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March news

A novel way to assist tourists

Malaga City is in investing in a novel way to assist tourists by turning street cleaners into impromptu tourist guides.

The plan developed by the council of Malaga aims to teach around 110 street cleaners the English language in order to offer assistance with directions and to give their opinion on what to visit and how to get there.

Part of the plan is to give the cleaners guided visits of Malaga City’s museums to enable them to give knowledgeable advice and to give specific information on places of interest close to the areas in which the cleaners work.

Some of the investment of the plan is to give leaflets and maps to the cleaners to allow them to point out things to the tourists that request guidance and assistance. This will enable the cleaners to offer a first person information service and promote the selling points of the various attractions that Malaga City has to offer.

The projects idea was thought up by the council members of Malaga following a survey that found that street cleaners were the third popular choice to ask for information on where to go and directions on how to get there. According to the survey the two most popular groups to ask for assistance by tourists were the tourist office and the police.

Malaga is the jewel in the Spanish economy

The president of the Junta de Andalucia gave a speech to a forum recently highlighting the revival of the economy in Spain and particularly in Andalucia. The president said ‘Malaga is the jewel in the Spanish economy’, for which reason the president has asked for further government investment in projects within the region.

The president stressed ‘I cannot imagine a better investment than in Malaga’ and stated ‘in my opinion these investments would improve international connections with the region and mean that Malaga was the obvious gateway to the sea from Madrid’.

The president added ‘In the last few months, one out of every two jobs created in Spain were in Andalucia’.

Malaga gets ‘must visit’ vote

Recently, Malaga was given the prestigious honour of being named the second most exciting destination on the planet for 2015 by the travel experts at Rough Guide.

Now another prestigious honour has been awarded to the area by world renowned travel experts Frommers of one of the fifteen must visit destinations of 2015.

Malaga was listed alongside such places as Argentina, London and Shanghai as one of the best destinations to visit in 2015. Frommers stated ‘2015 in particular is the best time to discover or rediscover these fifteen sensational places’ and about Malaga is said ‘with miles of shoreline, a rich culture and an average January temperature of 63 degrees, Malaga on Spain’s southern coast has a lot going for it, except relatively few tourists, which qualifies Malaga as a find’.

They added that the transformation began in 2011 with the opening of various prestigious museums and adding an elegant seaside promenade which made the City a great option for travellers who want to enjoy the cultural offerings of a vibrant city but still be close to the fabulous beaches of the Costa del Sol.

In conclusion they said ‘Sun, culture, beaches and affordable prices earn Malaga a spot on our 2015 list’.

Spain #1 for retirees

Spain has been chosen as the top European destination for people wanting to retire abroad and was fifth overall in the world as a place to retire.

The report by retirement experts International Living particularly praised the Costa del Sol, stating that ‘thousands of English speaking expats in the area makes it much easier for retirees to integrate and fit in’.

The main factors for retirees choosing Spain as their retirement destination was; the laid back lifestyle, the beaches, the mountains, vibrant cities, the plethora of golf and the fantastic climate.

The report is an American publication and therefore the countries that finished above Spain in the list reflect this important factor. These were Costa Rica, Malaysia, Ecuador and Panama.

The report went further and recommended the Spanish cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga.

Dinosaur themed park to be opened in Estepona

The planned park, the first of its kind in Andalucia, will be located in Los Pedregales. The park will also include other adventure activities and leisure attractions.

The park is due to open before Easter and will be based around the animals that populated the Earth millions of years ago. The dinosaur park will be one of three parks that will occupy the area. There will be another park for adventure and a third park centred around leisure with designated areas for parties.

The technical director of Geopark, the company in charge of the project said ‘The idea is to make three parks, which although not too large overall requires a large area. The main attraction of the park will be the dinosaurs themselves, these will be full scale replicas along with interactive activities, a visitor centre and there will be several shows based on dinosaurs.

The work on the project has already started this month and will coast around €400,000 and the project is hoped to be a leader in Spain as throughout the country there are only five or six parks of a similar nature.

The second park, centred on adventure is already open offering more than 30 activities including orienteering, zip lining and paintballing. It is planned to build a go karting track in the third park based on leisure activities.

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