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A pending decision by the UK government to create “air bridges” with selected European Union and other countries is expected to especially benefit such popular and high-profile tourist resort areas as the Costa Blanca. With Spain now having re-opened for international travel – under certain strict health and safety conditions – Alicante-Elche Airport is once… Read more about Alicante-Elche Airport Key “Air Bridge” for Costa Blanca Tourists The post Alicante-Elche...
A pending decision by the UK government to create “air bridges” with selected European Union and other countries is expected to especially benefit such popular and high-profile tourist resort areas as the Costa Blanca.
With Spain now having re-opened for international travel – under certain strict health and safety conditions – Alicante-Elche Airport is once again set to play a key role in drawing tourists back to the country, including the traditionally significant proportion of visitors from the UK.
Registering annual passenger traffic of over 12 million (at least during a normal year), the international airport is one of mainland Spain’s main gateways for European flights. It is also conveniently located for travellers heading off to nearby Costa Blanca areas, such as Benidorm, Calpe, Denia, Javea and Torrevieja.
Restrictions on non-essential travel are due to be relaxed in the UK from 6 July, and the government is reportedly planning to establish a list of air bridge (or travel corridor) countries which will enable people to travel in both directions without having to go into quarantine on arrival or on their return.
Spain is one of the countries most likely to be included, as part of a “traffic light system” classifying them (green, amber or red) according to the prevalence of coronavirus.
In recent weeks, Spain has lifted its 98-day “State of Alarm” and eased restrictions on travel, but is still insisting that people maintain social distancing (one and a half metres), and also wear a mask (when distancing isn’t possible) outdoors in public areas – and always when indoors in commercial outlets, offices and other enclosed establishments.
Strict enforcement of the three-month lockdown enabled Spain to drastically reduce the number of daily infections while simultaneously consolidating its health amenities in the event of a possible second outbreak.
With borders now reopened to overseas travellers, Spain – which in 2019 was the second most visited country in the world (after France) – is once again near the top of of many people’s holiday wish-lists.
Travel services in the UK report sharp rises in booking numbers, especially for such timelessly popular areas as the Costa Blanca.
The UK move for air bridges follows the European Union’s decision to re-open its borders to citizens from 15 non-EU countries considered to be “safe travel destinations” (including Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco and New Zealand) – as well as the UK, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, which are all automatically deemed to be “safe”.
Specific operational changes implemented at Alicante-Elche Airport “to meet the needs created by the COVID-19 health emergency and the decline in demand” include:
Aena (the airport authority) has set up a series of measures and protocols to guarantee safe passage through the airport. The use of a mask is compulsory for indoor public spaces, and outdoors when impossible to keep the obligatory safety distance (one and a half metres). Only passengers and people accompanying a passenger who needs assistance can access the terminal building.
Passengers arriving from third countries must bring a Passenger Location Card provided by the airline, and go through Border Health Care’s temperature check with thermographic cameras.
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Alicante’s venerable tourist past has been recreated in 21st century boutique style with the inauguration of Casa Alberola – part of the exclusive Curio Collection by Hilton. During the final decades of the 19th century, with Alicante enjoying an era of prosperity driven by development of the port’s commercial area, tourists and foreign investors were… Read more about Neo-Classical Hotel Haven in the Heart of Alicante The post Neo-Classical Hotel Haven in the Heart of Alicante...
Alicante’s venerable tourist past has been recreated in 21st century boutique style with the inauguration of Casa Alberola – part of the exclusive Curio Collection by Hilton.
During the final decades of the 19th century, with Alicante enjoying an era of prosperity driven by development of the port’s commercial area, tourists and foreign investors were drawn to the city’s burgeoning urban renewal.
Leading architect and town planner José Guardiola Picó built several buildings for the flourishing middle class, including Casa Alberola, an iconic structure located between the new promenade and Canalejas Park that became an integral part of Alicante’s architectural heritage.
In the 1960s, its traditional aesthetic suffered as a result of the demolition of a key central structure and its replacement with a building which, critics lamented, “broke the harmony of the landscape”.
Now, Balazs Companie SL, developer of the project with Hilton Hotels, has restored its neo-classical splendour, creating a new link between the allure of the past and the modern demands of tourism.
Hilton’s Curio Collection is “an upper-upscale, global portfolio of more than 90 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts… offering travellers authentic, curated experiences through distinctly local offerings and elevated amenities”.
Offering 45 rooms and convenient access to the city centre, historical landmarks and Postiguet beach, Casa Alberola Alicante highlights the elegance of the 1920s with touches of velvet, intricate mouldings and marble.
