Valencia Mayor Rita Barberá On Cheste F1 Event: 'Valencia's Budget Is For Valencia'
Valencia, Spain Mayor Rita Barberá revealed that Valencian regional government President Alberto Fabra "requested her help in keeping the F1 Grand Prix in the region," according to the EFE. Barberá denied the "request regarding the project of moving the GP to Cheste," which is located 26km outside Valencia. Barberá: "Valencia's budget is for Valencia." Barberá also assured that "the development of Valencia's dock area to convert it into the best urban athletic dock in the Mediterranean and a tourist and business zone of economic reactivation 'was never dependent' on Valencia becoming a sub-site (with Madrid) for the 2020 Olympics" (EFE, 9/13). EL PAIS reported Barberá explained that in the case of the Grand Prix that will take place in the Spanish state of Catalonia, the "Barcelona city council will charge a tourist tax that Valencia will not be able to collect." Barberá: "They could collect around €15 million ($20M), even if they only earn €5 million ($6.7M)" (EL PAIS, 9/13).