The Xunta removes Portugal and La Rioja from the list of territories of obligatory registration for travellers arriving in Galicia and includes Madrid
They continue to be listed in Aragon, Catalonia, Navarre and the Basque Country in Spain and 136 other countries.
The Ministry of Health has updated the list of territories that must be registered for travellers arriving in Galicia in view of the evolution of the epidemiological situation in different Autonomous Communities and in other countries. A new feature is the inclusion of Madrid among the territories of obligatory registration, while La Rioja and Portugal have disappeared. Aragon, Catalonia, Navarre and the Basque Country remain on the list.
All travellers arriving in Galicia, after staying within the 14-day period prior to their arrival in territories with an epidemiological incidence 4 times higher than that of Galicia, must communicate their contact details to the health authorities within a maximum period of 24 hours, regardless of whether they are residents of our community or not. In this way, the Health Department tries to achieve an earlier diagnosis of any infection by the virus, thus protecting the health of citizens.
Two ways of providing contact information
To provide this information, you can fill out the form that will be available on the web https://coronavirus.sergas.gal/ or provide the data by calling 881 00 20 21. All travellers will be provided with a contact in case they have any type of symptom, either through their family doctor if they are residents with a health card in Galicia, or through the above-mentioned telephone number for those who do not have one. They will also be provided with information and health recommendations and may take any follow-up, recognition and control measures deemed necessary. Thus, for example, in the case of people coming from territories with a higher risk, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not, a diagnostic test could be promoted.
More than 100,000 registered travellers
A total of 107,412 people registered their contact details in the register of travellers set up by the Ministry of Health on 29 July. Of these, 62,446, 58.1% of the total, came from the different Autonomous Communities with obligatory communications, specifically 29,783 from the Basque Country, 24,150 from Catalonia, 3,674 from Aragon, 3,011 from Navarre and 1,828 from La Rioja.
Likewise, 449 travellers were recorded who arrived from countries with a higher epidemiological risk. Specifically 121 from the United States, 75 from Luxembourg, 75 from Mexico, 46 from Brazil, 42 from the Dominican Republic, 33 from Romania, 22 from Chile, 16 from Ecuador, 11 from Peru and 8 from Colombia.
The rest of the cases correspond to travelers from other countries with a lower epidemiological risk than those previously mentioned or to travelers who registered voluntarily, since they come from autonomous communities and countries that are not obligatory to declare.
Support from the Xunta to the music festivals under the brand Fest Galicia
The brand brings together a total of 13 festivals that shared with the Galician government their situation and the measures taken in response to the situation arising from the COVID19
Representatives of the festivals adhering to the FEST Galicia brand, the Regional Minister of Culture and Tourism, Román Rodríguez, and the director of the Galician Agency for Cultural Industries (Agadic), Jacobo Sutil, held a meeting with the aim of learning first-hand about the status of their projects and to discuss the measures the Xunta de Galicia is working on to promote the cultural and music sector, given the proximity of Xacobeo 2021.
In this sense, the representatives of the entity highlighted the process of adapting the formats to the current situation marked by the health crisis of the covid-19, rethinking their programming and betting in many cases on Galician artists, as well as modifying their usual schedules in many cases. So far, Vive Nigrán 2020 Picnic-Club Edition was held, which was responsible for opening the FEST Galicia season on 17 and 18 July; Sinsal Litoral SON Estrella Galicia, which offered an exclusive line-up over five days; and the 17th Ribeira Sacra and MicroSonRías Baixas festivals, which held special editions in a reduced format.
In mid-August, the Atlantic Fest/Fest Galicia Xacobeo 2021 will be held with a surprise concert that will be translated into audiovisual pieces to be broadcast on social networks, without losing sight of the essence of a beach festival that opens a new stage of the event with its location on the La Concha beach in Vilagarcía de Arousa. And closing the month of August, on Friday 28 and Saturday 29, the Resurrection Fest 2020 Online Edition will develop a streaming program with more than 12 hours of content on YouTube and Facebook platforms, including a documentary with the history of the festival, unreleased concerts, interviews and the official release of the Resurrection Fest song created by the band Crisix.
