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    ¿¿Están locos estos spaniards ??

    Shakira has been criticised for singing new track, ‘Boig per tú’, in Catalan, which translates as ‘Mad For You’ in English.

    The song, originally performed by Catalan group Sau, is one of the singer’s favourite tracks. (see video Sau with Carles Sabater -en pau descansi- &  spanish singer Luz Casal -1992-)

    Colombian artist dubbed ‘disgusting’, ‘stupid’ and a ‘traitor’ by Spaniards, they claim it shows the 37-year-old ‘openly supports’ the idea of an independent Catalan state.  She has not hit back at the online insults. In past interviews, she’s carefully avoided getting mixed up in Spain’s politics.

    See news in New York daily news; The Wall Street; Daily Mail (UK); ElPeriodico.

    Her interest in singing in Catalan actually seems personal rather than political.  She  lives in the Catalan capital of Barcelona with local football star Gerard Pique and their son Milan.

    See video of Shakira -Empire- in Montserrat, the so-called ‘sacred mountain’ in center of Catalonia.

  • spain info turespaña

    Spain.info

    Catalonia.info is not an institutional domain and is not related to spain.info. 

     A brief reference to spain.info:

    In July 2003, the Spanish government launched Spain.info the Spanish tourism portal . Jorge Rubio was in charge  ( now he is in Chicago OTE ) . To accomplish this , the administration held a public competition, and the companies Telefónica and Indra were awarded . The total investment was € 6,000,000 for the development of the platform , considering that the software and hardware was acquired by Segitur .

    The infraestructure cost and the content for the new www.spain.info in 2012 was € 3,000,000 . These 3M € do not include online advertising and staff costs.

    Note: If from 2003 to 2012 the cost of infrastructure and content were similar to the one of 2012, the total amount allocated to spain.info will have been more than € 30.000.000€.

    spain memoria foto 

    Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, introduced on June 25, 2013 the new version of the official website for tourism in Spain , www.spain.info , whose main improvement is that it integrates the marketing of transport , accommodation and the complementary offer of tourist destinations . The Minister stressed that the goal “is not to be another player in the industry,” but ” to provide to the private sector a new sales channel .”

    Despite these statements, the implementation of spain.info portal has created some surprise in the sector  as highlighted preferente.com because the booking is not for the hotel, is for Hotelscombined (UK ), which then also leads to an OTA like Expedia ( U.S.) or Booking ( Netherlands / USA ) with what inevitably becomes more expensive and is less competitive.  Hosteltur.com notes that travel agents also lament that public administration becomes a competitor.