Gibraltar is exhibiting at the World Travel Market currently being held at the Excel Exhibition Centre in London one of the largest international gatherings of the travel and tourism industry.
Minister for Tourism, Public Transport, Commercial Affairs and the Port, Neil Costa MP heads the local delegation, which comprises of industry partners from Gibraltar and Gibraltar Tourist Board officials.
Dubbed the ‘Festival of Lights’, both the Christmas Lights and Casemates Christmas Tree will be lit on Friday 22nd November 2013 at the John Mackintosh Square. The event is set to include musical entertainment, the traditional school choir, arts and crafts and an appearance by Santa Claus and his elves.
Following a week of unpredictable pedestrian queues for those exiting Gibraltar, the Gibraltar Government has sent a complaint to the European Commission. Extensive queues have formed as a result of stringent and ‘disproportionate checks being conducted by the Spanish authorities on pedestrians entering Spain’.
The government has claimed that the checks conducted by Spanish authorities on motorists over the past few months has resulted in cross frontier workers parking their vehicles on the Spanish side of the frontier and entering Gibraltar on foot. They claim that this has led to an increase in pedestrian traffic.
The following is a written Ministerial Statement issued by the Minister for Europe, David Lidington:
On Wednesday 30 October an incident occurred in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters (BGTW) involving dangerous manoeuvring by a Spanish Guardia Civil boat. Following media reporting of the incident, this statement sets out the facts and the Government’s response.