In recent months, several foreign investors have been looking at Mijas as a possible business opportunity. It is an attractive location, especially because of the large numbers of foreign citizens who live or have a second home in the municipality. A few weeks ago a British company announced that it plans to invest over 100 million euros on a residential development in La Cala, and 35 female entrepreneurs from Denmark have just been on a fact-finding visit to see whether Mijas would be a good place to expand or set up companies.
“We continue to extend our links abroad,” says the Councillor for Foreigners, Roy Pérez. “Bear in mind that there are people of over 125 different nationalities in this municipality, and that makes it a unique place for businesses of all types.”
As part of their tour, the group visited the town hall, the 'Casa Danesa' and the Centro Idea Danish shopping centre. “Nearly 1,000 Danish people live in Mijas, and they would welcome new businesses,” says Roy.
Sources at Mijas council and the Foreigners Department say this type of familiarisation trip is part of their commitment to helping foreign residents integrate in the muncipality. “Our line of work is still focused on collaboration with all the different groups and nationalities. In that way Mijas is unique and remarkable, because multiculturalism is one of its signs of identity” says Roy Pérez.
Several major investment projects have been announced in Mijas recently. One of the most important is the construction of the second and third phases of the Horizon Golf development in La Cala de Mijas, which is being carried out by Taylor Wimpey España and La Cala Resort and will cost approximately 11 million euros.