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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.


MUNICIPAL MARKETS TO OPEN THE NIGHT OF THE 17TH SEPTEMBER

Valencia City Hall, through its Department of Commerce, has organized a festive night to take place in the city's Municipal Markets from 08:00 p.m. to midnight on the 17th September.

With the title "Bonic/a Fest" the markets will offer shoppers samples of gastronomy, music, and cultural events.

According to City Hall Alderman Carlos Galiana, the idea is to put the municipal markets on the map and open them to all citizens who do not already know of their existence.

From Monday the 12th to Friday the 16th September a stand will be set up in the main square of Valencia offering information and leaflets regarding the event.

The sponsors will also have stands in the area, viz., Ford, Amstel, My Taxi, Mercavalencia, and Aguas de Valencia.


CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CHAIRMAN HOSTED ENTREPRENEURS

Vicente Morata, chairman of the Valencian Chamber of Commerce (extreme right in the front row), hosted a business lunch for entrepreneurs with Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government (second from the left in the front row) as guest of honour.

Executives from the Chambers of Commerce in Alicante, Castellon, Alcoy, and Orihuela, also attended the lunch as did Rafael Climent, Valencian Government Councillor of Sustainable Economy, Productive Sectors, Trade and Labour, Vicente Soler, Valencian Government Councillor of the Treasury, Aurelio Martinez, chairman of the Valencia Port Authority, Vicente Boluda, chairman of the Valencian Association of Entrepreneurs, Vicente Gonzalez, chairman of the Valencian Confederation of Enterprises (CIERVAL), and executives from the Valencian supermarket chain Mercadona, from Stadler Rail, Ford Spain Motor Company, the Consum Cooperative, Balearia Shipping and the Porcelanosa ceramic tiles company,

Cristobal Aguado, chairman of the Association of Valencian Farmers was also there, along with Emili Villaescusa chairman of the Confederation of Cooperatives in Valencia, and Manuel Broseta, chairman of the Conexus Foundation, together with executives from the Bankia, Santander, Sabadell,Bankinter, and BBVA banks.

In his address to the guests, chairman Morata stressed the three priorities for the economic prosperity of the Valencian Region, viz., to attract foreign investments, undertake infrastructures (the Sagunto-Zaragoza line - the third loop of the Mediterranean Corridor, connection to the ports, the north access to the Port of Valencia, ZAL, the entrepreneurial park in Elche), and a just funding from the Spanish central government.

Mr. Morata also glossed over the economic growth of the Valencian Region (3.7% in the second trimester of 2016), with a record in exports (9%).

"In tourism we are about to beat all records" said the chairman "because in the first six months of this year alone we have had over 3 million tourists (a 19% growth compared to 2015), while Benidorm, the tourism capitol par exellence, registered over 1,300,000 overnight stays in the month of July, with an almost full bookings, while industry increased by over 5%".


VALENCIA CITY REVEALS TOURISM RESULTS

Sandra Gomez, Tourism Alderperson of Valencia City Hall, held a meeting with Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism (second from the left above) and with Antonio Bernabe, Manager of the Valencia Tourist Board (extreme right above) prior to revealing the results of tourist visits to Valencia City, which are;

- an 11.8% increase in overnight stays so far in 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, of which 18.8% correspond to foreign tourists.

- an increase of 13.3% in the number of flights to Valencia compared to the same months of 2015.

Ms. Gomez attributes the positive results to the fact that whereas in former times the tourism departments of the Valencian Government, the Valencia County Council, and City Hall followed separate strategies, now they are united as one, and to this must be added an agreement to be signed shortly between City Hall and the Valencia Tourist Board who will manage this field.

According to this future agreement, the new Tourist Board will admit representatives from the private sector, but City Hall will play a leading role on the Board of Directors.

The Tourism Autonomic Secretary Francesc Colomer expressed similar terms and highlighted the increase of collaboration between the Tourist Board and Valencia City Hall, and said,"the city should be a first class reference and tourist host" and he added that the agreement to be signed in the near future will support this.

Enric Roig, City Hall Coordinator of the Department of Economic Sustainable Development was also present at the meeting (extreme left above).


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.


EURO 240,000 EQUIPMENT FOR 80 ACCESSIBLE BEACHES IN VALENCIA

Monica Oltra, vice-president of the Valencian Government, accompanied by Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism (extreme right above), were guests of Enrique Palanca, Mayor of Puebla de Farnals (left above), at the inauguration of the new installations at the Puebla de Farnals Accessible Beach.

The new installations consist in an awning covering 24 seats enabling physically challenged or elderly people sit with their feet in the water, and there is also a ramp leading into the sea with bannisters on each side to hold onto.

Other equipment includes an amphibious chair with floater wheels and a mesh seat so that when the specially trained worker at the accessible beach drags it into the water, the sea bathes the occupant of the chair. This amphibious chair was invented by students at the Mechanical Department of the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

There are also crutches with suction cups that do not sink into the sand, and a walker with special wheels to cruise easily over the sand. All points have toilets and showers.

vice-president Monica Oltra revealed that the Valencian Region boasts 80 accessible points distributed around 46 beaches located in 58 coastal municipalities with installations that cost Euro 240,000, which means that 80% of the Valencia Region is covered.

Autonomous Secretary of Tourism Francesc Colomer explained the tourism project to offer quality beaches, more open, hospitable and tolerant, with creative innovations to attract tourists. Accessible beaches enable physically challenged persons and elderly persons fully enjoy the Mediterranean Sea that bathes the coast of the Valencian Region.

In 2015 a total of 45,000 people with special needs used these accessible installations.


REQUENA REOPENS HISTORIC TUNNELS

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of Valencia, Terra i Mar, of the Valencia County Council, accompanied by Mario Sanchez, Mayor of Requena, presided the reopening of the historic tunnels in Requena, thanks to a grant of 75,267 Euro by the Valencia County Council that helped fund the overall cost of the renovation that amounted to 194,540 Euro.

Also attending the opening ceremony were Maria J. Martin, Tourism Alder person of Requena Town Hall, Javier Berasaluce, provincial deputy, Pepe Simo, municipal architect of Requena, and the municipal archivist Ignacio Latorre who explained the process of the restoration of the tunnels, as well as politicians from neighbouring towns and members of various associations.

These tunnels date back to 1706 when the town of Requena inhabited by Bourbons was besieged by German and English soldiers commanded by Carlos Hugo de Windant, Count of Peterborough, from the 13th June to the 1st July, during the War of Succession to the Spanish throne, The besieging army built the tunnels to enable them gain access to the town and topple the battlements. Requena finally surrendered on the 1st July.

The tunnels were also prepared to be used as air raid shelters during the Spanish Civil War from 1936 to 1939 but as there were no air raids over Requena they were not used for this purpose.

OPENING HOURS OF THE TUNNELS FOR TOURISM TOURS

August - free tickets available at the Tourist Information Office in Requena.

Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. and from 05:00 p.m. to 08:00 p.m.

Sunday the tunnels will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 02:00 p.m.

Monday the tunnels are closed.


TIGER NUT PRODUCTION INCREASES IN VALENCIA

Elena Cebrian, Valencian Government Councillor of Agriculture and the Environment, met with members of the Denomination of Origin CHUFA or Tiger Nut, and visited some of the areas where the nut is grown, accompanied by Francesc Espinosa, chairman of the Chufa Denomination of Origin, by Antonio Gimeno, vice chairman, and by German Alcayde, the Manager of the Chufa Denomination of Origin (photo above).

The Tiger Nut, a ground nut that in all of Europe is only grown in Valencia, to date has only been the basis for a delicious nonalcoholic milk type drink called Horchata or Orxata, but in recent times it is increasingly being used as an important ingredient in modern cuisine, and even as the basis for several types of beer.

For more information and recipes using chufa, visit the website - http://www.chufadevalencia.org


VALENCIAN GOVERNMENT CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT FOREST FIRES

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Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, accompanied by Elena Cebrian, Valencian Government Councillor of Agriculture and the Environment, signed an agreement yesterday whereby the local media, that includes press, and radio and television stations, will carry out a campaign to prevent forest fires throughout the Valencian Region.

