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Open the period to apply for a place in the Social Thermalism program of the Imserso
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17-6-2019

Open the period to apply for a place in the Social Thermalism program of the Imserso

Balnearios de Galicia clarifies that this program, which offers 27 thousand places, is not affected by precautionary suspension of the program Imserso

The Association of Spas of Galicia clarifies that this type of establishments are not affected by the precautionary suspension of the program of the Imserso and remembers that in the Galician community there are more than 27,000 places at the disposal of the pensioners for the months of June to December.

The organism remembers that the Imserso created 30 years ago a differentiated program for the spas, the one of Social Thermalism 2019, that was renewed and was approved by the Council of Ministers in the month of December for the next two years.

A total of 17 Galician establishments participate in the program. One of them is in the province of A Coruña, three in Lugo, six in Ourense and seven in the province of Pontevedra. These are the spas: Carballo, Compostela, Lugo – Roman Baths, OCA Augas Santas Balneario & Golf Resort, Río Pambre, Arnoia Caldaria, Baños de Molgas, Carballiño, Laias, Lobios, Acuña, Dávila, Baños da Brea, Caldelas de Tui, Cuntis, Eurostars Isla de La Toja and Mondariz.

Registration period open
Pensioners over the age of 60 who wish to participate may submit their applications through the website of the Institute for the Elderly and Social Services (Imserso) www.imserso.es or by calling 901 109 899. The stays are 12 days and 11 nights, although they may opt for a shorter duration of 10 days and 9 nights. The program offers basic thermal treatments, which include the medical examination and prescription of treatment by the health centre, its application and subsequent medical follow-up. Accommodation and maintenance are also provided on a full board basis and in double rooms for shared use. Entertainment activities will also be provided for this group. The level of satisfaction of users participating in this programme is very high, surpassing 90% of the positive evaluation in the surveys carried out each year.

For the allocation of places in the Imserso applies a scale in which the degree of need has priority, the economic situation and the age of applicants. Another aspect that is valued is that they are members of a large family and have not participated in the programme in the last two years.

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Opened the deadline to participate in the accelerator of companies Via Exterior
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17-6-2019

Opened the deadline to participate in the accelerator of companies Via Exterior

With the backing of the Zona Franca Consortium of Vigo, the third edition of Vía Exterior, the multi-sector accelerator designed to promote, accelerate and increase the probability of success in the internationalisation process of Galician SMEs, is now open.

The initiative provides personalized advice and training to each of the 20 participating companies for 6 months, without registration fees and with the remarkable success of the participating companies in the two previous editions, since after passing through the accelerator have managed to improve significantly their presence in foreign markets.

Places are limited to 20 companies and the deadline for registering the candidature is open until 12 July. Those SMEs that are chosen will have a personal tutor and teachers specialized in the specific topics of internationalization with real experience in geographic markets where companies want to increase their presence. There are more than 20 mentors with experience in more than 50 different markets.

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Notice of General Assembly
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13-6-2019

Notice of General Assembly

On Thursday, June 27, the City of Culture of Galicia will host the General Assembly of the Tourism Cluster of Galicia (CTG) in auditorium 2 of the CINC, City of Culture, at 5:00 p.m. in First Call or half an hour later in Second.

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The Basque Government invites the Galician Tourism Cluster and the Galicia Family Destination seal to the First Conference on Family Tourism in Euskadi
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13-6-2019

The Basque Government invites the Galician Tourism Cluster and the Galicia Family Destination seal to the First Conference on Family Tourism in Euskadi

With the aim of bringing together different experiences, characteristics of demand and evolution of the family tourism segment, the Department of Tourism, Trade and Consumption of the Basque Government together with the Basque Tourism Agency (Basquetour) and the Family Tourism Development Office held the First Conference on Family Tourism, a meeting that brought together in Zarautz on 12 and 13 June numerous specialist entities in the sector, including the Galician Tourism Cluster and the Galicia Family Destination brand.

The Galician representation was focused on bringing professional experience to more than a hundred experts in the sector, focusing on the creation and development of the seal Galicia Family Destination to date and highlighting that it is the only seal in Galicia in this field that accredits 40 companies in the accommodation, catering, complementary offer and travel agencies, spread over different parts of the Galician geography, designed for families.