“The opening of Casa Alberola Alicante, Curio Collection by Hilton signifies an exciting new chapter for this architectural gem as well as for Alicante,” says general manager Carlos Alberto Cardona. “The hotel is nestled in the heart of the city, and is steeped in culture and history. We seek to provide the hospitality of the warmth of home to all our guests, adding value to their experience through the elegance, glamour and history that inspires the hotel. I am confident that the presence of Curio Collection by Hilton will set the standard for international hospitality in the city and will be the point of reference for those eager to experience Alicante.”
Casa Alberola Alicante’s neoclassical design is highlighted in the rooms by a work desk, organic amenities and high ceilings, complemented by sea and city views and ample natural light. The restaurant offers a Mediterranean dining experience, as well as refreshing drinks and snacks in a relaxed bar atmosphere.
The bedroom names have been created based on the Alberola family’s history, with each room featuring wall art that pays tribute to each family member. The lounge area was family patriarch Joaquín Alberola’s former living room, located on the first floor and evoking intimacy and comfort to make guests feel they are in “a home away from home”. There is also a small business centre in the lounge area, as a nod to contemporary travel lifestyles and requirements.
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One of Spain’s premier sports resorts has undertaken an extensive renovation project to consolidate its status as a flagship destination on the Costa Blanca. Named “Spain’s Best Golf Hotel” at the 2019 World Golf Awards (which reward excellence in golf tourism around the world) and “Spain’s Leading Sports Resort” at the World Travel Awards in… Read more about Golf and Gastronomy at Newly-Refurbished Luxury Resort on the Costa Blanca The post Golf and Gastronomy...
One of Spain’s premier sports resorts has undertaken an extensive renovation project to consolidate its status as a flagship destination on the Costa Blanca.
Named “Spain’s Best Golf Hotel” at the 2019 World Golf Awards (which reward excellence in golf tourism around the world) and “Spain’s Leading Sports Resort” at the World Travel Awards in June 2019, La Finca Resort comprises a five-star hotel, three golf courses, a racquet area and a luxury spa.
Referring to the refurbishment, general manager Brendan Dwyer said, “Our focus as a management team was to create a modern and exciting golf resort that offers the best cuisine in the region, to be enjoyed by golfers and visitors alike.
“The recent redevelopment work that we have carried out has taken an already fantastic venue and elevated it to the next level, but the hard work doesn’t end here. We are a highly ambitious and driven team and we are committed to growing La Finca Resort’s stature as the very best destination in the region.”
The latest development work included a revamp of the five-star hotel and the opening of Jardines La Finca Restaurant, serving “Mediterranean cuisine with a touch of designer style”. Two new restaurants and a winery are also scheduled to open later this year – Frijolino, a Mexican-Italian hybrid establishment Misto Grillhouse – with the Bodega La Finca winery due to be launched in autumn.
La Finca Resort’s three golf courses are La Finca, Villamartín and Las Ramblas, all currently in the second year of three-year course enhancement projects.
Opened in 1972, Villamartín hosted the European Tour’s Mediterranean Open in 1994, while Las Ramblas was inaugurated in 1991 and La Finca the following year.
The hotel includes 120 guest rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, a conservatory next to the garden with space for 350 people, and a first-class racquet area with both tennis and pádel courts. Its facilities also include a newly-renovated spa (with gym, water circuits, and massage and treatment rooms), and several cocktail bars and cafeterías.
“We are on a continuous journey to enhance our offering at La Finca Resort,” said Dwyer, “and put the venue on the map as the very best golf resort and pinnacle of golfing tourism on the Costa Blanca. We are extremely proud of what has been achieved at the resort to date and we will continue to build on that success in 2020 and beyond.”
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Airports Council International has once again honoured Alicante-Elche Airport with one of the industry’s highest awards. For a second consecutive year, the airport has been named as the best in Europe for the quality of its service, in the category of airport facilities with annual traffic between five and 15 million passengers. Bringing together 668… Read more about Alicante-Elche Named Best Airport in Europe for Quality Service The post Alicante-Elche Named Best Airport in Europe for...
Airports Council International has once again honoured Alicante-Elche Airport with one of the industry’s highest awards. For a second consecutive year, the airport has been named as the best in Europe for the quality of its service, in the category of airport facilities with annual traffic between five and 15 million passengers.
Bringing together 668 members operating 1,979 airports in 176 countries, the council honours airports around the world that offer the best customer experience in the opinion of their own passengers. In 2019, more than half of the world’s 8.8 billion travellers passed through an ASQ airport.
The Airport Service Quality (ASQ) program is the world’s leading passenger assessment and referral service, measuring passenger satisfaction according to 34 key performance indicators. The quality measurement system tests the level of service offered and compares it with airports of a similar size.
