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PROVINCIAL COUNCIL TOURISM PRESENTED FITUR CAMPAIGN

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Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia Provincial Council, presented the tourism campaign for the International Tourism Fair - FITUR to take place in Madrid from the 18th to the 22nd January 2017. The promotional video has the title "Live and Feel Valencian Life".


THE HOLY GRAIL ROAD

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, presided the presentation of the Holy Grail Road Project, accompanied by Charo Pizano, Tourism advisor of the promotion group of the Road, Rene Esteve, of the Lear Company commissioned to produce a video and advertising material to promote the Road, y Father Jaime Sancho, Dean of the Cathedral of Valencia and Guardian of the Holy Grail in the Cathedral, that in 2016 received around 500,000 visitors.

The Road will follow the route of the Holy Grail from the Monastery of Saint Juan de la Peña, where it remained almost four centuries, till its arrival to the Cathedral of Valencia in 1437, having crossed a total of eighteen municipalities in the Valencian Region, nine in the province of Castellon and nine in the province of Valencia.

Launched by the Valencian Tourist Board, the Holy Grail Road Project counts on the participation of the Cathedral of Valencia, the Government of Aragon, the Federation of Travel Agencies of the Valencian Region, the University of Valencia and the Association of the Grail Walk.

The Project will have a special information counter on the Valencian Region Stand at the International Tourism Fair (FITUR) to take place in Madrid from the 18th to the 22nd January 2017.

Photo by A. Saiz (AVAN).


MORAIRA 300 A3 MILES - GREFUSA CUP

Cosme Gutierrez, Chairman of Valencia Wine Denomination of Origin (second from the right in the photo above), hosted the presentation of the XVI edition of the 300 miles A3 - Grefusa Trophy, organized by the Moraira Yacht Club, to take place in Moraira at twelve noon on the 18th January, with the participation of 25 boats, three of them with teams made up of foreign residents from the area.

The photo above is by Pep Portas, of the Moraira Yacht Club and in it from left to right are; Jesus Marti, from the Grefusa Company, sponsors of the Trophy, Armado Bañon, chairman of the Moraira Yacht Club, and Ramon Marti, Commodore, followed by Cosme Gutierrez, and with Rafael Xirivella, vice chairman of the Valencia Sailing Federation, on the extreme right.


COLLABORATION BETWEEN CULLERA AND VALENCIAN GOVERNMENT

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism (extreme right in the above photo), met with Jordi Mayor, Mayor of Cullera, (sitting on his right), the managers of FOTUR (Federation of Leisure, Gaming, Recreations and like activities), and the MEDUSA Music Festival to take place in Cullera in August 2017.

Mr. Colomer stressed the increase to income in the area of Cullera as a result of the Music Festival and expressed the interest of the Valencian Government to back up this, and similar activities.


VALENCIA'S REIGN AS SILK CITY COMES TO AN END

Valencia, nominated by the UNESCO as Silk City 2016, ended its reign last evening with a concert of Medieval music offered by the Valencian group Capella de Ministrers conducted by Carlos Magraner, (in the photo above) in the Medieval Silk Exchange (Lonja de la Seda) in Valencia, with illustrious attendees, among them Juan Ribo, Mayor of Valencia (fourth from the right), Monica Oltra, Vice-president of the Valencian Government (seventh from the right), Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism (fifth from the right), and Raquel Huete, General Directress of Tourism (to Ms. Oltra's right).


560 MILLION EURO TO PLUCK VALENCIA OUT OF MEDIEVAL TECHNOLOGY ERA

Vicente Soler, Valencian Government Councillor of Income Tax, and the Treasury, presented his department's Strategic Plan that will enable five million Valencian citizens have access to Internet and public digital services by 2020 and pluck them out of the technological medieval era at a cost of 560 million Euro.