September, the most festival-like month
Many festivals decided to move their usual calendar to September, which will be full of very different proposals. The route will start in Lugo with the Caudal Fest programme, which will schedule the Caudal Nights with 15 concerts by various artists, distributed from 3 to 20 September in different locations in the city of Lugo for a maximum of 800 people.
On the other hand, the Language Festival offers the format Revenidas en conservas, which from Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th will mix online activities and face-to-face meetings, with music, circus, oral narration, seafaring culture activities and gastronomy in several tourist attractions in the Vilaxoán neighbourhood, in Vilagarcía de Arousa.
That same weekend the WOS will develop its most reflective edition with a day of the conference program WOS Talks X FEST Galicia, which will take place on Saturday September 12 in the Cidade da Cultura de Galicia, and also via streaming. These will be talks with a formative character, focused on social responsibility and directed at a wide audience on current issues in culture and personal experiences of prestigious artists.
Two other events will take place during the last weekend of September. In Santiago, from the 24th to the 27th, the festival Cantos na Maré will programme the special edition Compostela na Marea with musical and sectorial activities that will take place in different singular spaces of the Galician capital and can also be followed on the web. Meanwhile, in Vigo, the Festival Under Fest will hold a reduced edition on Saturday 26th September, with concerts in the city’s halls and theatres and also street activities.
Even in September, but without a confirmed date, two other events will take place: Festival de la Luz will offer Reencontros da Luz and what will be the 10th edition of PortAmérica will publish Talento gallego para llevar, three exclusive recordings of as many artists of consolidated talent in Galician music, which will be made without an audience in places of tourist interest, and which will be published throughout that month.
Support from the Xunta
The professional summer music festivals that make up the FEST Galicia brand are supported by the Galician Government through the FEST Galicia 2020 programme, which has an investment of 400,000 euros. With this new proposal, it will develop until the end of September concerts and calls of reduced format to comply with the hygienic-sanitary protocols, as well as different actions on line. The priority is to financially support the promoting companies so that next year they can return with editions and posters as outstanding as those initially planned for this year.
FEST Galicia thus remains a transversal brand promoted by the regional government since 2018 to promote sustainable and quality music tourism, a leadership for festivals that are strategic for our Community and which, in view of the current health crisis, were forced to suspend, delay or modify their current editions.
Abanca and Clúster Turismo de Galicia join forces to offer financial solutions adapted to the situation of the Galician tourism sector
The bank and the grouping of entities in the tourism sector renew their collaboration and activate financing options adapted to the economic situation generated by the COVID-19 crisis
The financial entity meets the demands of the Cluster at a critical moment and offers products with long repayment terms, shortages and low interest
ABANCA and the Galician Tourism Cluster have just given a new impulse to their collaboration in financial matters with the signing this morning of a collaboration agreement by virtue of which the bank and CTG focus on offering credit alternatives to businessmen in the Galician tourism sector.
Thus, the new agreement signed this morning in the City of Culture of Galicia between the director of ABANCA’s Commercial Network, Gabriel González Eiroa, and the president of the Tourism Cluster of Galicia, Cesáreo Pardal, incorporates special financing solutions to face the effects of the pandemic.
In this sense, the president of the CTG highlighted the good response of banking entities such as ABANCA to a situation that is producing such a serious setback in the industrial tourism fabric of Galicia. Hence the importance “of having the support of ABANCA, which offers a direct response to the current needs of the group, which are very marked by the health crisis and its economic effects”.
Specific solutions for the sector
As stated in the agreement signed this morning, the financial institution offers the official ICO COVID-19 funding lines, as well as the Xunta’s Igape COVID-19 programme. But, in addition, the new agreement offers to the companies and tourist associations that are included in the Cluster a wide variety of products designed to improve their competitiveness through new investments. The document includes solutions such as personal and mortgage loans or furniture leasing, all of which have long repayment periods, the possibility of including shortages and very competitive interests.
For its part, the new text also responds to the most immediate needs, which allow to adapt to the demands of the daily activity. Tourism companies will have at their disposal products and services such as credit policies, commercial discount lines, guarantees, confirming or factoring.
