Past Meetings

Here is a record of our past meetings over the last three years. The Costa Press Club has been bringing media professionals together regularly for 15 years. Many of our dinner meetings feature interesting and industry-relevant guest speakers.

December 2017 – Celebrating Christmas In Style
Over 20 members and guests enjoyed a pleasant Christmas dinner on Thursday 14 December at Da Bruno restaurant in Mijas. After a welcome glass of Prosecco, excellent three-course dinner and live music from a musicals tribute group performing at the restaurant, Secret Santa gifts were shared around and informal pairs were formed for a festive quiz that seriously tested the grey cells.

November 2017 – Older Foreign Residents and the Media
Members and guest speakers discussed their concerns about vulnerable and older foreign residents on the Costa del Sur, during the club’s November meeting-dinner at Ban Thai restaurant in Marbella. They also asked the question: What role can the media play in highlighting this growing challenge and stimulating more support?

The pre-dinner informal panel discussion was led by club vice president Neil Hesketh, who talked about a recent British Consulate project he had worked on; Annette Skou, from Mijas Foreign Residents Department; Ali Meehan, actively involved in Cudeca and other groups including Costa Women; and Marion Winter, a long-standing volunteer translator at the Costa del Sol Hospital and currently setting up a cancer support group.

Annette Skou said the “single most important thing” was to encourage people to register on the municipal “padrón”, while other speakers spoke about the importance of volunteering.

(Photos: Liz Parry and Herta Fritz)

September 2017 - Tastes of Málaga at La Térmica and Vincci Málaga
In their first meeting after the summer break, members of the Costa Press Club enjoyed a presentation of the “Sabor a Málaga” brand, which is promoted by the Diputación Provincial, followed by a tasting session.

Jacobo Florido Gómez, the provincial government's delegate in charge of economic and production development, explained the work carried out both in Spain and abroad to promote Málaga produce and gastronomy and answered the many questions posed by the international media.

Representatives of Bodega Cortijo de la Fuente and Aceites Molisur then provided an olive oil and wine tasting experience.

The meeting was held in the historic La Térmica building in Málaga and was followed by networking and further sampling of local gastronomy at the Vincci Málaga hotel.

June 2017 - 15th Anniversary Gala Dinner and Communicator Awards (Guest Speaker - Tim Parfitt)
Over 50 members and guests from the media industry attended Costa Press Club’s 15th anniversary gala dinner at Avanto in La Cala de Mijas in June.

The evening coincided with the presentation of the annual Communicator Awards, recognising excellence in writing and production. This year there was an overall winner and, for the first time, a Young Communicator of the Year.

The overall winner was Abby Roule for her blog, An award judge said of her work, “Wonderful quirky detail adds to the already good writing.”

The winner of the first-ever Young Communicator of the Year award, honouring upcoming journalistic talent on the Coast, was 16-year-old Andrea Henderson De La Fuente, a pupil at Swans School in Marbella. As well as editing the school magazine and writing, Andrea has produced films and photography. An award judge said of her work, “Andrea is a very talented young writer and her range of work is amazing.”

The club was pleased to welcome author and journalist Tim Parfitt as guest speaker. Tim is author of the book “A Load of Bull”, about his work setting up the Spanish edition of Vogue. He entertained guests with a witty account of his years in Madrid.

Speaking after the event, the president of the Costa Press Club, Jesper Sander Pedersen, said: “This is an important milestone for the Costa Press Club. For 15 years we have been a vibrant association supporting journalists, broadcasters and those in media on the Coast. The gala dinner has been a perfect way to celebrate it. Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Communicator Awards.”

Photos: Sally Harrison

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April 2017 - Torremolinos Visit with Mayor José Ortiz
Costa Press Club members were given a first-hand insight in April 2017 into ambitious town hall plans to revitalise Torremolinos. The Costa del Sol’s pioneering tourist destination has suffered from a deteriorating image and infrastructure over the past decade, prompting the mayor José Ortiz and his council team to launch a series of initiatives aimed at reversing its decline, after years of stagnation, and establishing a more dynamic and modernised global brand.

