New curbs on bogus holiday sickness claims The spread of fake insurance claims by Britons claiming to have fallen ill while on holiday, usually blaming supposedly unhygienic accommodation or food poisoning, has provoked severe resentment from the Spanish tourism industry, as many of the businesses which have suffered financially as a result are based along the Costas. In response the British Government has prepared new rules it claims “will fix the legal costs that can be claimed in package holiday sickness claims, closing a loophole which the travel industry believes has helped fuel a rising number of claims”. According to the British Embassy in Madrid: This claims epidemic, the industry fears, is raising the prospect of higher travel costs for British tourists. The rules will come into effect in the coming weeks – ensuring the curbs will be in place before the next summer holiday season. Up to now, legal costs in overseas package travel claims have not been controlled, which has meant costs for tour operators can spiral out of all proportion to the damages claimed. This has led many operators to settle holiday sickness claims out of court, rather than challenge them. Industry experts believe this has been a major factor in a rise in claims which has sparked concerns that Britain’s reputation overseas is being damaged and that British tourists will face higher package holiday prices....Read More
Day: April 19, 2018
Two weekends of great deals on tapas and drinks The annual “Let’s Grab Some Tapas” (or Nos Vamos de Tapas as it’s known to Torrevieja natives) event returns for the next two weekends, April 16th-19th and 26th-29th. The premise couldn’t be simpler, 30 bars, restaurants and cafes in Torrevieja (plus the Hotel La Laguna in Ciudad Quesada, Rojales) are offering a tapa and a drink for €2.50. Each of them has two different tapas each weekend, one of which is something traditional and the other something more inventive. You can download a flyer showing all of the participating bars...Read More
Agreement to allow return fares due to N-332 traffic jams A number of Orihuela taxi drivers have complained that passengers have to put up with poor service because the Town Hall has not given any new licences out since 2005, resulting in a chronic shortage of vehicles about half the number per inhabitant compared to Torrevieja. Councillor Begoña Cuartero met on Tuesday with taxi association representatives and said she knows it is a problem on the coast in the summer with so many tourists so it has been agreed with Torrevieja that drivers from either municipality do not have...Read More
Orihuela village of Molins hosts sixth edition of popular cycling fun day The Pepe Esquiva park in the village of Molins in the Orihuela countryside is the setting for the sixth annual Family Bike Ruta Verde on Sunday, April 22nd. The local fiestas committee, with help from the Town Hall and the association Amigos de la Cultura y el Mundo Rural. It starts at 9:30am with a challenge game known as a Gymkhana (but not involving any horses) with prizes for the first 50 children under 12 to register, for the oldest cyclist, the youngest, the most original bicycle...Read More
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