The Federation of Hospitality of Pontevedra promotes the promotion of the Ribeiro Wine Fair
By virtue of an agreement signed between the Provincial Federation of Hospitality of Pontevedra (FEPROHOS) and the Ribadavia City Council, Feprohos undertakes to carry out a promotional campaign for the next edition of the Ribeiro Wine Fair, which this year reaches its 55th edition and will be held on 28, 29 and 30 April and 1 May 2018, at the Alameda exhibition centre, in the Alameda area.
Thus, the Federation of Hospitality of Pontevedra has launched a campaign among its hundred members through which it offers all those tourists and visitors who stay by direct reservation in their establishments between 28 April and 1 May 2018, a discount of 15% on their rate, just by presenting the official cup (silkscreened with the logo of the FVR) that can only be purchased in the booth of sale of
This agreement represents an important promotional focus for the event, as it will allow it to reach a very high potential number of visitors. The agreement includes the diffusion of FVR posters and programmes in all the associated establishments of the Federation of Provincials of the Hospitality Industry of Pontevedra.
The Cluster Tourism of Galicia seeks the commitment of the administration to improve connectivity in Galicia
The director of the AMTEGA and Tourism of Galicia held a meeting with representatives of the CTG to learn about the projects planned to improve Internet access, especially in rural areas
The Cluster Tourism of Galicia (CTG) held a working meeting with the directors of the Agency for Technological Modernization of Galicia (AMTEGA) and Tourism of Galicia, Mar Pereira and Nava Castro, respectively, with the aim of learning first hand about the actions and plans that both the Xunta and the State are deploying to improve Internet access in Galicia.
“We are particularly concerned about the rural areas and peri-urban areas where many of our tourist establishments are located, as Internet access is now considered another service that the establishment must offer”, explains the president of the Cluster Tourism of Galicia, Francisco González, who points out that many of the Galician tourist establishments have made great efforts to invest in offering good wireless quality to their users, “efforts that go to waste when the Internet speed offered by the provider sometimes falls below 1 megabyte”.
González also pointed out that, especially in view of the summer season, the demand for a quality internet service is soaring, as the number of users increases and, therefore, the number of devices connected to the network increases. For this reason, they consider it vital that the administration maintains its commitment to improving connectivity while defining joint work actions involving all agents (suppliers, companies and administrations).
Need for a response
“We need actions to respond to these deficits”, added the president, in a meeting in which representatives of rural tourism and the Sanxenxo tourism consortium participated. “If we want quality tourism we must offer quality services and in a large number of tourist areas the quality of service does not meet customer expectations and this is detrimental to the consumer experience,” they explained. A situation that particularly affects peri-urban and rural areas, where there are even problems of coverage with mobile networks, so they consider it vital to significantly improve high-speed Internet access in a large number of small towns and non-urban areas, where a very important part of the Galician tourism sector is located.
Investments of the Xunta and State for the improvement of the Internet
For her part, Amtega’s director, Mar Pereira, informed that the 2020 Long Band Plan aimed at improving broadband access in 181 city councils within a period of two years is underway. This project, which will require an investment of 14.2 million euros, will facilitate access to 100 Mps networks for 74,400 people in the four provinces and will extend the fiber optic network in towns with 300 inhabitants.
In addition, the director of Amtega also recalled that the State has other measures in place to improve connectivity, from which 258,000 people from larger towns will benefit, thanks to a public investment of 21 million euros from ERDF funds. With the implementation of both plans the Xunta estimates that in 2020 more than 74% of households and companies will be able to access high speed in Galicia, a percentage that is expected to continue increasing year after year through the new calls announced by the State within the 300×100 Plan.
Both the public administration and the Cluster, which represents 95% of the Galician tourism sector, agree to highlight the importance of offering better access to the Internet as a key element in the modernisation and competitiveness of the sector. “Rural tourism, for example, has a great importance in the development of the economy in rural areas, fixing population and generating wealth, but in order to offer a profitable and competitive service, they must have quality services that are currently as valued as breakfast itself, but while food or accommodation do depend on the hotelier, the quality of wifi is not, and we must work to improve it,” explained the Cluster secretary and president of FEGATUR, Cesáreo Pardal.