Following the mayor's introduction at Matahambre restaurant in the centre of the town, members and guests enjoyed  an informative guided tour of some of the areas to be rejuvenated.  During the walk members visited the old town hall premises, which are to be converted into a gourmet market; the Torre Pimentel tower (aka the Torre de los Molinos), which gave its name to the municipality and is due to be opened soon for visits by residents and tourists; and an open-air exhibition, “Camino del Agua”, which highlights the importance of water, natural springs and mills in the history of Torremolinos.

After the walk, tapas were served at Matahambre restaurant.

Group Photos: Courtesy of Torremolinos Town Hall

Photos mayor and club president; and Torre Pimentel: Herta Fritz


Febuary 2017 - Civil War Documentary and Talk in La Cala de Mijas
Last Thursday 9 February the Costa Press Club discovered what it was like living in Malaga during the Second Republic and Spanish Civil War. At a well-attended event held in Tenencia de Alcaldía en La Cala de Mijas, members of the Club and the general public watched the documentary “I was there” and had the opportunity to ask questions about the era.

After the documentary, the meeting then adjourned to El Gusto Restaurant in La Cala de Mijas where Costa Press Club members and guests enjoyed a three-course meal and drinks.

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Members and guests listen to Mr Arcas Cubero

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Mr Arcas Cubero (4th left) with members of the CPC committee and Mijas councillors

Book behind the documentary at latest Costa Press Club meeting

The book and documentary "I was there"

(Photo credits: Ayto de Mijas)

January 2017 – Annual General Meeting in Fuengirola
The Costa Press Club’s annual general meeting was held on Thursday 12 January 2017 at the La Rozuela restaurant in Fuengirola.

(Photos: Herta Fritz)



December 2016 – Christmas Party in Fuengirola
Twenty members and guests enjoyed a thoroughly entertaining Christmas party at the La Rozuela restaurant in Los Pacos (Fuengirola). This year the celebrations (on Thursday 1 December) had more of a Spanish feel, with a “President’s Quiz” on local Christmas traditions and an appetising selection of classic tapas and dishes, as well as a more “international” Christmas pudding and a fun raffle in which everyone received a gift.

(Photos: Herta Fritz)



November 2016 - Guided tour of Málaga-Costa del Sol international airport
Costa Press Club Airport Visit

(photo credit: Michelle Chaplow)

Twenty Costa Press Club members and selected guests had the pleasure of attending a special guided tour of several departments with limited access for ordinary passengers at the Málaga-Costa del Sol international airport.

The tour was conducted by airport director Salvador Merino Moíne and press department coordinator Josefa Villalobos. During the two and a half hour visit, they provided the group with a rare insight into the complex and demanding operations of a large airport such as Málaga, which handles more than 15 million passengers a year.

They noted that the airport is like a huge puzzle with thousands of pieces. Each of them has to fit perfectly together and, if they don’t at any stage, the relevant department is able to intervene immediately and solve any problems quickly.

The airport director and press officer answered a series of questions about such issues as airport security measures, constant monitoring of the airport areas using video surveillance, and rigid control of luggage passing through the airport.

The press club was also given access to the ground control surveillance department, as well as the department with responsibility for controlling and distributing aircraft from landing until departure. Both departments are essential to ensure airport security, and practical and flexible operations for the benefit of both passengers and airline companies.

At the end of the tour, Josefa Villalobos confirmed that she and the airport director would be pleased to arrange a similar visit for press club members who were unable to attend on this occasion.

Photos below courtesy of GuidetoMalaga


September 2016 - Guest Speaker; Journalism & the Law in Spain, Alex Radford, My Lawyer in Spain (Ban Thai, Marbella)
Members and guests at the Costa Press Club’s September meeting in Marbella enjoyed a well-informed discussion about legal issues facing journalists and other content producers in Spain.

Guest speaker Alex Radford, a prominent Costa del Sol-based lawyer from My Lawyer in Spain, talked about how Spanish law differs from that applying in members’ home countries, gave an informative and entertaining insight into the peculiarities of Spanish law, and touched on the complex subject of libel and slander (“injuria” and “calumnia” in Spanish).

Costa Press Club vice president Neil Hesketh presided over the meeting in the absence of the president, and David Searl, a longstanding club member and author of the authoritative “You and the Law in Spain” chaired the post-speech questions and answers session.

