Tagged: Spain

Summer Season Looks Bright for Tourist Numbers

Costa Blanca Easter hotel bookings were up by ten percent on last year’s period helped by good weather, and the holiday falling later in mid-April. Valencian region tourist chief Francesc Colomer said that the area was in for a excellent year for tourism, and it would continue be one of the major destinations in Spain

Passenger Numbers Using Local Airports Rose Almost 5% in March from 2016

Air travel numbers are continuing to rise in Spain with the March national figures standing at just over 17 million passengers, an increase of four and a half percent on the same month last year. 907 thousand people used Alicante-Elche airport last month, a yearly rise of eight point four percent, whilst 53 thousand passengers

European Police Investigation Leads to Five Arrests for Cyber-Hacking Crimes

The National Police have linked up with their UK colleagues to arrest five men on cyber-hacking charges, with three people detained in Spain in swoops in Barcelona and the Canary Islands. The group were developing and selling sophisticated software to provide ‘invisibility’ to all types of malicious computer malware which had the potential to affect countless computers around the


The crime group owned two Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Spain and Bulgaria, that illicitly offered more than 1000 TV channels to clients across Europe using Internet Protocol television (IPTV) technology. Eight suspects were arrested and the servers used to provide illegal access to the channels shut down. A joint investigation led by the Spanish

Spain’s 2017 Draft Budget Is the First in Nine Years Without Austerity Measures

Spain’s government has published its long-delayed draft budget for 2017 which boosts social spending and moves away from austerity in a bid to win opposition support for the spending plans. Finance Minister Cristobal Montoro said the budget would “fuel growth and employment” while at the same time allowing Spain to meet the deficit targets agreed with

Heredades Residents Surprised at Home by 150 Centimetre-Long Snake

Residents of a Heredades home got a surprise visitor recently when they discovered a one and half metre-long horseshoe whip snake in their property on Calle Nido.   Rojales local police were called in to remove the snake, which is native to Spain, Portugal, andNorth Africa, and had it taken to an animal sanctuary in

Individual suspected of financing Islamic State arrested in Spain

On 15 March 2017, the Spanish Guardia Civil, supported by Europol, arrested in Girona (Spain) a Moroccan national suspected of helping finance the terrorist group Islamic State (IS). The arrestee, aged 43, was under investigation for participating, along with two of his brothers arrested in July 2016, in a complex financial scheme which involved sending

Rise in International Tourism Boosts Passenger Numbers at Local Airports

Increased international tourism with big rises for Alicante-Elche and San Javier airports helped to fuel a five percent hike in air passenger numbers for February. Nearly 14 million people used Spain’s airports last month, a five point one percent increase on February 2016, with Alicante-Elche’s figures standing at 687 thousand, up by nearly 13 percent

Huge firearms depot seized

The Spanish National Police has exposed the arsenal of war seized in January in Spain during operation Portu, supported by Europol. Over 10 000 assault rifles, anti-aerial machine guns, 400 shells and grenades, as well as pistols, revolvers and parts to reactivate weapons, have been catalogued. Operation Portu, against illicit firearms trafficking, was carried out

Polish Couple Arrested on Costa Blanca for Massive Social Security Fraud in Germany

A Polish couple, accused of swindling one point six million euro of social security out of German authorities, have been arrested in the San Fulgencio area by the Guardia Civil. The 51-year-old man and 52-year-old woman, were taken to a Madrid court to face an extradition hearing. German authorities were tipped off that the couple

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