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Mijas is getting closer and closer to becoming a ‘Municipality of Tourist Interest’. The Local Government delivered this week to the Malaga Tourism delegation all the documentation required by the ‘Junta de Andalucía’ (Regional Government) to be included in this catalogue. It is estimated that it will be at the beginning of 2021 when this is fi nally acknowledged, which represents recognition in the sector and access to different subsidies for the improvement of tourist services and facilities.

The councillor for Tourism, José Carlos Martín (C’s), held a working meeting on the 18th with the delegate of the same branch in the Malaga Board, Nuria Rodríguez (C’s), to whom he showed all the documentation related to the application by Mijas to be declared ‘Tourist Municipality of Andalusia’ and, later, the documents were handed into the registration offi ce of the ‘Junta’.

“We have made every effort to achieve this distinction as it is incomprehensible that a municipality like ours does not yet have it. Now more than ever we need to promote our tourism industry and this new status would help us especially to promote it, in addition, it would open the doors to subsidies related to this sector that we cannot now opt for”, assured the councillor. In this regard, Rodríguez appreciated the effort that Mijas is making in regard to tourism. “Mijas advances with this declaration that, once it is obtained, will serve to maintain and improve its quality offer, as tourist municipalities have access to a line of aid with which to prevent their essential services from suffering when their population doubles or triples at certain times, in addition to the promotion involved in the denomination”. In this regard, she recalled that the Mijas applies to be catalogued as Andalusian Tourist Municipality The Department for Tourism has now submitted all the required documentation to the Government of the Region. The acknowledgement is expected to be awarded in early 2021 Ministry of Tourism contemplates in the crash-plan launched during the pandemic, the streamlining of these procedures and recognized “the work of the department that is doing its best to alleviate the consequences that the health crisis has brought to the sector ”.

Requirements Among the items that a municipality must offer to enter this catalogue is that the population by law cannot exceed 100,000 inhabitants, they must certify the assisted tourist population (through the number of overnight stays or visits), show the tourist offer and its infrastructure, a municipal tourism quality plan, carry out actions aimed at promoting and improving the offers and services with an impact on tourism activity, to which it is added that participation mechanisms must be introduced in the tourism planning processes that are carried out through citizen and economic and social agents; integrate the conservation of cultural and natural heritage; promote respectful tourism, M.F./Info: B.M./Design: M.F. Tourism and raise awareness among the local and tourist population.

 

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Source: Mijas Semanal