In the first Tourism Night from Alicante, held last Wednesday in the Auditorium of the Alicante Provincial Council (ADDA), Mari Carmen Sánchez, vice mayor of Alicante and mayor of Tourism, announced that it is time to continue promoting our city in Madrid or to take our rice to the Basque Culinary Center. «And in international promotion I can announce that we are working to be present in the Spanish pavilion of the Dubai World Expo».
This appointment was chaired by the mayor of Alicante, Luis Barcala who, together with Mari Carmen Sánchez, delivered five distinctions to professionals and representatives of the tourist industry that, from different spheres, have added to make Alicante a reference destination.
In this sense, the Alicante City Council organized this act of recognition of the tourism sector on the occasion of the celebration of World Tourism Day. In addition, the effort, dedication and dedication of the workers who carry out this fundamental activity for the economic, social and cultural development from the city of Alicante.
In this way, the vice mayor of Alicante, Mari Carmen Sánchez, inaugurated the Night of Tourism thanking the sector «This act is a recognition of the city of Alicante, to all of you. Today the winners are all those hoteliers, Waiters, chefs, receptionists, merchants, suppliers, chambermaids, guides, agencies from travels, transport agencies, taxi drivers, tourist associations … all of you who have been at the foot of the canyon in these difficult times, to all of you thank you from the bottom of my heart ».
Likewise, the mayor of Tourism pointed out in her welcoming remarks that “after everything we have experienced in this year and a half, it is time to keep helping the sightseeing and not aggravate it further. That is why we say very clearly that Alicante does not want a tax tour».
On the other hand, the mayor of Alicante, Luis Barcala, closed the First Night of Tourism in Alicante by praising the tourism industry «it is obligatory to recognize the great effort, commitment and capacity for sacrifice of the professionals in this crucial sector of our economy, one of the hardest hit by the severe restrictions and consequences of the pandemic, the end of which we are beginning to see.
«It is necessary and essential defend the current tourist model of Alicante and the rest of the Valencian Community, to close ranks again with these admirable professionals and express our frontal rejection of the tourist tax that a sector of the nationalist tripartite of the Generalitat raises in an irresponsible and arbitrary way, ”the first mayor highlighted.
Likewise, the mayor highlighted the key role of the Alicante City Council on the city recovery «We have processed more than 17 million euros only in financial aid to combat the damage caused to businesses and small businesses, to prevent their closure or alleviate their large losses. And remembered signing the seventh extension of the decree of the expansion of night tables and terraces to “facilitate compliance with social distance, a measure that is taken to the municipal plenary session this Thursday and is added to the exemption of the night watchmen rate that was already approved last year.”
At the act of the I Alicante Tourism Night, attended by members of the Municipal Corporation and some of the illustrious people of the city participated in the delivery of the awards to the winners, such as the regional secretary for Tourism, Francesc Colomer, the vice-president of the Alicante Provincial Council, Julia Parra Aparicio, the Deputy for the Presidency of the Alicante Provincial Council, Eduardo Dolón, and the president of the Alicante Chamber of Commerce, Juan Riera.
The awards given last Wednesday by the Alicante City Council to tourism are divided into five different categories. The first, was delivered to the Vectalia Group for the incorporation of the Navilens Labels, an award framed in the category of “Sustainability, accessibility and innovation” and it was picked up by the Communication Director of Vectalia, Ezequiel Moltó.
Navilens is a system for facilitate the mobility of people with reduced or no vision. The system consists of labels with color codes similar to barcodes or QR codes that are placed at the points that you want to identify or where you want to place relevant information for users.
In the field of «Best tourism project» was awarded Pier 12 for the incorporation of the Mediterranean Nights, a cycle of open-air concerts, in which not only live performances have been offered, but also a wide range of options such as children’s shows, gastronomy, comedy shows or morning concerts, among others. The co-director of Muelle 12, José Piñeiro, received the award.
In recognition of the importance of solidarity of Alicante tourism companies, the category of “Solidarity Award” was awarded to Alicante Gastronomic, its president, Carlos Baño, received the award for the work they have done in distributing meals among the people and families most in need, and who have been seriously affected by the social crisis that the coronavirus has brought.
The award for “Tourist trajectory”, was honored Gastronou Group, a family business that has spent a lifetime dedicated to reinvent Mediterranean cuisine and to place the city of Alicante on the gastronomic map. The children of the founders, José Juan and Silvia Castelló, received the recognition.
Last and in the category of «Commitment to destiny», the work of the local tourism sector was highlighted, and the award was received by the Associations of the local tourism sector represented in the Governing Board of the Municipal Tourist Board of Alicante …
On the other hand, two recognitions were awarded under the title “Ambassador” and “Ambassador” from Alicante, being the chef with a Michelin star, Maria Jose San Roman, the “Ambassador” of Alicante, and the artistic and musical director of the Auditorium of the Diputación de Alicante (ADDA), Josep Vicent the “Ambassador” of the city.
This first night of sightseeing from Alicante, featured a motivational talk by the motivational speaker from «Expert Minds», Luis Galindo, and likewise, the orchestra of the Auditorium of the Diputación de Alicante, ADDA SIMFÒNICA, under the baton of its titular director Josep Vicent.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.