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population 5 million - plus 22 million tourists in 2013 - 6 million of them international tourists


IBERIAN TECH TOUR ROLLS IN VALENCIA THE 1ST OCTOBER

Tech Tour was founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1998 to meet a growing interest in emerging technological companies in various European regions, and is made up of key sponsors in high technology industry, recognising that continued prosperity in Europe resides in its ability to transform the innovative projects of today in global technological leaders of tomorrow. See http://www.techtour.com

To foment this transformation, Tech Tour holds periodic Tech Tours and on the 1st October launches its Iberian Tech Tour in Valencia, before continuing in Portugal the 2nd and 3rd October, where over a period of three days Tech Tour will connect 26 of the most promising technological companies based in Spain and Portugal, with representatives of leaders of venture capital and global corporations.

Iker Marcaide, co-chair of Iberian Tech Tour expressed his satisfaction with the team and declared "The objective is to support innovation that will lead to an economic growth and create employment in our country."


ADIOS! ARCHBISHOP OSORO, GOODBYE!

 

Archbishop Carlos Osoro held a Farewell Mass in the Cathedral of Valencia to say goodbye to the faithful, before he leaves Valencia to take up his new post in Madrid. In the photo above, the Archbishop says goodbye to Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government.


TOURISM DAY CELEBRATED IN VALENCIA

 

Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government, hosted a meeting in Government Palace to celebrate Tourism Day. He was accompanied by Maximo Buch, Valencian Government Councillor of Industry, Trade, and Tourism, by Sebastian Fernandez, Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, and by representatives of the major tourism companies in Valencia.

During his intervention, President Fabra announced the creation of the Valencian Region Tourism Awards for 2015, and revealed that between January and the end of July, the number of foreign tourists to Valencia was over 4.4 million - an increase of 5.1% compared to the same period in 2013. These tourists spent 2,871 million Euro - the same amount as in 2013.

The tourism trade accounts for 12.6% of the Valencian Region`s Inland Revenue, and 13.4% of all employment generated in the area where 270,000 people work in tourism.

In 2013, the Valencian Region received the third highest number of tourist to Spain, with a total of 22.7 million - of which 25% were foreign tourists.

The Valencian Region has 300 kilometres of coastline with beaches and nautical ports that in 2014 received 135 Blue Flags, or 20% of all those fluttering on the Spanish coast. It also has 400,000 beds available for tourists, 15,000 restaurants with renowned chefs, as well as a wide range of offers of Health Tourism, Sports Tourism, and Nature Tourism, along with Congress and Business Tourism.

Finally, President Fabra explained that his Government will introduce technical school programmes focused on tourism with new higher-level studies in tourism and hostelry, and in 2015 will launch a campaign "Discover your Region" to encourage the Valencian people to visit their own area through the new "Tourist Card".


VALENCIA CELEBRATES CHINESE YEAR

The Confucius Institute of the University of Valencia commemorated the Chinese Year with week-long celebrations that included a Chinese Tea Ceremony in the El Corte Ingles Department Store; a Gala of Popular Chinese Dances; a conference by Professor Deli Wang from the Pedagogical University of Changchun, China, and a Chinese Puppet Show, along with Chinese drawings, chess, magazines, and books.

There were also exhibitions of the Chinese Dragon and Lion; of costumes from the Chinese minority; of Kung Fu and Tai-Chi, and a photographic exhibition "21 Days in Beijing" that will close the 4th October (photo of the Lost City of Pekin below). The Confucius Institute - http://www.uv.es/confucio


COUNTY COUNCIL PLEDGES 28 MILLION EURO FOR ENERGY SAVING

Alfonso Rus, chairman of the Valencia County Council (centre in the photo on the left), accompanied by Juan J. Medina (extreme right), vice chairman and Vicente Ibor, Deputy of Central Purchasing, presented the new energy savings plan that will be implemented in Town Halls and other public buildings in Valencia Province over the coming months, at a cost of 28 million Euro.

 Photos are by Abulaila

 

The presentation took place in the Valencian Enlightenment and Modern Museum - MUVIM, before an audience that included over 100 Mayors and Civil Servants from most rural towns in Valencia.