Access to programs and services
Beyond financing, the text includes personalized rates for the registration and maintenance of POS devices, with a 0.20% commission. In addition, they will be able to access other services that ABANCA makes available to this group such as ‘Appúntame’, to easily manage any type of fees, direct debits or subscriptions, the Online Broker or ABANCA Pay, among others.
In the same way, the members of the cluster will be able to access the advantages of the ABANCA Zero Commissions Program, which allows them to stop paying for account and card maintenance, but also for transfers, check deposits or other usual services.
The Xunta recovers the Elixe Galicia program for the final stretch of the year
The program planned as a measure to boost domestic tourism before the pandemic readjusts its schedule and will take place this year between September 15 and November 30
It maintains its initially programmed routes and groups, with five modalities oriented to the enjoyment of young people, families and people over 50 years old with low season prices
The Xunta recovers for the final straight of the year the program “Elixe Galicia”, with which it will subsidize the stays of 4500 Galicians between September 15 and November 30 through the implementation of different modalities of trips within the community. Users who obtain a place will have to pay a fixed price, corresponding to low season prices, between 117 and 198 euros, depending on the programme in which they register, while the Xunta will subsidise this stay by up to 40%.
This is a program that was conceived before the arrival of the pandemic changed everything. At that time, the programme was scheduled to start between March and April, to promote local tourism trips and deseasonalisation, encouraging Galicians to get to know their own territory better. Now, the Xunta is resuming the program for the end of the year and next year 2021 when the program will be developed between March 10 and November 30 except for the period of high season ( June 21 to September 10, Easter, bridges and holidays).
The program, aimed at different groups – young people under 30 years, families with children under and over 50 years – may enjoy four types of travel: holidays in coastal areas, historical and cultural heritage routes, nature and mountain routes and stays in spas to be requested through the headquarters of the Xunta (codes of procedure TU404A, TU404B and TU404C)
Termatalia organizes the 1st Congress on Water and Health
It will be held on 16 and 17 September 2020 in a hybrid format and can be followed in person from Ourense or virtually from anywhere in the world, occupying the space left by the cancelled Termatalia.
After the cancellation of Termatalia 2020 caused by the world pandemic situation, the International Fair of Tourism of Health, Thermal and Wellness organizes the 1st International Congress on Water and Health to gather again the thermal community and to continue positioning itself as one of the biggest professional meeting points and one of the most important international forums of knowledge and specialized training in these sectors.
With the aim of defining the main axes around which the congress will revolve, the advisory committee of Termatalia met to work on the contents of a multidisciplinary event that addresses the future of the sector from the current situation.
This 1st Congress will be held on 16th and 17th September 2020, dates on which Termatalia is usually held every year, and will be organized in a hybrid format, that is, it will be possible to follow it in person by visiting the Expourense facilities, located in the thermal capital of Ourense, or to follow it on line through a virtual platform. The speakers of this congress, who will be recognized international professionals, will also participate in a mixed way.
Program and structure of the congress
The scientific program of this congress will address health tourism from a multidisciplinary perspective with special attention to the situation experienced by the sector in relation to the pandemic. For this purpose the congress will have a day oriented to the Tourism of Health in times of COVID, a scientific session on Medical Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Bottled Water and Health, another one on Tourism, Innovation and Sustainability and, finally, it will also count with experiences of the Thermal Cities. In short, the congress will have real cases and experiences that will deal with the safety protocols that are being applied in the sector and debate tables focused on the reactivation of the sector, on how to face the future with less uncertainty and how to reduce the economic impact.
Participation in this Congress will be free of charge by invitation from Termatalia or the entities collaborating with the fair. The registration form and the conference programme will be available in the coming weeks.
Travellers arriving in Galicia from territories with a higher prevalence of COVID19 will have to communicate their data to SERGAS
The aim is to have useful information so that, in the event of an outbreak, the origin can be monitored and the most effective control measures carried out, as most outbreaks are of external origin.
For this measure to be effective, tourist establishments in Galicia must inform users of this duty and place information posters at the reception desk and in visible places in the establishments. The Galician Tourism Cluster provides downloadable models of these posters in three languages (Spanish, Portuguese and English)