Gear­ing up for Black Fri­day

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Tor­re­vieja town hall has asked all lo­cal stores to send them the of­fers they will be ad­ver­tis­ing for Black Fri­day later this month.

Black Fri­day started in the United States on the day fol­low­ing Thanks­giv­ing Day, Novem­ber 24, as a way of ini­ti­at­ing the Christ­mas shop­ping sea­son. Mostly elec­tronic-re­lated stores would of­fer dis­counts on items to in­crease sales ahead of the De­cem­ber hol­i­day. Sev­eral years ago it also be­came a tra­di­tion in Eu­rope.

Coun­cil­lor for com­merce Manuela Osuna said the of­fers will be posted on a web­site that has been spe­cially cre­ated for this dis­count shop­ping ex­trav­a­ganza.

Sra Osuna said: “We are con­scious that we can­not com­pete with the ag­gres­sive pub­lic­ity cam­paigns of large shop­ping cen­tres, but we are go­ing to of­fer this web­page and we will pub­li­cise it through so­cial net­works and tra­di­tional me­dia.”

The coun­cil­lor ex­plained that store own­ers would be able to of­fer a num­ber of prod­ucts or a sin­gle item for Black Fri­day on Novem­ber 23 and 24.

They can reg­is­ter by send­ing an email to com­er­cio@tor­re­ along with a photo of the prod­uct or their shop and in­for­ma­tion about the store in­clud­ing the ad­dress.

Sra Osuna said their of­fers can be pub­lished on the page ‘from the start of the cam­paign’ or only from Novem­ber 22. For more in­for­ma­tion call 96 507 4310. By Nuria Pérez EXPATS have ex­pressed sad­ness and dis­be­lief over the news that the na­tional gov­ern­ment is fi­nally set to close pas­sen­ger op­er­a­tions at Mur­ci­aSan Javier air­port – and trans­fer op­er­a­tions to in­land Corvera.

Last week Costa Blanca News re­ported that pub­lic works min­is­ter Íñigo de la Serna had stated that ‘run­ning two air­ports which are 23 kilo­me­tres apart makes no sense’ and mov­ing flights from San Javier to Corvera was ‘a mat­ter of com­mon sense’.

More than 110,000 peo­ple read a teaser on the re­port which was placed on the Costa Blanca News Face­book page last Fri­day, with 465 read­ers shar­ing the in­for­ma­tion and hun­dreds post­ing com­ments.

Al­most all of them ex­pressed re­gret at the move and called on the gov­ern­ment for a change of heart.

Some of the read­ers noted that they would fly from Ali­cante-Elche air­port rather than go­ing to Corvera.

Derek Barker stated: “Corvera is an­other white ele­phant and the expats on the Costa Blanca will never use it, but I guess we will all be forced into us­ing Ali­cante whether we like it or not.”

Grace Smythe noted that Mur­cia 'made a huge mis­take build­ing Corvera think­ing that Paramount would then build a huge leisure park’.

“They didn’t and now they have yet an­other white ele­phant air­port in the mid­dle of nowhere and that peo­ple don’t want,” she stated.

“San Javier is a bril­liant lit­tle air­port but they want to try and claw back some money on their bad in­vest­ment. I hope they don’t suc­ceed.”

Emma Tulip Ward said it was the ‘worst de­ci­sion ever’ and she would rather drive to Spain than use Corvera as she ‘hates large air­ports’.

“Mur­cia is a lit­tle gem and those with the power don’t even re­alise what they’ve got,” she noted.

Yvonne Hep­ples stated: “Why change some­thing that al­ready works well – it makes no sense to most peo­ple.”

Ann Chaisty asked: “Why build a new air­port when this fab­u­lous lit­tle air­port func­tions so well and serves the com­mu­nity so well? If it’s not bro­ken, don’t fix it.”

Lynn McConachie said Mur­cia-San Javier was a fab­u­lous air­port.

“We’ve been hol­i­day­ing in Mur­cia for seven years and the lo­ca­tion of the air­port is why we come back year af­ter year,” she stated.

State air­port com­pany AENA has sub­mit­ted a bid to run Corvera and is wait­ing for the green light to open the €200 mil­lion fa­cil­ity which has stood idle since it was com­pleted in 2012.

The fi­nal ad­min­is­tra­tive pro­ce­dure to hand the run­ning of Corvera to AENA was started on Fri­day, when civil ser­vants from the re­gional con­tracts com­mit­tee met to eval­u­ate the pub­lic com­pany’s bid.

Re­gional coun­cil­lor for pub­lic works, Pe­dro Rivera said bu­reau­cracy would be speeded up so the air­port could be up and run­ning as soon as pos­si­ble.

Sr Rivera pointed out that the tech­ni­cal bid had to be an­a­lysed, then the board would meet to ex­am­ine the fi­nan­cial bid.

He stressed that the con­trac­tual pro­ce­dure was very com­plex be­cause le­gal, en­gi­neer­ing and fi­nan­cial re­quire­ments had to be con­sid­ered.

At the same time, Sr Rivera claimed Corvera air­port was ‘the be­gin­ning of a new fu­ture for Mur­cia re­gion’.

Corvera has stood idle for five years

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