To date, less than 12% of the population has access to modern technology. The new Valencian Government Strategic Plan for TICs has been elaborated by the Executive General Department of Information Technology and Communication - DGTIC, - and will be implemented over the next four years.... It will revolve around three strategic axles, viz., strategic innovative and efficient administration; safe modern services that will transform the civil service, and strengthen the TIC sector and its relation with society and the academic world.

These three axles will in turn be defined by nineteen objectives developed by 228 interventions and over 350 concrete activities.

Councillor Soler (centre above) was accompanied by Luis Aguilo, Valencian Government Director General of Income Tax and the Treasury, and by Clara Ferrando, Autonomic Secretary of Income Tax and the Treasury.

For more detailed information please click into http://www.dgtic.gva.es .


TOURISM BOARD TO PROMOTE VALENCIA CITY

Francesc Colomer, Autonomic Secretary of the Valencian Government Tourist Board, signed an agreement with Sandra Gomez, Tourism Alderperson of Valencia City Hall, whereby the Valencia Tourist Board will undertake to promote the City of Valencia as part of its marketing campaigns in 2017.


SPECIAL FALLAS CELEBRATION

 

Fallas Fiestas are celebrated every year in Valencia culminating on the 19th March when the Fallas (gigantic effigies of paper, cardboard, and wood,) are burned, but this Sunday the 11th December a special Falla was set alight to celebrate the recent nomination by the UNESCO of the Fallas Fiestas as Heritage of Humanity.

Members of the Valencian Government were present to enjoy the spectacle with Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government posing above (fifth from the left) and Monica Oltra, vice-president standing beside him,while the Mayor of Valencia, Juan Ribo poses nest to her.

 

Above is a photo of the burning Falla.

The senior and junior Fallera Queens for the Fallas Fiesta March 2017 and their Courts of Honour, also turned up for the UNESCO celebration (photo below).


VALENCIAN PRESIDENT SEEKS BRUSSELS PROTECTION FOR FRUIT AND VEGGIES

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, met in Brussels with Cecilia Malström, European Commissioner of Trade, and during their meeting broached the problem Valencian fruit and vegetable growers are having with competition from illegal imports being sold below the standard prices.

The President mentioned especially citrus imports from South Africa being imported to Europe free of tax, unlike citrus imports from the Valencian Region.

Valencian growers also have to face the problem of the lack of pest control of many imported products resulting in these plagues attacking local harvests.

 


MORE FLIGHTS IN AND OUT OF VALENCIA IN 2017.

Sandra Gomez, Tourism Alderperson of Valencia City Hall presented the increased number of flights to take place in and out of Valencia Manises Airport during 2017, in all, 450,000 seats on 76 routes - 60 of them international and 16 national.

Ms. Gomez also highlighted the fact that the tourism year in Valencia is expected to close with a total of 4.5 million overnight stays for 2016.

Ryanair will launch 8 new connections from Valencia, adding Warsaw, Crocia, Malta, and Lanzarote to the four already operating, viz., Oporto, Manchester, Turin, and Bari.

KLM and Aeroflot maintain their flights to Amsterdam and Moscow, and Transavia continues with its direct flight to Munich.

Ukraine International Airlines will continue operating to Ivano-Frankovsk, and Vueling will maintain its flight to Algeria through the winter.

Next summer 12 new routes will be added to cities such as Glasgow, Copenhagen, Naples, IASS, Chisnau, London-Luton, and Oran.


FALLAS DECLARED HUMAN HERITAGE BY UNESCO

 

The Valencian Fallas Fiesta was declared Human Heritage by the UNESCO and champagne was uncorked to celebrate as (from right to left above) Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, Juan Ribo, Mayor of Valencia, Raquel Alario, the Senior Fallas Queen for 2017, and Monica Oltra, Vice-president of the Valencian Government, raised their flutes in Valencia City Hall in a triumphant toast!!!!

Below employees in Valencia City Hall joined in the celebration.


