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Torrevieja has finally welcomed the latest addition to its wealth of tourist attractions, with the opening of the brand new tourist information office in a converted restaurant, located on one of the most popular pedestrianised walkways in the city.



The restaurant before it closed

Torrevieja has finally welcomed the latest addition to its wealth of tourist attractions, with the opening of the brand new tourist information office in a converted restaurant, located on one of the most popular pedestrianised walkways in the city.

Plans were originally drawn up in 2008 for the redevelopment of the sea front area, then in May, 2012, we reported on the plans to convert the 124 year old, former Miramar restaurant, into a state of the art tourist information office, and “the first pilot office for Valencia within their new internet and marketing project of the Generalitat, as confirmed by the Director General of Tourism of the Generalitat Valenciana, Sebastian Fernandez.”

Excitement grew as summer 2012 approached, with our brave headline in mid July stating, “NEW TOURISM OFFICE TO OPEN IN AUGUST”, with the Mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolón saying that the first phase of development, “in 15 or 20 days, the infrastructure will be completed.”

But now, for the summer of 2013, the dream has become a reality, as the President of Valencia, Alberto Fabra, along with the minister for employment and tourism, Máximo Buch, officially opened the “twenty-first century office”, along with Eduardo Dolón, the first time that the two governing bodies have met in Torrevieja for an official function, since Alberto Fabra took over the Valencia office in July 2011, following the resignation of Francisco Camps.

With 70,000 euro being spent on the building, along with contributions from Valencia, workers have been tirelessly putting the finishing touches to the office during the last few weeks, with furniture being brought from both the Plaza de Capdepont office, which closed its doors on the day the new office opened, as well as the previously shutdown office at Alto de la Casilla, which has become a location serving the department of Hospitality and Trade.

The primary creation of this central office was the location on the Paseo de Vista Alegre, sandwiched between the Real Club Náutico and the Eras de la Sal, which plays frequent host to musical concerts, galas and exhibitions, on the paseo that has hosted everything from big-screen football matches and dance competitions, to environmental presentations and retail markets. With more historic sites surrounding it, like the Guardia Civil office and the exhibition centre.

The new office features the latest technology for disseminating information and promotion of tourism, and even the possibility of guided tours and digital information of all of the attractions of the town.

The weekend also coincides with the start of the summer lifeguard service on the beaches of Torrevieja. Having faced a mountain of criticism over the lack of service provided during Easter, the summer sees a total of 75 life savers serving the beaches of Torrevieja in high season, and 44 during the quieter times.

There are 26 surveillance points available, plus secure huts for tending to the injured, as well as providing other emergency functions.

The total value of the contract, awarded to the Cruz Roja, is 451,790 euro, a 13% reduction, and includes monitoring of the coastal zone for 3 months, divided into two periods. The low season is classed as from the 15th to the 30th of June, and from the 2nd to the 15th of September, with the high season being the entire time in between, where life guards will be on duty every day of the week from 11:00 to 19:00 hours.

In addition, there will be a rescue watercraft deployed at strategic points, with immediate response time to a coastal emergency of five minutes. There will be a Basic Life Support ambulance, equipped with semi-automatic defibrillator, respirator kit, continuous monitor, oxygen, immobilization units and the like, as well as a Rapid Intervention Vehicle, also equipped with semi-automatic defibrillator, ventilator and oxygen.

The Cruz Roja also offer “location bracelets” for children and seniors, each with a unique and unrepeatable number, which will allow faster location of guardians in the event that the lifeguards find a missing child.

Torrevieja is more ready than ever to face the onset of the tourist season, with bars, restaurants, hotels and shops all prepared to offer their services, whilst the government team have done their bit to ease the way to making this summer the best one ever.

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