Posted by & filed under Metta Estates. terminal recovers the figures of 2008, after increasing 6.3% and consolidating its international strength with ten million travellers

Malaga Airport concludes 2011 with almost thirteen million passengers. Just over 12.8 million, to be precise, which means an increase of 6.3%, or in other words, 800.000 more than the previous year.

These figures, provided yesterday by Aena (Spanish Airports and Air Navigation), reveal that the Malaga-Costa del Sol terminal has made its personal lift off until reaching the standards of 2008, first year of the impact of the crisis. Despite the recovery, the registered figure of passengers is still far away from the historical record of 2007, in which this airport, yet without the new terminal, surpassed the amount of 13.5 million travellers.

From the air traffic statistics in these facilities, the consolidation of the Malaga-Costa del Sol airport as the entrance gate of foreign travellers is well worth mentioning. In fact, out of the overall of passengers, 10.097.117 travelled in international flights, almost seven points more than the previous year.

The national market also maintained a positive balance, in spite of the improvements of high-speed trains and the symptoms of laziness that the Spanish tourism seem to show. Nevertheless, Aena explained that 2.665.348 passengers that travelled between Spanish cities passed through the terminal, 4.6% more compared to the same period the previous year.

The majority of those who passed through Malaga airport between January and December 2011, an amount of 12.762.465 to be precise, used commercial flights.

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McLaren will manufacture an even higher performance version of Top Gear´s car of the year – the MP4-12C. It will be ultra exclusive with only 5 being made globally, 1 of these exotic machines will be sold right here in Marbella. For any potential buyers out there be careful of the speed camera on the A7!!

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Spain boost as more visit, stay longer and spend more

By Kevin Barnett, 26 Oct 2011

Spain is heading for a return to tourism domination as the 2011 visitor figures soar towards a record 57 million, boosted by higher numbers of independent travellers staying in rented accommodation along their favourite Costas.

80% of tourists now book their own flights and accommodation. Average stay in owned apartments or rented villas is now 15 days – twice that of hotels, who have had record occupancy in 2011. Average stay rose two percent and more people came from the UK than any other country.

There are now 370,000 Brits living full-time officially in Spain, drawn especially to the Costa del Sol by the Californian climate, cheap food and drink, fiesta lifestyle and above average life expectancy. thousands more are planning to join them after Britain came bottom in a survey to find the best place to live. The summer city riots have influenced thousands more to quit the UK.

A Lloyds TSB survey found 67% of Brits living in Spain “had no plans to return to Britain” and 74% claimed quality of life was better. The survey found 87% of Brits felt safer in Spain “which is a better place to bring up kids”.

Commenting on the latest official survey, a spokesman for the Spanish Government said: “We could end this year with 57 million tourists visiting our country. The figures so far show an increase of 8.5%.”

Holidaymakers stay an average of 11 days and spend EUR 90 a day, with more than half going on transport, excursions and eating out.

Many northern Europeans combine property viewing trips with a few days on the beach or golf course, according to Spanish bank specialist PropertyInSpain.Net as a well planned itinerary allows time for both. A spokesman said: “One buyer chose the property, completed the sale 10 days later and moved in for a longer stay.”

A EUR 400M super marina is planned for the Costa del Sol and a Seaside Railway could link beach resorts to Malaga Airport. A new motorway also opens this week chopping off an hour in the length of time it takes to drive to Madrid-

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NOT even two topless male models outside the Abercrombie clothes shop could compete with the opening of Apple’s fourth and biggest store in Spain.

Emotions were running high at the La Cañada shopping complex in Marbella last Friday as the curtain rose, nearly 100 staff rushed to the front to the chants and cheers of the crowd outside.

Employees sang, chanted and stomped their feet and raised their hands.

When the doors finally opened they formed a long passage which the first customers ran down to cheers, some with their iPad’s recording the moment.

The first 1,000 customers got a free t-shirt and each one ran the gauntlet throughout the morning as the shop filled with customers.

“It was the best experience of my life,” said the Apple store’s first customer, 31-year-old watch repairer Guillermo (William) Ruiz. He had been waiting outside La Cañada shopping centre since 7pm the night before. “I went early as it was very important to me that I was the first person,” said William.

“About five minutes later the second person arrived, so I got there in the nick of time. Between then and about 8am there were about 20 of us camping out overnight, then the line began to fill quickly and by 10am there were thousands.”

William was one of the many hopefuls who wanted to work at the new store.

“I have gone to two interviews and am still trying,” he said. “The human resources manager has agreed to meet with me for the third time to get to know me. I already feel like everybody here is like a second family and it would mean the world to me if I could work here; it is my ambition.”

The Apple store takes up 1,700 square meters on the ground floor opposite the main entrance of the La Cañada shopping complex in Marbella.

This is the first Apple Store in Andalucia and fourth in Spain. In the past year, three Apple Stores have opened in Madrid and Barcelona to long queues of people eager to get through the doors.

While most of the companies involved in the creation of this store were Spanish, one of them was Costa del Sol based British company, Oasis Energy Solutions.

In addition to offering Apple products, this store has a ‘Genius Bar’, which offers technical support and help for Mac, iPad, iPod, Apple TV and iPhones.

By Nicole Hallett

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Marbella has enjoyed an extremely good November again with an average of 19 degrees, as this article is being written it is enjoying a cloudless sky and beaming sun. Marbella beach had sun worshippers enjoying the sun at the weekend with many in bikinis and swimming trunks.

As many famous ski resorts in places such as Switzerland anxiously await snow that some fear may not come until mid way through the season, Metta Estates have welcomed the ski season opening in Sierra Nevada with good snow levels. It is only a 2 hour drive from Marbella now that the high speed motorway is now open. Local businessman Cristopher Daley is excited about visiting next weekend with his friends and family “I love living in Marbella and being so close to Sierra Nevada. Where else in Europe can you get 20 degree sun and be on the beach one day, and then within 2 hours be skiing in a resort full of snow the next?”

This is a link to a video of the snow there taken on the 23rd November: