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More than 200 cyclists participated in the BTT Ruta do Viño Rías Baixas
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21-10-2019

More than 200 cyclists participated in the BTT Ruta do Viño Rías Baixas

Meis welcomed the fourth edition of this initiative that combines sport and wine tourism, in a route that crossed three associated wineries and natural places of the subzone of Salnés.

More than 200 people have gathered in Meis to participate in the 4th BTT Ruta do Viño Rías Baixas, the cycling march organized by the Ruta do Viño Rías Baixas that annually unites sport and wine tourism in a journey of 40 kilometers between vineyards, wineries, beautiful natural environments and exceptional views. The itinerary included a visit to the Pé Redondo vineyard -of the associated winery Martín Códax-, crossing the facilities and vineyards of the Mar de Frades winery and fitting out one of its refreshment points in the Terra de Asorei winery, also highlighting its visit to a section of the Ruta da Pedra e da Auga and the contour of the Mosteiro de Armenteira.

The absolute winner was José Gómez Vestilleiro, although the three ambassadors of this cycling march were among the first places: Lara Lois, Ramón Mella and Ramón Troncoso. All of them received a gift for their involvement in the development and promotion of this activity. To end this day of wine tourism and sport, an agape was offered to the participants. In addition, all of them were given a t-shirt commemorating the activity and a bottle of Rías Baixas wine made by associated wineries.

From the Ruta do Viño Rías Baixas have shown their “satisfaction for the good response obtained to this activity. The general evaluations of the participants have been very positive”, they conclude. A different day with a route that has left very good memories among all lovers of wine tourism and sport that met in Meis.

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Galicia Active Destination bets on the Basque Country for the presentation of its products
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21-10-2019

Galicia Active Destination bets on the Basque Country for the presentation of its products

The Galician Tourism Cluster is organising a workshop on 29 October in Bilbao to show Basque travel agencies the product of active tourism in the Galician community.

Galicia continues to bet on its positioning as a destination for active tourism and for this purpose organizes on October 29th a workshop in Bilbao to capture, disseminate and promote its product in new issuing markets, thus working to consolidate an attractive public-private initiative that shows the potential that active tourism in Galician territory.

“Workshop Galicia Active Destination 19” will be held the hotel Barceló Bilbao Nervión Bilbao with the aim of connecting the companies that are part of the products developed in Galicia under the brand Galicia Active Destination with marketing agents in northern Spain, thus promoting trade relations that promote the arrival of active tourism users from the southern strip of the country.

The event will start with a presentation of the tourism products that are part of the brand Galicia Active Destination and will try to move the minds of participants to leading locations for outdoor sports in Galicia. After an aperitif, inspired by Galician gastronomy, the networking phase will take place, in which companies providing active tourism services will be able to talk directly with service providers and create ad hoc experiences for their company and customers. The Workshop will end with the draw of one of the GDA products for 2 people with the aim of motivating an increase in participation, but also the link with the brand of marketing agencies in northern Spain,
encouraging the establishment of commercial networks between the Basque and Galician tourist industries. Galician companies that participate in any of the products developed within the framework of Galicia Active Destination can participate in the day, applying for a place through this link.  The places are limited and the registration period ends on Friday 25 October.

“Galicia Active Destination” is the brand with which the Galician Tourism Cluster has been working since 2015 with the aim of promoting and marketing active tourism packages. More than 40 companies make up 14 consolidated tourism products, which are carried out by the 4 Galician provinces, and which have as their backbone the practice of active tourism in an incomparable natural setting. This product has been enhanced with the creation of a website and a mobile application that serves to show all options to both issuing agencies and the final public.
More information: info@galiciadestinoactivo.com

 

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Galician tourism entrepreneurs maintain good expectations for the end of the year, according to Exceltur
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18-10-2019

Galician tourism entrepreneurs maintain good expectations for the end of the year, according to Exceltur

Galicia ranks 7th with the best growth forecasts for the fourth quarter of the year

The report also includes the conclusions of the year, with good results for coastal territories.

While in Spain falls the forecast of tourism activity in some of their territories, in Galicia three out of four entrepreneurs in the sector plan to maintain or improve their results this autumn, according to the latest report by Exceltur on Tourism Outlook, which reflects that the Galician territory does not expect to be affected by elements that have contributed to unbalance the tourism sector in other national territories, such as the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook or the uncertainty arising from Brexit.

The report prepared by the hotel employers also indicates that Galicia is the seventh Community with the best expectations, according to Exceltur, Alliance for Tourist Excellence, which represents the relevant companies in the sector. The forecasts of improvement are generalized in most of the autonomies, although the expectations of the Galician sector exceed by far the Spanish average, which stands at 56%. Similarly, the Index of Business Tourism Confidence in the Accommodation Sector (ICTUR) is located in our Community in positive, at 7.9% compared to the negative value -3.8% recorded at state level.

Thus, inland destinations such as the communities of Castilla-La Mancha and Navarra, along with large cities, such as Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia or some other Andalusian, contemplate the best growth prospects for the sector for this year, although with more moderate increases, according to the Exceltur survey while destinations such as the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands foresee significant declines, especially due to the effect of the crisis generated by Thomas Cook. Exceltur has again revised downwards its estimate of growth in tourism activity for this year. Now it would reach 1.4% starting from 1.6% with July calculations, given the worst evolution of foreign demand and the resurgence of competing destinations, along with the unfavorable impact of the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook and a lower dynamism of Spanish demand.

