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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.

  


COUNTY COUNCIL TOURISM AIDS THREE PROJECTS

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of Valencia, Terra i Mar of the Valencia County Council, signed an agreement with Jesus Montesinos, Mayor of the town of Villamarchante , by which the County Council will subsidize the cost of the installation of signposts for the tourism route of the "La Rodana" Nature Park and its hostel.

J. Antonio Albert, Mayor of Albaida, likewise received a subsidy from Pilar Moncho, to add signposts to those already installed on the tourist route of "La Acequia del Puerto".

County Council Valencia, Terra i Mar Tourism Deputy Pilar Moncho also signed an agreement with Pablo Puig, Mayor of La Font d'en Carros, to fund the signposts for the nature trail of the "Assagadors".


CHRISTMAS TOAST IN THE VALENCIA COUNTY COUNCIL

Jorge Rodriguez, chairman of the Valencia County Council, invited all the employees of the County Council to raise a glass of Valencian Cava (Sparkling Wine) in a toast to celebrate Christmas.


SANTA CLAUS COMES TO CORTES DE PALLAS

Santa Claus came early this year to Cortes de Pallas when Jorge Rodriguez, chairman of the Valencia County Council, cut the ribbon spanning the road leading into the mountain town, for it meant that the road, blocked by a landslide since the 8th April 2015, was once again connected to the outside world!

In August, chairman Rodriguez went by boat (photo below) to visit the scene of the disaster and promised the people of Cortes de Pallas they would be reunited with their fellow Spaniards for Christmas. In view of the enormous amount of rock and earth blocking the pass, this seemed unattainable, but is seems that in this case faith can indeed move mountains, for on the 21st December, chairman Rodriguez cut the ribbon, opening, after eight months, the road where men and machines had worked twenty hours a day, seven days a week, and at a cost of nearly ten million Euro.

Accompanying Jorge Rodriguez at this memorable moment were Fernando Navarro, Mayor of Cortes de Pallas, Pablo Segui, County Council Deputy of Roads, Pilar Moncho, County Council Deputy of Tourism, Julian Bolinches, Delegate in the Valencia Region of the Iberdrola electric company (that coordinated the project), Vicente Sanchis, director of Mediterranean Generation, and of course many of the 600 residents of Cortes de Pallas.

Below are some moments of the ceremony.

All photos are by Abulaila

Jorge Rodriguez (second from the left in the blue shirt), visited the disaster in August by boat from the River Jucar and declared the work to reopen the road to Cortes de Pallas would be finished by Christmas..... and his faith really did move the mountain by that date!

More information on Cortes de Pallas, a beautiful Spanish village nestled in the mountains, on http://www.cortesdepallas.es


MINISTERIAL DECREE SUPPORTING VALENCIA "SILK CITY 2016"

Ministerial Decree of the 18th December 2015 supporting the project "Valencia, Silk City 2016".

Since 1988 Spain has been actively participating in different projects and events organized by the UNESCO on the Silk Road, as well as in programmes and initiatives of other international organizations dealing with the legacy of this road, such as the World Tourism Organization Programme or the Cultural Route of the Council of Europe. However the initiative that is acquiring more relevance over the last months is the UNESCO Silk Road Platform launched within the framework of the decade r (2013-2022), to bring cultures together, in which 19 States participated, among them Spain, who joined the Platform in April 2015.

The initiative is based on an online platform as a point of virtual meeting with information on different aspects of the Silk Road, as well as a fund of knowledge and research dealing with the different silk roads,with a resume of the results of the former UNESCO programmes relative to the Road.

Spain constituted a National Committee of the Silk Road in 1990 inside the National Spanish Committee of Cooperation of the UNESCO, that boosted activities such as itineraries, expositions, promotions and research. In the period 2008-2012 diverse expositions were celebrated promoting the heritage of the silk roads in Spain, with those held in Valencia (2011-2012), Granada (2012), and Madrid (2012), the outstanding ones.

Starting 2014 the National Spanish Commission of Cooperation with the UNESCO and the Valencia-Mediterranean UNESCO Centre, revived interest to continue the work carried out previously, which led to the inclusion of Spain in the Silk Road programme of the World Tourism Organization the 1st of April 2015, and the participation of Spain in the UNESCO Platform.

With the inclusion of Spain in the Platform in April 2015, the National Spanish Commission of the UNESCO seconded the naming of a Spanish coordinator and focal point (Jose M. Chiquillo) within the Silk Road Platform, who attended the first meeting of the platform in Xian (China) last May. Spain formally became a member of the Silk Road Platform, also entering to form part of the Steering Committee together with China, Iran, Oman, and South Korea.

During the meeting the Spanish Focal Point announced a series of initiatives:

The creation of an Institutional Institute for the Study of silk, as a network of universities and scientific research centres.

The organization in Valencia of an International exposition "Silk World" to concentrate cultural and economic initiatives, and business opportunities in collaboration with other countries of the Road.

At the same time, it was proposed that Valencia should be the headquarters in 2016 of the second meeting of the Network Platform.

Also, as a consequence of the growing implication of Valencia in this initiative, the UNESCO Centre in Valencia dedicated the "Multaqa" - or the meeting of cultures - in June 2015 to the Silk Road, with the title "Valencia in the Silk Roads". The Mayor of Valencia highlighted during this meeting, what the aspects of knowledge and of cooperation that the implication of Spain in the Platform implied, and the interest of the city to promulgate its role in the development of silk art with a section (of the city) specialized in this material (Velluters).