Pilgrims have the same economic impact as 2.3 conventional tourists
A study by the USC analyses the economic impact of the Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago de Compostela, especially in rural town councils, where it offers an opportunity for development.
“In the light of the first conclusions we are going to be even more aware of the relevance of the Camino de Santiago for all the Galicians who live nearby”. This is how the director of Tourism of Galicia, Nava Castro, expressed herself after hearing the first conclusions of the report prepared by the University of Santiago de Compostela on the economic impact of the Way of Saint James. A report, drawn up on the basis of extensive fieldwork, which has made it possible to establish conclusions such as that pilgrims account for 2.3% of tourist expenditure in the Community, but at the same time each of them has the same economic impact as 2.3 tourists or that each euro of expenditure by walkers generates up to 11% more product and up to 18% more employment, influencing the income of the town councils and their quality of life.
Positive impact and no conflicts between residents
This research, included in the commitments of the Master Plan of the Way, is the result of collaboration between the regional government and the Economic Analysis and Modelling Group of the University Institute of Studies and Development of Galicia (IDEGA) of the USC. Through it it has been possible to deepen the impact, especially in rural areas, of the Way of St. James, concluding that the demographic decline common to rural Galicia is attenuated in those points through which the Xacobean Route passes, which is perceived positively by the residents of these towns, who were surveyed as part of the work.
Neighbours appreciate favourable economic impacts on income and living standards in their municipalities, local trade, employment opportunities or tourism. In addition, they do not notice any negative impacts. They perceive that the Camino de Santiago does not harm other activities and that its benefits are for residents of the municipality itself.
To obtain these assessments, the USC study interviews focused mainly on Cebreiro and Melide for their characteristics within the French Way, such as the oldest and newest city council, which are also opposite in population density.
These first results of the report were presented at an event at the International Pilgrim Reception Centre by Professor Melchor Fernández, who led the study together with Dolores Riveiro, members of the Economic Analysis and Modelling Group (GAME) of the Galician University Institute of Studies and Development and in coordination with the technical specialists in the area of Tourism Studies and Research of Galicia. In addition, the regional delegate of the Xunta in A Coruña, Ovidio Rodeiro, the director-manager of Xacobeo, Rafael Sánchez, and representatives of public institutions, the Cathedral of Santiago, Xacobeos groups and the Galician tourism sector participated in this presentation.
Example of sustainability
Finally, the first results obtained show a positive environmental impact, as the local population considers that the Camino de Santiago contributes to preserving the landscape and does not generate a waste management problem or increase environmental pollution.
“To appreciate a reality it is essential to know it. This is what we are doing: to learn more about the Camino de Santiago, our most international identity element”, said Nava Castro, who said that the people in charge of the study will continue to work to bring new conclusions related to the pilgrims’ perception of their experience, their profiles, their dynamics and the variables involved in their flows, as soon as possible.
Rías Baixas Wine Route becomes the sixth wine route in Spain with the largest number of wine tourists in wineries
The Rías Baixas Wine Route is in luck after breaking a new record in terms of the number of wine tourists who have chosen one of the wineries of the only Galician wine route certified by the Spanish Wine Routes product club. With more than 115,000 visitors in 2017, 13.3% more than in the previous year, the Galician wine route thus becomes the sixth Wine Route of Spain, with an economic impact of more than 1.6 million euros.
This is clear from the Report on visits to wineries and museums associated with the Wine Routes of Spain presented by ACEVIN which includes both the number of visitors and the economic impact of the 27 itineraries certified by this Product Club. Overall, in 2017 the Spanish Wine Routes registered an overall increase of 18.38% in visitors, which translated into a total of 3,213,267 visits last year.