Because of a lack of rainfall, all forest areas in the Valencian Region are extremely dry and a non-extinguished cigarette butt or a lighted match thrown carelessly from a car window, may result in a devastating fire that can spread very quickly over the whole area.

When parking please pay attention that there is no dry scrub or grass underneath the car, as this can catch fire from the heat of the undercarriage.


VALENCIAN PRESIDENT SAYS BRITISH RESIDENTS CONTINUE TO HAVE SAME RIGHTS

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, spoke on the phone to Simon Manley, British Ambassador to Spain, regarding the status of British Residents in the Valencian Region post Brexit, who extended an atmosphere of normalcy both to British residents in the Valencian Region and Valencian residents in England.

"After speaking with the Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Spain," said President Puig, "I wish to stress that British citizens who live in our land have the same rights today as they had yesterday. I wish them all the best".

The British Ambassador was received by President Puig in Government Palace last May, and with their present conversation open the way to discuss the different measures they will adopt over the coming months because of Britain abandoning the European Union,


VALENCIA VICE-PRESIDENT LUNCHES WITH THE LADIES

Monica Oltra, vice-president of the Valencian Government and leader of the Compromise Political Party (third from the left above), lunched with ladies of her party as part of her campaign prior to the Spanish Government elections to take place Sunday.

Other speakers at the lunch were Agueda Mico, General Coordinator of the Bloc, Marta Sorli, on the list to represent Castellon in the Spanish Congress, Paula Espinosa, who aspires to represent Valencia in the Spanish Congress, and Dolores Perez, Compromise candidate for Valencia to the Spanish Senate.

All of them lamented the lack of female representation in Valencian politics and society, and stressed the need for women to occupy more executive positions in business.


NEW MANAGEMENT OBSERVATORY IN COUNTY COUNCIL TOURISM

Pilar Moncho Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council, presided the Managing Board of the Tourism Patronage, during which the new Management Observatory was created to control tourism activity through 2019 with Divalterra, S. A. taking over the management.

Plans for the immediate future include FAM Trips from the Chinese market, a stand at the British Birdwatching Fair in Rutland Waters Nature Reserve in August, the publication of new tourism guides for beaches, bicycle tourism, nature parks, social marketing, and the incorporation of the tourism information offices in the Integral Programme of Equality, as well as the continuance of the summer agenda of "Cinema on the Beaches", and quality certificates for beaches, along with a new promotional video.

During the meeting agreements were also reached regarding grants and annual accounts.


TRAVEL AGENTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TO ATTEND VALENCIA SUMMIT

November 2017 is the date established for the fourth summit that will draw the chairpersons of travel agencies from around the world to Valencia, and arrangements are already under way to make it a success. In the above photo members of various government bodies held the first meeting to start the ball rolling.

Among the personalities present were Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism - third from the right, who sits with Juan Calabuig, Deputy Mayor of Valencia City Hall on his right, and Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council (on his left).

Rafael Gallego, chairman of the Spanish Confederation of Travel Agencies is in the centre on the left while to his left is Vicente Blasco, chairman of the Valencian Hotel Association.

Antonio Bernabe from the Valencia Tourism Agency is on the left at the other end of the table, and Pau Perez, manager of the Valencia County Council Patronage of Tourism is sitting first on the right.

In the photo below, Mr. Bernabe, Mr. Gallego, Mr. Colomer, and Ms. Moncho, hold a press conference in which they explain that some 100 associations are expected to be represented at the Tourism Summit, 85 of them international, and they expressed the wonderful opportunity this will be to open the tourism attraction to the visitors, as well as invite them to participate in some planned events and partake of the local gastronomy.

A workgroup will also be set up at the Summit to organize trips related to The Silk Road that starts out in Xi'An in China and terminates in Valencia, Spain.

Iberia Airlines, the Amadeus Technology Company, AVIS car rentals, and ALSA coaches, as well as other companies, will be sponsors of the Summit.


500 YEARS OLD SILK COLLEGE BUILDING - RESTORED

 

The College of Superior Silk Art in Valencia has been upgraded thanks to funds donated by the Hortensia Herrero Foundation that comprises Hortensia Herrero, her husband Juan Roig owner of the Valencia supermarket chain MERCADONA, and their four daughters.

The land was purchased by the Silk Guild in 1492 and the College was built two years later although a modernization of the building was carried out in 1776. At present it contains the oldest and most extensive archives of the Silk Guild in Europe that comprises 48 parchments, 660 books, and 97 file boxes of documents.

The College was restored by a team led by Valencian architect Bernardo Aranda and restoration expert Javier Catala, with the Bertolin Group charged with undertaking the reconstruction, working with a budget of nearly two million Euro. The three years restoration involved 68,000 hours of work, using 7,500 ceramic tiles, 300 books, and 7,200 plates of fine silver.

In the above photo, Hortensia Herrero poses with her husband Juan Roig standing just behind her, with Valencian Government President Ximo Roig on his left, and two of her daughters, and Juan Ribo, Mayor of Valencia City is standing to her right.

The Senior (Alicia Moreno) and junior (Sofia Soler) Fallas Queens smile beside the Mayor, while the 84 years old last silk weaver, Vicente Enguidanos peeks out between them, and Vicente Genoves, chairman of the College of Superior Silk Art is next to him, the Valencian Government Councillor of Culture Vicente Marza stands at the front (without a tie), Deputy Mayor Juan Calabuig grins at the back, and Jose M. Chiquillo, recently elected chairman of the worldwide Silk Road Programme, barely manages to get into the photo.

Hortensia Herrero wore a most unusual dress designed by Marca de Diego, composed of front and back over-panels made up of silk scarves bearing a reproduction of the design from the ceramic tiles on the floor of the Hall of Fame of the College of Superior Silk Art.

In the photo below, the distinguished guests are treated to an exhibition of silk making by the "last" weaver, 84 years old Vicente Enguidanos.


THE VELES E VENTS BUILDING REOPENS IN VALENCIA

The Veles e Vents building located on the Royal Marina of King Juan Carlos, that was taken over by the Heineken beer company, has reopened to the public after undergoing a renovation to modernize it.

In the photo above Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government (third from the left) poses with Richard Weissend, chairman of Heineken Spain on his left, while Javier de Andres, CEO of the La Sucursal Group is to his right and beyond him is Vicente Llorens, director general of the Royal Marina. Juan Ribo, Mayor of Valencia City Hall stands to the left of Richard Weissend.

The renovated building has a restaurant on the ground floor, a catering school on the first floor, and a gourmet restaurant La Sucursal run by a two-star Michelin chef on the top floor.

A creation of British architect Sir David Chipperfield as the seat of the America's Cup International Yacht Race in 2006, Veles e Vents was part of the "Go Green Wave" when it joined other emblematic buildings and monuments world wide such as the Great Wall of China, the Sydney Opera House, and the Tower of Pisa, last March, to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, (photo below).


MULTAQA CLOSES IN THE SILK EXCHANGE (LONJA)

 

The XII MULTAQA of the Four Cultures closed in the Silk Exchange (Lonja) in Valencia with a Declaration of the Valencia Charter of The Silk Road.

From left to right above - Jose M. Girones, Chairman of UNESCO in Valencia; Fernando Palomero, UNESCO representative in Spain, Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, Juan Calabuig, Deputy Mayor of Valencia, and Annick Thebia, representative of UNESCO, Paris.

During the closing ceremony UNESCO Valencia distributed its annual awards to the World Tourism Organization and to the College of Higher Silk Art, Valencia.

In the photo above left, Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism and Valencian Government President Ximo Puig, pose with Taleb Rifai, secretary-general of the World Tourism Organization while in the photo on the right Valencian Government President Ximo Puig, applauds Vicente Genoves, chairman of the College of Higher Silk Art, Valencia.

 


UNESCO SILK ROAD PROGRAMME - MULTAQA SILK AND PEACE

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CASTELLON MAYORS RECEIVED BY PRESIDENT PUIG

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, was in Castellon where he met with three mayors and five mayoresses from Castellon, Benicarlo, Onda, Villarreal, La Valle d'Uixo, Burriana, Vinaros, and Almassora, and pledged a budget of 7.4 million Euro as subsidies for 2017 to establish a Local Cooperation Fund.