The 22nd July the autonomic parliament issued a government declaration "Valencia "Silk City 2016" in which it urged the government of the Autonomous Region and the Spanish government to proclaim Valencia "Silk City 2016" within the "Valencian Region Strategy in the Silk Road 2016-2020". At the same time it requested the autonomous government to implant a tourism promotion policy that would place Valencia as the capital of the silk road in the Western Mediterranean.

This declaration was possible due to the wide support that the involvement of Valencia in the Silk road Platform received as much in the Valencia Government, as in Turisvalencia and in Valencia City Hall. The valencian initiatives are also of interest for the World Tourism Organization (in which the Silk Road programme, started in 1993, Spain in also included and in which 33 states are already participating), channeling the participation of Spain in its Silk Road Programme through the Secretary of State of Tourism of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.

Within the context of this solid institutional boost, on the 8th of last October 2015, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and of Cooperation, to together with ambassadors from the States participating in the Silk Road Platform, in the Silk Exchange (Lonja) in Valencia to present the initiative "Valencia, Silk City 2016" organized by the Valencia-Mediterranean UNESCO Centre and with the sponsorship of the Valencian Tourism Board and Asia House. The president of the Autonomous Region and the Mayor of Valencia City were also present.

The Minister highlighted the connection of Spain to the Silk Road through Valencia and its adhesion in the Platform, in the effort Spain is doing to foment ties with Asia, a continent that has three of the ten largest economies in the world (China, Japan, and India) that together represent 30% of the world PIB. The minister stressed his conviction that the commemoration of the Silk Road in 2016, would underline the international dimension of Valencia, evaluate its contribution to world culture and its historic tie to Spain and the Levantine city with Asia.

Because of all the preceding facts, the government, through the proposal of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, of Education, Culture and Sports, and of Industry, Energy, and Tourism, backed the initiative "Valencia, Silk City 2016" as part of the Valencia Region Silk Road Strategy 2016-2020" by considering it a magnificent opportunity for Valencia to recover its protagonism among the mythical cities of the Silk Road and internationally project its valuable historical-artistic heritage.


THE CID ROAD PLAN FOR 2016

Pau Perez, director of the Tourism Patronage of the Valencia County Council, attended a meeting in the County Council of Teruel, of the Cid Road Consortium. Representatives of the other eight County Councils affected by the Cid Road were also present.

During the meeting, the chairmanship was passed from the County Council of Saragossa to that of Teruel, and the budget of 255.900 Euro and promotional activities for 2016 were approved, among them the launching of a new web page, the publication of new folders, leaflets, and posters, for distribution in schools, a publicity campaign in the press and digital media, the erection of more signposts along the Cid Road, and special trails for mountain bikes along the 1,500 kilometres of the road.


CANET D'EN BERENGUER TOURISM PROMOTION

Pilar Moncho, Valencia, Terra i Mar Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council, visited the Tourism Information Office in Valencia, where promotion is being carried out for the coastal town of Canet d'En Berenguer.

Rafael Corresa, Tourism Deputy of Canet d'En Berenguer was also present, and pointed out the various tourist pamphlets, and Gastronomy, Hotels, and Leisure Guides available. As well as its magnificent sandy beach, Canet is promoting its Christmas Market from the 5th to the 8th December,

On Friday visitors to the Tourism Information Office may sample sweet products from Canet, and Saturday there will be exhibitions of regional dances.

The opening hours of the Office 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 Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m.

Photo by Abulaila


CITY HALL OPEN HOUSE THURSDAYS

Juan Ribo, Mayor of Valencia, holds "Open House" from 09:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m. Thursdays, to enable all and sundry tour City Hall, take photographs on the balcony, visit City Hall Museum and browse the Municipal Archives...... and sometimes he himself comes out to greet the visitors!


COUNTY COUNCIL TOURISM FUNDS TEN RURAL PROJECTS

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of Valencia, Terra i Mar, the tourism department of the Valencia County Council, signed agreements to fund 10 local projects.

They are: Mayors Andreu Salom of Alcudia - Pottage and Persimmon Competition; Miguel Lluch of Benissoda -tourism signposts; Juan C. Perez of Canals - "Sant Antonio en Tapas Fair, Roberto Rubio of Chelva - tourism signposts; Jose Morell of Cheste - Motorcycle Grand Prix;, Raul Pardo of Gestalgar - tourism signposts; Antonio Carrascosa of Montroi - the honey fair;, Emilio O. Noguera of Villanueva de Castellon - tapas fair, Fulgencio Torremocha, chairman of the Cultural Fair Association of the Albufera, Vicente Gomar, chairman of the Man community of the Albaida Valley - Gastronomy Fair.

Guillermo Barber of the Valencia County Council was also present.


VERDI'S MACBETH OPERA TO STAR PLACIDO DOMINGO AND EKATERINA SEMENCHUK

 

Davide Livermore, General Manager of the Queen Sofia Arts Palace in Valencia (centre), accompanied by Placido Domingo, and Henrik Nanasi, held a press conference to present the forthcoming opera of Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi (based on Shakespeare's Macbeth), to be staged the 5th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 17th, and 20th December at the following times:

05th December at 07:00 p.m.

