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Category: Business (18 articles)
When the VIVA team received their invitations to the Moneycorp anniversary celebrations earlier this month, we couldn’t believe that a whole year had passed since their last ‘do’ where we’d had such a great evening that we were all still talking about it. So we just couldn’t wait…
The Spanish Wind Energy Association has announced that the past three months in Spain has seen the country produce more wind-powered electricity than any other source.
Spain’s wind farms – many of which sit close to the southern Andalusian town of Tarifa – delivered more than six terawatt hours of electricity in January, read a statement by Red Eléctrica de España.
“Since November 1, wind has been the top technology in the electrical system,” the group’s blog said. “The last time any technology exceeded six terawatt-hours of monthly generation was in 2010, when it was combined-cycle gas turbines.”
Such impressive stats meant that Spain’s windfarms outperformed both its coal-fired and nuclear power stations, and delivered more than a quarter of the country’s power generation.
These positive results are a boon for the country’s renewable power industry, and a testament not only to Spain’s natural resources but also its forethought in investing so much effort and manpower to a project many thought would prove an expensive and unsightly white elephant.
But as anyone who has ever driven over the crests of Tarifa’s hills can attest, Andalucía’s windfarms are starkly beautiful.
We’ve just heard on the grapevine that Marbella is being shown in all its glory in this week’s Hello! magazine, which hit the UK newsstands on Tuesday. So, thanks to respected Marbella-based international PR company, Media Machine International – run by journalist, editor and all-round PR and media guru Louise Cook Edwards – no fewer than one million readers will be lapping up the resort’s winter sun in a fabulous 4-page fashion spread featuring celebrity Harleymoon Kemp, which was shot earlier this month in seven stunning Marbella locations, including the 5-star Don Carlos Resort.
Ever since launching Media Machine International back in 2000, indefatigable Louise and her team have been focused on ensuring that Marbella, and leading businesses on the Costa del Sol, are seen and promoted in all the very best places.
So if you’d like to raise your company’s press profile, distribute your news and stay ahead of the pack by reaching new clients around Europe before your competitors, contact Media Machine International on T. +34 952 882 988 or email: email@example.com.
According to a report released by the local Tourist Board to coincide with the 32nd edition of the FITUR International Tourism Fair taking place in Madrid this week, despite the recession a total of 9.1 million holidaymakers visited the Costa del Sol in 2011, up by 3.5% compared with 2010. The average vacation length, however, was down from 13 days to nine, while the average spend also dropped – although only very slightly – from €800 to €760.
Tourism is Málaga’s principal industry, last year representing more than 13% of the province’s GDP which amounted to €8,000 million.
According to a recent report in Málaga’s provincial daily Diario Sur, in 2011 the Marbella town hall has processed 976 opening licences, a significant increase of 17.5% compared with 2010 when 806 applications were registered. So it’s very welcome news that despite the global economic crisis, entrepreneurs are betting on Marbella as their Costa del Sol town of choice when it comes to launching a new business.
“These figures reflect Marbella’s dynamism and the strength of its economy, even during such a difficult time,” said local mayor Ángeles Muñoz, who also pointed out the changes in legislation recently introduced by the town hall in order to streamline and simplify what had previously been a slow, complicated and cumbersome process.
In the case of a new bar, for example, reports first had to be produced by the Fire Brigade, as well as the Town Planning, Health and Industry departments meaning that the procedure could take more than a year to complete. But with the Industry delegation now solely responsible for the process, that length of time has been reduced to around three months, while some new businesses – such as fashion retailers and lawyers’ offices – are now often able to open on the very same day that the relevant documentation is presented.
This year’s 17.5% increase is in stark contrast to the previous three consecutive years when decreases in opening licences were recorded. In 2008 the figure for opening licences stood at 1,554, dropping by 18% in 2009 with 1,250 applications, and down again in 2010 with just 806 applications.
Showcasing a wealth of quality art from upcoming and acclaimed Spanish and international artists, Marbella’s Red Penguin Art Gallery has just opened in-store at El Corte Inglés Home & Decoration El Capricho. A dynamic gallery acting as a creative platform for talent, creative ideas and diverse cultural interests including not only art itself, but also Vintage Objects and Collectables, Art & Design Books & Magazines, Art Consultancy, Art to rent for companies, Decorative artistic painting, Education, workshops, lectures and events, the inaugural ‘Identity’ exhibition – featuring the works of 18 groundbreaking talents – opened on 9 December and runs until the end of the year.
The works of a stellar line-up of artists are on show, including…
Following an agreement back in the summer with the Woking-based automotive innovators, Costa del Sol concessionaires Grupo Guarnieri have been named as the very first McLaren dealership in Spain and also covering Portugal, with the inauguration taking place on 15 December at the company’s Marbella showrooms in San Pedro.
Various different models from the British supercar manufacturer will be on display, including of course…
With three furniture superstores – one in Mijas Costa and two in Málaga – together totalling over a huge 12,000m2 of room displays, Decorhaus, as their marketing director Manuel Tejada explains, prides itself on “choice, quality, service and a highly competitive pricing policy”. And, right now, to make sure your money goes further still…
Spain is a world leader in the development of solar energy, and since the Costa del Sol is blessed with an annual average of more than 300 sunshine days, it is perhaps no coincidence that one of the country’s major players is based in Málaga.
But then in December of last year, the Spanish government pulled the plug on the previously very generous subsidies set aside for the solar industry…
For the first time ever, Boston’s prestigious MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and publishers of the benchmark Technology Review magazine founded in 1989 – sets foot in Europe. To be exact, in Málaga, the capital of the Costa del Sol, where the EmTech Congress – bringing together 500 of the sharpest international minds in the field of emerging technologies – takes place on 26 & 27 October at the city’s landmark Palacio de Congresos.
Only the 3rd foreign city, after Canton and Bangalore, to host the 2-day event, an illustrious think tank comprising business leaders, top investors, entrepreneurs, researchers, technologists and scholars will be sharing and discussing their knowledge of intelligent cities, biotechnology, nanotechnology, robotics, the media, internet, video games and more besides…