Friday, 7 July 2017

Spain Once Again Top Spot for Property in the World

Spain Once Again Top Spot for Property in the World

Property in the costa del sol continues t be a great buy
There are a range of surveys and polls out there claiming they accurate rank the most potent global property market. Even so, ranking foreign demand for the property of a certain country is little more than playing a guessing game.

An example of this is that Brits choose Spain ahead of other countries when they buy property abroad, but American buyers will choose to buy a summer getaway in Mexico. This represents just two groups of buyers and doesn’t even take into account the share size of the world.

Even so, recent rankings from aim to give some form of structure and accuracy to these rankings. The portal has become to the largest site in the world for viewing property, and the Top of the Props index released by the website has become a trusted source among economists and analysts alike.

This is why headlines were made back in February when it was revealed Spain had lost its top spot to the USA. USA property became the hot trend at earlier in the year, accounting for 14.02% of global enquiries.

The April index shows that Spain has reclaimed the top spot once again, as Spanish property now accounts for one in ten search enquiries across the months of March and April. Also impressive is that locations in Spain accounted for 30 of the top 50 searched locations on the site.

This is hardly surprising, given that the Spanish property market picks up steam during the Spring. Foreign buyers have also had a long love affair with Spanish property; a love affair that the data from the Spanish Registrars latest annual report would suggest is continuing.

The report, which was also published just last week, shows 13.25% of the Spanish properties sold during the first quarter of 2017 went to foreign buyers.

There are very few people in the market that are surprised by the news that Spain remains an attraction to overseas buyers looking for property. Those who have always been confident in the appeal Spanish property has to British buyers are taking the fact that Brexit has done little to damage British demand as a chance to rub it in people’s faces and say they told us so.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Yes, Culture Really is the Main Draw of Andalucía

Yes, Culture Really is the Main Draw of Andalucía

Andalucía continues to attract tourists
The new Spanish Cultural Heritage and Museums Chief of Spain, José Ramon Benítez said that people are flocking to Andalucía because of the cultural and heritage sites more so than the great weather.

Official data shows that cultural tourism was responsible for 28.8% of all the visits to the region in southern Spain across 2016, which marked the first year that “good weather” wasn’t the top dog in the fight.

Of course, the cultural aspects of the region are only enhanced by good weather, meaning that the weather is always going to be part of the reason people visit Andalucía. Even so, it’s impossible to deny that the region is home to some incredible sights that belong on any travel itinerary.

But what’s different? The history of Andalucía is of course rich, but it’s also ancient. The region offers no truly new attractions. Some data would suggest that the reputation the region has for being a popular property hunting ground and beach destination has increased interest in the culture of the region. The tourists coming to the area come from a wide global pool, and each tourist has their own opinions on what makes a holiday memorable.

The Chinese are Coming

Chinese tourist represent the largest tourist group in the world, and are known to be big spenders. That means that tourism bodies the world over are looking to attract them. Spain is yet to crack the top 20 tourist destinations for Chinese visitors, but this continues to change as the Spanish economy recovers and Chinese tourists are willing to be more adventurous.

Chinese tourists will typically travel as part of a large organised group, being taken from place to place without exploring much in between. The tours would usually bypass Spain, but now many Chinese holidaymakers are making independent trips and Spain is benefiting. The China Tourism Academy shows an increase of 60% in Chinese tourists travelling alone in 2016, and this group is coming to Spain.

Chinese tourists are also known for bypassing beach holidays, choosing instead to visit historical sites and cities. They tend to come during the low season to avoid the Spanish summer heat and to take advantage of Chinese New Year; when many Chinese middle-class workers get time away from work to go on vacation.

The Leading Attraction

The Chinese aren’t the only ones coming to the country. Spain is welcoming more British, German, French, Irish, and American travellers to Andalucía as destinations such as the Alcázar in Seville, the Alhambra in Grande, and the Mezquita in Córdoba report seeing an increase in tourism across recent years.

Other sights worth a look are the famous bridge in Ronda, Cádiz old town, and the bodegas and sherry trails of Jerez. Don’t forget about Malaga either, which is quickly garnering a reputation for being one of the most hip and happening cities in Spain.

There’s more to Andalucía than just fun in the sun, and now it looks like word has spread.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Andalucía Enjoys Bumper Year as Backdrop for Hollywood Blockbusters

Andalucía Enjoys Bumper Year as Backdrop for Hollywood Blockbusters

Films being made in Spain are on the up

Andalucía offers something beautiful and varied, which has resulted in it gaining quite the reputation as a backdrop for world-class movies and TV shows. Andalucía was the filming location as 1,336 TV shows and films across 2016.