ASIAN AMBASSADORS VISIT VALENCIAN CATERING SCHOOL

Jose M. Chiquillo, Focal Point in Spain for the Silk Road (third from the left) and Francesc Colomer, Autonomic Secretary of Tourism for the Valencian Government (ninth from the left) hosted the visit of a group of Asian ambassadors to the Tourism Centre for Professional Training - CdT, a very successful catering school for International students run by the Valencian Government,....... and the diplomats were duly impressed.


THIS YEAR'S BOTANIST CABANILLES AWARD GOES TO THE BALEARIA SHIPPING LINE

The Valencian Association of Tourism Journalists and Writers, (AVPYET) presented their Botanist Cabanilles Tourism Award 2015 to the Balearia Shipping Line located in Denia. Adolfo Utor the chairman and major shareholder of the company, received the Award on behalf of the 1196 employees.

Juan A. Calabuig, chairman of AVPYET (on the right of chairman Utor in the photo) presented the award, while Francesc Colomer, Autonomic Secretary of Tourism of the Valencian Government (on the left of chairman Utor) gave a congratulatory talk. Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy in the Provincial Council of Valencia (on Mr. Colomer's left) was also one of the guests of honour. All the other persons in the photo are members of the board of AVPYET.

FORMER MAYORESS PASSES AWAY

Exclusive photos copyright Patricia Murray

Rita Barbera, Mayoress of Valencia, for twenty four years, who passed away suddenly this week, was mourned by thousands of citizens in Valencia, A Funeral Mass, officiated by Cardinal Canizares was held at the Municipal Cemetery prior to incineration.

Among the mourners were former Mayoress Barbera's brothers and sisters and fourteen nieces and nephews. Mariano Rajoy, Prime Minister of Spain, Ana Pastor, Chairperson of the Spanish Congress, and M; Dolores de Cospedal, Spanish Minister of Defence, attended the Funeral Service as ordinary mourners.

 

Four large wreaths from the family were placed on the alter directly behind the coffin and a wreath with the colours ,of the Spanish flag brought by the Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy was place alongside them (the wreath on the far right above).

 

Rita Barbera's coffin was covered by the Spanish and Valencian flags. The Mayor Baton she received when she was first elected Mayoress on the 15th July 1991, and which she wielded till the 13th June 2015, was placed on the Valencian flag, (photo above).

The Crystal Ballroom (photo above) in City Hall Valencia, was the scene of endless queues as, over a period of three days, Valencian people flocked to sign in several Books of Condolences placed on stands beside a photo of former Mayoress Barbera and a bouquet of red roses - her favourite colour (photo below left). Many foreign citizens resident in Valencia also signed in one of the books, and below right is one written in Gaelic (Irish).


JAMES I AWARDS IN VALENCIA

King Felipe and Queen Leticia of Spain presided the annual distribution of the James I Awards (known as the Valencian Nobel Awards) in the Silk Exchange (La Lonja) in Valencia, They were accompanied by the President of the Valencian Government, Ximo Puig, the Mayor of Valencia, Juan Ribo, the Spanish Minister of Health, Dolores Montserrat, and Vicente Boluda, Chairman of the Institute of Advanced Studies, sponsors of the Awards.

The award winners (all men) were:

Francisco Martinez, for Basic Research; Albert Marcet, for Economy; Elias Campo, for Medical Research, Miguel Bastos, for Protection of the Environment; Hermengildo Garcia, for New Technology; and Alberto Gutierrez, for Entrepreneurship.

President Ximo Puig and the six award winners.

Some of the guests in the Lonja


KING AND QUEEN OF SPAIN VISIT CENTRAL MARKET IN VALENCIA

King Felipe and Queen Leticia of Spain, sponsors of the centenary celebrations of the Central Market in Valencia toured the stalls and shook hands with the men and women selling their products there.

