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The local government will encourage the planting of Los Mayos on Saturday morning (24/05/2018)

The mayor of Alhama de Murcia, Diego Conesa, and the Councilor for Tourism and Celebrations, Alicia Martinez, today explained the motion that will be discussed in full on Tuesday 29th on planning and improvements for the next Los Mayos party.

The Celebration area is already working on an action plan to consolidate the growth of the party.

Among them is to maintain the Mayos contest promotion "with the objective that all corners of Alhama have their planted, involving groups, neighborhood groups and, above all, the children of our town, which will be the future of Los Mayos, "said the councilor.

The local government plans to incentivize and reward the Mayos that are placed on Saturday morning, something that would allow neighbors and visitors to have more time to visit them.

This will continue to increase the economic endowment of the competitions of Mayos and Crosses, especially with more number of winners, "taking into account the exponential increase in the quality and quantity of Mays in the last three years," says Martinez.

In the same way, the organization will expand the realization of workshops to guide and instruct the participants.

The tourist train, which this year has had four of them, will be focused on direct knowledge of the Mayos, making stops and professionalizing the service through cultural guides to guide and accompany visitors to the different planted through routes ( both the train and foot by the urban center), so they know all the elements of the party and our popular culture.

Another measure is to increase the number of institutional pins that are distributed in the party, since this year the 10,000 units sold out in a few hours, making it an element of the promotion.

The Department of Transport is seeking to promote collective transport with Alhama de Murcia during the party, increasing the number of bus services and commuter trains, especially in the Alicante-Murcia-Lorca and also from Cartagena.

In coordination with the Tourist Association of Sierra Espuña, it seeks to provide a discretional service of buses with the rest of the municipalities that integrate it to facilitate the influx of visitors from the Sierra Espuña Territory.

The City Council will support the neighborhood initiatives to decorate facades, balconies, etc., as some neighbors have done this year voluntarily

It will also continue to invest resources in communication media that promote regional and national knowledge of the Los Mayos festival in particular and Alhama in general.

The mayor has made the first steps so that the National Organization of the Spanish Blind (ONCE) and the State Society of State Lotteries and Bets issue tenths with the image of Los Mayos and that the lottery of the National Lottery on Saturday is held in the location.

Alicia Martínez has reported the start-up of a museum space on the ground floor of the El Pósito exhibition hall where, on a permanent basis, the planted one of the last May winner of the mayos contest will be visited and there will be information and documentation on the fiesta, that explains the main characteristics of this cultural tradition, as well as other complements.

Among these, will be the costume of the actress Terele Pávez (1939-2017), named ambassador of Los Mayos in 2015 and who has donated this year her son, Carolo Ruiz.

In coordination with the councils of Commerce and Hospitality, for the next editions a greater disposition of halls of celebrations, premises and restaurants is looked for to be able to offer several months before the party regional packages of a complete day in Alhama with included food.

As well as the provision of accommodation, both hotels, rural houses and legalized tourist apartments.

This year new commercial initiatives have started around the party, and the local government seeks to continue favoring with local merchants and artisans the disposition of distinctive elements of Los Mayos for sale in establishments and in specific spaces during the weekend.

Likewise, an increase is expected in the services that guarantee the safety of people and goods during the Los Mayos festival, including decoration, cleaning and public toilets.

Likewise, obtaining the declaration of National Tourist Interest and its impact on the media has enhanced the knowledge of the party at regional and national level, which has led to an increase in the number of visitors.

Diego Conesa has given the tourist data, noting that "there has been an increase in requests for information in the Tourism Office of 127% on Friday and 182% on Saturday, passing this day from 687 people in 2017 to 1941 in 2018 "

Source: Ayuntamiento de Alhama de Murcia

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