Mijas council is planning to take action to stop people acting as unofficial tourist guides in the municipality, and is training local police officers on how to identify and deal with them. Tourism councillor José Carlos Martín says the local authority will be working together with the regional government to combat the problem, so that tourists who come to Mijas receive "better quality" information.
The economy of Mijas relies on tourism and Martín says it is important that visitors are given clear and genuine information to enhance their experience.
The Junta de Andalucía issues officially registered tourist guides with identity cards, and from now on the police will be checking whether people who are guiding visitors possess such a card. If not, they will be fined.