A new law for tourist accommodation is for the first time to incorporate requirements based on the quality of services, which so far only works on requisites based on square footage (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Catalan hotels can now opt for higher categories based on the services they offer, such as internet access, hairdryers, beauty products and the choice of pillows in the rooms. Plus there are now requirements that all new hotels incorporate certain services in order to maintain their star classification. For example hotels with more than four stars must provide breakfast, like pa amb tomàquet or embutidos typical of the area. The new law will also cover rural tourism establishments, apartments and campsites. The councilor of Innovación, Universidades y Empresa, Josep Huguet, said in a press conference that the new law is to simplify and modernise current rules which do not take into account things like internet availability or on-line reservations. According to Huguet, the law is a result of two years of great negotiation and a great consensus within the tourist sector, which began in spring 2007. The new laws were put in place in order to update outdated legislation created in the 80's.
Tomorrow the 1,668 members of the Orfeó Català with the right to vote will elect a new governing board (read article in Castilian here, El País). The vote will be the first in which disgraced Fèlix Millet will not win without opposition. Despite getting rid of Millet, who has been charged with corruption after stealing thousands of euros from the Palau de la Música, the post-Millet era is proving more troubled than expected. The two candidates, Enric Enrech and Mariona Carulla, the interim president continue to battle for votes until 7pm tomorrow. Enric Enrech's tactics have been to bombard the board with examples of breaches and violations of the articles in the new statutes put in place after the expulsion of Millet. This approach has caused things to become strained at the Palau and has caused some members to note the disarray of his campaign. Meanwhile Carulla, vicepresident of the governing board during the presidency of Millet says that work on the renovation of the Orfeó will be completed in the next four years, which started during her 15 month interim presidency. "I have much interest in finishing the Palau." Enrech is also appealing to board members by basing his campaign on the history and founding values of the Orfeó, by promoting such things as the reinstallment of the Orfeó Català choir. The members of the board are unknown to both candidates because no one remembers who has previously voted. The election and reelection of board members during the time of Millet were resolved by someone being presented and asking if anyone was against their nomination.
The new El Bulli will have no rules and fixed timetable and eating will be secondary to experimentation (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Speaking in an interview, Ferran Adrià said that El Bulli will be eventually transformed from a restaurant space to a workshop for experimentation and is a "dream come true" for someone always willing to go further and avoid predictability. He said that they are preparing an idea that creative freedom will take presidency and allow flexibility so that some years the whole team can go to Japan for two months. El Bulli, the restaurant will finish in its current incarnation on July 30th next year but Adrià insists it is not closing just transforming. The Catalan chef insisted that the future of creative cuisine is creative talent and noted a surge in talent in Hungary, a "country that will be important for food". The El Bulli chef insisted that he was hiding no secrets and acknowledged the interest aroused in and outside the profession over the future of the restaurant but he also said that "people need a break from Ferran Adrià," and said he will, in the next two years, be focusing on work outside of Spain. Speaking to some of the top chefs and food industry heads at the San Sebastián Gastronomika conference he said "we are the top of the pyramid, but our industry makes more than a miliion jobs. This is no game."