IGNACIO PINAZO YEAR IN VALENCIA

A beach scene by Pinazo.

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, announced the Year of Ignacio Pinazo, an artist who was born in Valencia the 11th January 1849 and died in Valencia in October 1916.

The Year of Pinazo will start off in July with an exposition of his paintings in the Museum of the Enlightenment - MUVIM "Pinazo and the Artistic Life in Valencia in 1916".

A self portrait by Ignacio Pinazo

September 2016 to September 2017, the Valencian Institute of Modern Art - IVAM, will have an exposition "Ignacio Pinazo and Modernity".

From October to January the Saint Pious V O. P. Fine Arts Museum and the Bancaja Bank foundation will exhibit "Pinazo: the history of the portrait. From Tradition to Modernity.

In September the Amudin Museum will hold an exhibition "The Nude and Ignacio Pinazo" and in May 2017, the Nau Art Gallery will show "Pinazo and Photography", while other events are programmed to take place in the painter's house in Godella, Valencia.


22 MILLION EURO FOR VOLVO OCEAN RACE 2020 AND ALSO FOR 2023

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government (second from the left above), announced a grant of 22 million Euro for the Volvo Ocean Race that will leave from Alicante Port in 2020 and another 22 million Euro for the 2023 edition, and said that through this funding, Alicante Port will receive important publicity, as will the Valencian Region.

President Pug announced this after meeting with Gabriel Echevarri, Mayor of Alicante, Juan A. Gisbert, chairman of the Port Authority of Alicante, and Antonio Rodes, general manager of the Valencian Region Theme Projects Society - (SPT).

The budget for the 2017 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race will be adjusted as much as possible to avoid the deficit of the event under previous governments.

In President Puig's opinion, the Volvo Ocean Race should not be a stage for individual promotion but should serve to promote sport, Alicante, tourism, culture, and trade, through the window on the world the event offers.


PROVINCIAL TOURISM BOOST IN VALENCIA NEXT WEEKEND

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council, accompanied by Pau Perez, manager of the Valencia County Council Patronage of Tourism, presented the Provincial Tourism Fair that will be inaugurated in the Valencian Bullring at 06:00 p.m. on Friday the 13th May, with a demonstration of the Stick Dance from Algemesi.

On Friday the tourist information stands will close at 09:00 p.m. while the gastronomy stands will close at 11:00 p.m.

Saturday the 14th May, opening hours for the stands will be from 11:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m., and from 04:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m.

The gastronomy stands will open from 11:00 a,m to 11:00 p.m.

Sunday the 15th May, the tourism stands will open from 11:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. and from 04:00 p.m. to 08:00 p.m.

The gastronomy stands will open from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

A total of 50 stands with samples of their tourism offer and samples of local gastronomy, will occupy the area outside the Bullring, while there will be four zones within the Bullring offering tourism and culture information on coastal beach towns, as well as stands where visitors may buy tapas (food tidbits) and glasses of drinks, for around 1.5 Euro a sample.

The Valencia County Council has offered a subsidy of 150,000 Euro to pay 50% of the cost of the promotional event.

All visitors travelling to the Fair by the Renfe local trains will receive a small gift (baseball cap, etc.,by presenting their train ticket at the promotional stand of the Fair.

 

Photo by Abulaila

 


SCENIC ARTS FESTIVAL

Juan Ribo, Mayor of Valencia (fourth from the right in the above photo) and Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism (second from the right above), presented the International Scenic Arts Festival Third Week to take place in Valencia from the 11th to the 19th June 2016, with the objective of enabling the general public participate in 28 cultural shows covering some 30 areas of Valencia City, that will include 4 street markets.

This is an initiative of the Association of the Valencian Region's Scenic Arts Companies (AVETID), with grants from Valencia City Hall (5,000 Euro), Tourism of the Valencian Government (10,000), and 20,00 Euro from the Valencian Government Council of Culture.

At the presentation, Mayor Ribo expressed his ambition that this new festival will enter the Cultural Circuit on a par with the Edinburgh Festival.

The following people accompanied Mayor Ribo at the presentation:

Maria A. Fayos for AVETID, Salva Bolta, arts director of AVETID, Albert Girona,Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Culture, and Rosa Perez, Culture Alderperson, City Hall.


VALENCIA VICE-PRESIDENT RECEIVES GERMAN AMBASSADOR

Monica Oltra, Vice-president of the Valencian Government, received Peter Tempel, German Ambassador to Spain, during his official visit to the Valencian Region.

As Ms. Oltra was born in Berlin and speaks German, they conversed in that language during the meeting that took place in Government Palace.


CASTELLON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARDS

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, presided the ceremony of the Castellon Chamber of Commerce Awards for Exports, Tourism, and Social Entrepreneur 2015.

The Special Award was won by the Villarreal Football Club; while the Export Awards went to Cevica, S.L., Macer, S.L. and Repol, S.L.

The Award for the Best design was won by The Higher School of Art and Design of Castellon, with a runner-up Award to Carmelo Tello and Francisco J. Ayza.

The Accord Award for companies with less than 50 employees went to Beltran Hermanos, S.L. while that for companies with over 50 employees was given to Guinatur Activa, S.L.

Lasaria Turismo Company received the Award for Tourism, and Iberalcorense, S.L. won the Castellon Chamber of Commerce Internationalization Award.


VALENCIAN TOURISM PROMOTION IN POLAND

The Valencian Government, through the Valencia Tourism Board, participated in the Polish Direct Seminar 2016 that took place the 12th of April in the Hotel Sheraton in the city of Warsaw and on the 13th in the Hotel Ibis Styles in Wroclaw (Breslavia).

The Seminar was organized by Turespaña through the OET (Spanish Organization of Tourism) of Warsaw.

Francesc Colomer, Autonomic Valencian Government Secretary of Tourism, stressed the importance of the Valencian Region participating in this promotion seminar in which 64 Polish tourism companies participated.


VALENCIAN PRESIDENT ATTENDED VALENCIA-SEVILLE FOOTBALL MATCH

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Region, attended the football match in the Mestalla Football Stadium between the Valencia and Seville Football Clubs.


INTERNATIONAL WIND FESTIVAL VALENCIA

The International Wind Festival will take place on the Malvarrosa beach in Valencia the 2nd and 3rd April when some 150 pilots will guide their kites (many of them gigantic figures) over the blue sky reflecting the waters of the Mediterranean.

For more information click here: http://www.festivaldelviento.org

There is also a competition in which children learn how to make and fly a kite.

To register a child click here: http://www.festivaldelviento.org/concurso


PROAVA WINE SHOW PRESENTATION

The PROAVA Wine Show (MOSTRA DEL VINO) will be opened at 07:30 p.m. on the 31st March in the dried bed of the old River Turia between the Calatrava Bridge and the Flowers Bridge in Valencia with the following timetable:

Friday the 1st, Saturday the 2nd, and Sunday the 3rd, from 11:00 a.m to 10:30 p.m.

Monday the 4th (Feast of Saint Vincent Ferrer, Patron of Valencia) from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Entrance to the Mostra is free but for Euro 10 you can get the following:

1 wine glass (extra ones are Euro 1 per glass (to take home afterwards).

1 little ceramic dish (to take home afterwards).

4 glasses of wine - to choose between red, white, bubbly, etc.

4 helpings of food to choose between paella, bocadillo, hamburger, a portion of cheese, or a pastry.

The procedure is to go around the different stands offering wine, meat products, bakery products, etc., and fill your glass and little dish four times - and enjoy!.

For more information connect to: http://www.proava.org

The above photo was taken during the presentation of the Wine Fair in the Valencian Government Tourism Centre for Professional Training (CdT), Valencia.


