A new design for the entrance to the 2015 Malaga Feria was unveiled on Tuesday. A red background, with the typical ‘biznaga’ flowers will welcome visitors from today. The structure measures 12 metres wide by 14 metres high. The new installation was presented by the Councillor for Operations, Beaches and Festivals, Teresa Porras, who highlighted flamenco and verdiales (traditional Malaga dance and music) as the protagonists of this year’s programme. A new canopy covering the city’s main pedestrian streets, including Calle Larios, Plaza Constitución and the surrounding streets, sponsored by the San Miguel beer company, has also been installed, providing people with shade from the heat, as the day fair centres around this part of Malaga. The inspiration for their design came from the shade provided by the fig trees on the Alameda Principal. Plaza de la Merced has temporary flooring which is designed to prevent people and animals from slipping during the procession (or ‘romería’) which will pass through the square tomorrow, Saturday. Other news, which may come as a surprise given the amount of visitors expected, is the closure of two tourist information centres, with the loss of six jobs. The information centres located in Avenida de Cervantes, known as Casita del Jardinero, and the Ben Gabirol visitors’ reception point, between Calles Granada and Alcazabilla in Plaza de la Judería closed their doors on Tuesday when the six workers were dismissed with immediate effect. Others have had their hours reduced and some have lost one of their two days off a week as a condition of continuing with their contracts. Malaga City Hall justified the move by announcing that it fell within regular adjustments made to the service, depending on visitor numbers and demand. They added that the centres haven’t been closed indefinitely, but at the moment they are focusing on other areas, like the airport and cruise ship dock.
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