Malaga at a Glance
Transfiere Forum: King Felipe VI inaugurated the 6th edition of Transfiere: European Forum for Science, Technology & Innovation which took place February 15 & 16 in Malaga. With more than 4,000 participants from 21 countries & 1,500 public & private entities, 5,000 working meetings between business, academic & scientific-research groups, 2,300 technological projects, 50 universities, 39 technological platforms & more than 170 speakers.
Malaga leads FDI in Andalucia: 18 of the 45 investments made by foreign companies in Andalucia were in Malaga as reported by the regional government in January. The investments generated by these companies amounted to 79 million euros (half of the Andalusian total) and created 146 jobs (compared to 449 at the regional level). Most of these companies are in the technological sector, and also in the agri-food, health, environment and aeronautical sectors.
Malaga Film Festival: The 20th edition of the Malaga Film Festival took place March 17-26. 191 films were shown during this international festival dedicated to Spanish language movies. Antonio Banderas received a lifetime achievement award called the Golden Biznaga and was very happy to be in his hometown.
25th France-Spain Summit: French president François Hollande and Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy met in Malaga on Feb. 20th during a bilateral summit to discuss EU topics such as post BREXIT, President Trump's foreign policy and the refugee situation.
New Logo: After 8 years, the Malaga Open For Business logo gets a new look. What do you think? We also launched our 2017 Strategy / Action Plan to capture international investments. The City Council supported our department with a 134% budget increase and we have 15 international events, trips and promotional ideas planned for this year.
By the Numbers
Economists predict a "healthy" 2017 GDP growth of 2.6% in Malaga but warn of the rise in inflation.
The City closed 2016 with its best tourist figures ever and solidified itself as a top Spanish destination.
- Almost 1.21 million travelers.
- 1,176,307 hotels stays; 6.27% annual increase.
- 2.03 days average stay; only surpassed by Barcelona’s 2.62 days.
- 78 % hotel occupancy; 5 points more than last year.
- 14.36% increase in foreign tourism.
- 442,500 cruise ships, 5.7% more than in 2015
The Norwegian based company Liquid Barcodes recently opened a development office in Malaga to support their offices in Oslo & New Delhi. Liquid Barcodes is a technology company that redeems digital promotions in real-time for retailers, brands and partners across Europe & Asia. They enable retailers to drive traffic to store and connect more closely with their consumers using personalized offers and rewards
The Mobileye Shield + system to prevent bus accidents has been recently incorporated to four urban buses. Malaga is the first Spanish city to use this advanced driving assistance system which sends sound & visual warnings to the driver in situations of risk & detects pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycles.
Bristol & Bath: Representatives from the City, the Andalusian Technological Park (PTA), the University of Malaga (UMA), the Junta de Andalucia, MADES, CITIC and AERTEC Solutions visited innovation areas in Bristol & Bath (UK) to expand ties with the aerospace, "big data" and "smart cities" sectors.
London: The Mayor, the University of Malaga Chancellor, the Unicaja bank, the DiarioSur newspaper and a delegation from the City went to London in February to present the benefits of Malaga during a reception with companies interested in investing in our city.
Cannes: City Council members had more than 40 meetings with investors, businessmen and real estate professionals at the largest trade fair in this industry, called Marché International des Professionnels de l'Immobilier (MIPIM) held March 13-16 in Cannes, France.
Austin: A delegation from the City participated in the "SXSW Trade Show" in the famous South by Southwest (SXSW) festival held March 12-15 in Austin, Texas. 170 people visited the stand. They distribute the Malaga Valley map, a brochure with the reasons to invest in Malaga, and a brochure on the Digital Content Center of Excellence and the Malaga Innovation Festival.
We had business people visit us from Argentina, Belgium, Belarus, Brazil, China, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Iran, Morocco, Netherlands, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Senegal, Switzerland, UK & USA during the first quarter of 2017. We had special visits from the UK and the Columbian Ambassadors.