Alicante-Elche Airport joined the ACI’s ASQ program in 2013, and first achieved the award in 2018. During 2019, the airport – Spain’s fifth busiest (after Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas, Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat, Palma de Mallorca and Málaga-Costa del Sol) – continued to implement ongoing measures aimed at improving the travelling experience for passengers and airport users.
These included an expansion and remodeling of the security control area; a revamp of restaurant amenities; the introduction of a free “personal shopper” service; improvements to “comfort areas” with the installation of a reading and relaxation space; and an increase in furniture items to create additional rest facilities.
“The fact that this is the second year we have received this award,” said airport director Laura Navarro, “means we have maintained a high level of quality in an increasingly demanding environment. ASQ surveys are a key element enabling us to listen to our passengers, and understand their motivations and preferences, so we can adapt the airport to travellers’ different profiles.
“I would like to highlight the important work undertaken by employees in the various companies that operate at Alicante-Elche Airport. They are all our main asset when it comes to continuing to improve services.”
Other Aena network airports recognised in the 2019 awards were Menorca (category between two and five million passengers), and El Hierro, Melilla and San Sebastián (airports with fewer than two million passengers).
The awards ceremony will be held during the second ACI Global Customer Experience Summit in Krakow (Poland) in September.
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The 15-day “State of Alarm” decreed by the Spanish government on the weekend makes it clear that people should stay at home except for absolutely essential circumstances. These include going out to buy food, pharmaceutical products or petrol, receiving medical attention, visiting ill or vulnerable family members, and – if “remote working” is not a… Read more about Spanish Lockdown… What the “State of Alarm” Means for Travellers The post Spanish Lockdown… What the...
The 15-day “State of Alarm” decreed by the Spanish government on the weekend makes it clear that people should stay at home except for absolutely essential circumstances.
These include going out to buy food, pharmaceutical products or petrol, receiving medical attention, visiting ill or vulnerable family members, and – if “remote working” is not a valid option – going to work.
Those who have to leave home are advised to avoid public transport if possible and, walk or drive alone (unless assisting someone with mobility issues), while being careful to maintain a one-metre distance from other people.
Police will be posted in strategic locations to ensure these “confinamiento” (lockdown) restrictions are enforced. Anyone disobeying or resisting police officers’ instructions can face penalties of between €100 and one year in prison.
As for air travel, many services to and from Spanish airports such as Alicante-Elche have been drastically reduced, although operations have not been completely suspended.
For UK travellers, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has updated its official travel advice to recommend “against all but essential travel to Spain” (see below).
After a marathon seven-hour cabinet meeting, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez addressed the nation on Saturday night to outline the conditions and implications of the lockdown.
A “State of Alarm” (also translated as “State of Alert”) has only been decreed on one other occasion since Spain returned to constitutional democracy in 1978: in 2010, after air-traffic controllers called a strike that caused widespread travel chaos.
Also on this occasion, restrictions have been imposed under Article 116 of the Spanish Constitution, which covers three legal categories for emergency situations: “State of Alarm”, “State of Emergency” and “State of Siege” (“Estado de Alarma”, “Estado de Excepción” and “Estado de Sitio”, respectively).
The lowest level of these categories, “Estado de Alarma”, was approved by the Cabinet, to last for 15 days from Sunday 15 March before it would need to be extended by parliamentary approval.
“As you know,” said Sánchez (whose wife Begoña Gómez has tested positive for COVID-19, as well as two cabinet ministers and other political leaders), “Spain is facing a public health emergency that requires extraordinary decisions. This is a global pandemic that is damaging for citizens as a whole.”
He said all of Spain’s police forces would be under the direct orders of the interior ministry, and the government would also have the armed forces at its disposal.
Travel across Spain was restricted from Saturday night, and most retail activity has been suspended, with people only permitted to leave their homes for such crucial necessities as food purchases, pharmacies, health centres, banks and petrol stations, as well as going to work if required or returning to their primary residence.
Within the education system, classes are suspended at all levels, including universities, although online education activities are being maintained.
Citizens’ physical presence in commercial outlets should be limited to what is strictly necessary, large crowds must be avoided, and customers and employees are required to maintain a one-metre distance to help reduce the risk of contagion.
Bars and restaurants are only allowed to make home deliveries, and all museums, galleries and other cultural venues, plus sports clubs and amenities, are obliged to remain closed.
Sánchez also stressed that the national health ministry would have the power to ensure the correct functioning of food production centres and distribution chains, even to the extent of accompanying transport vehicles and prioritising customs procedures for essential products.
Transport services, both public and private, will be reduced to at least half during the 15-day period, apart from local rail networks (“Cercanías”). Passenger transport vehicles will be subject to daily cleansing procedures as stipulated by the health ministry.