8th and 20th December at 06:00 p.m.

11th, 14th and 17th December at 08:00 p.m.

Musical director - Henrik Nanasi,; Stage director - Peter Stein; Production - Opera of Rome Theatre, Salzburger Festspiele; Choir of the Valencian Government with Francesc Perales as conductor; Orchestra of the Valencian Region.

MacBeth - Placido Domingo; Lady MacBeth -Ekatarina Semenchuk; Mac Duff - Giorgio Berrugi; Banco - Alexander Vinogradov; Malcolm - Fabian Lara; Lady MacBeth's Lady-in-waiting - Federica Alfano; Doctor - Lluis Martinez; MacBeth's servant - Boro Giner.

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VALENCIA PRESIDENT TOASTS NEW SPARKLING WINE

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, toasted the first sparking wine (CAVA) of Requena in a ceremony in which he was accompanied by Mario Sanchez, Mayor of Requena, and Jose Hidalgo, chairman of the Requena Association of Elaborators of Sparkling Wine, along with other members of the Association who made this production possible, viz., Chozas Carrascal, Coviñas, Dominio de la Vega, Hispano Suiza, Pago de Tharsys, Torre Oria, Union Vinicola del Este (UVE), and Vegalfaro.

Jorge Rodriguez, chairman of the Valencia County Council, also attended the event.


TOURIST INFO SPECIALISTS GUESTS IN SAGUNTO

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism (seventh from the left in the front row) closed a two days seminar for some 100 specialists from the Tourist Information Offices Network in the Valencia Region, that took place in Sagunto where they were guests of Jose F. Fernandez, Mayor of Sagunto (fourth from the left in the front row).

Mr. Colomer said that there are 400 professionals running 201 Tourist Info Offices, and during the year they received over 3 million requests for information from visitors.

A total of 7,737 questionnaires were filled out over the months of July, August, and September to gauge the degree of satisfaction enjoyed by tourists and their intention of returning for a vacation another year. 89% of inland tourists said yes they would return , while 90.4% of those who stayed on the coast said they would return.

Autonomic Secretary Colomer also praised the work of the Valencian Tourist Board who provide tourists with quality services and stressed that "The Tourist Info Offices are authentic spaces of economic promotion in the Valencia Region".


INLAND TOURISM PROMOTION IN VALLADOLID TOURISM SHOW

The Valencian Government, through a 100 square metres stand of the the Valencian Tourism Board, is promoting the Valencian inland tourism offer at the XIX edition of the International Inland Tourism INTUR 2015 Show, in Valladolid from the 26th to the 29th November, to attract more tourists to inland destinations in the Valencian Region.

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, highlighted the importance of Valencia participating in this show because it will open up new markets for rural tourism in the three provinces in the Valencia Region, viz., Alicante, Castellon, and Valencia.

Coinciding with the Show, there are marketing seminars with around one hundred buyers, of which 76% are international.

In its 2014 edition, the INTUR Show in Valladolid received 45,000 visitors and had 300 stands.


TOURISM DELEGATE OPENS "GASTRONOMA" SHOW

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Valencia, Terra i Mar Delegate of the Valencia County Council, inaugurated the Gastronoma Show taking place in the Trade Fair complex of Valencia from the 13th to the 16th November, with the participation of a couple of dozen top chefs, some thirty wine cellars, nine handcrafted beers, and a host of local food and recipes.


THE NIGHT OF VALENCIAN ECONOMY

J. Vicente Morata, chairman of the Valencia Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Navigation (second from the right in the above photo), hosted the Night of Valencian Economy in the Silk Exchange in Valencia, to pay tribute to all enterprises in Valencia.

Guests of honour were Luis de Guindos, Spanish Minister of Economy (on the right of Mr. Morata), and Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government (at the lectern), as well as Carlos Moragues, Spanish Government Delegate in Valencia,

After the tribute, a cocktail (Alto Standing) was offered to the 300 plus attendees.

   


VALENCIA COUNTY COUNCIL TOURISM DEPUTY SIGNS SEVEN AGREEMENTS

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencian County Council, Terra i Mar, signed agreements with seven towns viz., with Juan J. Rubio, Mayor of Zarra, to sponsor the popular pig killing festival; Josep A. Riera, Mayor of Meliana to sponsor a trade fair; Manuel Martinez, Mayor of Gatova, to pay for the edition of information pamphlets on Gatova; Rafael Gimenez, Mayor of Aras de los Olmos, to pay for sign posts on the astronomic routes of Aras de los Olmos.

Pilar Moncho also signed with the Chairman of the Fishing Federation of the Valencia Region Jose Segura, to sponsor the Sweet Water Fishing Championship of Spain; with Carles Onsurbe, to sponsor the "Xufa Rock 2015 Festival" organized by the Llaurant Cultural Association; and with Felix Cuartero, to sponsor Quality Food Promotion in the Valencian Region through the Proava Wine and Food Show.


FOUR LOVELY LADIES RECEIVED EVAP AWARD

A proud Empar Martinez, chairperson of the Valencian Association of Women Entrepreneurs and Professionals - EVAP, and Business Professional Women - BPW, poses centre above with the four winners of the EVAP Awards 2015.

From left to right they are: Asun Oliver, winner of the Associate Award and Rosa M. Calap, who received the Integrity Award. On the other side of the Chairperson are Myrtha Casanova,who won the reward for Diversity and Helena Herrero who received the Professionalism Award.

