The second edition of the organic product fair Biocultura arrives at ExpoCoruña with 150 exhibitors and the forecast of attendance of more than 13 thousand people
In addition to the exhibitors, the fair will host samples, workshops, organic wine tastings, live cooking with the participation of about 20 chefs from the organic world and activities for children as part of the MamaTerra festival, with the aim of providing a fun, aware and informative event on ecological and environmentally friendly consumption in which it will address from the field of bio-construction to the aesthetic through clothing, food, ecological solutions for the home or waste recycling
In January, Galician tourism grew six points above the national average
The first data of 2020 from the National Institute of Statistics indicates that Galician hotels achieve the highest levels of profitability of the decade
Tourism in Galicia grew in January above the Spanish average, marking a 9% increase over the same period last year, six points more than the territory as a whole, where tourism also marked a positive figure of three points.
According to the INE, hotels and pensions in Galicia received in January 179,479 passengers – 8.2% more than a year ago – who made 338,030 nights, representing a growth of 9%, thus continuing the evolution of 2019. During this period, domestic tourism (3%), national tourism (15.7%) and international tourism (7.2%) grew in relation to January 2019. With more than 61,000 nights, international tourism achieved in this first month of the year a historical maximum of hotel demand in Galicia.
Increase in the average stay
January also saw an increase in occupation, by almost two percentage points. The INE also reveals that hotel rates have been increasing for five consecutive years, specifically by 8.8%.
This increase in rates, added to the improvement in demand and occupancy levels, means that Galician hotels are also improving their economic results. In this sense, profitability grew by 5.6%, placing the figure at the highest in the decade.
Apit Galicia celebrates the International Day of the Tourist Guide with free guided tours
will offer free guided tours throughout the day on Friday, February 21st, in many places in Galicia. At the end of the tours, whose objective is to make visible the work of these professionals, a group especially affected by intrusion and unfair competition, donations will be collected on a voluntary basis for the Galician Multiple Sclerosis Federation, FEGADEM.
Under the slogan “Be a tourist in your land,: know everything your city has to offer”, this group also wants to contribute to enhance domestic tourism, fight against tourism phobia and promote responsible tourism in cities, based on a documented and accurate work, which places them as the best ambassadors of the territories that teach travelers. The guided tours will take place in:
– SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA (12:00 h and 16:00 h Plaza de Platerías)
– A Coruña (12.00 h Plaza María Pita, 17:00 h Obelisco).
– OURENSE (17:00 h Tourist Office).
– LUGO (12:00 h and 17:30 h Plaza Mayor (arcades of the Town Hall)).
– PONTEVEDRA (11:00 h in front of the Town Hall).
– VIGO (12:00 h entrance of Pazo Quiñones de León; 17:00 h Statue of the Bather (Rúa Cánovas del Castillo, 19
– MONFORTE DE LEMOS (17:30 Parador Nacional de Monforte).
For groups of more than 8 people it is advisable to make a reservation indicating the time and route of your interest by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also this year, as a novelty, it will be possible to request the guided tour for groups in other languages.
Consumer habits, lower prices and environmental costs, the factors that most concern the Galician tourism sector
The Report on Tourism Innovation in Galicia was presented in Santiago, within the framework of a conference on future challenges in which more than a hundred Galician professionals participated
The report, prepared by ESADECREAPOLIS, highlights the good records achieved by the Galician sector and its commitment to a higher quality tourism offer
Just over a hundred tourism professionals met at the “Challenges for Galician tourism entrepreneurs” conference, held in Santiago de Compostela on the initiative of the Galician Tourism Cluster, ESADE and Caixabank. The event, which was attended by the Director of Tourism of Galicia, Nava Castro, also served as the occasion for the presentation by ESADECREAPOLIS of the “Report on Tourism Innovation in Galicia”, a study containing 151 opinions of the sector, which served to deepen the perception that Galician professionals have of the current situation of the sector and the future challenges they face in terms of business model, profitability, costs and evolution in the habits of travellers.
It was precisely in this sense that the president of the Galician Tourism Cluster stated, highlighting the strong commitment of the Galician tourism sector to a sustainable and quality tourism offer, which has been supported by an increase in tourism expenditure in recent years. A consolidation of the growth of the sector that has also highlighted the director of Tourism of Galicia, Nava Castro, who has highlighted the commitment to excellence in which the Xunta de Galicia is immersed.
As highlighted in the report presented this morning, the Galician hotel sector is committed to the development of sustainable tourism and a higher quality tourist offer. in a stage of consolidation of the good records achieved, among which is the increase in daily expenditure per tourist, which rises above the national data. Josep F. Valls, Professor in ESADE’s Department of Marketing and Director of the report, stressed that although improving product, service and image are the priorities of Galician hoteliers, the sector is largely satisfied with meeting tourists’ expectations.
Some of the points also highlighted in the study is that there is widespread concern in the sector about changing consumer habits, lower prices and the environmental costs they face. In addition, aspects such as seasonality and the lack of business planning also have a negative impact. However, the study shows that only 17% of the sector sees the need for a change in the business model, but that nearly half of them already have a clear vision and roadmap.
For its part, Javier Ibánez de Aldecoa, economist at CaixaBank Research, has stressed in his paper “Tourist Environment of Galicia”, that “the tourism industry is entering a stage of consolidation of its good records. In 2019, the number of overnight stays increased by 6.2% and tourist spending grew above the national average. This in a more adverse environment than in previous years, with a global economy that will grow at a more moderate pace.
According to the CaixaBank Research report, the tourism industry is betting and investing in a higher quality tourism offer. As a result, tourist spending is increasing at a solid rate thanks to productivity gains in the sector.