Summer balance
The Exceltur report also includes the assessment of tourism entrepreneurs for the third quarter of the year, corresponding to the summer months. In this period, the Community sector perceived a generalised increase in the main indicators analysed (employment, profits, sales, reservations and prices), highlighting especially the results obtained in cities such as Coruña (15.9% with respect to July-August 2018) and on the coast of the communities of Green Spain, which has also been favoured by Spanish demand and, although in lesser volume, by the good behaviour of foreign companies in these territories. This is the case of Costa da Morte (the RevPar rises +20.7%), the Rías Altas (+20.5%), the Costa Lucense (+12.0%), the Costa Guipuzcoana (+6.5%), the Costa Vizcaína (+4.7%) and the Costa Verde (2.4%) and the Rías.
Baixas (+0.5%).

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Galicia Family Destination launches a promotion for children to travel to Galicia for free this autumn
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17-10-2019

Galicia Family Destination launches a promotion for children to travel to Galicia for free this autumn

In its commitment to promote measures that facilitate the choice of Galicia as an ideal holiday destination for families, the Galician Tourism Cluster, through its Galicia Family Destination seal, has launched an ambitious initiative designed for families that opens the door for children to travel for free and enjoy discounts in all areas of travel, from accommodation to restaurants, including other activities and services at destination.

In force from 22 October to 30 December 2019, this promotion will allow children to stay free, one child for every two adults, on equal terms and dates of enjoyment of the places, except in the case of single-parent families, where it would apply for each adult. An offer that will exceed 50,000 places for free children from which to choose accommodation throughout Galicia.

In addition, this project raises the possibility of improving this experience by offering more free or percentages of discount for children in breakfasts, half pensions, full pensions or even second, third and successive children. In the case of restaurants, for every two ‘special’ menus, you can enjoy a free children’s menu, and the same will happen with other activities such as excursions, where there will be a free place for children in the house for every two adults on equal terms.

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Autumn arrives... and with it also the tapas contests
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16-10-2019

Autumn arrives… and with it also the tapas contests

After Coruña and Lugo, it is the turn to enjoy these small creations in Ourense, Vigo or Santiago

Tapas contests are an attraction in autumn and an element not to be missed in the cultural programme of the main Galician cities. This is the case of Coruña, which recently held XVI Picadillo Tapas Competition, or of Lugo, which has just finished its own with the sale of more than 36 thousand tapas and whose winners in this fifteenth edition were El Boni Parrillada in the popular category and for the restaurant Paprica in the technical jury.

And now it’s Vigo’s turn, which this week starts its sixth edition of the Petisquiño Vigo with 52 places that celebrate the contest between 17 October and 10 November, with the aim of winning the Estrella Galicia Award for Best Tapa.

Ourense will celebrate its own coinciding with one of its big celebrations, the magosto and the San Martiño. Thus, the Concurso de Pinchos Sabores de Ourense will be held between 7 and 17 November focusing on seasonal products and proximity, with proposals many of them focused on the chestnut but also with options for celiacs and marriages with the wines of the province. But it is not the only one that is about to start as Santiago has just presented the novelties of its XII edition of Santiago(é)tapas, which will be held from 14 November to 1 December with a grand final that will take place from 6 to 8 December. One of the great novelties will be Santiago(é)Cóctel, a cocktail competition that will complement the tapas competition, promoted by Turismo de Santiago and organised by the Compostela Hotel Association, with the support of the Deputation of A Coruña and the sponsorship of Mahou.

It should also be noted that, in this edition, the compostelano competition premieres an image that seeks to delve into the concept of location, showing Santiago as the perfect place to enjoy good tapas. The new one is also related to the goal of the Way of St. James and the local routes that can travel all those neighbors, as well as visitors. The registration period for both competitions is already open and will last until October 20. Each local may submit a maximum of three tapas and / or two cocktails.

In order to encourage the use of local products, it is an essential requirement for the tapas to include at least one product from one of Galicia’s protected designations of origin or geographical indications. In the case of cocktails, it is essential that they include at least one Galician product in their preparation.

Finally, novelties are also included in the prizes in the categories of creative tapas, traditional and Mahou pairing, as well as public prizes for creative tapas and traditional tapas. Two cocktails, one creative and one classic will also be awarded, and there will be prizes for consumers.

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Enoturismo Galicia will present the resources of its five wine routes with a workshop in Madrid
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16-10-2019

Enoturismo Galicia will present the resources of its five wine routes with a workshop in Madrid

There will be 30 wineries and hotels that will be shown on Monday 28 October

The brand EnoTurismo Galicia, which brings together establishments and wineries of the five Galician wine routes, will be the protagonist of a workshop to be held in Madrid on Monday 28 October, which will be able to know the offer of 30 companies of the Wine Route Rías Baixas, Ribeiro Wine Route, Ribeira Sacra Wine Route, Monterrei Wine Route and Valdeorras Wine Route.

Among the objectives of this promotional action are to promote Galicia as an enotourist destination and to serve as a meeting point for the sector, its companies and professionals linked to the sector such as companies that organise congresses and events; the press; and, in general, professionals from the DMC and MICE sectors.

The Galician Tourism Cluster organizes this event, with the support of the Xunta de Galicia – Axencia de Turismo de Galicia as part of the continuity in the impulse of the brand Enoturismo Galicia, born in the framework of the ideas contest of the Cluster. Promoted by the five wine routes in collaboration with the Galician Tourism Cluster and with Galician Tourism, Enoturismo Galicia is an umbrella brand that groups together the enotourist offer of the five Galician wine routes: Rías Baixas, Ribeiro, Valdeorras, Ribeira Sacra and Monterrei with the aim of promoting the enotourist offer of the territory as a whole, generating synergies between the five routes.

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