The Association is made up of over 250 women entrepreneurs and professionals from all sectors of the Valencian world of economics and was constituted to be a lobby of feminine pressure to make women visible in the entrepreneur world.

  


VALENCIAN PRESIDENT IN NEW YORK

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, made a flying visit to New York, accompanied by Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Councillor of Tourism (above left behind him), and by a group of Valencian entrepreneurs, headed by Jose Morata, chairman of the Valencia Chamber of Commerce.

While in New York, President Puix toured the Porcelanosa establishment, a tile company with headquarters in Castellon, Valencia, and the Lladro Porcelain Stores on 5th Avenue, which is also a Valencian company.

One of the highlights of the visit was an invitation to attend the X Annual Starchefs International Chefs Congress held in the famous Italian Ai Fiorini Restaurant, where Quique Dacosta, from the Quique Dacosta Restaurant in Denia, Valencia, that boasts THREE MICHELIN STARS, was among the chefs offering their special dishes and who served the first course of the dinner which was described on the menu as "Ashes Rice, Bone Broth, Crisp Rice, Truffle Ashes, and Truffle Gel,", washed down by Valencian wines from, "Murviedra, Estrecha, Bodegas Mendoza, Alicante, Spain 2006".

President Ximo Puig and his entourage toured the Lladro establishment in New York (photo above and on the left).

In the photo above, Valencian Government President Ximo Puig (centre left) discusses with Valencian entrepreneurs in New York, their experience in the business world there, and the way other entrepreneurs in Valencia can export their products. Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism (extreme left in the photo) also accompanied President Puig.

While in New York, President Ximo Puig, accompanied by Francesc Colomer (on his right), visited an exhibition of typical Valencian foodstuffs (photo above) and was guest of honour at a Starchefs demonstration in which Valencian chef Quique Dacosta of the Quique Dacosta three Michelin Stars Restaurant in Denia, Valencia, participated (photo left).

 


COUNTY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN OPENS BOCAIRENTE FAIR

Jorge Rodriguez, Chairman of the Valencia County Council (in the blue shirt above), opened the X Trade Fair in Bocairente, accompanied by mayor J. Vicente Ferre, the Alder person of Tourism and Education, and by other dignitaries.

Throughout the two days of the Fair, all monuments and museums were open to the public with no entry fee, and the bars and restaurants offered free tapas with all drinks.


ALGEMESI CELEBRATES THE III TOURISM TRADE SHOW

Pilar Moncho, Valencia County Council Deputy of Tourism "Valencia, Terra i Mar", (second from the right in the above photo) cut the ribbon to inaugurate the III Tourism Trade Show in Algemesi.

With Ms. Moncho were Pilar Trenzano, Mayoress of Algemesi, and other persons from trade associations and businesses of the Upper and Lower Ribera.

During her address, the Tourism Deputy stressed the need to buy goods locally, "because what you cannot find in your own town will more than likely be available in the next town over".

     


VALENCIA COUNTY COUNCIL HELPS TOURISM MUNICIPALITIES AND ASSOCIATION

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council, signed nine collaboration agreements on behalf of "Valencia, Terra i Mar", with the mayors of the towns of Aielo de Rugat, - Jaime Soler; Benageber - Rafael Darijo; the mayoress of Gandia - Diana Morant; the mayors of Beniatjar, the Mayoress of Rafol de Salem - Carolina Mengual;Villargordo del Cabriel - Francisco Nuevalos, and Polinya del Xuquer - Oscar Navarro; and with the chairmen of the Association of Latin Wind Sails of Silla - Baptiste Granero; and the general secretary of the Federation of Leisure, Tourism, Games, Recreation Activities, and Related Industries in the Valencian Region - J. Jose Carbonell.

By the terms of the agreement, the County Council will subsidise fairs and tourism events, and erect sign posts along tourist routes.


HOUSEWIVES ASSOCIATION SEEKS HELP FROM VALENCIA COUNTY COUNCIL

Mercedes Berenguer, County Council Deputy of Social Services (in the centre), received Vicenta Alcacer, chairperson of the Valencian Housewives Association "Tyrius" (above left) and the treasurer of "Tyrius" Isabel Calvo, who introduced themselves as the new executives of the Association, and laid out their future programme to instruct housewives in computer technologies to enable them to be independent of husbands, children and other family members and carry out bank transactions and seek information on the Internet.

  


SPECIAL RICE MENUS IN TWELVE LAS ARENAS RESTAURANTS

The County Council Department of Tourism "Valencia, Terra i Mar", is sponsoring the Gastronomic Seminar of Sea Rice to be offered in 12 restaurants in Las Arenas, Valencia, from the 24th October to the 15th November, with special menus at fixed prices.

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Delegate of the Valencia County Council, accompanied by J. Miguel Bielsa, chairman of the Association of Entrepreneurs of Hostelry and Spas located on the Las Arenas Beach, and Carlos Boga, director of the Hotel Las Arenas, presented the seminar.

During her intervention, Ms. Moncho highlighted the importance of traditional gastronomy to boost Valencian tourism, while the director of the Las Arenas Hotel Carlos Boga, expressed his hope to convert the beach into not only a summer place but a location that can be visited also in winter.