The new County Council Provincial Plan contemplates the introduction of LED bulbs with an investment of 8.624,000 Euro, as well as boilers using pellets at a cost of 17.248,000 Euro, solar plaques and other forms of low cost fuel to reduce energy costs in Valencian Municipalities and protect the environment, through the elimination of the use of gas, oil, and electricity.

The Employment Plan will receive an injection of 2.5 million Euro to create jobs and enable Town Halls hire unemployed persons for two months at the rate of 20 hours a week, thus removing 6,000 people from the unemployment list, as the Valencian Government contributes another 2.5 million Euro, and Town Halls another 2.5 million.


FORBES MAGAZINE IN VALENCIA

Maximo Buch, Valencian Government Councillor of Economy, Industry, Tourism, and Trade, was the guest of honour at the presentation in the Valencian Stock Exchange, of the latest issue of the Spanish FORBES magazine by Andres Rodriguez, editor and director.

Among the guests were Rafael Aznar, chairman of the Port Authority, along with over 150 CEO`s from some of the most important companies in Valencia, as well as representatives from the Valencia Chamber of Commerce, the Valencian Association of Entrepreneurs, and several business schools.

The September issue of FORBES carries articles on prominent Spanish and foreign entrepreneurs, and the event in the Stock exchange was a sounding board for articles on Valencian entrepreneurs and their success stories to be published in a forthcoming number of the FORBES magazine.

The haute cuisine catering at the event was offered by WANNACHEF - http://www.wanna-chef.com and DIPLOMATIC RUM had two bars that served rum cocktails and rum tonics.


THE PEOPLE'S PARTY (PP) WELCOMES NEW POLITICAL YEAR

 

The People's Party "IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION" towards the next general elections. Above from left to right; Esteban Gonzalez Pons, Rita Barbera, Alfonso Rus, Alberto Fabra, Isabel Bonig, Javier Moliner.

Over 1,000 sympathisers and fans travelled to Castellon from the provinces of Alicante, Valencia, and Castellon, to attend the gala dinner organized by the People's Party (PP) in the Torre La Mina Restaurant in the village of Alquerias del Niño Perdido to celebrate the opening of the new political year.

Among the "heavies" present were Esteban Gonzalez Pons, PP representative in the European Parliament; Alberto Fabra, chairman of the party in the Valencian Region; Alfonso Rus, chairman of the Valencia County Council; Rita Barbera, Mayoress of Valencia; Javier Moliner, chairman of the Castellon County Council; and Isabel Bonig, spokesperson for the party.


WIN AN AMSTEL SUPER TOWEL - TOALLISIMA

Daniel Marco, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, and Trade (centre photo below), hosted in the Centre for Tourism Development - CdT, the presentation of the Amstel beer Super Towel, that is not only a beach towel, but much more.

The container it comes in can be used as a small cooler, the lid as a Frisbee and cushion/pillow with the reflective interior to signal an SOS, while the whole thing can be converted into a top hat.

The towel itself has a special backing enabling it to become a large splash-proof apron.

Pablo Mazo (on the left in the photo below), Director of Institutional Relations of HEINEKEN Spain, explained that the Super Towels may be won through the competition on http://www.amstel.es and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The objectives of the campaign "Convert your holidays into Super Holidays with the Super Towel", are to promote tourism in the Valencian Region through Valencian gastronomy laced with Amstel beer.

Alejandro Rodriguez, Sponsoring Manager of Amstel (below), indicated that along with the Amstel Super Towel, the competition included free holidays in the Valencian Region.

IMPORTANT - only persons over 18 years old may participate in the competition.


"YOU ARE ALMOST ON THE BEACH" CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

Lourdes Bernal, Valencia City Hall Alder person of Health, Gardens, and Beaches, and Pablo Cotino, managing director of Valencian Government Railways (FGV), presented the campaign "You are almost on the beach" launched to encourage Valencian citizens and tourists to travel to the beach on public transport using the number 5 Underground (Metro) from Torrent-Avenguda or the Airport, to Maritima-Serreria and then changing over to the number 5 Tram destination King Juan Carlos Royal Marina, or either the number 4 Tram to Doctor Lluch or the number 6 Tram to Maritima Serreria.

