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Tourists are pouring back to Spain but still fall short of pre-Covid pandemic numbers

SPAIN welcomed four million foreign tourists in March- a number that's eight times higher than a year earlier, but still below pre-Covid pandemic levels. Figures...

FOCUS: From almost bust to boom – How Spain’s hotel sector is bouncing back in the wake of the...

Spain’s hotel sector comes back harder, better, faster, stronger post-pandemic, discovers Sorrel Downer.

IN PICS: Semana Santa processions get underway in Sevilla as Spain celebrates Easter

Semana Santa is celebrated across all of Spain but the biggest and most important Holy Week processions take place in Sevilla, as the Olive Press’s Jorge Hinojosa found out on Palm Sunday.

Ukraine refugees get free training for hospitality and tourism jobs in Spain’s Benidorm and Costa Blanca areas

UKRAINIAN refugees in the Valencian Community can get free training to work in the region's hospitality and tourism sectors. Many seasonal vacancies normally taken by...

Holiday bookings to Benidorm are rising but bars and restaurants say ‘big-spending’ Russians will be missed in Spain

BENIDORM tourist groups say bookings are picking up but add that 'big-spending' Russian visitors will be missed due to grounded flights prompted by the...

Covid-19 death toll passes 100,000 mark in Spain

SPAIN has passed 100,000 deaths attributed to Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic two years ago. Health ministry figures on Wednesday recorded an additional...

Doctors win latest compensation fight over poor COVID-19 protection in Spain’s Valencia

A Valencia court has awarded 107 doctors at least €4,500 in compensation each for inadequate work protection during the early phase of the COVID...

Spain announces its best job figures since banking crisis of 2008

SPAIN has announced the highest number of people in work since the 2008 banking crisis. Over 20 million people are employed with 840,700 new jobs...

How the pandemic and strict lockdown in Spain caused a mental health crisis

DURING the year 2020, when in spring Spaniards suffered the strictest lockdown in Europe, unable to leave their homes except to seek medical treatment...

COVID-19 passport measures to continue in Costa Blanca and Valencia areas of Spain

COVID passports will continue to be used in the Valencian Community past the current January 31 expiry date. The EU COVID certificate is needed for...

ANALYSIS: How the pandemic practice of working from home is driving up property prices in rural Spain

HOUSE prices in rural areas across Spain have soared over the last 18 months owing to changing preferences of buyers, who are now looking...

Mallorca politician demands end to environmentally damaging ‘ghost flights’ by airlines saving their slots

THE practice of airlines flying empty planes to keep coveted flight slots has been slammed by a Mallorcan politician. The deputy for MES in Mallorca,...

Spain’s tourist industry predicts big 2022 recovery with 88% of pre-pandemic income

TOURISM in Spain in 2022 could generate 88% of the income seen in the last pre-pandemic year of 2019 according to the Exceltur tourist...

Appeal will try to overturn compensation win for unprotected COVID-19 health staff in Costa Blanca area of Spain

THE Valencian government will appeal against a landmark court ruling that awarded up to €49,180 each to 154 Alicante health workers who were short...

Health workers win compensation bid over poor COVID-19 protection in Costa Blanca area of Spain

A court has ordered the Valencian Ministry of Health to compensate 150 Alicante health workers who did not have any the correct PPE equipment...

Pedro Sanchez says Spain’s creating ‘quality jobs’ as unemployment tumbles in 17-year record fall

SPAIN created 782,232 new jobs in 2021 in the biggest annual fall in registered jobless since 1995. December's figures from the Labour Ministry saw 76,782...

Low tax rate on protective face masks to continue in Spain until the summer of 2022

LOW sales tax rates on face mask purchases in Spain will continue until at least June 30, 2022. A Royal Decree has been published confirming...

Benidorm gets news of a record cash boost for Costa Blanca tourism in Spain

THE Costa Blanca Tourist Board will invest a record sum to help the COVID-hit sector in 2022. €5.3 million will be spent by the organisation...

Big holiday discount offers announced for Costa Blanca and Valencia residents in Spain

A new round of holiday vouchers offering big discounts on accommodation will start being issued next week to Valencian Community residents. The voucher scheme began...

Spain’s Malaga registers highest number of COVID-19 infections since August

THE Regional Ministry of Health and Families has notified this Monday, December 6, a total of 442 positives detected by PDIA (PCR and rapid...

Health chiefs say a new COVID-19 wave is hitting Costa Blanca and Valencia areas of Spain

THE Valencian Community is at the start of a sixth wave of the COVID pandemic according to a regional health ministry report. Rising COVID cases...

Lower costs and more ‘visibility’ to boost passenger numbers at Corvera airport in Spain’s Murcia region

A new agreement has been struck to improve finances at Murcia's Corvera airport and persuading more travellers to use it. The COVID pandemic severely impacted...

All of Spain’s Malaga—except the Costa del Sol—will see COVID-19 restrictions lifted

THE whole province of Malaga, except the Costa del Sol health district, has been given the green light to transition to COVID-19 Alert Level...

Spain second-home boost: Post-pandemic priorities include search for a better lifestyle

HOW has the COVID-19 pandemic affected buyers’ work/life priorities? After an unprecedented period of lockdown, many people have taken the opportunity to reassess their...

Benidorm and Costa Blanca hotels in Spain are filling up nicely despite very few UK bookings

HOTEL occupancy figures in the Benidorm and Costa Blanca areas are the highest for two years, according to the Hosbec hoteliers association. Hosbec described occupancy...

Elderly care homes reopen in Gibraltar as Covid-19 cases continue to drop

WITH COVID-19 infections now below 200 on the Rock, Elderly Residential Services (ERS) have reopened but with strict new rules designed to keep residents...

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