Finally, Mr. Bielsa explained the details of the Rice Dishes Seminar in which twelve of the twenty-nine restaurants in the Association will have quality rice dishes. A wide range of gifts will be offered to encourage visitors, such as raffles of bottles of wine and aprons, tickets for free meals in restaurants in the area, and overnight stays in the Las Arenas Hotel.

The twelve restaurants participating in the Seminar are; Azahar, Balandret, El Coso, Gabbana Beach, l'Estimat, La Marcelina, La Muñeca, La Pepica, Panorama, Portolito, Sorolla, and Tridente.


COUNTY COUNCIL AND PATERNA RATIFY TOURISM AGREEMENT

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of "Valencia, Terra i Mar" of the Valencia County Council, ratified the agreement signed with J. Antonio Sagredo, Mayor of Paterna, to sponsor the Paterna Gastronomy and Trade Fair held in June.

Mayor Sagredo also spoke to Deputy Moncho of the "Spartan Obstacle Race" to take place in Paterna on the 28th November and she agreed to help spread the news to enable this effort boost tourism in Paterna.


DEBATE ON THE MEDITERRANEAN CORRIDOR

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, was guest speaker at the Entrepreneurial and Institutional Meet on the Mediterranean Corridor organised by the publication Valencia Plaza.

President Puig spoke of the importance of this infrastructure to vertebrate the Mediterranean from Andalusia to Catalonia, passing by Murcia and the Valencian Region, areas where 50% of the Spanish population resides and accounts for 45% of the income of the country.


TOURISM SHOPPING IN THE RIBERA

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Delegate of the Valencia County Council (second from the left above), presided the presentation of the third edition of Tourism Shopping of the Ribera, to take place in the Virgin of Health Polyvalent Centre of Algemesi from the 16th to the 18th October with 25 stands with various tourism, cultural, and fiestas events, offered by shops from the Upper and Lower Ribera.

Marta Trenzano, Mayoress of Algemesi, stressed the importance of the cultural patrimony to be offered to tourists by her city; Rita Esquer, chairperson of the Algemesi Association of Traders and Services - ACSA, mentioned this as being the first time such an event has been held in the Polyvalent Centre; and Palma Egido, Town Hall Alder person of Trade and Tourism highlighted the municipal compromise to help small businesses and boost tourism.

The Carro Tour will be at the disposal of visitors to take them on a guided tour to the Valencia Fiesta Museum, and other interesting areas in Algemesi, while at the same time viewing tourism videos of the neighbouring towns participating in the event.

 


THE SILK ROAD VALENCIA

A meeting of representatives of countries along The Silk Road took place in Valencia with Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs J. Manuel Garcia-Margallo presiding (third from the left in the photo above).

Other dignitaries accompanying the Minister were (left to right above) Jose M. Chiquillo, Valencian Senator in the Spanish Government, Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, Manuel M. Morena, Director General of Casa Asia, Joan Calabuig, Deputy-Mayor of Valencia city Hall, and Alejandro Noguera, of UNESCO, Valencia.

The Silk Roads countries who sent Ambassadors or representatives were; India, Pakistan, China, Indonesia, Croatia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Italy, Korea, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Singapore, as well as Federico Palomera, Spanish Co-operation with UNESCO.


SAVE THE DATE - JUNE 2016 - WHEN THE SILK ROAD ENDS IN VALENCIA

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism (centre above), presided the presentation in the Centro of Professional Tourism (CdT), of the Silk Road events to take place in Valencia in June 2016, when representatives from cities along the Silk Road from China, will gather in the Silk Exchange (Lonja de la Seda) for a series of talks on the past, present, and future of the silk industry and related technology.

Organised by the Valencia Mediterranean UNESCO and the Valencian Government, the programme has a wide range of events to promote tourism in Valencia, with special gastronomy fairs, exhibitions on silk weaving, and a broad band of cultural events.

Mr. Colomer was accompanied by Jose M. Chiquillo, Senator of the Spanish Government, and member of the Silk Road Co-ordination Committee (above right), and Alejandro Noguera of the Mediterranean UNESCO.

For more information click on http://www.unescovalencia.org


UTIEL HOUSEWIVES PRESENTED LOCAL GASTRONOMY FAIR

Maria J. Amigo, vice chairperson of the Valencia County Council (eighth from the right) and Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council on her right) hosted the presentation of the Utiel Gastronomy Fair 2015 to take place on the Alameda Avenue in Utiel from the 16th to the 18th October.

On Saturday the 17th October, the special Train of the Wine Route of Utiel Gastronomy, will depart at 09:50 a.m. from the Spanish Railway North Station (RENFE), with arrival in Utiel at 11:33 a.m.

The return will be from the Utiel Station at 06:45 p.m. arriving in Valencia at 08:24 p.m.

Return tickets Valencia-Utiel-Valencia, cost five Euro while it is possible to purchase a return ticket with 8 gastronomy tasting, a glass and an earthenware dish, for ten Euro.

TICKET PAYMENT WHEN BOARDING THE TRAIN.

Free tours, led by professional tourist guides, will be available.

For more information connect to http://www.utiel.es

Utiel is famous for its dried sausage (embutido), baked bread, and cheese.

Nor must one forget the wonderful wines produced from grapes grown in the area.