VALENCIAN COMPANIES TO INVADE WORLD MARKETS

A group of Valencian enterprises headed by the Ford Motor Company, the Valencian Chamber of Commerce, and the ceramic tiles and bathroom furniture giant, Porcelanosa, will launch an assault on foreign markets to overcome the local economic crisis.

The Valencian Government will grant 80 million Euro to implement this "Action Plan of Foreign Trade 2014-2016" - PACE.

The Plan has six sections that are: to create a foreign network, REDEX; to upgrade the services offered by the Valencian Export Department - IVACE; to strengthen a greater stable presence of Valencian companies abroad; to offer financing and advice to Small and Medium Companies; to improve the logistic position of Valencian companies around the world; and above all, to back the attraction and maintenance of foreign investments in the Valencian Region, and improve the Valencian Region Trademark.


VALENCIAN PRESIDENT GREETED SPAIN'S NEW KING AND QUEEN

Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Region, attended the ceremony in which King Juan Carlos abdicated, thus ending 39 years on the Spanish throne,, and making way for his son, Prince Felipe, who became the new King of Spain with the name Felipe VI.

In the photo above right,, President Fabra pays his respects to the new King, Felipe VI, while in the photo on the left, he greets former journalist Queen Letitia.


THE MULTAQA OF THE THREE CULTURES - IN VALENCIA

The Multaqa of three cultures, viz., Hebrew, Muslim, and Christian, organised by the Valencia UNESCO, took place in the Monastery of Santa Maria de la Valldigna, Valencia, (on the left).

Alfonso Rus, chairman of the Valencia County Council (left), received a UNESCO award from Luis Ramallo, President of the Spanish National Commission of Co-operation with the UNESCO - Valencian Centre of the Mediterranean UNESCO.

 

Alfonso Rus poses with his award while the other award winner Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele, chairman of the Rome-Mediterranean Foundation stands to his right and Sebastian Mahiques, Mayor of the Valldigna is on his left.

Members of the Valencian Federation of Moors and Christians, who entertained the public with a very colourful parade, are scattered in the background.

All photos are by ABULAILA


VALENCIA COUNTY COUNCIL RECEIVED JAMES I AWARDS JURY

 

The 80 member jury who selected this year's winners of the Valencian James I Annual Awards visited the Valencia County Council located in the Battla Palace in Valencia where they were received by County Council chairman Alfonso Rus, accompanied by vice chairman Juan J. Medina, and Ernesto Sanjuan, chairman of the County Council Tourism Foundation.

The James I Awards jury was created in 1989 and nowadays boasts 19 Nobel Prize winners among its members.

The following winners were selected from among 200 candidates this year.

Angel Rubio, Doctor in Physical Science won the award in the Basic Research category; Enrique Sentana, Doctor in Economics, received the award in the Economy category; Lina Badimon, Doctor in Pharmacy, won the award in Medical Research; Pedro Diego, Doctor in Biology, was given the award in the category of Environment Protection; Jose V. Tomas, Industrial Technical Engineer, received the Entrepreneur award; Javier Garcia, Professor of the University of Alicante, was awarded the prize for New Technology.

Professor Garcia, who hails from Alicante, is the 40 years old director of the Nanotechnology Molecular Laboratory in the University of Alicante has invented 24 patents to date.

Photo by Abulaila


III SOMMELIER MASTER SPECIALIZING IN VALENCIAN WINE

 

Cosme Gutierrez, chairman of the Denomination of Origin of Valencian Wine (third from the left in the front row), closed the III Master for Sommeliers Specializing in Valencian Wine with 25 participants from the hoteliers sector of the Valencian Region.

Among the professors who gave the course were Frederic Galtier, International Director of Communication of the Sommeliers Competition in Brussels and its representative in Spain; Javier Gila, recognized sommelier in Spain and on the international circuit; Maximiliano Bao, Golden Nose of Spain 2005; Carlos Gonzalez, director of wine tasting of the Peñin Guide; Salvador Mañon, director of the Semanal Vitivinicola magazine; Paco Higon, professor of the University of Valencia and founder of the Verema website; and Fernando Crespo, specialist in Vitivinicola Geography, among others.