Adapting to a new client model
The day concluded with a round table to analyze the tourism opportunities in Galicia. Different agents from the hotel sector have participated in it, such as the managers Jesús Picallo, from the Semáforo de Fisterra Hotel, Cesar Sánchez, from the Bahía de Vigo Hotel and Richard Huertas, from the Ibis A Coruña Hotel. Diego Hernández, Director of Hotels & Tourism at CaixaBank, acted as moderator.
A space in which different topics have been approached like the tourist industry at world-wide level, as well as the Galician tourist sector. There was also space for one of the points that most concerns the sector: the change and transformation of the traveler’s habits, which has been the engine of this change. Everyone has agreed that the client of today has nothing to do with the client of 20 years ago. The current customer is more informed, more connected, much more demanding and impatient. And above all, much more technological. This is where the rest of the tourism sector comes in, adapting to this new customer profile and, in short, to this new demand.
Caldo de Gloria in Compostela and tapas in Lugo
The hotel industry and commerce in Compostela come together to celebrate Rosalía’s Day 2020
Lugo hosted the presentation of the I Official Spanish Championship of Pinchos and Tapas to be held in Madrid in March
Bars and restaurants in the Galician capital will pay homage to the Galician writer Rosalía de Castro on the 183rd anniversary of her birth through a programme of activities that will include talks, gifts and gastronomy. Organised jointly by the Compostela Hotel Association and the Raigame Neighbourhood Association, with the collaboration of the Rosalía Foundation, the Trade Association.Compostela and the Quiroga Palacios and Cluny schools, the initiative includes a round table on urban planning in Compostela, a recital of poems and an initiative to distribute bookmarks and the so-called “caldo de gloria” (glory soup) by fifty bars and restaurants in Santiago that will distribute it from Friday 21 February to Monday 24, day of Rosalía’s birth, in reference to the poem “Miña casiña, meu fogar”, by Follas Novas, in which the poet explains how to make a humble broth and in which he tells the daily epic of survival in 19th century Galicia.
I Spanish Official Championship of Pinchos and Tapas
For its part, the capital of Lugo hosted the presentation of the first Official Championship of Pinchos and Tapas in Spain, promoted by Hostelería de España and to be held at the School of Hostelería de la Casa de Campo in Madrid on 25 March. The competition, which is the final phase of the different tapas and pinchos competitions attached to and belonging to the Associations that make up the Spanish Hotel and Catering Industry, will be national in scope and the representatives selected by these Associations will be able to participate in it free of charge and on a voluntary basis.
In the case of Lugo, the representative will be Álvaro Villasante, from the Paprica restaurant, as announced by the president of the Provincial Association of Hotel and Tourism Businesses (Apehl), Cheché Real, who highlighted that “it is a real pride to be able to receive in the capital of our province the presentation of the first Official Championship of Tapas and Pinchos of Spain. We have worked hard to ensure that this event will finally be held in our city, which is representative of the tapas culture and the fantastic gastronomy of Lugo. I am sure that this will be an initiative that will enrich the tapas contests throughout Spain and extol the value that this culture has throughout our territory.
More than 300 confirmed participants for the national congress of PCO Spain
The event will showcase Galicia’s potential to host major events
The Spanish events sector is meeting this week in Compostela at the 32nd PCO Spain Congress, which is being held in Santiago de Compostela from 20 to 22 February and will bring together the main national companies in the congress sector. Previously, in the morning of the same day 20, A Coruña will receive the participants in the MICE Forum, the annual appointment that gathers associations of companies related to this economic activity. The congress will have a more than representative sample of the national MICE sector.
The president of PCO Spain, Matilde Almandoz, and the heads of 15 regional PCO organisations will be in Compostela. The presidents of the main professional associations of the sector in Spain and Europe will also be present.
More than 300 professionals from the mice sector have already registered for the congress, in which speakers such as Mario Alonso Puig, doctor and motivational communicator, expert in motivation, creativity, communication, teamwork and leadership, Adrián Ott, ex-president of ACForum, will participate: the only networking platform in Europe established exclusively for and by associations with salaried staff and internal congress organisation, Carmen Centol, president of the National Association of Hostess Companies (ADEAZA), as well as CEOs and heads of top-level companies in the organisation of congresses, events and incentives or also heads of promotion of destinations or entities linked to the MICE sector in Portugal, Navarra, Valencia or Barcelona, among others.
Sustainability and the environment
Sustainability, safety, technology and respect for the environment will be cross-cutting themes in the programme of the 32nd National Congress of PCOs Spain, which will be a pioneer in measuring the carbon footprint of events. . In order to do so, not only the emissions generated at the venue itself will be taken into account, but also the travel of speakers and congress participants or the fuel costs required for the assembly tasks, which will be done with sustainable materials. The organization of the Congress, which is run by OPC Galicia and OPC Spain, wants this call to serve as an example for future events, since sustainability is one of the most important challenges of the MICE sector in the immediate future.
The event will allow the organisations that organise it, OPC Spain and OPC Galicia, to show the potential of the Galician community when it comes to hosting major events. With cities of manageable size, state-of-the-art infrastructures and fluid communications with the rest of the Peninsula, Galicia stands out as a destination for its enormous cultural and landscape heritage, its excellent gastronomy and its capacity to inspire.
To prove it, the assistants to the congress will be able to enjoy, beyond the interventions of first level speakers, a special dinner in the Cidade da Cultura, elaborated with certified Galician products and with denomination of origin, thanks to the collaboration of the Galician Agency of Food Quality (Agacal).
In addition, they will be able to learn more about the attractions of A Coruña (in the case of those attending the MICE Forum) and Santiago through guided tours of its historic centres; a party at the Compostela Food Market; or post-conference initiatives such as a walk along the Way of Saint James.