HISTORIC TOURISM AGREEMENT BETWEEN CITY HALL AND COUNTY COUNCIL

Juan Calabuig, Valencia City Hall, Alderman of Tourism signed an agreement with Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council, in which they jointly agreed to promote Valencia by negotiating an increase in the number of flights in and out of Valencian Airports, attending tourism fairs on the international market, encouraging visitors to prolong their stay in Valencia, and offering "different tourism" such as adventure tourism, nature tourism, and cultural tourism, etc.

Photos above and below: on the extreme left is Antonio Bernabe, manager of Valencian Tourism of Valencia City Hall, while Pau Perez, manager of Valencia Tourism of the Valencia County Council, is on the extreme right.

 

All photos are by ABULAILA.


AVA-ASAJA GENERAL ASSEMBLY

AVA-ASAJA, the Valencian Association of Farmers and Young Farmers, held a General Assembly in Valencia, attended by some 200 members.

Cristobal Aguado, chairman of ASAJA (fourth from the right above), in his address to the assembly, stressed the problems caused to the crops by the high temperatures and dry weather in Valencia this winter, the damage to the sector caused by supermarkets selling fruit and vegetables "below cost" and by the invasion of foreign insects in the fields because of a lack of Brussels control over produce entering Spain from plague-infested countries.


HOTEL ACCOMMODATION INCREASED BY 16.7% IN FEBRUARY

The number of guests at hotels in the Valencian Region totalled 1.5 million during the month of February with 491,141 persons registered - an increase of 16.7% when compared to the same period in 2015, according to data supplied by Francesc Colomer,Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism.

Overnight stays in hotels in the Valencian Region in January and February were 2.819, 937 - an upward trend of 15.9% when compared to the same period in 2015 with the number of travellers reaching over 800,000 - or an increase of 10.7%.

Overnight stays attributed to foreign tourists were 1.2 million up to February - or a 21,9% increase compared to the same period in 2015, while 1.5 million overnight stays were attributed to Spaniards during the period January-February - 11.7% more than in 2015.


VALENCIA TOURIST BOARD PROMOTION AT MEEDEX SHOW PARIS

The Valencian Region through the Valencia Tourist Board is carrying out the promotion of Congress Tourism at the MEEDEX Show in Paris, France, the 22nd and 23rd March. This Show highlights the tourism business offer to attract events, meetings, congresses and incentives of the French market.

This show will have around 100 exhibitors, from over 60 countries, and expects visits of some 1,200 professionals from more than 150 companies. This is the second year Valencia is participating under the umbrella of Turespaña.

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, stressed the importance of Valencia participating in similar shows, such as the IMEX in Frankfurt in April, the IBTM America in Tennessee, USA, in June, the IMEX in Las Vegas in October, and the IBTM World in Barcelona in November, with a view to drawing tourists during the off season.

In 2015, over one million French tourists visited the Valencian Region, the majority in august, but with an increase of 42% in April and a 26% increase in July.

During 2016, a total of 6 airlines connect with 7 French airports from the Valencian Region, with flights from Valencia airport to three Parisian airports and other flights from Alicante airport.


PROGRESSIVE WOMEN AWARDS

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, gave the Award of the Federation of Progressive Women to Lay Hoon Chan, chairperson of the Valencia Football Club, for her compromise in conquering women's rights.


VALENCIA PARTICIPATES IN WORLD TOURISM SHOW IN PARIS

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, announced that the Valencian Region will participate in the 41st edition of the World Tourism Show in Paris, France, from the 17th to the 20th March.

The Nature Destination Show coincides with the World Tourism Show in the same location, and the Valencian Region has six counters inside the Turespaña stand.

In 2015, over one million French tourists visited the Valencian Region, the majority in august, but with an increase of 42% in April and a 26% increase in July.

During 2016, a total of 6 airlines connect with 7 French airports from the Valencian Region, with flights from Valencia airport to three Parisian airports and other flights from Alicante airport.


SAINT JOHN BONFIRES PROMOTION IN GOTHENBURG

Raquel Huete, general manager of Valencian Government Tourism (second from the right), attended the presentation of the promotion of the Saint John Bonfires (Alicante) in Gothenburg, Sweden.


VALENCIA TOURISM WILL BE PRESENT AT SOROLLA EXPOSITION IN MUNICH

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, has announced that the Valencian Tourism Board will participate in the Valencian artist Sorolla exposition to take place in Munich, Germany, the 28th April.

Mr. Colomer had met with Alvaro Blanco, director of the Spanish Tourism Office in Munich during their recent visit to the Internationale Tourismus Bourse Fair in Berlin, where they agreed that Valencia would present its cultural and gastronomy tourism offers coinciding with the exposition, now that Munich is connected by air with flights into Alicante.


VALENCIAN TOURISM PROMOTION AT MITT IN MOSCOW

The Valencia Tourism Board is promoting Valencian tourism with six counters at the Moscow International Travel and Tourism (MITT) Show from the 23rd to the 26th March. This is the most important tourism fair in Russia and in the 2015 edition had 1,852 exhibitors from 192 countries, with stands in 9 pavilions covering an area of 54,628 square metres. It was attended by 32,162 visitors of which 76% were professionals of the tourist sector.

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, spoke of the importance of the Valencia tourism promotion at this 23rd edition of the MITT, and highlighted the fact that the Valencia Tourist Board will attend 48 tourism fairs during 2016, of which 28 are international shows.

In 2015, a total of 131,748 Russian tourists visited the Valencia Region where they spent 227.2 million Euro, with the Alicante coast registering the greater number of overnight stays with a concentration of 64.3% followed by Valencia City with 21.6%.


VALENCIA PRESIDENT RECEIVED MAYORESS OF VALL UIXO

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, received the Mayoress of Vall Uixo in Government Palace.


TOURISM AUTONOMIC SECRETARY VISITED SUECA

Francesc Colomer Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, accompanied by Raquel Tamarit, Mayoress of Sueca, visited the area where he expressed interest in aiding the promotion of the annual "International Valencian Paella Competition of Sueca" on international markets.

Mayoress Tamarit also explained other tourism projects of her Town Hall that include the project of a museum depicting the complete cycle of rice cultivation, harvesting, distribution, and exports.

Autonomic Secretary Colomer also visited the nearby location of Mareny de Barraquetes where Mayor Jordi Sanjaime took him on a tour of the beaches. Mr. Colomer agreed to advance financial aid to upgrade them to attract more tourists.

 


COUNTY COUNCIL ENDED FALLAS IN GANDIA

Jorge Rodriguez, chairman of the Valencia County Council, toured Fallas monuments around the Valencian Region over the days of Fallas, from the 15th to the 18th March and his final visit was to the Fallas monuments in Gandia, where he met with Mayoress Diana Morant, who is also a provincial deputy of the Valencia County Council.

During his visit, the County Council chairman was also accompanied by Raquel Diaz, Senior Fallera Queen and by lluna Garcia, Junior Fallera Queen, as well as by representatives of the Federation of Fallas of Gandia.

The first Falla was erected in Gandia in 1876 and this year there were 23 Fallas functioning.


ALMOST 2.5 MILLION TRAVELLERS ON VALENCIA METRO IN FALLAS

Angel Garcia, manager of Valencian Government Railways has declared that the Valencian Underground (METRO) and TRAM network transported a total of 2,471,892 travellers during the Fallas Fiestas - the 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, and early morning of the 20th March - an increase of 14.5 % compared to the same period in 2014.

1.822,785 travellers on the METRO and TRAM did so during the nonstop service from the 15th to the 19th March and Mr. Garcia stressed the number of cars that did not circulate because of this special service resulting in savings to the public on petrol.


VALENCIAN GENEROSITY FOR WILLIAMS SYNDROME VICTIMS

The Williams Syndrome Association in Ireland and Spain received a cheque for 30,000 Euro as the proceeds of the Charity Gala Ball, held in the Hotel Westin Palace in Madrid and organized by the Irish Embassy in Spain and the Spanish-Irish Business Network - SIBN, in Madrid.

Valencian donations for the Gala Charity Dinner were from the following companies:

The cava for the cocktail, dinner, and party following the dinner was from the BEBENDOS Winery in Onteniente.

Chocolates served after the dinner were donated by Chocolates Valor of Villajoyosa.