The Master Certificates will be distributed during the X Anniversary of the Night of Valencia Wine Denomination of Origin on the 16th June.


100 RIDERS IN HORSE EXHIBITION

Around 100 participants took part in an exhibition in Valencia with a parade of horses and riders, antique carriages, daredevil riders, and dancing horses.

There was also a paddock in which children were offered a free horse ride and where professionals instructed them in the care and life of horses.

The equestrian industry in Valencia accounts for 8000 jobs and generates 100 million euro.

In the photo below, Mateo Castello, director general of Sports of the Valencian Government Council of Culture, Education, and Sports, (second from left), Cristobal Grau, sports alderman of Valencia City Hall (second from the right), Jose A. Esteban, chairman of the Spanish Association of Thoroughbred Horse Breeders in the Valencian Region (PRECVAL), and Francisco Torrome, chairman of the Valencian Region Harnessing Club, who presented the event to the press.


INDUSTRY COUNCILLOR VISITED THE SMURFITT FACTORY IN VALENCIA

 

Maximo Buch, Valencian Government Councillor of Industry, Trade, Tourism, and Employment, visited the Smurfitt company in Valencia.

 


VALENCIAN GOLF PROMOTION IN IRELAND

 

The Tourism Council of the Valencian Government met in Ireland with a number of tour operators to promote golf in the Valencian Region.


RURAL TOURISM PROMOTION BY THE VALENCIA COUNTRY COUNCIL

Alfonso Rus, chairman of the Valencia County Council (extreme right in the top photo), accompanied by Ernesto Sanjuan, chairman of the County Council Tourism Foundation, Juan Vila, director of tourism, and Juan J. Medina, vice chairman of the Valencia County Council (behind Ernesto Sanjuan), visited the Rural Tourism Fair organised at the Valencia bullring, in which some 160 stalls from small rural towns offered their gastronomy specialities and other wares.

Dancing troupes and Moors and Christians Guilds paraded in the blazing sunshine around the bullring ... which did not have a bull.

Photos by Abulaila


HONORARY DOCTORATE IN PORTUGAL FOR VALENCIAN PROFESSOR

Valencian professor Jose M. Girones, was awarded an honorary doctorate in Communication Science (Journalism) by the Fernando Pessoa University in Porto, Portugal.

Professor Girones started his discourse mentioning the trip Pytheas made between Valencia and Oporto, continued describing his infancy living with his grandparents in the country in Valencia, his youth, a visit he made to Berlin that coincided with the visit of President John Kennedy to the Berlin Wall, the race between Russians and Americans to the moon, the launching of the computer by IBM with simultaneous chess games around the world, the introduction of the iPad and mobile phone.

The new Doctor ended his presentation with a Jewish-American joke, and a recommendation to journalists to adopt "the Walk of an ox, the Vision of a hawk, the Teeth of the wolf, and act stupid".

And to all present, Professor Girones recommended the words of the infamous Oliver Cromwell, "Pray to God... but keep the gunpowder dry."


GLOBAL RUSSIA BUSINESS MEETING IN VALENCIA

HORASIS, the Global Visions Community, Switzerland, held the fifth edition of its leadership event "Global Russia Business Meeting" in the Convention Centre (Palau de Congresos) in Valencia, with over 300 business leaders attending. Dr. Frank-Jürgen Richter, chairman of HORASIS, opened the session with Rita Barbera, Mayoress of Valencia offering a warm welcome to the many foreign visitors present.

Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government, spoke of the 45% increase of Russian tourists to the Valencian Region during 2013 (almost 120,000), with expectations of an even greater increase in 2014. He pointed out that the Valencia Region is an excellent opportunity for Russian companies and investors to open and develop new markets. The President also stressed the free land being offered by his government in industrial estates, to enable companies settle here.

President Fabra went on to mention the several ports Valencia has on the Mediterranean, two international airports, its motorways and High Velocity Trains, with a forthcoming Mediterranean Corridor that will transport goods from the south of Spain to northern Russia.

Russia is ranked the 6th world economy and the 2nd most important receptor of Valencian exports after the European Union, and Valencia is the 2nd region in Spain that exports to Russia, mainly ceramics, cars, and food products. On the other hand, Russia was the 5th major foreign investor in the Valencian Region in 2013, an increase of 11% compared to previous years.