Later, those present savoured an excellent Thai meal at the restaurant venue where the meeting was held, Ban Thai on the Marbella promenade.

June 2016 - Visit to Casa Gerald Brenan and dinner at La Posada de Brasil
History in the Making

In one room on a table rests the old typewriter Gerald Brenan used to write “South from Granada”. In another, the windows face out towards Málaga city, where his American novelist wife Gamel Woolsey watched bombs falling on Málaga in 1937 during the Civil War and recounted her experiences in “Málaga Burning” (Antonio Banderas bought the screen rights but so far has been unable to bring the story to film).

Today, the house is a cultural centre, containing books, photos and other memorabilia from the renowned Hispanist’s time living in Churriana (1935 to 1969), when he and Gamel entertained such illustrious guests as Virginia Woolf and Ernest Hemingway.

Members of the Costa Press Club enjoyed a private tour of the Gerald Brenan House and Centre in Churriana as part of their June meeting, including a talk by the director, Silvia Grijalba, about its enthralling history. Later the group adjourned to the nearby Plaza Mayor for a Brazilian-style feast at the La Posada de Brasil restaurant which, interestingly, used to be La Posada de Antonio (part-owned by Banderas).

(Photos: Herta Fritz and Costa Press Club)

May 2016 - Communicator Award 2016: Presentation and Gala Meal (Vegetalia, Los Boliches, Marbella)
The Costa Press Club held a gala dinner on 19 May to announce the winners of the 2015 Communicator Award (Jack Nusbaum Memorial). Members and special guests attended the official presentation at the Vegetalia restaurant in Los Boliches (Fuengirola).

The two winners, Joanna Styles and Marianne Elizabeth, each received their award (a silver plate engraved with their names) to warm applause from those present.

Marianne Elizabeth won the Communicator Award 2015 for, a dynamic website with updated information about villages on the eastern side of Málaga province.

Joanna Styles received recognition for her travel guide and associated apps, an essential, practical tool for anyone who wants to enjoy a stay in the provincial capital and take part in the many cultural and gastronomic experiences.

During his speech announcing the winners, Costa Press Club president Jesper Sander Pedersen recalled the key instigator behind the creation of the Communicator Award, the late Jack Nusbaum. From 2006, when he helped establish the award, until his death in 2015 he was strongly and passionately involved in the project, as a member of the club’s executive committee.

Established by the Costa Press Club in 2006, the Communicator Award honours excellence in journalism on the Costa del Sol. The award is open to all professionals, not just members, with strong links to the Costa del Sol.

The award is made annually. The nomination process for 2016 will be published towards the end of 2016. For more details and past winners see here.

April 2016 - Guest Speaker: The Power of Google and Online Searches, Steve Cameron, Google 'Partner' (Ban Thai, Marbella)
This month's meeting returned to the popular Ban Thai in Marbella centre. Steve Cameron of Advent Communication, a member of the club and also an authorised 'Google Partner', took members through latest innovations from Google which are of interest to writers and also how its search engine works. Being a 'Google Partner' means Google has recognised his high level of experience and knowledge of Google. Steve certainly had the inside story on the global search engine's progress and was able to give some great insights to help members.
February 2016 - Guest Speaker: Personal Branding, Pepita Bos of Dots 'n Ink Marketing & Media (Patio Las Beatas, Malaga)
The Costa Press Club met for their monthly meeting at Vinoteca Los Patios de Beatas in Malaga. Pepita Bos from Dots 'n Ink Marketing gave an interesting talk on how to promote your personal brand before members were treated to an olive oil tasting by the owner of Los Patios, Julián Sanjuan. Members then enjoyed a 4-course meal together with complimentary cava with live jazz in the background.

January 2016 - Annual General Meeting (Private Residence Dinner, Elviria)

Photos courtesy of Herta Fritz

December 2015 - Christmas Gala Dinner (Suave Cafe, Fuengirola)

Photos courtesy of Herta Fritz

November 2015 - Guest Speaker: Lynn Mitchell, Director, Costa del Sol, Tourism (El Gusto, La Cala)
Lynn Mitchell, Business Development Director, Costa del Sol Tourism Board
“After a record year for Costa del Sol Tourism, Lynn talked to us about an update on the role and work of the new look tourism board”.

