Gearing up for Black Friday
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 email@example.com 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