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The Byblos Hotel will open the next high season under the name of La Zambra Hotel

  • The hotel will have nearly 200 rooms and numerous services.

The opening of the establishment means the creation of 200 direct jobs

The Byblos Hotel will be re-opened for the high season of 2022, specifically in June, according to the companies behind this initiative. It will continue to maintain its 5 star Grand Luxury status, and all the splendour it has enjoyed for decades since its inauguration in 1984, although it will have a new name: La Zambra Hotel. The Mayor of Mijas, Josele González (PSOE), the Mayor for Works and Tourism, José Carlos Martín (Cs), and the Mayor for Town Planning, Andrés Ruiz (Cs), have assessed the progress of the works, which are already past the halfway point, and the revulsive effect that the hotel will have on Mijas in different areas. “We are making progress on a project that we understand is essential from the strategic and tourist point of view of the municipality,” said the Councillor, who stressed that “after several failed attempts”, the hotel will be able to reopen, among other things, thanks to the work of the current corporation that has made possible important agreements that ensured that the “building permit could go ahead”.

 
  • The property is owned by Intriva, which acquired the hotel in 2019, after more than ten years closed, and is a European private equity fund.

For their part, Councillors Martín and Ruiz visited the works on Wednesday 17th, which will involve a thorough renovation of the accommodation, in which the façades and other characteristic elements will be restored and maintained. “The works have been on schedule, so Mijas will be able to count on one of the most characteristic signs of identity of luxury tourism in southern Spain for this summer,” said Martin who explained that “the main piping is already finished, and they are working simultaneously in rooms and common areas, so that, once the works are completed, the project will enter the phase of decoration and landscaping.

The hotel, located in the Mijas Golf urbanisation, has around 200 rooms and will create numerous jobs. “From Urbanismo we have given one of the most hopeful building licences in recent years because it means the generation of employment and wealth in our town with a star project that will reactivate the local and provincial economy as it will create around 200 direct jobs as well as all the indirect jobs that are linked to this type of business,” said Ruiz, who added that “the building licence has not been easy due to the problems that the property has had for ten years” and that work continues to grant the occupancy licence as soon as possible once the work is finished.

 

Hiring of personnel 

Regarding job creation, the mayor said that “the philosophy of the management that is going to run the establishment has two important advantages: the hiring of staff as close as possible to the hotel and that the products that will be used in the hotel will be of the  highest quality”. “These products that are going to used in the establishment are from the surrounding area”. “In the next few days, we are also going to give some very good news for Mijas, related to the work that we have been developing from the government team with the company that is going to manage the future hotel,” he added. Martín and Ruiz also highlighted the importance of the launch of this hotel for golf tourism. “We cannot forget that the golf tourist spends an average of 67 per cent more per day in the municipality than a traditional visitor,” said Martín. For his part, Ruiz, also Sports Councillor, valued the importance that golf is acquiring after the pandemic and “the work being done by the Council for the growth of sports tourism”.

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