For the first time, the ACEVIN report breaks down the number of visits by wineries and by museums adhering to the different Wine Routes of Spain. As far as the first group is concerned, Rías Baixas is the sixth itinerary in Spain with the largest number of wine tourists, reaching a total of 110,096 people, 12.73% of them foreigners. It is located in front of Marco de Jerez, Penedés, Ribera del Duero, Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. In the case of wine museums, there were 5,363 visitors, ranking eighth in this case. Finally, the ACEVIN report analyses the economic impact of the wine tourism sector promoted by the 27 Spanish Wine Routes analysed. Data on the Ruta do Viño Rías Baixas indicate that the average expenditure per visitor to wineries is 15.02 euros, which would mean a total income of 1,653,641.92 euros. To this figure, the economic impact on other tourist sectors in the area could be added.
According to the ACEVIN report, the turnover of the Wine Routes in Spain as a whole is estimated at 67,191,579 euros, 23.89% more than in 2016. The average daily expenditure per enotourist is estimated at 156.6 € and the average stay is 2.54 days, the average total expenditure on the Spanish Wine Routes is almost 400 €.
The full report of Visits to wineries and wine museums associated with the Wine Routes of Spain 2017 can be viewed and downloaded from their website through this link: https://www.wineroutesofspain.com/bd/archivos/archivo873.pdf.
The second annual call for proposals of the Re-acciona programme kicks off with a sectoral conference on wine tourism
The Galician Institute of Economic Promotion (Igape) has just opened the second call of the year for the application of the services it offers with the Re-action programme. For this reason, it is organising a series of sectoral conferences with the aim of presenting the advantages that these services can bring to SMEs.
The first of these was centred on the wine tourism sector, a meeting held at the Ethnographic Museum of Wine in Cambados, which served to address the evolution of wine tourism as a tool that allows the essence of a territory to be known through a product, in this case, wine. The conference was attended by the Mayoress of Cambados, Fátima Abal, and the Councillor for Wine Tourism, José Ramón Abal, and with a round table discussion that allowed us to learn about the experience of companies such as Siente Galicia and Trazer, as well as the Regional Minister for Economy, Employment and Industry, who spoke about the services of the programme, which has already helped more than 1,500 SMEs since its launch.
After the Re-action experiences, two more presentations were given on wine tourism, one by the head of wine tourism at the Martín Códax winery, María Otero, and the other by the director of the Instituto del Viño, Xoán Cannas, who presented their views on what wine tourism is and what it contributes. Finally, the manager of Igape, José Manuel Fernández, presented the Re-action services for the improvement of the competitiveness of Galician SMEs and the doubts of the participants in the conference were resolved.
The workshops of proximity of the Cluster Tourism of Galicia are back
With the aim of publicizing the tourist offer of our community, the Cluster of Tourism of Galicia is organizing two days of presentation that will take place in Oviedo, in the Ayre Oviedo hotel, on May 30, and in Valladolid, on May 31, in the NH Valladolid.
A maximum of 60 Galician companies will take part in these actions to promote the Galician tourist offer in local destinations and will have the opportunity to participate in workshops with agencies and tour operators from Asturias and Castilla y León. The deadline for registration is April 30th at 14:00 hours.
The day will also feature a dinner show in which both Galician gastronomy and music will be present, and there will be raffles and prizes for those professionals who have made the greatest number of contacts.The Cluster of Tourism of Galicia offers all the Galician assistants a bus for the displacement, with departure and arrival in the Stadium of San Lázaro, in Santiago de Compostela (departure times: departure on May 30th at 09:00 hours, return on June 1st at 10:00 hours).
The Cluster will assume the costs of transport, organization and dinner show, while each attendee will pay for their accommodation and lunches. In this sense, the company awarded the contract offers the attendees a package that includes two nights of accommodation in the hotels where the events are organized, two lunches and insurance for an amount of 225 € / person.
One person per company will be present at the workshop (in the event of wanting to attend two, it is necessary to request it) and the places will be assigned in strict order of registration, so please confirm your attendance to the e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating your name, surname, company/entity to which you belong and contact details.