MO CAVA
Valor Chocolates
The Murviedro Winery

Artist Ripolles
Sabadell Bank

Gifts for the raffle following the dinner came from the Murviedro Winery who donated three Magnums of red wine; the Banco de Sabadell who made a donation of ten gift boxes each containing two cans of 250 mlts of olive oil; and Valencian artist Juan Ripolles who donated a drawing.

A WEEKEND FOR TWO IN VALENCIA

The following companies made donations of a weekend in Valencia for two people:

The RENFE Railway Company gave two tickets for the high speed train - AVE, Madrid-Valencia-Madrid.

The Ad Hoc Monumental Hotel will receive two guests for two nights.

The Red Tourist Bus offered two tickets for their tour from the Centre of Valencia City out to the Albufera Nature Park, a ride in a boat around the Albufera Lake, and lunch in a typical restaurant with authentic paella washed down with Valencian wine.

RENFE Railways
Ad Hoc Monumental Hotel
Red Tourist Bus


VALENCIA JOINS THE GREEN WAVE FOR SAINT PAT'S DAY

This year Valencia joined the Green Wave celebrated each year worldwide for the feast of Saint Patrick, Patron of Ireland. The Veles e Vents and the Palau de les Arts (Opera) buildings both "went green" for the 17th March, and thus joined a long list of other prestigious monuments and emblematic buildings such as the Tower of Pisa, the Opera of Sydney, the London Eye, and the Great Wall of China, among others.

The publicity around "Going Green" is far-reaching because Irish Tourist Offices around the world promote the green buildings and monuments through Irish Embassies worldwide and with over 71 million Irish citizens living outside Ireland, the full publicity benefits for Valencia are estimated at over 10 million Euro.

Veles e Vents

El Palau de les Arts. (Valencia Opera)


PRESIDENT PUIG LUNCHED WITH TOURIST SECTOR

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, accompanied by Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, lunched with entrepreneurs of the tourist sector in the Tourism Centre for Professional Training, CdT, in Benidorm.


ONE MILLION EURO TO IMPROVE TOURISM COMPANIES

Francesc Colomer revealed this week that the Valencia Tourist Board has 1,300.000 Euro to aid tourist companies improve competitivity and is directed to aid singular programmes with tourist offers and those with innovative tourist services.

Mr. Colomer also highlighted the 3.2 million Euro available to modernize and diversify the tourism offer of the Municipalities in the Valencian Region.

The Valencia Tourist Board intends to give grants to tourism companies to rationalize the use of natural resources, and minimize environmental impact, investments in technological infrastructures, and studies towards sustainable tourism accessibility.

During the present week experts from the Tourist Board will meet with representatives of the tourism sector to explain the grants in detail, and how to obtain them. Deadline for applications is the 30th March.

Financial aid will also be granted to sports and cultural activities with an international tourism impact.


MURCIA NATURE PARK GOES GREEN FOR SAINT PAT'S DAY

Saint Patrick's Day in Terra Natura, Murcia - for more information click - HERE


VALENCIAN PRESIDENT RECEIVED UNION OF JOURNALISTS

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government (third from the right), received a delegation of the Valencian Union of Journalists led by chairman Sergi Pitarch.

During the meeting the difficulties of the profession were discussed as well as the possibility of collaborating with the SERVEF to improve and update the training of journalists.

 


VALENCIAN WINERIES ATTEND GERMAN PROWEIN FAIR

Francisco Rodriguez, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Valencian Government Council of Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change and Rural Development, will accompany 34 Valencian wine and cava (sparkling wine) producers who will attended the Prowein Fair in Dusseldorf, Germany, from the 13th to the 15th March.

The Valencian Government stand will occupy 339 square metres in the Spanish Pavilion and will enable 31 of the 34 Valencian wineries promote their products. There are 229 wineries registered in the Valencian Region, and they occupy 65,500 square metres of vineyards.

Wine exports from Valencia in 2015 totalled 173.6 million Euro - an increase of 11.6% when compared to 2014. Wine for 21 million Euro was exported to France, 13.7 million Euro to the Netherlands, and 13.5 million Euro to Germany, while exports to China were for 11.6 million Euro - an increase of 35.6%.

During the Fair, the Denomination of Origin DOP of Alicante, will offer specialized visitors wine tasting sessions under the umbrella of "Monastrell Alicante, the Mediterranean Spain".

Some 5,000 exhibitors are expected to participate in Prowein, along with 50,000 professional buyers.


VALENCIAN GOVERNMENT GREETS FALLAS 2016

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government (fifth from the left above) and his eight Government Councillors gave a formal greeting to the Valencian Fallas 2016, and intend to push forward the Fallas Fiestas to have the UNESCO name them as Immaterial World Heritage.

As part of this objective, there will be Open House in Government Palace from the 10th to the 17th March inclusive.


THE OCEANOGRAPHIC PARK IN VALENCIA REOPENS

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government (centre in the above photo) was guest of honour at the reopening of the Oceanographic Park in Valencia. The Valencia Water company AVANQUA, won the contract last year to run the park, and after an investment of nine million Euro and a series of renovations, have now reopened it.

During his address, President Puig said "The rebirth of the Oceanographic is part of the rebirth of the Valencian Region."

Celia Calabuig, Chairperson of AVANQUA (beside the President above), during her speech highlighted the new additions to the Oceanographic such as a new habitat for giant Aldabra tortoises, a crocodile house, outdoor penguins, a butterfly cage, and some morse from the Patagonia. She also mentioned that a children's play area has been added.

Juan J. de Torres, General Manager of AVANQUA Oceanographic is on the left in the above photo.


CANADIAN AMBASSADOR IN VALENCIA

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government (on the left in the photo), received in Government Palace, Jon Allen, Canadian Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, during his official visit to the Valencian Region.


VALENCIAN PRESIDENT HOSTED TOURISM MEET

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, hosted a meeting of the Valencian Region Tourism Interdepartmental Commission that was attended by Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism and by the Autonomic Secretaries of all the other government departments.

The work programme for 2016 was approved at the meeting and they also reached an agreement to boost the sustainable territory and inclusive tourism, as well as to eliminate obstacles in the path of tourism enterprises and destinations, that fall under the exclusive competence of the Valencian Government.

The work programme implies the creation of three technical commissions that will implement all the above agreements.


A VALENCIAN ARCHITECT IN NEW YORK

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government (second from the left), and Pilar Moncho, Valencia County Council Deputy of Tourism (second from the right), attended the premiere of the documentary film "Rafael Guastavino, the Architect of New York", directed by Eva Vizcarra, that was shown in the Mercantile Ateneo in Valencia.

Rafael Guastavino was a Valencian architect who triumphed in the United States of America, and whose works Grand Central Station or City Hall Underground Station in Manhattan in New York, are a testimony to his achievements.


QUALITY CERTIFICATES AWARDED IN SEGORBE

Francesc Colomer, Autonomic Secretary of Tourism (above right) presided the ceremony in which Quality Certificates "Tourism Quality Compromise" of the SICTED, were awarded in Segorbe.

Mr. Colomer declared that SICTED "is a step forward of administrations together with the entrepreneurial sector for quality improvement in tourism destinations."


TOURISM PATRONAGE OPEN TO CAMPING SITE ENTREPRENEURS

Pilar Moncho, County Council Deputy of Tourism on behalf of the County Council Tourism Patronage has offered the Valencian Association of Camping Sites to become members of the Board of Directors of the Tourism Patronage, with a view to making the most of their experience as they have a firsthand knowledge of the sector.

With this in mind, Pilar Moncho and Pau Perez, Director of the Tourism Patronage, met in Oliva with Jose V. Frasquet, chairman of the Associations of Camping Sites, and with other representatives of the sector, and said that in the coming week the general programme for grants would be published to enable tourism companies invest in improvements to upgrade their offer.

 


TOURISM FUNDS CANE FESTIVAL IN CASTELLON

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, met with Amparo Marco, Mayoress of Castellon to notify her that his department will fund the "Cane Festival" of Castellon, with a donation of 50,000 Euro, because " invest in fiestas is to invest in the heart of the tourism model that we want for the Valencian Region."