In the photo above the King and Queen are accompanied by (from left to right) Carlos Moragues, Delegate of the Spanish Government in Valencia, Dolores Montserrat, Spanish Minister of Health, Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, and Juan Ribo, Mayor of Valencia.


BRITISH AMBASSADOR IN VALENCIA

Simon Manley (second from the right above), British Ambassador to Spain, was in Valencia where he visited the British Cemetery accompanied by Trevor Nicholas, and from (left to right) Marcela, Pam, and Diana

The Ambassador was impressed by the work carried out by the International Women's Club to maintain the upkeep of the cemetery, plant flowers and shrubs, paint the railings and the facade, and carry out periodical cleanups.

Ambassador Manley was especially interested in the new project to restore the stained glass windows (photo below) designed by a Valencian artist at the beginning of the last century, but that have deteriorated over the years.

 

Photos by Patricia Murray


GASTRONOMY FAIR FROM THE 19th - 21st NOVEMBER 2016

The Gastronomy Fair, that will take place in Pavilion 5 of the Valencia Trade Fair Complex from the 19th to the 21st November promises to be a resounding success this year. Covering an area of 10,000 square metres it will have 150 trademarks between wine cellars, manufacturers, distributors, machinery and equipment, service companies, public and private institutions, and professional groups and will consist of different sections such as:

1) The Central Kitchen, with the theme "Mediterranean versus the Atlantic" will have 50 distinguished chefs making dishes.

2) A 50 metres Gourmet Bar will enable visitors to sample specialist cuisine,

3) Cooking - workshops

4) Real Bread (#pandeverdad), with famous bakers

5) Wine Experience - wine tasting

6) The Rice Corner - show cooking of rice dishes.

7) "Among olives" (Entreolivas) dedicated to olive oil.

8) "Artisan Beers" (Cervezas Artesanas).

9) Cocktail club

10) A children's corner

ENTRANCE TICKETS: on the website http://www.gastronoma.es

Professionals are free

General Public - 3 Euro that will include a free beer.

Lisbon is the invited city and chefs from there will offer Portuguese delicacies.


INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, EDUCATION, AND THE HUMANITIES

COMMENCEMENT

The International Academy of Science, Technology, Education and the Humanities (AICTEH), invites you to the annual commencement ceremony.

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. Saturday 12th November

WHERE: Monastery of Saint Michael and the Kings (Valencian Library).

DRESS CODE: Ladies - long gowns or cocktail dresses. Gents - bow tie or uniforms. Both ladies and gentlemen are requested to wear any medals, sashes, or other distinctions they have.

LUNCH (optional)

A Gala Lunch will be served at 02:00 p.m. in the LAS ARCADIAS RESTAURANT, Espartero Street, 4. Price: 45 Euro

The Ambassador of Monaco, the general Consul of Colombia, and the vice-consul of the Dominican Republic will attend.

 

To see the list of other distinguished guests who will receive awards, and to buy a lunch ticket, click into http://www.academiadelasciencias.es. To turn the pages of the brochure, slide the mouse from right to left.

Editor Patricia Murray (already an Honorary Academician of AICTEH) will receive a distinctive at the Commencement.

.MONASTERIO DE SAN MIGUEL Y LOS REYES (Biblioteca de Valencia)

HOW TO GET THERE

BUS NUMBER 16 destination VINALESA. the stop is on the "island) at the door of the Ateneo Mercantile in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento and there are around 14 stops to the Monastery.

TRAM NUMBER 6 to TOSSAL DEL REY - this leaves from Maritima Serreria terminal that can be reached by Metro from the COLON metro stop or by taking the Rafelbunol Metro from Colon to Benimaclet, going out up to the street and then taking the number 6 tram. The stop after the Levante Football Stadium will get you to the Monastery and the same ticket will get you on the Metro and tram.

Friday the 11th November,a Mass for the souls of the deceased members and friends of AICTEH will be hel at the Birthplace of San Vicente Ferrer O.P. Calle del Pouet,1. - just off the Glorieta behind the bank (Bancaja).


