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The agreement signed by the two institutions coincided with the second Broward College World Conference that was held in Marbella

The president of Broward College in Florida, J. David Armstrong Jr, and the founder of The American College in Spain (ACS), Melissa Butler, signed an agreement last Thursday that established the Marbella-based institution as an International Transfer Center of Broward College.

The signing of the agreement, which coincided with the second Broward College World Conference in the town, now means that students who enroll at ACS will be automatically enrolled at Broward College, allowing them to transfer directly to other universities in the United States after completing two years of a degree in Marbella.

Over 70 people took part in Marbella’s first ‘Stroll with a Hat’ event last Sunday. Wearing their finest headgear, a group of hat lovers met to parade around the centre. The idea came from hat-designer Estibaltiz Díaz de Durana and is based on New York’s Easter parades. A similar event has been running in Barcelona for 13 years and this year attracted 2,000 people.

Each event will generate 12.5 million euros for the resort from the extra overnight stays of the some 2,000 contestants and their families

The mayor of Marbella, José Bernal, has unveiled more details of the council’s agreement to host an Ironman trial every year in the town until 2021.

Announcing plans alongside councillor for Sport, Blanca Fernán, Bernal said that each event will generate 12.5 million euros for the resort from the extra overnight stays of the some 2,000 contestants and their families. In addition there will be a lot of extra publicity generated for Marbella.

The Marbella, Estepona and Benahavís triangle is seeing major growth and there has been a 139 per cent increase in property sales since 2010

Before the economic crisis, 51 per cent of properties costing more than one million euros in Andalucía were in the western part of Malaga province, but since the property bubble burst and prices plunged there has been a dramatic change in the housing market: 86 per cent of luxury properties in Andalucía are now in the triangle formed by Marbella, Estepona and Benahavís.

The figures, which show the strength of this section of the market even in the most adverse conditions, were revealed recently at the annual forum of the DOM3 association, which called for new action to take advantage of the opportunities for wealth and jobs generated by this sector. It also expressed concern that Marbella is missing out on investment because of the length of time it takes Marbella council to grant licences.

The coveted Blue Flags are awarded to the cleanest beaches in the European Union

A total of 24 beaches on the Costa del Sol will fly the Blue Flag this summer, two more than last year.

The coveted Blue Flags are awarded to the cleanest beaches in the European Union.

Marbella is the resort with most Blue Flags on the Costa, a total of six, although it loses its top placing in Andalucía this year. That distinction now goes to Roquetas de Mar, Almeria, and Rota, Cadiz, that now have seven qualifying beaches each.

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