DUTCH AMBASSADOR IN GOVERNMENT PALACE

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, (centre above) received Johannes Hendrik Matteus Van Bonzel, the Dutch Ambassador to Spain, in Government Palace.


MAYOR RIBO PROCLAIMS THE CALL TO FALLAS "CRIDA"

Juan Ribo, Mayor of Valencia City (above left), proclaimed the call or "Crida" to Valencian citizens and visitors in Valencia, to attend the 2016 Fallas Fiestas that end in Valencia every year on the night of the 19th of March when over 300 gigantic bonfires or "FALLAS" are burned.

The Fallas Fiesta commemorates the Medieval tradition when members of the Carpenter's Guild of Valencia cleaned out their carpenter shops and burned all the wood-shavings and bits and pieces of wood left over from the winter work, on the 19th March, feast of Saint Joseph, Patron Saint of Carpenters.

The 2016 Fallas Senior Queen Alicia Moreno is centre in the photo, while the Junior Fallas Queen Sofia Soler, stands beside her and Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, can be seen on the right.

In the photo below observe a general view of the balcony erected on the Serrano Towers in Valencia.


VALENCIAN PRESIDENT ATTENDED THE CANE FESTIVAL IN CASTELLON

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, (centre above) took part in the Cane Festival in Castellon.


25TH ANNIVERSARY OF JAMES I UNIVERSITY

The James I University of Castellon, Valencia, celebrated its 25th Anniversary where Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government was guest of honour (standing above) along with the Chancellors of other universities in the Valencian Region.

During his address, President Puig reminded guests that the James I University was founded with a view to strengthening ties between industrial enterprises and universities to develop research, and this objective has been successful in that it has helped to boost the economy of Castellon, because over these 25 years the James I University has generated a total income of 186 million Euro and created 4,366 jobs.


"IMPORTANT" GALA IN ALICANTE

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, presided the "Important" Gala organized by the Alicante newspaper "Informacion" to award outstanding entrepreneurs in 2015.


WINE IN THE CENTRAL MARKET IN VALENCIA

Valencia Wine will be on offer at the Central Market in Valencia on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th February from 11:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m. courtesy of the following wineries:

Enguera, Nodus, Villar, Clos de la Vall, Vegamar, La Baronia de Turis, Cherubino Valsangiacomo, Roure, and Clos Cor Vi.

The organizers are Valencia Wine Denomination of Origin and Central Market Valencia, and the sponsor is Mercedes-Benz Valencia.


TWO NEW WINES IN VALENCIA

The Bebendos Cellar, a member of the Valencia Wine Denomination of Origin, presents its new wines Martus and Vinotauro, at 06:30 p.m. on Monday the 22nd February in the headquarters of the Valencia Wine Denomination of Origin, Quart Street, 22, Valencia.

The labels of the two new wines are designed by the famous Valencian artist and sculptor Juan Ripolles, whose monumental works of art decorate many corners of the city of Valencia.

Mr. Ripolles will make a special appearance at the presentation of the new wines.

 


TOURISM AUTONOMIC SECRETARY VISITS VISTABELLA

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, visited the town of Vistabella del Maestrat, where he met with Mayoress Belen Bachero, to discuss tourism ideas and strategy, especially those related to the Penyagolosa Nature Park.

They agreed to implement a project to place signposts connecting six towns, viz., Lucena, Villahermosa del Rio, Vistabella, Xodos, Les Useres, and Atzeneta del Maestrat and over 40 tourism establishments, creating a circular itinerary.


COUNTY COUNCIL WILL HELP PROMOTE THE IBERO ROAD ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES

Jorge Rodriguez, Chairman of the Valencia County Council, met with Antonio Ropero, Mayor of Olocau, to study the ways and means to launch a project by which eight municipalities, viz., Olocau, Liria, Moncada, Moixent, Ayora, Caudete de las Fuentes, Villar del Arzobispo, and Camporrobles.

There are nine archaeological sites distributed over a wide area starting with the Puntal del Llops in Olocau, l Bastida de les Alcusses in Moixent, the Tossal de Sant Miguel and the Castellet de Bernabe in Liria, Kelin in Caudete de las Fuentes, la Seña in Villar del Arzobispo, the Castellar de Meca in Ayora, the Tos Pelat in Moncada, and the Molon in Camporrobles.

According to the Mayor of Olocau, many people know about this historical route, and the archaeologic site Puntal del Llops, in Olocau alone, has been visited by 1,200 visitors with guided tours since the beginning of this year,with two archaeologists who from Wednesdays to Sundays explain the Iberian site to visitors.

Olocau, a town with 2000 inhabitants but whose municipality covers an area of 39 square kilometres and 150 kilometres of roads, also has the Torres Pardines, the Penyeta Rosa, and one of the few roman ovens preserved in the province of Valencia.

Photo: Abulaila


THE COUNTY COUNCIL TOURISM PATRONAGE WILL ATTEND SHOWS IN 2016

Berlin 2015 above

The Tourism Patronage of the Valencia County Council plans to participate in 10 international and 10 national tourism shows throughout 2016, to promote tourism from Valencia Province, according to Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council.

Fitur 2016 below


NEW TOURIST ROUTES AROUND 54 MUNICIPALITIES

Jorge Rodriguez, Chairman of the Valencia County Council (third from the right), accompanied by Pilar Moncho, County Council Deputy of Tourism (on his right), presented a new project "Between Towns" (Entre Comarcas) whereby 54 tourist guided routes will cover 54 towns in three main Valencian areas.

Also present were chairmen of the Man communities of the following areas: Vicente Gomar, of the Valley of Albaida; Txema Pelaez, of the Upper Ribalta; Jordi Vicedo of the Lower Ribalta; Salvador Femenia of the Safor, Mayors and Town Hall officials of the four participating areas.

County Council chairman has called for coordination between the towns involved to combine the tourism offers on the coastal and inland areas.

33 towns are involved in the project that cover 17 weekends to reveal the history, culture, traditions, and customs of the 54 Municipalities, of which 26 are in the Albaida Valley, 18 in the Upper and Lower Ribera, and 10 in the Safor.

This project will commence now and continue till the 2nd of July with a "Gathering Between Zones" of all the participants in Tabernes de la Valldigna.

Graciela Oliver, directress of Ribera Tourism and Natalia Quilis, Tourism Technician of the Mancommunity of the Valley of Albaida (in the photo below) explained the programme beneath the photo.

 

The programme is as follows:

FEBRUARY:

20th - La Pobla del Duc

21st - Lluxent/Benicolet

27th - Alberic

28th - Fontanars/Pou Clar

MARCH:

05th -Montixelvo/Terrateig

06th - Bocairent

12th - Onteniente/Agullent

13th - Montaverner/Alfarras

APRIL:

02nd - Algemesi

03rd - La Barraca de Aguas Vivas

09th - Beniganim/Quatretonda

10th - Atzeneta d'Albaida/Bufali

16th - Guadassuar/Benimodo

17th - Albaida/Benissoda

23rd - Benimuslim/Alzira

24th - Castello de Rugat/Salem

MAY:

07th - Belgida/El Palomar

08th - Manuel

14th - Sueca/Corbera

15th - Sumacarcel/Tous

21st - L'Alcudia/Benifaio

22nd - L'Olleria/Aielo de Malferit

28th - Otos/Benitjar

29th - Carcaixent

JUNE:

04th - Potries/Ador

05th - Rotova/Alfauir

11th - Llombai

12th - Beniarjo

18th - Xeresa

19th - Simat de la Valldigna

25th - Bellereguard

26th - Barx

JULY:

02nd - Tavernes de la Valldigna

GATHERING BETWEEN MUNICIPALITIES" a meeting of ALL the participants in the programme.

36 entrepreneurs are also participating in this project and offer bed and breakfast for two people and evening dinners also for two people.

The morning excursions start at 10:30 a.m. while the evening trips start at 04:30 p.m.

PRICE Euro 4 per day

This includes the morning and afternoon visits, samples of local gastronomy, and a welcoming gift.

