Jay Emeny

Jay Emeny

SPAIN’S holiday hot spots have been warned they need to find ways to prevent British tourists from being tempted away by cheap holidays to places such as Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia this summer.

Hotel bosses say they have “no hope” of competing on price as all inclusive one-week holidays at five-star hotels in Turkey can cost as little as €400.

They claim that Spain can’t rely on holidaymakers who have been avoiding Arab countries over safety fears any more.

Dubbed as “the borrowed tourists” they have been travelling in Spain, bringing record numbers for the country, and propelled it to the second most popular destination in the world in 2017.

Some estimate that Spain could lose up to 18 million tourists who decide to go for cheaper options.

The president of the Spanish association of hotels Aehcos Luis Callejon, warns that British holidays to Tunisia pose the biggest threat to Spanish tourism.

Parts of Spain such as the Balerics were attempting to move away from all inclusive holidays due to problems with 'drunken tourism', but some hoteliers have already begun offering them again in order to compete with Arab getaways.

A VIDEO of a man driving dangerously on a main road in Costa Blanca has gone viral.

Footage shows the driver breaking suddenly and switching lanes to prevent the car behind him from getting away. The two cars almost collided on several occassions. 

The passenger in the car being harassed can be heard saying “something bad is going to happen, try and get out of the way,” as the red Nissan continued to drive erratically.

Eventually the pair get alongside the other car and when the driver notices he is being filmed he speeds off ahead.

The video was posted on Facebook saying “gotcha!” and has almost four million views.

The incident has been reported to the Guardia Civil, and the pair claim there was “no altercation” before the video was recorded.

 

STOP DESAHUCIOS MALAGA (Stop Evictions Malaga) has called on Malaga residents to join a protest to stop the eviction of a disabled man.

Jose Francisco Aguilar suffers from a lung condition that prevents him from working and is living off benefits. His bank has begun to evict all residents in the Corrala La Guevara building it owns, with his eviction scheduled for January 23.

The bank also refuses to arrange for Jose and his son to move into social housing – which can be requested of a bank when it evicts a person from their home – and is finding it impossible to find a new place to move to.

“They are not willing to help they just want us out of here” he said in an interview posted on Youtube.

The protest will take place on Saturday (January 20) at 12pm at the Plaza de la Victoria in Malaga City. 

An interview with Jose (in Spanish) can be seen below.

A MAN could face a fine of up to €30,000 for taking a photo of a mobile police speed camera control and publishing it on social media in Spain.

The 23-year-old was spotted by the Mossos d’Esquadra on top of a service station roof in Girona taking pictures.

Police then saw the photo on social media so they tracked him down and arrested him according to a spokesperson.

The man now faces charges for breaking public safety laws and could have to pay a fine of between €601 and €30,000. 

 

A DRUG DEALER who fled to Spain after his €2.25 million cocaine stash was found by police has been jailed.

Christopher Brewer escaped from hospital – having allegedly been attacked by people attempting to steal his drugs – in Hildenborough and boarded a flight to Spain in September last year.

The 28-year-old was then identified by the UK Border Force in Coquilles, France after he tried to return using a friends passport in November.

Brewer has been jailed for eight and a half years for possessing 13kg of cocaine with intent to supply and for possessing criminal property, £22,350 (€25,172) in cash and an Audi car.

THE lead singer of the multi-platinum band the Cranberries Dolores O'Riordan has died aged 46.

The band exploded onto the US scene with the release of their second album No Need to Argue in 1994 which went triple platinum in just one year. The album featured the hits Zombie and Ode to My Family.

Her publicist confirmed the news in a statement, but no details on the cause of death have been announced.

Her passing was described as "sudden" and added "family members are devasted to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time."

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said the police were called to a hotel in Park Lane, London at 9.05 am on Monday, where "a woman in her mid-40s" was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are reportedly not treating her death as suspicious and a report was being compiled for the coroner.

O'Riordan had been in London for a recording session covering one of the Cranberries most influential songs Zombie with hard rock band Bad Wolves according to reports.

She had been battling depression throughout her career and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2015 but just before Christmas the singer had posted on Facebook saying she was "feeling good" and had done her "first bit of gigging in months" after cancelling tours due to health reasons.

AN earthquake in Portugal has been felt in parts of Andalucia according to emergency services.

With a magnitude of 5.2 on the Richter scale, the quake – which hit the Evora region – was felt in Huelva, Sevilla and Cordoba according to 112 emergency phone line, who received calls from distressed residents in those areas.

No injuries or damages were reported when the tremors were felt at around 12.50pm today (Monday).

THE five British men who were in the hotel room Kirsty Maxwell fell to her death from may be ordered to return to Spain.

They claim they stood idly by as the 27-year-old plunged to her death after she reportedly walked into their room by mistake.

Kirsty’s legal team have asked the investigating judge to allow a reconstruction of the events leading up to her death, which would require the five – who are still under investigation – to return to Benidorm to take part.

Luis Miguel Zumaquero claims Mrs Maxwell was fleeing from a ‘sexual attack’ in a written document submitted to the court.

He also demands to know if there was male DNA on the clothes Kirsty was wearing on the night of her death that belonged to one of the five men after fighting to be allowed to reveal post-mortem examination reports.

Questions have also been asked of police initial investigation. Reports of initial interviews of hotel staff have been requested.

THE 2018 MTV Presents: Gibraltar Calling music festival will take place on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 September at the Victoria Stadium.

This year’s event will be later than previously, due to Gibraltar’s commitments to host FIFA matches at the Victoria Stadium.

Doors will open at 3pm on both Friday and Saturday afternoons and by staging the event on Friday and Saturday, attendees, event staff and volunteers will have the chance to recover on Sunday before returning to work on Monday.

No mention is made at this stage as to whether the government will be making Friday 21 a new national holiday as children should, in theory, be at school on that day.

Early bird tickets will go on sale from noon today (Thursday) at gibraltarcalling.com. Early bird ticket prices are:

  • 2 Day General Admission £89
  • 1 Day General Admission £75
  • 2 Day VIP £359
  • 1 Day VIP £320

As in previous years, tickets for children aged 12 and under (on 22 September 2018) will be admitted free of charge when the child is accompanied by a ticket-holding adult. Further information on children’s tickets will be available in due course.

The festival’s producers will make the first artist announcements in the coming months and these will include chart-topping artists for the Main Stage alongside heritage acts on the Classic Stage.

Once again, MTV Presents: Gibraltar Calling will see some of Gibraltar’s best musical talent share a stage with global superstars

PHONE users have been duped by a phone scam which charges €90 as soon as they answer the call.

The victims said foreign numbers starting with +234, +252 or +673 –  the country codes for Nigeria, Somalia and Brunai – would call and before they realised they had been charged for answering.

An expatriate who did not wish to be named got in touch with Euro Weekly News to alert us to the situation

“I wasn’t looking at the number when it called so I hit answer, before I noticed where it came from,” they said. “I quickly hung up the phone but it was too late, I’d already been charged.”

Users have been warned not to answers calls from foreign numbers they do not recognise, as similar scams have previously hit Spain.

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