TOMATO FESTIVAL IN BUÑOL

This year the 69th "TOMATINA" or "Tomato Festival" will commence at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday the 27th August.

The TOMATINA takes place in Valencia, in a fairly narrow street in the small town of Buñol that boasts a population of 10,000 inhabitants, and consists in a battle in which people of all ages hurl tons of ripe tomatoes at one another. Entrance tickets cost Euro10. In 2013 a total of 40,00 participated in the tomato battle.

The Festival and Festival Poster (here on the left), were presented to the press by Rafael Perez, Councillor of Communication for the Tomatina (seated below second from the right), accompanied by Joaquin Masmano, Mayor of Buñol (seated second from the left), and Vicente Sanfeliu, manager of Socarrat Studio (seated extreme right), the advertising agency for the Tomatina.

Novelties this year for the Tomatina include a macro concert on Tuesday the 26th August with tickets selling for Euro15, and a ten hours concert with electronic music on the night of Wednesday the 27th. These will take place in a space with capacity for 6,000 spectators.

CHILDREN'S TOMATINA

On Saturday the 23rd August, a children's Tomatina will take place at 12.00 noon.

No cans or bottles will be allowed into either the tomato battle or either of the concerts.


ANECOOP CELEBRATES ITS XXIX GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government, was guest of honour at the celebrations for the XXIX General Assembly of the Anecoop Co-operative, the first fruit and vegetable co-operative on the Mediterranean.

President Fabra also said Anecoop generates over 22,000 jobs in the Valencian Region, and congratulated Juan Safont, chairman for the last eleven years, of Anecoop, leader on the Spanish market of fruit and vegetables trade.


TOURISM MERIT MEDALS AND PLAQUES AWARDS 2013

 

Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government (above), hosted the Tourism Medals and Plaques Awards ceremony that this year for the first time was celebrated outside Madrid. Guest of honour was Jose M. Soria, Spanish Minister of Industry, Energy, and Tourism, who was accompanied by the President of the Balearic Isles.

In 2013 Spain received a record of 60,6 million international tourists who spent 59,082 million Euro, a 9.6% increase when compared to 2012. Of these, 6 million of the 22 million tourists who visited Valencia in 2013, were international tourists.

The Tourism Medal for Innovation Merit was awarded to Jose G. Diaz, Founder of the Hotel Technological Institute.

The Sustainable and Quality Tourist Merit Medal was won by Enrique L. Larroque, Luis Lopez, Javier Lopez, owners of the Hacienda de Abajo Hotel in Isla de la Palma.

The Plaque for Public-Private Collaboration to Modernise Mature Tourist Destinations went to the Living Project on the Costa del Sol, while that for Emerging Tourist Destination was won by the Benasque Valley.

Maria M. Pol, deceased, was given a posthumous medal for Extraordinary Service to Tourism.

Alfredo Bataller, owner of the Hotel Sha Wellness Clinic in Altea, Alicante, won the Medal for Promotion, and Amancio Lopez, Chairman of the Hotusa Hotels Chain with headquarters in Barcelona the Medal for Internationalisation.

In the photo below, President Fabra and Minister Soria congratulate one of the winners, while the photo below that depicts the group standing out on the balcony of the Veles i Vents building where the ceremony took place, overlooking the Juan Carlos Royal Marina.

 


VALENCIAN GOVERNMENT

 

Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government, carried out a major shuffle in his government, reducing the number of Councillors from thirteen to eight.

From left to right in the front row are: Juan C. Moragues, Councillor of the Treasury and the Civil Service; Jose Ciscar, vice-president of the Valencian Government and Councillor of Agriculture; President Fabra; Maximo Buch, Councillor of Industry, Trade, Tourism, and Employment; and Maria J. Catala, Councillor of Culture, Education, and Sports.

On the back row from left to right are: Asuncion Sanchez, Councillor of Social Services; Manuel Llombart, Councillor of Public Health; Isabel Bonig, Councillor of Infrastructures, the Environment and Water; and Serafin Castellano, Councillor of Government and Justice.

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