AN ambitious plan to build an 18-hole golf course, two four-star hotels, 450 homes, 956 apartments and a commercial centre in Barbate has been given the green light.
The development, adjacent to the La Breña natural park, has been approved by the Junta after being delayed for several years.
The Següesal Golf Resort, which will create 516 jobs in an area with over 30 per cent unemployment, was approved in the name of ‘tourist interest’.
It comes as new figures show the golf market is bucking the trend of the economic crisis.
The sector accounted for half a million visitors to Andalucia last year.
Golfers collectively spent a staggering 687 million euros, with Junta tourist boss Remedios Marte pointing out that they spend 91.23 euros a day, almost 31 euros above the average tourist.
Construction on the resort is expected to begin in 2012.
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