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The Tourist Accomodation Consortium plans to invest €3.6 million to improve tourism infrastructures and beat seasonality in Mallorca.

Towns which are interested in carrying out projects have a month to present them, and they will have to pay 20% of the budget.

Tourists stayed an average of 4.91 days in Mallorca in February this year, according to the National Institute of Statistics.

One of the areas where tourists stay the longest in Spain is the Palma-Calvia area, with an average of 4.75, beating destinations such as Barcelona, the Costa Blanca, Costa Brava and Costa del Sol.

The main market for the Balearic Islands continues to be the Germans, accounting for almost 32% of the total, with an average stay of 8.5 days.

Last year, 4.1 million German tourists visited the Balearic Islands, 7.6% more than in 2012. They spent more than 3.73 billion last year in the Balearic Islands which could increase by at least 10% this summer.

Reservations are up by between 5 and 10% compared to last year, meaning that some 4.4 million German tourists can be expected.

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Vueling and Sony have launched the first ever wearable boarding pass in the world. Using a 2D barcode, the application puts flight information and boarding passes as close as your wrist. This cutting edge technology, which is exclusive to Sony’s SmartWatch 2, will be available from the end of March in the Google Play Store.

This exciting launch places both companies at the forefront of mobile technology.

It also represents an important step in Vueling’s total commitment to offering a complete experience. Together with last week’s announcement that the airline will now allow passengers to use their mobile devices during all stages of the flight, including take off and landing, it consolidates Vueling’s pledge to greater passenger connectivity. Very soon, new Premium technology services will also be announced.

According to Samuel Lacarta, Vueling’s director of Information Technology, “We have achieved this goal thanks to the huge effort that this airline, and all the people that work for it, have made in developing tech solutions that improve our customer experience.”

“This agreement, in which we have incorporated a new function into the already wide range of applications for SmartWatch 2, is a another example of how Sony strives for innovation,” says Sandra López de Santiago, Marketing Director for Sony Mobile España, ”And demonstrates how ‘wearables’ are becoming an important lifestyle tool for the consumer.”

The SmartWatch 2 heightens the Android experience and offers new ones in communication, permitting interaction with smartphones through Bluetooth®. Sony, who has been pioneer for quite some time in wearable technology, has expanded its ecosystem of applications optimised for SmartWatch 2 in Google Play. It’s the perfect travelling companion, resistant to water and is operated via a touch screen, putting text messages, email, agenda functions, call register, Facebook, Twitter and Gmail as close as your wrist

SmartWatch 2 is available in a wide range of straps colours and materials such as metal or leather for 189 €. See: http://www.sonymobile.com/e Vs

The total spend by foreign visitors to Spain during January and February 2014 reached a new all time high, with spend increasing by 9.1% to over €6 billion, according to the latest statistics published by EGATUR, the national tourism spend survey.

UK visitors were responsible for the highest increase in spend at over €1 billion, a 12.2% increase year on year, accounting for 16.5% of the total spend. Germany came in second, representing a 9.7% increase, and the two markets combined generated a third of the total international tourist expenditure in Spain in the first two months of the year.

In February alone international tourists spent almost €3 billion, representing another record and a year on year increase of 8%. The Nordics represented the highest rise in February (+20.3%), while UK visitors increased their expenditure by 16.1%, spending an average of €836 per person per trip.

The Canary Islands continues to be the principle region for foreign visitor spend, representing 38.8% of the total spend in February 2014 with €1,139 billion (+14.1%). This increase was thanks to a rise in visitor numbers and total spend per tourist, which reached €1,140 per trip. UK, German and Nordic visitors accounted for 77% of this spend. Over the first two months of the year the Canary Islands saw total expenditure of €2,312 billion, a 14.4% year on year increase.

Catalonia saw the second highest expenditure, with €616 million in February, however this did represent a 1.6% drop year on year, the first negative result after 25 consecutive months of growth. While visitor numbers continued to be strong, this change was a result of a drop in the average spend per tourist. Looking at the first two months of 2014 combined, Catalonia saw a more positive result, with €1,236 billion in foreign visitor expenditure, a 3.2% increase.

In turn, Andalucia saw the biggest rise in visitor expenditure (+18.6%) taking €423 million in February 2014, 25% of which was generated by UK tourists. This rise was mainly due to an important increase in the average spend per tourist (+7.4%), which reached €1,137 per trip. Andalucia also recorded the biggest rise in the cumulative figures for January and February (+15.3%), taking €763 million.

Regarding accommodation types, hotels saw an increase of 9.7% in February 2014, while non-hotel accommodations recorded a 4.5% rise.

Package holidays grew by 26.9% year on year resulting in a total spend of over €1 billion, equivalent to 37.2% of the total expenditure in February. In turn, non-package holidays represented the highest spend generating €1,869 billion in February, 62.8% of the total expenditure.

After a nervous couple of years for the Spanish property market, foreigners are finally being lured back to Spain in their droves, according to the latest data. In spite of its ongoing economic uncertainties, Spain saw a significant increase in the number of foreigners buying during 2013 – a trend that has continued into the beginning of 2014 as well. The total number of property purchases by non-Spaniards rose by 9.8 per cent in 2013, accounting for 21.4 per cent of the whole market.

Belgian buyers in particular have swooped in on holiday homes across Spain. According to Taylor Wimpey España, from January to March this year Belgian buyers accounted for 20% of their total property sales across the Costa Blanca, Costa del Sol and Mallorca, alongside the traditional markets of British buyers, domestic purchasers and Scandinavian buyers.

In line with the booming Belgian taste for Spanish property, Ryanair has opened its second Belgian base at Brussels airport with four aircraft set to offer ten new routes, delivering up to 1.5 million passengers per year. The range of exciting routes will include destinations such as Alicante, Barcelona, Ibiza, Malaga, and Palma, making it easier for Belgian buyers to visit their boltholes in the Spanish sunshine.

Herman Dircx is just one of the many Belgians that have snapped up a Spanish place in the sun, commenting,

“I bought a wonderful apartment in the Costa del Sol through Taylor Wimpey España. I chose to buy a holiday home in Spain due to the excellent weather, great surroundings and brilliant golf courses to potentially retire to and use as a base to meet family and friends. This particular development (Avalon) caught my eye due to the modern design and competitive price for such a beautiful location, there’s no wonder so many mainland Europeans are buying in Spain!

“The whole process from start to completion was very easy. I was supported by both an excellent lawyer, and a helpful agent. The lawyer took all the administrative work out of my hands; it was very reassuring to know that everything was properly under control.”

Indeed, Taylor Wimpey España, the Spanish arm of prestigious UK homebuilder Taylor Wimpey, is proud to have been operating in Spain since 1958 with an ethos of providing high quality homes and delivery of first-rate customer service. This approach remains at the core of the company today.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of Taylor Wimpey España, comments,

“We are delighted that our customer, Herman Dircx , has yet again given us such a glowing recommendation. We work hard to ensure that the experience of buying in Spain with Taylor Wimpey España is clear and straightforward for buyers coming from all over the world, so it’s great to receive such positive affirmation that we are doing things right.”