Murcia Region Foreign Population Increases by 11%Murcia region had one of the highest increase of foreign
residency registrations in Spain for 2007, reiterating it´s popularity
for as one of the primary choices for people emigrating to Spain
Murcia´s overall Population grew by 2.3% as of January 1st.2008, according to figures just released by the National institute of statistics in Spain. According to the padron register 15.7% of Murcia´s population are non nationals. There was a total of 31,946 new registrations on the padron of which 22,398 were non nationals. Murcia is proving to be a very popular choice when considering where to emigrate to, this of course is helped by the easy of excess to the airport of San Javier with more and more routes being added from Britain,France , Germany,Belgium and Scandinavia and more to come when the second runway is officially opened in April 2009. And to this Murcia´s micro climate which is a major contributing factor in the area being considered the healthiest place to live in the world.
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29th. August 2008
San Javier Airport Expands
The government´s representative Rafael Gonzalez announced on his visit to the airport this week, that the second runway will be fully operational by April 2009. He said that all the work for the second runway will have been completed by October 2008, and therefore will be used by the Air force. These leaves the existing runway free for all commercial flights, with new daytime arrivals and take offs being permitted. In the 30 years of the airport being operative no daytime flights have been allowed due to the necessity of the Air Forces use.In recent times some early morning flights have been allowed, but from next year daytime flights will commence. With this news comes a further annoucement that improvements and expansion to the arrivals and departure areas will be improved and expanded, as well a new luggage hall and trolley park will be created , all estimated to be within the 30 million euro budget.
Torrevieja Setting New Standards For Health Care
The result of the latest report for "Quality of Patients Care" conducted by the Valencian Agency for Health, ranks Torrevieja at the TOP, ahead of All health departments in the Valencian Community. The Torrevieja Hospital Salud 22 received a score of 98%. The study and score is conducted by using the reports of patients using the Health services. This is the first time the new hospital in Torrevieja has been included in the survey, and is an amazing achievement to come out top
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EasyJet launch Newcastle – Murcia flights
easyJet has launched a new service from Newcastle to Murcia, offering travelers the chance to visit beaches along the Spanish coastline. The route is the airline's 17th from Newcastle and will operate three times a week, on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday with return tickets starting from £46.98.
Carly Brear, easyJet’s UK commercial manager, said: ‘Murcia is a popular destination from other easyJet bases in the UK. Now travelers from the north east can take advantage of one of the most popular destinations on the east coast of Spain. People of the North East can now have easier access to popular destinations such as Torrevieja, Orihuela Costa, Los Alcazares and La Manga del Mar Menor
Forward bookings for the route have been very strong, which further proves the demand for direct low fare flights from Newcastle to the sun.’
easyJet expects to carry 41,000 passengers on this new route in the first 12 months of operation.
Further Expansion to San Javier Airport
A further boost to the Murcian economy is the news that 49.3 million euros will be invested in the existing airport in San Javier, Murcia. There are plans to build a new terminal building, expand the car parking areas and provide new roads leading to the airport. Additionally the second runway will open - which will mean an increase in flight availability to the area. This will give a massive boost to the major tourist towns of Los Alcazares and La Manga as well as other towns surrounding the Mar Menor.
Boost for Costa Calida Coast Line
Home owners, businesses and visitors will all benefit from 7 different improvement projects along the Murcia coastline. The 16 million euros budget announced by Ministry of the Environment and the Coastal Administration will be used for a variety of purposes, including improving existing coastal facilities recovering natural open spaces. This is very good news for towns like Los Alcazares, Saniiago de Ribera and La Manga del Mar Menor who all rely on the beaches to attract tourism.
Murcia Wine Produces Bottle Vino-Light
According to Typically Spanish, a vineyard in the wine producing region of Jumilla, Murcia has invented "vino light".
The wine - Altos de la Ermita - has an alcohol content of 6.5 degrees - half the normal amount for traditional wine.According to the publication this means it also has fewer calories.The new light wine partly came about as a result of research from the Murcia and Cartagena University and the Technological Development Centre.
Restaurants from Los Alcazares to la Manga should have the first bottles on sale in April ready for all wine boffins visiting the Mar Menor and Murcia Region
New Commercial Centre for Los Belones,
La Manga Spain.
The centre will have a multiplex cinema, a skating ring, gymnasium, a night cub, a large space solely for “cultural” displays and of course lots of retail shops.There will also be a large children’s area.
All the necessary licenses have now been obtained, so it is planned that the work will start within the month. The entire build is projected to cost in the region of seventy six million euro´s. and take about three years to be completely finished.
The designated site is 46,500m2 and once fully operational it is estimated that 4.5million people will visit the centre per annum. The centre will be a huge boost to employment for the area with about 1000 people being employed directly and a further 500 people indirectly through companies servicing the retail site.
The centre will also have café’s, restaurants and bars, so as to make it a
excellent all day experience.It is also hoped that it will have a knock on effect for the surrounding tourist attractions in La Manga and other Mar Menor area’s close by.
Hi Tech Torrevieja Health Service.
