Members of the foreign media sector on the Costa del Sol learned more of Torremolinos council’s plans and expectations for the future at a social forum held in the town last week.
The meeting, under the title of ‘Torremolinos, rebirth of an icon’, was organised by the Costa Press Club. Journalists, photographers and communications experts of several different nationalities gathered to listen to the mayor José Ortiz, who emphasised the importance of the “recovery of the essence of a glorious past”.
During his speech, Ortiz stressed that the recovery of the old part of the town was one of his team’s main priorities and he pointed out the importance of enhancing local trade in the town.
He also discussed the construction of the proposed Intu Leisure Centre, claiming that this would bring much work and revenue to the province.
Finally, Ortiz outlined his plans concerning cultural and sports tourism, claiming that the council’s new focus on the mountains behind Torremolinos added value to the “traditional offer of sun and beach”.
However the mayor pointed out that the proposed changes cannot be undertaken in a hurry: “Although these projects are under way, they will need between five and eight years to develop completely.”
Jesper Sander Pedersen, president of the CPC, applauded the sincerity of the mayor, saying: “Our members are very satisfied with the visit and the explanations of the mayor. Any preconceptions we may have had have now been changed.”
Following their meeting with the mayor, held in the Matahambre restaurant, the group embarked on a stroll through the pedestrianised area of the town.
Led by two guides from the Torremolinos tourist office, members of the press club visited the Plaza Costa del Sol, the Plaza La Nogalera, the old town hall, which will soon become a gourmet market, and the house of María Barrabino, an emblematic building that the council is currently trying to acquire.
They also visited the Pimentel tower, or Torre de los Molinos, which will soon be renovated and opened to the public.
The Costa Press Club, which currently boasts more than 50 members from nine different countries, is a social forum that organises activities for resident foreign journalists in Spain. The association will be celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in June.