Photos: Abulaila


QUALITY TOURISM CERTIFICATES IN ORIHUELA

Raquel Huete, Valencian Government General Directress of Tourism, accompanied by Emilio Bascuñana, Mayor of Orihuela, hosted the presentation of certificates "Tourist Quality Compromise SICTED (Integral System of Tourism Quality at Destination) that contribute to boost the economy of the Lower Vega.

Five new companies received certificates while another 13 companies renewed theirs. In all, 42 companies in Orihuela possess these certificates.

 


VALENCIAN TOURISM PROMOTION IN HAMBURG, GERMANY

Francesc Colomer, Valencia Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, revealed yesterday that the Valencia Tourist Board is participating with two stands in Turespaña pavilion of the 39th edition of the Reisen Travel Show in Hamburg, Germany, from the 17th to the 21st February,

Reisen in the largest International Travel, Caravanning, and Outdoor Activities Show in the north of Germany, and targets the general public.

The 2015 edition of this Travel Show received 69,000 visitors.


COUNTY COUNCIL STARTS BEACHES CONTROL

The Mobile Provincial Park of the Valencia County Council has been overhauling its Machinery for the last three months and this week has started cleaning the beaches, removing stones, and raking the sand so the UV sun rays can kill off any bacteria in preparation for the summer tourist season.

 


GOOD-BYE GENERAL COMAS - ADIOS

General Rafael Comas, head of the General Land High Disposal (NATO) held a ceremony to say good-bye to his friends in Valencia and Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government (on the left here) was among the officials who attended the event, as did Carlos Moragues, Spanish Government Delegate in Valencia, and Pilar de la Oliva, of the High Court of Justice (photo above).


VENTA DEL MORO TOURISM PROMOTION IN VALENCIA

Pilar Moncho, Valencia County Council Tourism Deputy, dropped into the Tourist Information Office in the centre of Valencia City (photo left) to raise a glass of wine with Luis F. Lopez, Mayor of the inland town of Venta del Moro, to wish him success in the promotion of his town over the next few days.

Venta del Moro has a wonderful nature park, Las Hoces del Cabriel with the River Cabriel ideal for all types of water sports,especially rafting. and its excellent gastronomy washed down with Utiel-Requena Denomination of Origin Wine, and offers reasonably priced lodgings.

The Information Office also distributes pamphlets promoting its upcoming "Cabriel Fest" with a programme containing a wide range of activities for all ages.

Office opening hours are: Wednesday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 02:30 p.m. and from 04:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m.

 


ARAS DE LOS OLMOS SEEKS COUNTY COUNCIL FUNDS

Jorge Rodriguez, Chairman of the Valencia County Council, received Rafael Gimenez, Mayor of Aras de los Olmos, who seeks funds to carry out improvements in this Municipality located in the Los Serranos mountains, such as maintenance of local roads, and some projects to draw more tourists to the zone.

One of the main objectives is to upgrade the road up to the Astronomy Observatory of the University of Valencia and of the Valencian Asociation of Astronomy, located on the muntain peak.

Chairman Rodriguez agreed to study the requests and contact Aras de los Olmos in the near future with County Council proposals.

 

Photo: Albulaila


VALENCIAN PRESIDENT VISITS REPUBLICAN EXPOSITION

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government (centre above), accompanied by other members of the Valencian Government, visited the exposition of documents and posters dating from the years 1928 to 1942 taking place in the Valencian Museum of the Illustration and Modernity - MUVIM.


COUNTY COUNCIL PROMOTES TOURISM IN TERRES DELS ALFORINS

Pilar Moncho, Valencia County Council Deputy of Tourism (centre above) met with representatives from Terres del Alforins, viz., (from left to right), Teofilo Fito, Mayor of Moixent, Vicente Muñoz, Mayor of Font de la Figuera, and Julio Biosca, Mayor of Fontanars, to draw up a joint action plan to promote tourism and gastronomy in the area.

Deputy Moncho also revealed that in the coming weeks new funding would be available to launch tourism initiatives in the Valencian territory.


REPUBLICAN ART EXHIBITION IN VALENCIA

Maria J. Amigo, vice chairperson of the Valencia County Council (fourth from the right), inaugurated the exposition "Republican Modernity in Valencia. Innovations and durability in figurative art (1928-1942) in the Valencian Museum of the Illustration and Modernity (MUVIM)

The historical framework of the exposition includes the aftermath of the dictatorship of General Primo de Rivera, the start of the republican regime, the first and second reform, the first months of the government of the Popular Front, the Civil War, and the first years of the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco.

Some 280 pieces make up the exposition between posters of political propaganda and bullfights, official documents of the time, newspapers, etc.

Vice chairperson Amigo was accompanied by Xavier Rius, Valencia County Council Culture Deputy, and by Rafael Company, director of the MUVIM and commissioner of the exhibition with Amador Griño.

Maria J. Gil, directress of the General and Photographic Archives of the Valencia County Council, declared that the contents of the exposition were documentary patrimony of the Valencia County Council and at the disposal of everyone.

All photos are by Abulaila


RINCON DE ADEMUZ PROMOTION IN VALENCIA CENTRE

 

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council visited the Valencia Province Tourism Promotion Office in the centre of Valencia where the region of Rincon de Ademuz is promoting its products from the 3rd to the 6th February.

 

Ms. Moncho was received by Domingo Anton, Mayor of the town of Casas Bajas and chairman of the the Man Community of Rincon de Ademuz.

As well as promoting the gastronomy specialties of the area such as Ademuz apples and dried sausage,the exposition is promoting the local scenery and nature tourism.

Among the tourist gems of the Rincon de Ademuz are the Hermitage of Virgin of Rincon de Ademuz, the Fortress Church of Castielfabib with samples of how people lived till the XX century, the Nature Park of the Puebla of San Miguel, and the fiestas of the zone. There is also information on the "Escarchon Trail " to take place in Ademuz the 28th February.

Office opening hours are: Wednesday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 02:30 p.m. and from 04:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m.

 

Photos: Abulaila


INTERNATIONAL TILES AND HOMES FAIRS OPENS

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencia Government, inaugurated the Tiles (Cevisama) and Homes (Habitat) Trade Shows in the Trade Fair Complex in Valencia. President Puig was accompanied by Juan Ribo, Mayor of Valencia, and by Maria J. Salvador, Valencia Government Councilor of Housing, Public Works, and Territorial Vertebration, and Rafa Climent, Valencian Government Councillor of Sustainable Economy, Productive Sectors, Trade, and Labour.


BENICARLO ARTICHOKES STARS OF GASTRONOMY SHOW

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencia Government (centre above), inaugurated the Artichoke Gastronomy Show in Benicarlo (Castellon) where the local artichokes held pride of place.


COUNTY COUNCIL TOURISM SPONSORS CYCLE RACE

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council (second from the right above), was guest of honour at the presentation of the Sabadell Bank Cycle Tour of the Valencia Region that will start out on the 3rd February in Benicassim and after touring the provinces of Castellon, Alicante and Valencia will end in Valencia city on the 7th February. 24 teams have signed up for the race.

Deputy Pilar Moncho was accompanied by Isabel Garcia, Deputy of Youth, Sports, and Equality (on her right), and by Miguel Torres, representative of the Sabadell Bank (extreme right) with Angel Casero from the Sabadell Bank and director of the Cycle Tour (extreme left).

 

Photo: Abulaila


VALENCIA GOVERNMENT TOURISM PUBLISHES NEW PAMPHLETS

Francesc Colomer, Valencia Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, announced that the Valencia Tourist Board has published five pamphlets to offer information to tourists visiting Valencia.

The pamphlets promote accessible tourism for physically challenged persons with the slogan "Enjoy this land without barriers"; Gay and Lesbian tourism pamphlets bear the slogan "No matter who you come with, you are welcome"; gastronomy tourism that highlights the 12 restaurants in the Valencian Region in possession of Michelin Stars says "it is time to come to the only place where you will love the word DIET"; the nature pamphlet offers 4,000 kilometres of mountain bike trails through the Network of BTT Centres, and unique nature scenery to enjoy leisure and adventure; and The Silk Road pamphlet is focused on Valencia recuperating its internationally famous artistic and cultural heritage, indicating that Valencia has been named Focal Point in Spain for the Silk Road and been declared Silk City 2016 by the UNESCO in Paris.


