Reaching out

Reaching Out

THE MAYOR of Torremolinos, Jose Ortiz, has met with representatives from 14 countries to establish stronger links with ex-patriates.

The conference, which took place at the Palacio de Congresos, helped “create a communication channel and dialogue with foreign residents,” as well as addressing commons problems which arise day-to-day during a holiday of residency in Torremolinos, according to Mayor Ortiz.

Torremolinos has over 15,000 foreign residents from across 170 nationalities, representing almost 22 per cent of the town’s population.  Mayor Ortiz explained, “We are an open and multicultural city, with a strong European vocation,” adding, “We are like a small UN, a multicultural city that is enriched by this coexistence and tolerance,”

The tow attracts around 1 million visitors each year, with an average of 30,000 people visiting Torremolinos’ tourist offices during the busiest months. The Mayor explained this showed the potential for foreign investment, which the council are currently trying to encourage through the Torremolinos General Urban Plan, designed to “change and evolve our town.”

Members of the National Police and Local Police were at the event, alongside consuls from the United Kingdom, Sweden, Israel, Armenia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Peru, Senegal and Uruguay.  Among the issues discussed were security, residency cards, help for foreigners at police stations, housing and investment opportunities.

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