FOR the first time since the start of the economic crisis, there has been a boost in business creation in Alicante.
Statistics reveal that in the last year 191 new businesses have been created, including 111 shops and 80 catering establishments, compared to the 144 which have closed, leaving a positive balance of 47 establishments; a recovery that is noticeable especially in the traditional centre of the city.
The impact of tourism is cited as one of the causes of this improvement. In the past year, the number of travellers staying in Alicante rose nine per cent compared to 2010, thanks to the 627,000 visitors who came and the 1.5 million overnight stays registered, resulting in a good year for Alicante as a tourist destination.
The study was prepared by sociologists based on a census that includes the type of business, size, brand, location, and economic activity, according to which there are 3,415 establishments that develop retail business, as well as hospitality, catering and entertainment businesses in the centre of Alicante. Of these, 2,760 are open and the others closed, a lower percentage than that recorded in Madrid.
The city council agreed with the findings of the study, saying: “There are more openings and premises available. They are creating new businesses and modernising the commercial fabric thanks to online sales and image updating of many establishments.”