This represents an increase of 10% on 2015 and is a sign of the status the region holds for being the Hollywood of Spain.

With this growth came a number of benefits to the region, as the official data from the tourism board of Andalucía shows the economy was boosted by €118 in 2016 thanks to all the TV and film shooting. Some 15,500 jobs – most of which were temporary – were also created.

Mint Media Capital director Neil Hudson confirmed that London Heist is being released by Lionsgate in the USA on the 11th July and being premiered in London on the 12th July and officially released 17th LONDON HEIST – is Now Available to Pre-order @ AMAZON .  London heist was filmed in Marbella and London and stars Craig Fairbrass as a notorious bank robber and gangster.

Andalucía councillor Francisco Javier Fernandez praised the city as becoming one of the leaders of cine-tourism. The success has been thanks to a collaboration with the Andalucía Film Commission.

The film industry has generated plenty of employment for the community and has stimulated the economy. Thanks to information from travel portals such as TripAdvisor, there has been an increase in the number of people searching for holidays in the areas where films and TV shows were filmed.

Andalucía served as the backdrop for major motion pictures and TV shows such as The Trip to Spain, Game of Thrones, and the Spanish adventure film Oro. Seville has become a popular destination due to the incredible sunlight, stunning architecture, and the willingness of the city council to welcome big budge

t productions.

Moving beyond Seville, the mountainous terrains of Andalucía make it a prime choice for a range of genres and styles of TV shows and films, from historical productions to futurist ones.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Spanish Temperatures Soar in July

Spanish Temperatures Soar in July

It’s hardly newsworthy that Spain is hot this July but it certainly is newsworthy that the AEMET weather agency of the country issued a weather warning that temperatures could reach as high as 40 degrees Celsius in 27 of the 50 provinces of Spain.
The summer is truly hear

The weather warning comes ahead of the abnormally high temperatures descending on Spain. It’s expected that Madrid will see temperatures of up to and over 37 degrees, while Seville in Andalucía will hit as high as 42c this Friday, according to the AEMET.

Temperatures are rising across the Costa del Sol, and will be between 5 and 10 degrees higher than the average; hitting heights rarely seen before the end of July. The heatwave is expected to last until Sunday, when temperatures are expected to go back down to the norms for this time of year – a peak of low 30s in southern Spain.

Holidaymakers might be welcoming the high temperatures, but the blast of heat and sun – which can be pleasant in small doses – can cause a lot of damage including sunburn and heatstroke. Dehydration is also becoming a major issue for those in Spain, so lather up and stay hydrated.

Authorities are also warning of an increased risk of forest fires due to the extreme heat. Parts of the dry inland of Spain – including the Costa del Sol – have been affected by forest fires in recent years. The damage caused the country to improve their efficiency at detecting and combating forest fires.

Tips for staying cool and making the most of the heatwave are finding as much shade as possible between 12 noon and 3PM (we recommend a siesta and a bowl of gazpacho), taking a dip at the beach or in the pool, and taking a trip along the shaded streets of the Marbella Old Town and Seville.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Mobile Roaming Charges in EU has Ended on June 15

Mobile Roaming Charges in EU has Ended on June 15

check out the new phone coming soon
June 15th marked the date those in the EU will be able to swipe and tap as much as they want.

One of the worst things about going on holiday is coming back to find yourself left with a pricy mobile phone bill.

It is true that the costs of using your mobile phone abroad have come down a lot in recent years, but the idea that you would be charged more for just crossing the boundaries of another country – particularly countries in such an interconnected continent like Europe – has always felt like an opportunistic move for mobile service providers to make.

The EU has attempted to end the practice for years now, and now the end will come on June 15, meaning that an EU-registered mobile phone can be used across the EU for no additional cost.

It’s called the “Roam at Home” program and the idea is to levilise charges, and it means that you won’t be stuck with any additional fees by your service provider, even if you left the EU but stayed within the greater European Economic Area (EEA).

This will no doubt leave many Brits wondering if they can expect the same treatment from their own UK-based mobile service providers come March 2019.

It’s unknown what deals – if any – the British government will be able to make with the EU on the issue, or whether companies like Vodafone and O2 even have any leverage. For now though, Brits will still be able to enjoy the Roam at Home program without worry of running into a massive bill.

There is one small hitch of course, and that is the rumours of price hikes from EU service providers in order to offset the lost income. Reports have suggested that Spanish provider Movistar is likely to increase their at-home tariffs in order to compensate for the EU ruling, while Vodafone and Orange have also suggested they may do the same.