The president of the Valencian Business Association (AVE), Vicente Boluda, claims that eight out of ten large companies in this region will create new jobs this year. His figures are based on data from a survey of 2013 and 2012. In 2012 only 40% of the companies he represents created new jobs, that number increased to 60% last year.
His survey also showed that 67% thought that tourism would be the driving force for growth with only 17% citing industrial growth.
In his speech, delivered during lunch, Boluda suggested, "that society is more cohesive and the Region now occupies its rightful place in the Spanish and European context", he went on to say that “it is necessary to continue with such things as work, effort, ethics and zero tolerance to corruption." He also urged "be aware of what has gone wrong and not repeat the mistakes of the past."