these services are turned on the radios are constantly searching for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth networks to connect to. The constant pinging of radios can be used to locate you. Keeping them off will also help conserve the battery on your phone.
Turn on "find-my-phone" and remote wiping
If your phone is lost or stolen, you can use the find-your-phone feature to locate it. You should also wipe your device of any data so that someone who has your phone can't access all your information. But these services will not work if they are not turned on before you lose your device, so make sure they're enabled.
Keep an eye on your accounts
Check your bank accounts whilst you are away (on a secured network, of course) to see if there is anything unusual going on. The quicker you spot fraud, the better.
Be careful what you share
If you share to social media while you are away, double check your privacy settings to make sure you’re not over-sharing. It’s the difference between showing your friends what a lovely time you’re having, and broadcasting your location to the internet, and the fact that you are not at home.
Be careful how you list your personal numbers.
After a lady had her handbag stolen (Not here in Benidorm) which contained her phone, credit card, wallet, etc. . . . . . 20 minutes later when she called her husband, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, he was astonished and told her . . 'Oh gosh.. I received your text asking about our Pin number and I've replied a little while ago.' When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen phone to text “hubby” in the contact list & got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.
a. Do not disclose the relationship between you & the people in your contact list. Always avoid using names like Home, Missus, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mum, etc.
b. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, do not respond BUT immediately CONFIRM by calling back.
c. Also, when you receive a text unexpectedly from friends or family asking you to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful about going places to meet 'family and friends' who text you.
Mobile Phone Safety Tips
What to do if your phone is lost or stolen
If you lose your phone obviously your main concern is tracking it down. If you’re at a bar/restaurant, speak with the bar staff or manager and inform them that you have lost your phone. The chances may be slim, but a kind customer may have picked it up and handed it in - you never know!
Contact your network provider
As soon as you notice your phone is missing contact your network provider and inform them that it’s lost or stolen. Reporting your lost phone to your provider as soon as possible (recommended to be done in 24 hours of it going missing) will also reduce the risk of paying for unauthorised phone usage.
Your provider will be able to blacklist your phone and cancel your SIM, so no one else will be able to use it for unauthorised calls etc. If you find your phone your network provider will normally be able to reactivate it.
Your network will usually send you a replacement SIM card, but they may charge an administration fee.
Your network won’t normally replace your phone free of charge and you’ll have to carry on paying your monthly line rental until the end of your contract.
If you don’t get a free replacement phone, you’ll have to decide whether to: buy a new phone and continue with your current contract or wait until your current contract ends and get a new contract that includes a free phone
Contact the police
This is important as if someone else runs up a big bill on your phone you’ll usually have to pay for the cost of the calls up until the time you reported the phone missing.
You will need to do this if you want to claim on your insurance, make a note of the crime reference number.
The SATE office here in Benidorm can help you make a police report.
How to identify your mobile phone if it is stolen
Each handset manufactured for use in the UK has a unique International Mobile Equipment Identity number (IMEI) hardwired into it during the manufacturing process. Knowing the IMEI will help the police identify your handset should it be stolen. UK network operators will also prevent a stolen handset from working across their respective networks if you can
tell them the IMEI.
You can find your handset's IMEI by:
Typing *#06# into the keypad of your handset
OR looking inside the battery or SIM card compartment of your handset
OR looking on the side of the box, or on the associated paperwork, that you received when purchasing the handset
Change your passwords. For security change passwords of your face book, twitter accounts etc.
Every year 100s of phones are handed in to the Lost and Found department of Benidorm´s Local Police station, so it is always worth checking, as you phone could be there but they have no way of contacting you if your phone is security locked.
Contact your insurance company
If your phone is insured or covered by your home insurance policy you will usually be able to claim for a new one.
Contact your insurance provider to find out what cover you have and how they can get you a replacement. If your phone was stolen you’ll need to give them the crime reference number.
If your phone is insured you might be covered for the cost of unauthorised calls made between you losing your phone and reporting it missing. Check with your insurance provider.