Since the opening of the New Torrevieja Hospital,the health Service has improved beyond everyone’s expectations.Torrevieja Health service in the past has struggled to copewith the ever changing population, and demand has always been difficult tojudge. Particularly in the height of the tourist season, when the influx oftourist and home owners, from overseas and nationals alike. This influx has always but a heavy burden on the emergency system in particular. But due to the new mobile phone text system this no longer is the case.
This innovative idea is simple, all you need to do is subscribe to the text service and then when you need accident and emergency all you´ll need to do is text “Urgencias” to 5013. You will then be informed of the waiting times in each of the emergency departments throughout the area. This in turn allows the hospital to reserve it’s accident and emergency unit for the most serious of cases.
But it’s not just the A and E department that is getting rave revues a recent survey had very positive comments. The out patient dept. received 90.7%, in patients got 95.5% And the Emergency Dept. 89.8%....
In particular the patients surveyed at Torrevieja Hospital commented most about, Hygiene,security, confidentiality and the Nursing staff.
Torrevieja Hospital has become an asset to the area, with a very efficient service much appreciated by residents and visitors to the area.
Torrevieja Boasts Biggest Marina
Francisco Camps the president of Valencia, official opened Torrevieja´s New Marina. The extended marina with 722 new berths extends over an area of 9500sq.meters of reclaimed land. This makes it Spain´s largest Mediterranean coast Marina. The marina at Torrevieja can take yachts up to 35 meters long and 10 meters wide. The Marina also has a dry dock facility for boats up to 60 tonnes.
Murcia Tourism Boom
According to data from the Ministry of Tourism and commerce the increase of tourist spending in Murcia has risen 30% over last year.And is a substantial increase as the national average increase for Spain is 3%. The data also shows that number of visitors to the Murcia Region are up by 18% and the national average of visitors to Spain is 2.1%. San Javier has also seen an increase of passenger traffic by 23%. In addition Cruise liners visiting the port of Cartagena are up by 20% and hotel occupancy for one night stays is up 16.5% again again the national Spanish average of 2.2%.
The ministry is expecting a health increase again for 2008. as they are promoting the region as an international destination for tourist. This is highlighted by the constant encouragement for more flights to San Javier airport from the UK,France and Germany.
All this has had a positive effect on the Murcia regions economy with the creation of jobs up 7.1%
Spain still favorite amongsts British
A PLACE IN THE SUN
Annouces the top 20 destinations for British Buying abroad
According to a survey published today (17 Jan), in the form of A Place in the Sunmagazine’s annual Top 20 buying destinations, it’s still the traditional sun-seeker’s favourite Spain that takes the number one spot for the second year running.
The poll, conducted at the recent A Place in the Sun Liveexhibition at the NEC Birmingham, the world’s largest overseas property event of its type, also saw France with its enviable lifestyle maintaining its 2006 second place and Turkey climbing into third position on the back of a wide range of developments marketing in the UK offering great value and year-round sunshine.
Says Richard Way, Editor of A Place in the Sunmagazine: “What’s really interesting about our annual Top 20 survey is that it shows UK buyers as traditional in one respect – in favouring Spain and France – but also willing to seek out new hot spots
8th. Jan. 2008
Spanish oil company Repsol to spend 3.2billion Euro´s
A spokesman for Repsol annouces the Repsol boards decision to invest 3.2billion€ on doubling production capacity at its Cartagena refinery to 220,000 barrels per day,
The expanded refinery, which should start working in 2011, will significantly reduce Spain's growing import needs for diesel.
Corvera Murcia Spain
a press conference Jose Ballesta annouced that work will commence in
the first quarter of 2008. He explained that the first phase of the
build will have the capacitity to cater for 1.5 million passenger per
annum. But he did say if it was considered neccessary they could apply
to the CAA to double this amount in time for the first flights in 2010.
The airport has
a budget of 266 million euros, and the runway will be 3km long and
45meters wide, and in total will cover over 300 hectares of land.It is
hoped that some 15,000 flights per annum will use the airport. The
project should prove a large boost to the regions economy and create in
the region of 20,000 jobs.
Economista has reported that Polaris Chairman Jose Luis Hernandez has
allied with Spanish savings bank Caja Murcia to construct a
desalination plant capable of turning sea water into supplies for a
population of 200,000 people.
23rd. Dec. 2007
La Manga Spain
has been annouced that the ICC European academy, will be based in La
Manga, Spain, during April 2008. A selection of top young female
cricketers from Europe’s associate and affiliate member countries will
take part in this the second academy. The previous one having been in
will be run as part of the ICC European Development Program following
on from the great success of the inaugural event held at Fettes
College, Edinburgh in August 2006.
2008 event is moving to La Manga club, a world-class leisure resort
located in Murcia, in south-eastern Spain on the Costa Calida that has
been the home of the ICC European Centre of Excellence and men’s
Academy for the past three years.
academy will take place from April 12-17 and will see 17 of Europe’s
most talented female cricketers between the ages of 16-21 working with
an elite ICC Europe coaching team. The main focus for the team will be
on preparing the participants for involvement in their country’s
national and club women’s programmes next summer.