Vice chairperson of the Valencia County Council Maria J. Amigo (extreme right) with County Council Tourism Deputy Pilar Moncho, pose here with Fernando Benlliure, Mayor of Utiel, beside Ms. Moncho, and Josep Bort, County Council Deputy of the Environment extreme left.

All photos are by Abulaila.


VALENCIA WEEKEND MARKETS ENJOY UPWARD TREND

This weekend, the Valencia Market of Tapineria had a "full house" and the jewellery boutique run by the Santamaria sisters was packed with buyers. The sisters handcraft their own jewellery and specialise in adornments typical of the Valencian traditional costume. Elena (left above) and Carmen, were host to Falleras such as this group from the Almirante Cadarso Falla, who dropped in to buy pieces for their costumes.

SANTAMARIA ORFEBRES was established in 1870 and will make pieces with your own personal design. When ordering, please mention Valencia World as your source of information.

Click into their website in Spanish and English - http://www.santamariaorfebres.com

Renowned artist and sculptress Pilar Carpio, also visited the establishment and was captivated by some silver and gold earrings.

Anecdote for the weekend. A group of Japanese buyers were so taken by the earrings dangling from Carmen Santamaria's ears, that one gentleman insisted on removing them and paying for them on the spot.

The busy Tapineria Market with a Fallera in the right foreground wearing hair adornments manufactured by the Santamaria Company.

Artist Pilar Carpio (second from the left above) and grannies Amparo, (mother of the Santamaria sisters) on Pilar's right, (Irish) Patricia on her left, and Maribel opposite, enjoy Spanish "tapas", wine, and sunshine, in the Tapineria Square after a visit to the Santamaria jewellery boutique.


KING JAMES I AWARDS 2015

King Felipe VI presided the ceremony of the King James I Awards 2015 that took place this weekend in the gothic Silk Exchange (Lonja de la Seda - above and below) in Valencia.

King Felipe VI (fourth from the left) poses here with the Kings James I Award winners.

They were (left to right):

The Basic Research Award was presented to Luis Liz, for his contribution to the science of materials, relating chemistry with biology.

The Entrepreneur Award was received by Oscar Landeta, CEO of Certest Biotec, S.L:

The Award for Medical Research was won by Josep Brugada (who also pronounced the final speech on behalf of the winners). He is the senior consultant in the Cardiology Department of the Clinical Hospital in Barcelona.

Josep Peñuelas (sixth from the left), received the Award for Protection of the Environment for his work revealing the effect of atmospheric contamination and global warming on the structure and function of the ecosystem ad biosphere, especially in earth ecosystems.

Juan J. Dolado, received his Economy Award for his work applied to the proposals of economic politics in Spain and the rest of Europe.

Isabel Orion, Chairperson of the Spanish Cancer Association, received the Social Compromise Award on behalf of the Association.

Pablo Artal, got the New Technologies Award for his work as co-inventor of over 20 international patents related to improve the vision and quality of life of people around the world.

King Felipe VI poses with the President of the Valencian Government and some of his Councillors. They are from left to right:

Vicente Soler, Vicente Marza, Carmen Monton, President Ximo Puig, King Felipe VI, Rafael Climent, Elena Cebrian, and Manuel Alcaraz.


VALENCIA COUNTY COUNCIL CELEBRATES WORLD TOURISM DAY

 Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencian County Council, (second from the right in the above photo), celebrated World Tourism Day in Oliva where she called on citizens to use the social networks to promote Valencian tourism.

At present, international tourism contributes 1.5 billion dollars to world commerce, and represents 30% of world services exports, as well as creating jobs and promoting culture and local products.

Photo: Abulaila.


NEW TOURISM BANNERS FOR VALENCIA

The Tourist Department of the Valencian Government has changed its tourism banners for more realistic ones. The former banners depicted a top model sprawled on the beach in an ipsy-bitsy bikini inviting senior citizens from abroad to visit the Valencia Region (who wears a bikini in the winter?), while the new ones show an elderly couple on the terrace of their villa overlooking a typical Valencian village (enlarged below), a physically challenged person in a wheelchair posing with friends in the foreground of the Prince Felipe Science Museum of the City of Arts and Science, and a gay couple lunching beside the Mediterranean.


VALENCIAN GOVERNMENT TOURISM AWARDS FOR 2014

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government (seventh from the right in the above photo), accompanied by Francisco Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism (fifth from the right above), presided the ceremony in which the Tourism Awards for 2014 were distributed.

During his intervention, President Puig highlighted the 22 million tourists in 2014, the 300,000 jobs in the tourism sector and the 1,900,000 foreign tourists who visited Valencia in 2014.

The Award for Public Institutions went to the Tourism Foundation of Benidorm.

The employee of the year in the tourism sector was Manuel Morejon.

The award for Tourism Training, Research, and Innovation was given to the Faculty of Economic Science of the James I University of Castellon.

The award for Tourism Promotion and Communication went to the Fallera Board of Directors.

The award for Tourism Excellence was won by the Hotel Industries of the Mediterranean/Costa Blanca Magic Group.

The award for Tourism Destination Revitalisation was given to the Town Hall of Denia.

And finally, Chef Enrique Dacosta received a special mention.

 


VALENCIAN CO-OPERATIVES TO RECEIVE GOVERNMENT BACKING

 Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government (sixth from the right in the above photo), met with members of the Valencian Confederation of Co-operatives and while he lamented the lack of support to co-operatives of the former government, he pledged to put into force a Plan to Encourage and Extend Co-operatives and launch the Valencian Council of Co-operatives.


