Monday, March 27, 2017


Barcelona to crack down on illegal subletting through Airbnb

Apartment owners in Barcelona are discovering that people posing as long-term tenants are renting their properties with the sole intention of illegally sub-letting them to tourists through vacation accommodation sites such as Airbnb, in some cases earning triple the cost of the rent. Airbnb recognises that around a third of its users have more than one advertisement on the site. …

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Why the British press is saying “¡Viva Espana!”

“¡Viva Espana!” screamed the headline on the webpage of the UK newspaper The Daily Mail a few weeks ago, surprising those who are more accustomed to the tabloid’s usual menu of xenophobia and anti-European sentiment. But xenophobia is relative, and the Mail, despite its limitations when it comes to the language of Cervantes, distinguishes between Spain and other countries that …

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The most expensive yacht in the world arrives

  Figueretes woke up yesterday to find a megayacht parked outside. ‘A’, is the name of this impressive vessel owned by 40 year old Russian billionaire Andrei Melnichenko, who made his fortune in Russia in the early ’90s. The megayacht out to sea was a rare treat for residents and visitors walking the Figueretes promenade in the morning. Its design …

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Ibiza Holiday Villas in short supply, but they can still be found

The first five months of the year have been a busy time for villa owners and their agents as demand for a villa, rather than a hotel, continues to explode. Many of the more established holiday villas are already fully booked for the peak months of July and August, which has resulted in many of the smaller agents running out …

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The port of Ibiza will host 119 cruise liners in 2015

Ibiza Port will host 119 cruise visits in 2015 with over 170,000 passengers, according to the Balearic Islands Port Authority (APB).   Today a Spanish expedition attended the Miami Cruise Shipping exhibition, the foremost international cruise show, to inaugurate their stand on Miami Beach.   “The port can be key to combating the tourism seasonality of the Pine Islands if …

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The Consell de Ibiza confirms the good prospects for the season

The Councillor for Tourism in Ibiza, Carmen Ferrer, confirmed good prospects for next season from thein Fitur trade fair. Apparently, the majority of European wholesalers have detected an increase of 5 percent in reservations for Ibiza, although this trend cannot be confirmed until the full January results are published in February. In the case of Jet2 Holidays, whose focus is …

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A record 6.2 million passengers passed through Ibiza Airport last year

Ibiza Airport broke all previous records in 2014, closing the year with a total of 6,211,882 passengers, which meant an increase of 8.5 % over 2013. According to reports from Aena, out of the total number of passengers, 6,191,170 were commercial passengers and, of these, 2,346,669 were Spanish nationals, up 7.1 % from the previous year. 3,844,501 passengers were of …

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€30 million to improve Pitiüsan hospitality sector

The Fomento of Tourism in Ibiza and BMN-Sa Nostra have signed a partnership to support the Pitiusan tourism sector and thus create a more competitive and sustainable tourism model. Consequently, those associated with the Fomento will have access to a €30 million line of credit, which will provide new alternatives to the demands of funding partners. BMN-SA Nostra spokesperson, Tolo …

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Formentera will be present at overseas tourism fairs

The Consell de Formentera, in the form of the Tourist Board, will have a presence at five tourism fairs to be held in the Netherlands, Finland, Germany and Austria during the next two weeks. These include the Vacantibeurs Fair in Utrecht (Netherlands) from January 13th to 18th, with two presentations and a gastronomic event presented by Restaurant Can Dani (recently …

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Independent travellers spent €1,818 million, while package tour travellers spent €629.1 million

Spending by independent visitors to Ibiza and Formentera continues to increase year on year. The latest survey of tourist spending (Egatur) shows that in the first 11 months of 2014, independent tourists spent a total of €1,818,6 million while staying in the Pitiüses, 9.3% more than in 2013 when their expenditure was €1,664 million. In contrast, package tour travellers spent …

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