The Catalan Tourist Board has appointed Aicard Guinovart as the new director for the United Kingdom & Ireland. Aicard joins the UK team with over 15 years’ experience under his belt with the Catalan Tourist Board.
Thirteen people have been killed and dozens injured after a van hit crowds in the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona on Thursday evening. Spanish later killed five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils to stop what they say was another planned vehicle attack.
Sol Beach House Ibiza has launched a unique Campervan Suite package in celebration of the hotel’s third summer season. Created in a vintage VW Campervan, guests looking for a unique and tranquil experience, with breath-taking views of the sea and stunning sunsets, can enjoy this bespoke suite package throughout the 2017 season at the stunning Ibizan resort hotel.
The Latvian airline airBaltic has launched a new direct route linking Riga and Madrid. The route, which will be operated in cooperation with the Spanish-airline Iberia, offers convenient travel options for travellers between Spain and Latvia and beyond to destinations in the Baltics, Europe, Scandinavia, CIS and the Middle East.
PortAventura World Parks & Resort has appointed Mark Hopper as the new sales director for UK & Ireland. He joins less than a month before the opening of PortAventura’s latest theme park, Ferrari Land.
Valencia received a record 95,106 British visitors in 2016, 19.9 per cent more than in 2015 and, with new direct flights from London Luton, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh being launched in the next few months, that figure is expected to grow further this year.
Official figures released by the Tenerife Tourism Corporation show that the largest of the Canary Islands welcomed a total of 2,049,093 visitors from the UK last year – a 16.1 per cent upsurge compared to 2015 – and the highest number ever recorded.
Barcelona has outlawed new city centre hotels as part of a plan to curb excessive tourism. New tourist apartments are also to be prohibited as the city seeks to reduce visitor numbers to what has become one of the most popular destinations in Europe.
A new hotel in the heart of Madrid - Barceló Torre de Madrid - has opened its doors. Barceló Hotel Groups’ newest five star property, Barceló Torre de Madrid is set to impress with its position in one of Madrid’s most iconic and tallest buildings.
British travellers to Spain have been warned not to take undue risks jumping from balconies when visiting the country. In advice many would hopefully consider, holidaymakers have been warned falling from a hotel room could cause serious injury.
Meliá Hotels International, Calviá City Hall and the Balearic government have begun construction of a new hotel and shopping mall in Magaluf, Mallorca, which marks the next phase in the repositioning of the destination. Leading Spanish Hotel Group, MHI is supporting the venture by investing the largest private investment of €45 million and will oversee the creation of a new central social hub.