EUROPE DAY WITHOUT CARS .... IN VALENCIA

For the first time ever, the Valencian Region participated in the Europe Without Cars Day, and to celebrate it, the Valencian Government offered free rides for everyone throughout the day. To avail of this free transport, Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government (centre photo above) took a ride on a TRAM and continued on the Underground (METRO). The President was accompanied by Maria J. Salvador, Valencian Government Councillor of Housing, Public Works, and Territorial Vertebration, by Juan Ribo, Mayor of Valencia (beside the President), and other dignitaries.

During his intervention with the press, President Puig said he would implement more pedestrian areas in Valencia because "the city is for people, not cars" and pledged to improve public transport in the Region of Valencia, viz., Alicante, Castellon, and Valencia.

Later, Councillor Salvador went to Castellon where she took a trip on a TRAM, and told the media that her department is working on plans to upgrade the accessibility to TRAMS and METRO and to encourage the public to use public transport and thus reduce CO2 contamination. The Councillor also declared that 72 million passengers a year, travel on the TRAM and METRO, thus reducing the use of private cars by 60 million trips a year.

 


TOURISM CHIEF GIVES FIGURES FOR 2015

Francisco Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism (left in the photo), accompanied by Luis Marti., chairman of the Valencian Region Federation of Hoteliers, held a press conference in which he presented the expected figures for 2015 in the tourism sector in the Valencian Region.

By the end of December, the Valencian Region is expected to have received 24 million tourists; 800,000 more than in 2014 or an increase of 4%, who generate a total income of 2,900 million Euro . These figures are based on the number of international tourists that will reach 6.5 million or 250,000 more than last year.

With regard to Spanish tourists, these show an upward trend of 3.8% with figures for this year that are expected to reach 17.5 million.

But..... Mr. Colomer said, "we should not be complacent with these figures" and went on to say that there is still work to be done, such as increase the quality on offer, and work with the Universities to develop a plan to transform hotel installations and make them more accessible, as well as renovate the images of the beaches, and carry out inspections to eradicate illegal and fraudulent bookings and competition.

Finally, Secretary Colomer declared the need for a new Tourism Law to replace the present outdated one.


GASTRONOMY FAIR IN PUEBLA DEL DUC

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council, signed a collaboration agreement with Vicente Gomar, Mayor of Puebla del Duc of the Albaida Valley, whereby the Patronage of the Valencia County Council "Valencia Terra i Mar" will sponsor the "Bon Profit i Bona Gana" Gastronomy Fair to take place in Puebla del Duc from the 2nd to the 4th October.


VALENCIA COUNTY COUNCIL INAUGURATES LIRIA FOOD FAIR

Jorge Martinez, Chairman of the Valencia County Council (centre above), accompanied by Manolo Civera, Mayor of Liria, and Francisco Rodriguez, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, inaugurated the XVI Food and Trade Fair in Liria that opens from the 17th to the 20th September as part of the celebrations for the festivity of Saint Michael, Patron of Liria.

A wide range of local specialities were offered at the Fair and some of them are being viewed above by chairman Rodriguez, along with Mercedes Berenguer, County Council Deputy of Social Services.

The fair has 20 stands, mostly manned by ladies of the area, and many of the products are home-made by them and may be sampled for a nominal price. Below a group of Lirian ladies pose with Chairman Rodriguez.

 

Photos by Abulaila.

 


VALENCIA COUNTY COUNCIL PROMOTES RURAL TOURISM

The County Council Office to Promote Provincial Tourism located in the centre of Valencia City, is hosting the areas of Ayora, Cortes de Pallas, and Cheste from the 16th to the 19th September and Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council (centre photo) was there to launch the promotion that includes the distribution of pamphlets and maps with information on the three towns, as well as samples of the local gastronomy of the areas.

Accompanying Deputy Moncho in the above photo are the mayors of the three zones, viz., Jose Anaya, Mayor of Ayora who is promoting the Ayora Honey Fair from the 9th to the 12th October; Fernando Navarro, Mayor of Cortes de Pallas promoting the nature parks in the surroundings of his domain with trips on the Jucar river, and Jose Morell, Mayor of Cheste who is offering samples of the excellent wine produced in his town and the Valencian Region Motorcycle Grand Prix in November.

Opening hours of the Tourism Information Office:

Wednesday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 02:30 p.m. and from 04:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m.

Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m.

 

Photo by Abulaila.


VALENCIAN GOVERNMENT AND CITY HALL LEADERS MEET

Ximo Ribo, President of the Valencian Government, received Juan Ribo, Mayor of Valencia, in Government Palace, and during the meeting agreed to collaborate to complete a series of unfinished infrastructures, among them The Central Park and The Docks projects.

 


WINNERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL PAELLA CONTEST IN SUECA

The Fifty-fifth International Paella Contest in Sueca, Valencia, was won by the Albufera Restaurant from Madrid, whose chef Julian Garcia already won first prize in the edition of 2013 when he competed for the Royal Posada of Santa Maria. Chef Garcia is pictured above with his young helper Luis Borda and Raquel Tamarit, Mayoress of Sueca.

 

This competition was sponsored by the Valencia County Council whose Deputy of Tourism Pilar Moncho, accompanied by Ivan Marti, Deputy of Electronic Development (photo on the left) were among the many distinguished guests who attended the competition.