Photos courtesy of Herta Fritz

September 2015 - Tour of Soho & CAC Malaga (& Oleo Restaurant)
Twenty-five members of the Costa Press Club and selected guests attended a successful and fulfilling event in the heart of Málaga on Wednesday 16 September.
A well-informed guide from the CAC (Centro de Arte Contemporáneo) art museum led a walking tour in the city’s “Soho district”, showing more than 50 wall paintings, graffiti drawings and illustrations, each of them with the author’s personal touch and style. Many of these impressive art works make potent and poignant references to current issues.
Among the invited guests were the Danish honorary consul in Málaga, lawyer Marisa Moreno Castillo, and consulate secretary Susan Kirstein, both of whom work in this same district. Like everybody else taking part in the event, they were able to discover and enjoy the numerous street art works that in recent years have converted the district into one of the most interesting areas of Málaga.
This fascinating tour ended with an outstanding dinner on the terrace of the Óleo restaurant, adjacent to the CAC museum. A perfect conclusion to an unforgettable event.

Photos courtesy of Herta Fritz and Jesper Sander Pedersen

July 2015 - Summer Party (Chiringuito El Capricho, Mijas Costa)

Photos courtesy of Herta Fritz and Sally Harrison

June 2015 - Social Media Revolution: Presentation by a members' panel (Hotel Cala de Mijas)

June Meeting

Hotel Cala de Mijas

Guest speakers:

Social Media – helps & hints, and it’s impact on traditional media & life on the coast

Roundtable with Press Club Members and discussion for all members to take part.
Neil Hesketh, Ali Meehan, Joanna Styles & Else Beekman.

Photos of the Costa Press Club and guests:

Photos courtesy of Herta Fritz

April 2015 - Guest Speaker: Laura López, Dept. of Comms. Science, Malaga University (Los Naranjos Golf Club, Marbella)

April Meeting

Los Naranjos Golf Club, Nueva Andalucía, Marbella

Guest speakers: Laura López Romero

Department of Communication Science, Malaga University, Spain 

Sur in English - Laura López Romero 

Photos courtesy of Herta Fritz

February 2015 - Guest Speakers: Rebeca Escobar & Jesper Sander Pedersen, Communication & Tour Guiding (Los Naranjos Golf Club, Marbella)

February Meeting
Los Naranjos Golf Club, Nueva Andalucía, Marbella
Guest speakers: Rebeca Escobar and Jesper Sander Pedersen

Rebeca Escobar and Jesper Sander Pedersen are both working as tour guides in different parts of Spain and – at Los Naranjos Golf Club in Marbella on Wednesday 11th of February – they gave an interesting lecture in English on two-way communication between tour guides and tourists on group travel.
Today's tourists demand answers to many questions on the spot, on both relevant and occasionally irrelevant topics. Tour guides have to be well-informed, but at the same time cautious, before they give an instant answer about the weather forecast, clothing, geography or botany in a particular area, just to name the four most typical subjects queried by tourists.
“We have to analyse the tourists' needs and interests for further information before we go into details on local history, architecture or social conditions, and this provides the basis for a pleasant holiday without too much tension or bad vibrations,” explained Rebeca Escobar, referring to the first period of guests’ stays.
“If we talk too much they become tired of us, and if we tell too little they become disappointed,” added Jesper Sander Pedersen, on the difficult balance between omniscient and ignorant tour guides.
The two speakers complemented each other’s observations with personal experiences about specific cases of two-way communication and the best way to resolve both insignificant and serious problems.
A number of case-stories were highly amusing, even on the verge of being absurd, and demonstrated that it certainly is not boring to work as a tour guide.
The lecture closed with a question and answer session in which those attending asked (among other subjects) about the law applicable to local guides and companion guides, and the limited opportunities to take the exam and become an official local guide.
After the lecture, members and guests enjoyed a superb meal in the Los Naranjos Golf Club restaurant.

Photos courtesy of Herta Fritz

January 2015 - Annual General Meeting (Vegetalia, Fuengirola)
December 2014 - Christmas Gala Dinner (Suave Cafe, Fuengirola)
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