PROAVA WINE COMPETITION PRESENTED TO THE MEDIA

Elena Cebrian, Valencian Government Councillor of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, (centre above), presided the presentation by PROAVA, of a wine competition.

The first phase will include red and white wine and will take place in Valencia in March, while the second phase that includes sparkling wines (cavas) will be celebrated in May.

 


TOURISM DAY IN SEGORBE

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, closed "A Tourism Training Seminar for local government officials" in Segorbe, Castellon, where he highlighted the importance of tourism promotion in all municipal areas and stressed these cycles organized by the Valencia Tourist Board in conjunction with the University of Valencia, and the collaboration of the universities of Castellon and Alicante.


A NEW TOURISM MODEL FOR THE VALENCIA REGION

Monica Oltra, vice-president of the Valencian Government declared that the government will promote a new tourism model to re-launch the image of the Valencian Region.

The Valencian Government, through three collaborations agreements said the Valencia Tourist Board, the Provincial Patronage of the Costa Blanca, Castellon, and the Town Hall of Benidorm, agreed to fund their participation in the stand at the International Tourism Show - Fitur 2016.

The vice-president spoke of the new slogan "It is time to return" and a new way of understanding the Valencian Region. She also spoke of promoting two groups of people, viz., sexual diversity and functional diversity.


VALENCIA HAS SUCCESSFUL END TO FITUR

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council expressed her satisfaction at the excellent results of the increase of visitors to the Valencia Tourism stand at the International Tourism Show - FITUR, held this weekend in Madrid.

Deputy Moncho declared that among the many agreements signed with tour operators, travel agencies, and the media, is the agreement to hold the World Convention for Travel Agencies in Valencia in 2017.

Other important projects for 2016 are the funds to aid the promotion of tourism in inland and coastal towns in the province of Valencia, and the backing for tourism entrepreneurial initiatives.


LLOMBAI RENAISSANCE MARKET HOSTED VIP GUESTS

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, Jorge Rodriguez, chairman of the Valencia County and Maria J. Amigo his vice-chairperson (seen here on the left), along with Anselmo Cardona, Mayor of Llombai and Carmen Martinez, first vice-chairperson of the Valencia Parliament, attended the Renaissance Market in Llombai, that dates from the times of the Valencia Borgias, viz., Lucrecia, Pope Alexander VI, etc.


VALENCIA MAYOR RECEIVES WATER COURT GOLD MEDAL

Juan Ribo, Mayor of Valencia city received the Gold Medal from the Medieval Water Tribunal.

This Water Court is held every Thursday at the back door of the Cathedral in the centre of Valencia, and deals with the rules and regulations governing the distribution to local farmers, of irrigation water from the canals spread out over the farming land surrounding Valencia.


VALENCIA TOURISM PROMOTION IN UTRECHT

County Council Tourism Valencia, Terra i Mar will promote Valencia tourism at the International Vakantiebeurs (Holiday Fair) in Utrecht, Holland, from the 12th to the 17th January 2016, with a space within the Turespaña stand.

Over the course of the event, a wide range of pamphlets,tour guides, leaflets and maps in Dutch will be distributed to enable visitors appreciate Valencian culture, gastronomy, and activities such as trekking, along with information on camping sites and rural lodgings.


COUNTY COUNCIL TOURISM AND THE HOTELIER'S UNION MEET UP

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council, Valencia, Terra i Mar, met with Ximo Sola, chairman of the Hotelier's Union of Valencia Province, who explained the projects the Union is undertaking to promote tourism and training, while the Deputy for her part expressed a keen interest in the projects of the Union to promote tourism in the region.


NEW LOGO FOR COUNTY COUNCIL TOURISM

 

Representatives from all the political parties in the Valencia County Council were present for the presentation of the new tourism logo in the Museum of the Illustration - MUVIM in Valencia.

This new logo, designed by Didac Ballester, will be used for County Council tourism communications all over the province of Valencia.

Centre below, Maria J. Amigo, vice chairperson of the Valencia County Council poses with Pilar Moncho, County Council Deputy of Tourism (extreme right) and Iris Lezcano, protagonist of a promotional video projected during the event.

   


MORE FUNDS FOR VALENCIA TOURISM PROMOTION

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, presented his programme for 2016, and announced a budget of 38 million Euro for 2016, or a 20% increase in the budget to promote the Valencian Region.

Funds will be distributed in the following way; 3.5 million Euro to upgrade tourism infrastructures i.e., for the improvement and conservation of beaches (280,000 Euro), and sign posting in the inland areas, among other projects (530,000 Euro).

6 million Euro are destined for tourism in the province of Valencia, 2 million Euro to promote the Valencian Region Trademark in Spanish and International Tourism Trade Shows, as well as foment tourism by Valencian people around the Valencian Region. The budget also includes the promotion of Territorial Theme Routes, including the Silk Road that will receive 240,000 Euro and UNESCO-Mediterranean that will be funded with 160,000 Euro, or 400,000 Euro in all.

Other Tourist Routes such as the Holy Grail Route and the Dinosaurs Route will also receive funds, while 297,000 Euro are set aside for marketing and 100,000 Euro for a study of the position of the Valencian Region Trademark.

On the other hand, 856,000 Euro are for "Intelligent Tourism" or upgrading tourism innovation and 2 million Euro for training and entrepreneurial boosts.

Mr. Colomer highlighted the ten strategic plans the Valencian Tourism Board will undertake in Valencia province, with the collaboration of the Valencia County Council and man communities. Finally 300,000 Euro will be divided between the areas of the Upper Turia, Albaida, and the Lower Ribera for them to invest in improvements in their respective areas, and this grant will be repeated over three years.


VALENCIAN PRESIDENT RECEIVED BUSINESS CHAIRMEN

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, received Peter Spuhler, chairman of the Swiss Company Stadler Rail, and Inigo Parra, chairman of Vossloh, in Government Palace.


VALENCIA GOES TO FITUR 2016

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of Valencia, Terra i Mar of the Valencia County Council, announced that 22 municipalities and two man communities will take part in the International Tourism Trade Show - FITUR 2016, to take place in Madrid from the 20th to the 24th January 2016.

Pavilion 7 will house the stands and displays promoting tourism from the inland and coastal towns of the Valencian Region, thanks to funds from the Valencia County Council.

The man objective will be to promote sun and beach, but gastronomic tourism, cultural tourism, and nature tourism, will all have a niche on the Valencian stand at FITUR.

Photo by Abulaila.

 


NEW SPECIES OF DINOSAUR FOUND IN MORELLA

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government (second from the right above) attended the presentation in the Gothic Salon of the Town Hall of Morella, of the "Morelladon Beltrani" dinosaur, unearthed from a red chalk mine in the area of Els Ports, one of the most important paleontological zones in Spain.

Work in the open mine started in the year 2000 and since then, over 5,000 fossils of different vertebrae have been recovered, the majority of them from dinosaurs, but it was not till 2013 that the new species was discovered in a layer of red chalk. Some fossilized dorsal vertebrae of an unusual length were found that supported the panel of gristle that converts the "Morelladon Beltrani" dinosaur in a species to date unknown in the world.

The Valencian Government General Directress of Culture and Patrimony, Carmen Amoraga, also attended the presentation.

Morella professor J. Miguel Gasull, who forms part of the paleontological research team from the University of Madrid discoverers of the dinosaur, explained that this is an herbivore creature who lived some 125 million years ago. He weighed around one ton, was two and a half metres tall and six metres long and is related to the Iguanadon. His peculiarity resides in the panel of gristle along his back and which converts him into a unique species among those found to the present.

                   


THE KINGS' CROWN

The Kings´ Crown or Roscon de Reyes, is a tradition in Spain, eaten at the end of lunch on the Day of Kings, the 6th January. It comes in the shape of a large ring decorated with candied peel and/or icing sugar, and can have a variety of fillings such as fresh cream, quince, or jam. 

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