Try using a FIND my phone system - How to track a lost or stolen mobile phone.
Many of our members post details about their lost or stolen phones on the Benidorm Seriously Facebook Group and happily many have been reunited with their phones.
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Bars in Benidorm - Many of Benidorm's bars, like many of the Hotels fall under common ownership. There are few, however, that can boast the quality of the Touch of Class Group. With an outstanding collection of the towns top cabaret bars, there will always be one just perfect for you.
One of the liveliest Bars in town during the summer months. Marta and her team will make you very welcome. The evenings start with a fabulous section of the best of Benidorm's cabaret acts, peaking with Simon and Lesley's iconic portrayal of Meatloaf at his finest. Live upbeat music will take the evening into the early hours, with Jokers famous Foam party often finishing off the evening while the weather still permits.
The bar also has facilities for numerous other functions throughout the season, such as VIP areas for parties, large screen TVs for sport and bouncy castle for the kids. Well worth a visit any time of year.
19th December - There is going to be an exciting BRAND NEW Sinatra’s opening in 2022 in new premises very close by in Calle Lepanto in the building that was previously Sandra’s bar. This will be fully refurbished with lots of new exciting “Touch of Class” additions, along with your favourite familiar Sinatra’s faces
23rd November CLOSED
We have received the following announcement from Sinatra's.
"Hello everyone, just to let you all know that after another successful fiestas at the original home of the fancy dress party we are going to give our staff some time to recover while we make some changes to the bar itself, that means that we will be closing our doors as from Tuesday 23rd of November, our sister club Jokers will be open and ready to welcome you until we are are back up and running, we will be back bigger and better very shortly, thank you all for your continued support"
One of Benidorm's oldest established Cabaret Bars. Again with a selection of the strongest acts in town. Very popular early evenings with many of the more mature visitors to the town, but don´t be mistaken. Sinatra's is still bouncing long after many of the other bars have closed for the evening.
Sinatra's is also the centre for the famous Fancy Dress day, when Benidorm hosts Europe's biggest fancy dress parade. A local festival in the new town, that originated from Sinatra's bar and the rest of the town followed their lead.
Bars in Benidorm The Touch of Class Group
If you love the Cabaret scene, but would prefer to be far from the maddening crowd, then Tropical have you covered. If you don`t fancy facing the manic atmosphere of the main strip, but want to see the acts, look no further. The Tropical bar will bring the acts to you. Positioned on the Rincon area of the town and close to some of the most popular Hotels, you will find the Tropical Bar. Stan and his team extend a warm welcome to everyone including children and the bar serves some of the best cocktails in town. Most of the top acts from the strip can also be found in Tropical, all major sporting events are also covered on large screens.
Sinatra's Premium - Re-opens 17th February
Positioned "almost" next door to Tropical, you will find Sinatra's Premium. A touch of Class like to offer alternative cabaret and just like the strip there is never a cover charge to get in. This makes switching between the bars very easy if you prefer to see the entertainment in the bar next door.
Like Tropical, Sinatra's premium offer the top acts from the strip, welcome children and are also one of the few bars who offer shisha pipes. You can be confident there are no illegal substances used. Tip of the day: You will find one of Benidorm's best breakfasts here as well.
Serving two purposes, the Western themed bar is a major attraction for line dancers during the day, and a big attraction for the younger tourists at night. With its close proximity to the famous Square, This can be a good place to start the evening. There are also occasional shows, often with an adult theme and music from the modern era to suit the bars younger clientele.
Bars in Benidorm The Touch of Class Group
Chaplin's - re-opens 17th February
With some early evening Cabaret, often aimed for the younger generation, building up to adult themed shows such as the midget stripper and ending the night with the best of the current dance hits, Chaplin's is another popular bar with the young.
Positioned at the foot of the square, this can be another good place to start the night, never having to walk too far to stay with the action.
They say Benidorm has something for everyone. If its entertainment, live sport and a lively night you are after, regardless of your age. A Touch of Class has you covered.
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