A GROUP has asked the Junta de Andalucia to provide better support for the Costa del Sol’s marinas.
Jose Carlos Martin, president of Marinas de Andalucia has demanded “greater and better” attention, claiming the Junta has so far “been adopting provisional solutions for a long time, applying discounts that, for example, would not be valid next year.”
He added it showed a “lack of will on the part of the administration, which only thinks about collecting funds and not about fixing problems.” He claimed the marina industry had been left feeling “unprotected.”
Mr Martin’s proposed solution would be to transfer responsibility for marinas to the Junta’s Ministry of Tourism from the Ministry of Development.
Meanwhile, cruise passengers have praised Malaga for its security and hospitality.
A study carried out by the University of Malaga (UMA) found visitors rated the destination 8.59 out of 10 overall, giving average scores of 8.8 for security and nine out of 10 for hospitality.
Professor Manuel Angel Fernandez carried out the report for the second year, handing out 225 surveys throughout 2016. He found the lowest average score given was 7.6 for the city’s traffic volume, while “memories and gifts” was also given 7.6 out of 10.
Travellers found Malaga’s restaurants were its best feature, while the city’s port facilities were also given the thumbs up, scoring 8.5 out of 10. The study also found the destination average marks of 8.9 from visitors who would recommend the destination and 7.8 for whether guests would return.
The cruise industry is believed to contribute around €40 million a year to Malaga’s economy, €4.5 million of which remains in the port. Around half a million passengers have visited the port this year on 298 cruise ships.
This summer, a new cruise ship, Seabourn Encore, made its first ever trip to Malaga after visiting Gibraltar.
The luxury ship measures 210 metres long, and can accommodate 640 passengers and 400 crew. The vessel, belonging to American company, Seabourn Cruise Line, was welcomed by Malaga’s Port Authority, the council’s department for tourism and company Cruceros Malaga.
The ship’s captain was also given a commemorative plaque to mark the inaugural visit at a reception held on board. The cruise liner stopped in Malaga to enjoy the city’s feria, before moving on to its next stop, Cartagena.