EXPOSITION - MADE OF GLASS

 

Made of Glass (Fet de Vidrio) a Valencian Government Work Centre where physically challenged persons make hand painted glass objects, will hold an exhibition of their creations "A SINGULAR LOOK" (Una Mirada Singular).

This is an opportunity to buy wonderful economic and unusual Christmas gifts for friends and family

DATE: Thursday 10th November - to the 30th. November

WHEN: 06:30 p.m.

WHERE: Handcrafts Centre, Hospital Street, 7 (beside the MUVIM). 

 

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20th October - 20th November
Teatro Principal.
Barcas Street, 15
VALENCIA - 46002

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XXI UTIEL GASTRONOMY FAIR 21st TO 23rd OCTOBER

Fernando Benlliure, Mayor of Utiel was in the Valencia Provincial Council where he presented the 2016 Utiel XXI Gastronomy Fair to take place from the 21st to the 23rd October in the Paseo de la Alameda, Utiel. At the presentation, Mayor Benlliure was accompanied by Pilar Moncho, Provincial Council Deputy of Tourism, Mercedes Belenguer, Provincial Council Deputy of Social Services.

On Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd, the Wine Train will transport visitors from Valencia to the Gastronomy Fair.

Departure of the Wine Train both days will be at 09:50 a.m. from the Estacion del Norte in Valencia, with arrival in Utiel at 11:47 a.m.

The return Wine Train will leave Utiel at 06:40 p.m. and will arrive in Valencia at 08:20 p.m.

Tickets cost 10 Euro if purchased on the Internet website http://www.entradas.com (write Tren de Vino Utiel in the little search space), while those bought at the train will cost 11 Euro, but there may not be seats available.

This 10 Euro covers the cost of the train journey from Valencia to Utiel and back to Valencia, and the train ticket includes one wine sample at the Fair as well as three gastronomy samples, one wine glass, and one pottery dish.

A guided tour of Utiel is also included in the price.

30 exhibitors will have stands at the Fair this year. and a tapa plus a glass of wine will cost 2 Euro.

For further information contact the Utiel Town Hall telephone: 96.217.05.04

or the Utiel Tourist Office telephone: 96.217.08.79 - http://www.utiel.es

Special programmes will be organized for Agencies and bus groups.

The XXI Utiel Gastronomy Fair is sponsored by Ritmo Catering and the Tyrius Housewives Association.

During the presentation, Pilar Moncho announced that Valencia had just been named the World Food Capitol 2017.

 

Photo above: Pilar Moncho with Fernando Benlliure, Mayor of Utiel on her right and Mercedes Belenguer beside him. On Deputy Moncho's left we have Lorena Monteagudo, Utiel Town Hall Alderperson of Trade Fairs, and beside her Isidora Vergara, Chairperson of the Utiel Gastronomy Fair.

Photo below: all the participants raise a glass of sparkling wine for the success of the Utiel Gastronomy Fair


A WARNING TO TOURISTS IN SPAIN

A group of British lawyers are travelling around Benidorm in the Valencian Region of Spain, and encouraging tourists to put in claims against hotels for "food poisoning", or "slipping beside the hotel swimming pool" or a number of other complaints, the majority with absolutely no proof. But added to the tourist claim is a legal bill for 5,000 Euro in some cases, even though the claim may be for only 500 Euro.

In view of the increase in the number of these "claims" the Valencia Association of Hotel Owners has started an investigation, and tourists may find themselves not only having to return the amount they received, but the 5,000 Euro lawyer fee, along with a strong fine for presenting a fraudulent claim.

Tourists should be aware that ALL establishments in the Valencian Region have what is known as "El Libro de Reclamaciones" or "Claims Book". This consists in an official Valencian Government stamped notebook in which each page bears a number and has three carbon copies. Once the claimant fills out this page, then he/she keeps the top copy, the establishment keeps the second copy, and the third copy is sent to the pertinent Valencian Government authority, who investigates the complaint.