TOY RECALL MURCIA SPAIN
It has been reported today:The hospitalisation of several children in the US and Australia, due to faulty Chinese toys.Has prompted Murcia to be the first region in Spain to take prompt action against these toy manufacturers in China. Murcia has already recalled 323 units of the hugely popular toy, 'Aqua Dots-Bideez', because it contains high levels of poisonous chemicals. If ingested, it becomes a dangerous drug, similar to the 'date rape' drug, which can induce unconsciousness, seizures, and death. With only a few weeks until Christmas, fast action is needed to avoid other children being injured. Officials in Murcia have sent their recommendations to the European Consumers Commission hoping that the recall will continue in other EU countries as well.
14th. December 2007
Spain: Murcia increases organic acreage with 50%
It was reported to day that the organic cultivated area in the region of Murcia increased from 100 hectares in 1997 to 25.000 in November of this year. This is an increase of 250 times in only 10 years.
The Counselor of Agriculture and Water,stated marketing of products from Murcia's organic agriculture reached 55 mlttion. euros, that is an increase of 83% with respect to last year, mainly to foreign markets (90% of the total). Organic vegetables are cultivated in 1.500 hectares, dried fruits are cultivated in 8.000 hectares and vine grapes are cultivated in an area of 3.679 hectares. Thus, Murcia is the second largest province of organic production in Spain.
5.5 million euro investment for Mar Menor Region, Spain
Councilor for Tourism and Consumers, José Pablo Ruiz Abellán, attended
a meeting last week to discuss the investment and improvement projects
proposed for the Mar Menor. Also in attendance were the members of the
Tourism Committee, including the new Mayors from the coastal
municipalities, Encarna Gil (Los Alcázares) ,Josefa García (San
Javier),and José Garcia (San Pedro del Pintar), the Councilor requested
to be updated on the existing projects in the area.The San Javier
projects, are for the improvements to the amenities of the beaches at
Playa del Castillico to gain the coveted "Q" for quality award status,
they have also purchased a beach cleaning machine to improve
cleanliness and help achieve their goal of a “Q” award.The Cartagena
region, has projects of work around the Plaza Pública de Playa Honda,
and public space and seating in the neighborhood of Los Nietos.Los
Alcázares, has work being carried out on the construction of a
roundabout at the entrance to the municipality with a sculptured arch,
and completion work is on going to the cycle way through the town.
They also discussed the feasibility for joint projects between the
areas, such as the extension of existing cycle ways to join all areas,
and the viability of sea-based transport links for the beaches in the
area.To date the investment in the area has reached 1.8 million euros,
and by 2009 it is estimated that the investment will have top 5.5
million euros.The overall aim of the group is the development of the
Mar Menor, with the sole aim of improving facilities for residents and
attracting more tourists to the area.
Portman Bay to be restored to its former glory.
Portman Bay Costa Calida is to start its long journey towards regeneration.
It has been announced by the Head of the Coastal Administration in Murcia, Francisco Baraza, after sending out
the project and the Environmental Impact Study for the regeneration and
decontamination of the bay of Portman to the various different
administrations. It has been published on the official bulletin of the
region of Murcia’s website, the project and the Environmental Impact
Study, both being prerequisites before any work on the regeneration of
the Bay of Portman could take place.
Head of the Coastal Administration added, “We would like to thank the
national government as well as the Minister of the Environment,
Cristina Narbona, for helping us resolve the historically problematic
and complex issue of the bay in Portman.”
the project and the Environmental Impact Study for the Bay of Portman
were published on 28th November and are available for public viewing
for twenty days from that date. After the 20-day period the project
will be put out to tender.
Baraza, pointed out that since July there had been an ongoing pilot
project to decontaminate part of the soil in the Bay of Portman. This
was carried out with the collaboration of the University of Murcia and
will be an arduous project, which is still in its infancy. The
residents of La Union and Portman are pleased that this once beautiful
bay will at last be restored to its former glory.
6th. Dec. 2007
Ryanair to become Alicante Airport´s No.1 Passenger Carrier
has now launched 6 new routes from Alicante to Milan, Paris, Gothenburg
(Sweden), Billund (Denmark), East Midlands, and Bournemouth.
In a media interview Caitríona Beggan, Senior Sales and Marketing Executive for Spain. annouced
(December 5th) the second brand new 189-seater Boeing 737-800 aircraft
was delivered to Alicante and will be used to operate these 6 new
routes, the second phase of our base roll-out in El Altet.Like the
first set of routes launched last month, the load factor on the first
days of operation is much higher than expected at 77%. Alicante seems
to be a hit with the Parisians in particular - 185 passengers are
booked on the first flight, that’s a load factor of 98%!”The delivery
of this second aircraft completes our initial base investment of $140
million in Alicante and brings to 18 the number of routes we operate
from El Altet. In March we will add another route to Shannon in the
West of Ireland. With all 19 routes in operation, we hope to carry 1.5
million passengers in Alicante in 2008, making us the airport’s number