The number of business licences issued in Marbella rose by 11% in August, compared to the same month the year before, according to Jose Eduardo Diaz, the councillor for Industry and Public Roads. A total of 367 licences were registered during the month, compared with 331 in august 2017.
Taxes are set to rise in a bid to raise an extra €4 billion for the Treasury, announces the Spanish Government. Raising income tax alone, for those earning over €150,000 per year, to 52% would bring in an additional €400 million per year, revealed finance minister Maria Jesus Montero.
Following a record 82 million tourists arriving in Spain last year, tourism figures for the first half of 2018 are looking rather disappointing. Between January and June, the number of tourists visiting Spain fell by 2.2% - a drop of nearly one million - compared with the same period the year before, according to figures published by Spain’s National Institute of Statistics (INE).
Luxury hotel chain, Four Seasons, is coming to Marbella beachfront in an effort to attract more ‘luxury tourism’. Occupying 700 metres of beach, the land is owned by Villa Padierna Hotels & Resorts – a luxury brand in itself. Construction of the new beachfront hotel will begin as early as October 5th when a ceremony will be held for the laying of the first brick – testament to just how important and huge this project will be.
Marbella town hall has been on a mission to boost its image as a high-end lavish travel destination by targeting luxury travel companies in the US. Mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, visited New York last week to sign an agreement with one of America’s largest luxury travel agents, Virtuoso, to secure Marbella as the preferred destination for its clientele.
A new taxi app has come into effect in Malaga following a pilot scheme ran in August. The app, called Mytaxi, currently has 150 vehicles operating in and around the city and hopes to add another 100 taxis to its fleet by the end of the year, reports newspaper Euro Weekly News.
Marbella’s central marina is waiting for work to be carried out to extend the quay, enabling cruise ship shuttle boats and vessels of more than 30 metres to dock at the port. There are also plans for a new boulevard linking the marina to the seafront promenade. The marina, which has undergone some €50,000 worth of work in the first phase of the project, has already resulted in a steady rise in commercial activity.
Unemployment levels in Spain fell by 8.06% in the second quarter (Q2) of the year, meaning an extra 306,000 people found themselves a job, according to the Active Population Survey (EPA) by the government’s central statistics unit. Q2 figures now show that 3,490,100 people are registered as unemployed across the country, the lowest quarterly total since the last quarter of 2008, reports newspaper Murcia Today.
Online retailer Amazon is set to create 1600 new fixed contract jobs in Spain this year, the company announced. Amazon has invested more that €1,100 million increasing its presence in Spain since it first opened its online doors to the country in 2011.
Spanish beachfront rental properties will cost 3% more this July and August than they did last summer, new report by TecniTasa reveals. The average cost of renting a beachfront property in Spain for one month is €750, but as it the case with property prices in general, prices vary greatly depending on the area and region.