ORIHUELA Town Hall has fallen under scrutiny after it was revealed that users on TripAdvisor recommended the Zenia Boulevard shopping mall as the city’s main attraction.
Socialist Councillor Maria Garcia said:
“I think the shopping mall does have a recreational function and boasts a very big range of shops but I find it hard to understand that, given the enormous historical wealth in our city, our monuments and our museums are the last thing on tourists’ to do lists.”
TripAdvisor users recommend the Zenia Boulevard shopping mall as the city’s main attraction, followed by the Orihuela Costa beaches. The house of poet Miguel Hernandez ranks 7th followed by Orihuela Cathedral in 8th and the Diocesan College Santo Domingo in 10th.
Garcia believes this proves the town hall is not promoting the city’s heritage to tourists, especially in comparison to other municipalities such as Torrevieja where the salt lakes rank first and Altea where the historic town centre ranks first.
“Something is being done very badly when the shopping mall in Orihuela Costa is recommended as the city’s main attraction” she insisted.
“This summer, the museums have been practically empty. There has been no activity to encourage visits, which would not only improve the image of the city but also bring trade to local businesses.”
The Socialist insisted that communication of activities and events needs to be improved: “It is indispensable to have a bus service that connects Orihuela and its coast to bring in more tourists. What is the Councillor of Tourism doing?” she asked.