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Record tourist numbers for Spain, world’s no3 tourist destination, plus Andalucia has top national attraction

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

[caption id="attachment_13639" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Fabulous seaside resorts and beaches are one of Spain's biggest draws for international visitors.[/caption] More foreigners visited Spain than ever before in 2015, as unsettled situations in North African countries caused European holidaymakers to take their holidays nearer to home. Record visitor numbers again - Spain is third-most-visited country ...

Foro La Zagaleta – The Culture of Art

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

GUEST BLOG POST: CHRIS CHAPLOW Foro La Zagaleta The fourth edition of Foro La Zagaleta was held on Friday 5 June 2015, with the theme of the Culture of Art. As with previous years it was held in the Marbella Palacio de Congresos and coincided with the Marbella Town Hall’s tourism initiative ...

HolaBank launch in Marbella

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

GUEST BLOG By Chris Chaplow I was interested to attend the launch of a new bank last week - HolaBank by La Caixa. The event, held at the Don Pepe Hotel in Marbella, was attended by around 400 customers, as well as lawyers and estate agents. [caption id="attachment_16329" align="aligncenter" width="515" caption="Speakers at ...

3rd Edition of Foro La Zagaleta: “The Brand of the 21st Century”

Monday, June 9th, 2014

GUEST POST BY SOPHIE CAREFULL [caption id="attachment_14037" align="aligncenter" width="515" caption="The team behind a very successful Foro La Zagaleta 2014, the luxury brand forum held in Marbella."] [/caption] Last Friday 6 June, for the third year, some of the biggest names in the international business world came together at the Marbella Conference Centre ...

Spain: the world’s no3 tourism destination

Friday, January 31st, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13102" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Relief ceramic tiles showing Spanish traditions such as bullfighting and flamenco. In El Pimpi, Malaga"] [/caption] Spain's economy may still be struggling, but tourism continues to establish itself as one of the country's main driving forces in keeping the wheels rolling. In fact, this particular Iberian industry ...

On your bike – around Andalucia! Plan Bici 2020

Friday, January 24th, 2014

This week, the Junta de Andalucia (Andalucian Government) announced the "Plan Andaluz de la Bicicleta". This ambitious but admirable project aims to complete a network of over 5,000km of cycle lanes and routes throughout the region, in cities and countryside. The investment is 420 million euros, with benefits including job ...

Second Foro La Zagaleta

Monday, June 10th, 2013

GUEST BLOG POST BY CHRIS CHAPLOW [caption id="attachment_11060" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Foro La Zagaleta in Marbella 2nd Edition: 31 May 2013"] [/caption] Recently I was pleased to attend the second edition of Foro La Zagaleta: Brands and Trends, Management & Leadership in Challenging Times. It was held in the Marbella Palacio de Congresos ...

Important new law for residents with assets outside Spain

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_9762" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Modelo 720 is a new form for declaring assets outside Spain worth over 50,000 euros."] [/caption] If you are residente in Spain - basically, those who spend more than 183 days a year here, or whose business is based here (if in doubt, check with your asesor ...

Good news for young would-be autonomos

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Are you young (in your twenties or early thirties) and looking to go self-employed? Or do you know someone who is? Then you'll be delighted to hear that the government is cutting the hefty autonomo (self-employment social security) payment for the first six months from 250 euros per month to ...

Here Comes the Sun…

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

No, this is not a weather forecast... You may have noticed the growing popularity of flashmobs around Spain lately. These are groups of people who, either spontaneously, or (more often) having rehearsed, perform a song and/or dance in a public place. Flashmobs can be anything from 20 to 200 people. Last year ...