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Private investors hope to get go-ahead for eco glamping project near Benagalbón

The land outside Benagalbón earmarked for the site.
The land outside Benagalbón earmarked for the site. / E. C.
  • A study which forms part of the plans revealed that 87 per cent of travellers would like to travel in a more sustainable way and 48 per cent never do so

A group of investors from Madrid are hoping to get the go-ahead for a sustainable 'glamping' (glamorous camping) site near the village of Benagalbón.

Through their company, Collective Bliss S. L., the group is currently in talks with regional, provincial and local governments to obtain the appropriate licences.

Should the proposed project get the green light it will consist of 60 glamping units made from recycled and reformed transport containers, as well as a shop and restaurant.

Each unit will be able to accommodate two people with some that could be adapted for family groups.

Emilio Akl Safir, 56, who is leading the project, said that one of the main objectives was "to seek synergies between tourism, nature, agriculture, recycling and renewable energies".

He added that the Tabía project, as it is called, would be the first of its kind in Malaga province and one of only a few in Spain. "It is inspired by similar projects in Costa Rica," said Safir, who is originally from Venezuela.

According to Safir, a study that forms part of the Tabía project plan revealed that 87 per cent of travellers say they would like to be able to travel in a more sustainable way and that 48 per cent never or rarely manage to do so.

"One of the objectives is to create a space where people can discover, understand and experience sustainability, not just as a necessity for the survival of the human race, but as an element of personal wellbeing," he explained.

The company hopes to open the site in 2022.