The prime minister concluded by calling on people to help the most vulnerable in society, especially the elderly, and thanked all those making a valuable contribution to fighting the virus, including health staff, police, the armed forces and scientific researchers.
In its latest official statement on Spain and the country’s measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office reported, “We keep our travel advice under constant review and recommend that British nationals sign up for alerts, so they know when it has been updated.
“Anyone with upcoming journeys planned should check with their airlines and tour operators for the latest information. Wherever you are in Spain, you should follow the instructions of the local authorities.”
British Ambassador to Spain Hugh Elliott recorded a video message for UK nationals explaining the implications for both residents and tourists. He also thanked the Spanish authorities, “in particular the healthcare professionals, for all the great work they are doing to help keep everyone in Spain – of all nationalities – safe, in circumstances that are very challenging indeed.”
Travel advice: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
Returning from overseas: UK Department of Health and Social Care
Spanish government information: Ministry of Health
Flight information: Alicante-Elche Airport
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Residents and tourists are being invited to savour traditional Alicante cuisine in the lead up to Easter. Alicante City Hall has launched two culinary initiatives, a “Brotherhood Tapas Route” and “Lent Friday Menus”, to showcase typical Easter gastronomy. At the same time, Alicante-Elche Airport’s own restaurant services have been enhanced with the opening of two… Read more about Special Easter Culinary Experiences in Alicante The post Special Easter Culinary...
Residents and tourists are being invited to savour traditional Alicante cuisine in the lead up to Easter. Alicante City Hall has launched two culinary initiatives, a “Brotherhood Tapas Route” and “Lent Friday Menus”, to showcase typical Easter gastronomy.
At the same time, Alicante-Elche Airport’s own restaurant services have been enhanced with the opening of two top chain outlets: EXKi and Enrique Tomás Experience.
The aim of the Alicante municipal initiatives is, according to councillors Mari Carmen Sánchez and Lidia López, to offer Alicante locals and visitors a taste of typical Lent seasonal cuisine, and reunite them with traditional recipes through imaginative culinary options created by Alicante restaurants.
“We want to link our traditions and customs with culinary art, and promote products, recipes and dishes that are traditional during the Easter period.”
The second edition of “La Tapa Cofrade” (“The Brotherhood Tapa”) continues until 27 March and involves several establishments offering a tapa created using local products and Lent cuisine and a beer for €3. The route includes Chapeau Alicante, Café Restaurante La Cigarra, Chapeau San Juan, El Colmado, Tres Bandas, Café Carvi, Restaurante Dhammas, Provenzal Alicante and Taberna La Vendimia.
“Menús de los Viernes de Cuaresma” (“Lent Friday Menus”), held every Friday until 27 March, offers menus ranging from €10 to €20 and including hot-pot dishes, anchovies, grouper meatballs, chickpea and cod stews, lasagna with fish bolognese, fish stew, grouper gazpacho (cold soup), Alicante “borreta” (a dish comprising cod, spinach, potatoes, garlic, “ñora” capsicum, onions and eggs), traditional French toast, fried milk and fig sorbets.
The restaurants involved include El Caldero, Restaurante El Francés, Antiguos Sabores Da Luigi, Hotel Leuka, Café Carvi, Taberna La Vendimia, Café Restaurante La Cigarra, Restaurante Chapeau, El Colmado, Cafetería El Corte Inglés, Costablanca Eventos, Casa Riquelme, Restaurante Dhammas, El Suquet de Castaños, ToBar Tapas , Cervecería Chapeau, Blacky Restaurante and Tres Bandas.
Areas, a leading food and beverage and travel retail company, has opened its first EXKi outlet at the airport. The Belgian chain has more than 100 outlets throughout Europe – in Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands – focusing on “fresh natural products that are organic and/or fair trade whenever possible”, including a broad selection of organic coffees and teas, and “an extensive line of balanced, healthy meals created with quality ingredients”.
The outlet is Areas’ third EXKi at Spanish airports (the other two are in Barcelona) and forms part of the contract it has been awarded for eight new food and drink outlets at the Alicante-Elche Airport. Three others also already opened are the Santagloria café and bakery, Carlsberg pub and Lavazza café; and due to open soon are Deli&Cia (“the world’s first Tagliatella in an airport”), Subway and Starbucks.
Meanwhile, inaugurated in December was an Enrique Tomás Experience gourmet bar, specialising in Iberian products, tapas and wines. Passengers can enjoy 100 per cent Iberian acorn-fed ham (from Guijuelo, Extremadura, Jabugo and Pedroches Valley), as well as chorizo, salchichón and loin fillet.
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