SPANISH GOVERNMENT DELEGATE VISITED THE NBC REGIMENT

Carlos Moragues, Delegate of the Spanish Government in the Valencian Region, visited the Nuclear, Biological, and Chemistry (NBC) Valencia Number 1 of the Spanish Army located in Paterna in Valencia. 350 men and women make up this Regiment to defend against possible NBC. aggressions to the environment or people. In Spanish the regiment is called the NBQ, the letter Q standing for Quimica or the Spanish word for Chemistry.

During his visit to Paterna, Mr. Moragues saw proof of the high preparation of the regiment to fight against a possible NBC threat to the Valencian Region. The NBC Regiment "Valencia" Number 1 is made up of different scouting units, of decontamination, the gathering of NBC samples, and laboratories to analyze the agents gathered at the scene of attack, in contaminated zones.

The NBC is also directed to prevent, neutralize and mitigate adverse effects caused by the use or threat of the use of arms or NBC artifacts, or by the emission of industrial toxic materials (TIM).

The regiment's mission is to boost other military units to defend against NBC aggression in any place, either nullifying or neutralizing their effects through the identification of aggressors used, the recognition of contaminated zones, the establishment of security areas, and the decontamination of personnel and material affected.


VALENCIAN GOVERNMENT POLICE CELEBRATE THEIR DAY

The Valencian Government police force celebrated its feast day and to commemorate the day a number of decorations were distributed to relevant members of the force, the Civil Guards (Guardia Civil), the Spanish Army, Navy, and the NATO forces located in Valencia.

The ceremony was attended by Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government (fifth from the left in the second row), Carlos Moragues, Spanish Government Delegate in the Valencian Region (to the left of the President), Pilar de la Oliva, chairperson of the Valencian High Court of Justice (in the green jacket next to Mr. Moragues), Enric Morera, chairman of the Valencian Parliament (on the right of President Puig in the above photo), and Gabriela Bravo, Valencian Government Councillor of Justice (on his right), among others.

In the front row are some of the decorated forces who in 2015 recovered stolen works of art to the value of 2,8 million Euro, rescued a young boy from a raging fire, saved a stabbed young women from bleeding to death, rescued a baby who had been left in a dumpster, and helped extinguish 700 forest fires in the Valencian Region so far in 2016.


CHINESE INVESTORS IN THE VALENCIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Vicente Morata, chairman of the Valencia Chamber of Commerce (second from the right in the photo above), accompanied by M. Dolores Parra, General Manageress of Internationalization of the Valencian Government Council of Economy, received a delegation of Chinese investors in the Valencia Chamber of Commerce. The investors were invited to Valencia by the RIMONTGO Valencian real-estate company.


TOURISM INCREASES IN THE VALENCIAN REGION

 

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, and Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, held an intensive work meeting (photo above) to coordinate the latest statistics on the tourism industry in the Valencian Region, and they later met with members of the press to pass on this information below (photo left).

Tourists from the rest of Spain went up by 19%, the number of British tourists increased by 23%, those from France by 47%, from Italy by 26%, while visitors from Germany and Scandinavia also increased, but President Puig stressed that even though there was a 12% rise in tourism rentability in 2015, there is no reason to be complacent.

 

There will be more involvement in tourism by the different Valencian Government º9w, and the tourism departments from the Valencia County Council and Valencia City Hall, and in the coming weeks a new Tourism Law will be debated in the Valencian Parliament.

In upcoming months new courses will be established in the Valencian Government Tourism Centres for Professional Training (CdT's), as well as upgrading courses for CEO's in the tourism industry, and specialized courses in universities throughout the Valencian Region.

Finally, an Online Marketing campaign will be launched targeting tourists from China and other emerging tourism zones.

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