Costa beach businesses better protected, say expo speakers

MORE than 1,200 beach bar owners and workers gathered in Torremolinos for the Expoplayas specialist beach business fair and expressed their approval of new regulations that they said made their business more secure.

Beach bars and kiosks are an identity stamp of Spanish tourism, business people at the fair stressed, and thanks to the new Coastal Law approved at the end of last year they now feel better protected and able to invest in the future.

Manuel Villafaina, vice-president of the Andalucian Beach Bar Owners’ Association (Faeplayas), spoke at the fair about the new law.

 “The regulations have vastly improved our situation. They allow us to maintain our businesses, face new investments and have legal security we lacked in the past,” Villafaina said.

Environmental delegate Maria Jesus Serrano meanwhile said that sun and sea tourism is still of vital importance for the economy in Andalucia as it represents 12.9 per cent of the region’s income, generating 20,000 jobs in Malaga Province and 40,000 in Andalucia.

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