Marbella Cruising Towards New Port & Hotels

It has long been an ambition of the tourist and business community in Marbella to see the resort become a venue for cruise liners. The plan centres on the enlargement of the Marina-La Bajadilla port but that has been on hold for more than eight years. However the lucrative cruise ship business could now be on the horizon.

The Qatari Sheikh, Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani, actual owner of the Málaga’s La Rosaleda Football Stadium, seems to be the key figure behind this amazing project. Over 650 moorings and hotels of the calibre of Dubai’s Burj-Al-Arab will be part in this mind blowing project.

On Monday the mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, met in Madrid with the director general of the coastal authority, Alicia Paz. As a result it appears that the central government will send, in two or three week’s time, its approval of the project to its Andalucía counterpart.

The Spanish government will pass to the regional government the authority to act on this project. This in turn will allow the Andalucía Department of Public Works to put out to tender the 52 million-euro project which is scheduled to be completed in two years.

After the meeting Ángeles Muñoz said: “This is great news for our municipality, we have waited many years for the project that not only permits us to enlarge the number of yacht moorings but also to cater for cruises – and it will be a major economic investment.”

Muñoz wants the project included in this legislature of the regional government which means it would start before 2012. She is seeking a meeting with the new Andalucian minister of public works, Rosa Aguilar, to discuss the scheme. She added: “We want to make it a priority project for the town and for the team of government so that we can enlarge the port as soon as possible.”

The Andalucía public ports agency, APPA, that comes under the regional government, says it has yet to receive the go-ahead from the coastal authority. The plans were approved in November of last year and will allow vessels of 60 metres – medium sized cruise ships – to visit the port. There will also be 650 yacht moorings and in the second phase this could be increased to 1,000.

Source: Costa News