PRESIDENT XIMO PUIG INAUGURATED ACADEMIC YEAR

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government (second from the right in the photo on the left), inaugurated the Academic Year of the University of Valencia.

He was accompanied by Dr. Esteban Morcillo, Chancellor of the University, Juan Ribo, Mayor of Valencia (second from the left), and Jorge Martinez, chairman of the Valencia County Council.


SAGUNTO TO UPGRADE TOURIST OFFER

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council met with Francisco Fernandez, Mayor of Sagunto, Valencia, to sign a collaboration agreement whereby the County Council will sponsor improvements in tourism infrastructures in the area of Sagunto to increase the tourism offer by sign posting tourist attractions and increasing the number of hotel beds.


IRISH TOUR OPERATORS INVITED TO VALENCIA

 

The Council of Tourism of the Valencian Government invited a group of seven tour operators from Ireland to visit Valencia and during their stay they were taken on a tour of the City of Arts and Science, the Valencia Zoo (Bioparc), and other tourism areas in the city.

They were also taken to a wine tasting session where an expert oenologist revealed the secrets of a good wine and how to enjoy it.

In the above photo the group is received in Valencia City Hall by Alderman Juan Calabuig.


COUNTY COUNCIL SPONSORS PAELLA CONTEST IN SUECA

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council signed an agreement with Raquel Tamarit, Mayoress of Sueca, Valencia, to sponsor the Fifty-fifth International Paella Competition to take place Sunday in Sueca, Valencia.


UTIEL WINE FESTIVAL HOSTS VALENCIAN PRESIDENT

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government,was guest of honour at the Utiel Wine Festival where he visited the Agricultural Co-operative of Utiel COOP V (pictured above).

In the photo below the President poses with the the Queens of the Festival.

 


VALENCIAN PRESIDENT HOSTS COUNTY COUNCIL HEADS

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, received in Government Palace the chairmen of the three County Councils of Valencia Province, viz., Jorge Rodriguez, (second from the right), of Valencia, Cesar Sanchez (extreme left) of Alicante, and Javier Moliner, of Castellon.

During their meeting, President Puig announced the creation of a Valencian Income Tax Department to improve the collection of taxes and to increase the fight against tax fraud.

Photo by Abulaila

  


CIVIL GUARDS CHIEF VISITED VALENCIA TOWN HALL

General Santafe, head of the Civil Guards in Valencia, visited Valencia City Hall to greet Sandra Gomez, the recently elected Alderperson who has taken over the departments of the Fire Brigade, the Police, and Civil Defence.

 


VALENCIA PORT AUTHORITY HAS NEW PRESIDENT

Aurelio Martinez was sworn in as the new President of the Valencia Port Authority. He takes over from Rafael Aznar who is pictured extreme left above.

Jose Llorca, President of all Ports in the Spanish State, who is standing on the left of Mr. Aznar, was guest of honour, and Carlos Moragues, Delegate of the Spanish Government in the Valencian Region, is second from the right, with Valencian Government Councillor of Housing, Public Works, and Territorial Vertebration, Maria J. Salvador, on his right and Pilar Soriano, Valencian stand-in Mayoress, on his left.

Among those who were there to congratulate Mr. Martinez were General Santafe, Civil Guards chief, Mr. Morata, President of the Valencia Chamber of Commerce, Marine Commander Zafra, officials from the Port Authority, and some three hundred other friends and relations.


VALENCIA COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTS NEW GOVERNMENT

 

Above photo - bottom row left to right:

Rosa Garijo, spokesperson for the EUPV-EV-ERPV-AS:AC party; Xavier Rius, spokesman for the COMPROMIS party; M. Carmen Contelles, spokesperson for the PP party; Jorge Rodriguez, Chairman. Sergui Granero, spokesman for the PSPV-PSOE party; Jose Aguar, spokesman for the CIUDADANOS party; and Roberto Jaramillo, spokesman for the VALENCIA EN COMU party.

The new government of the Valencia County Council elected Jorge Rodriguez, Mayor of Onteniente, as their Chairman.

Both the above photos are by Abulailla.


NEW VALENCIAN GOVERNMENT

Front row - left to right: Gabriela Bravo; Monica Oltra, Ximo Puig; Vicente Soler; Vicente Marza.

Second row - left to right: Maria J. Salvador; Rafael Climent; Carmen Monton; Elena Cebrian; Manuel Alcaraz.


VALENCIAN PRESIDENT NAMES NEW GOVERNMENT

Ximo Puig, the recently elected President of the Valencian Region, announced the following members of his government, to overcome the triple crisis in the area, viz., the political crisis, the economic crisis, and the social crisis.

 

Vice-president, Speaker of the House, Counsellor of both Equality and Politics;

Born 20th December 1969 in Neuss, Germany. Bachelor of Law degree.

 

VICE PRESIDENT MONICA OLTRA:

 


JUAN RIBO, NEW MAYOR OF VALENCIA

 

Juan Ribo, of the Compromise (Compromis) political party, was elected Mayor of Valencia with the support of the Socialist Party (PSOE), Citizens (Ciudadanos), and Valencia in Common (Valencia en Comun) parties.

Mayor Ribo is an Agronomy Engineer, Ph.D. who works as a University Professor.

       

  

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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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