In addition to the explanation regarding the Galicia Family Destination seal, the table in which the CTG participated was attended by Javier Castillo, CEO of Expertus Tourism and Leisure, who highlighted that Galicia is in the top 5 holiday destinations for families in summer, and Leire Gonzalez, responsible for TripAdvisor Destinations, which noted that 18% of families choose Spain when it comes to travel, becoming the first country internationally in family tourism. The family segment chooses Spain for its safety and tranquility in medical matters, essential when traveling with children, as Pau Garcia, journalist, travel blogger and author of “elPachinko.com”, says from his experience.

The day also brought together experts linked to the marketing sector, whose role is essential in making the tourist offer more attractive, such as Maria Cos, Vamos Eltern-Kind-Reisen GmbH, German tour operator that highlights the tourist attraction that families look for when traveling as authentic, good weather and outdoor activities without having to travel, like Andy McCulloch, British tour operator, whose presentation valued the tourist attraction that has the north of Spain and that differentiates it from the rest of the country.
The sum of creating a tourist destination “Family friendly” with marketing, good practices and assumption of new challenges result in families feel at home when traveling, and this is how they put it into practice from NH Aranzazu, whose Guest Relations, Alaitz Mendoza, shares the importance of taking care of every detail, of giving the families a welcoming welcome adapted to the taste of the smallest of the house, of addressing them by name, something very simple but very complicated at times and that brings the tourist closer, turning him into a potential prescriber.

The participation in these days of family tourism in the Basque Country endorses the firm commitment of the Galician Tourism Cluster to a growing segment, valuing the resources and business initiatives that give families a priority place in their strategies. For the fourth consecutive year, Galicia Family Destination will continue to be the seal of reference in Galicia in terms of family tourism.

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Noia hosts a course from the University of Coruna on future tourism challenges for the Galician tourism sector
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13-6-2019

Noia hosts a course from the University of Coruna on future tourism challenges for the Galician tourism sector

Sustainability, digitalisation and quality are the most important challenges facing tourism in Galicia, which grows and consolidates as a tourist destination year after year. In the same way, the geo destinity Muros-Noia, which from 17 to 19 June will host the summer course of the University of Coruna “Retos do turismo en Galicia: dixitalización, sustentabilidade e calidade”, aimed at both students and tourism graduates and professionals in the sector, with the aim of continuing their training and acquiring skills that will help them plan resources and propose services in such a way that attractive, efficient and sustainable tourist products are built that have a positive impact both on the sector and on the socioeconomic fabric of the territory as a whole.

The programme of the course includes lectures in which the transformation of the Galician tourist system in the current context will be analysed, as well as trends, opportunities, challenges and difficulties faced by the sector, as well as lectures to provide professionals with ICT tools that allow them to face them successfully. There will be no shortage of debates on turisphobia, gentrification or the evolution of accommodation, with the emergence of platforms such as AirBnB, without forgetting quality as a differentiating element.

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Tourist associations from Asturias, Cantabria, Basque Country and Galicia form an alliance to gain weight in tourism marketing
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12-6-2019

Tourist associations from Asturias, Cantabria, Basque Country and Galicia form an alliance to gain weight in tourism marketing

Under the name “La Fuerza del Norte”, different associations from the north of Spain have decided to join forces in order to gain strength and presence before institutions and market their products, based on the natural resources of Asturias, Cantabria, the Basque Country and Galicia. The project, of which several meetings have been held, was materialized in the meeting held in Lugo, which was attended by presidents and representatives of the collectives of Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Cantabria, Asturias, Vizcaya and Guipúzcoa and also the president of the Spanish Hotel Business Confederation, Jose Luis Yzuel and the general secretary, Emilio Gallego. The president of the Provincial Association of Hotel and Tourism Businessmen of Lugo, Cheché Real, was the host on this occasion.

The four autonomous communities add up to more than 200 thousand jobs, a figure that would place this group in fourth place, behind Andalusia, Catalonia and Madrid. As for the self-employed, rise to third place, only behind Andalusia and Catalonia.

The objective now is to present the proposal to different entities and governments of Green Spain, seeking and support, while beginning to work on one of its star projects, Pilgrims to the North, from hotel to hotel, involving hotels and accommodations that already offer services specifically designed for the needs of pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, to continue expanding the project, which already has 128 member establishments specializing in meeting the specific needs of pilgrims (physiotherapy, luggage transfer, weather information …). In addition, the aim is to work with a tour operator specialised in hiking to make the national and international leap to the level of joint marketing, thus betting on the Camino de Santiago as one of its first objectives to strengthen, in addition to including in the project restaurants, active tourism companies, bicycle rental and other activities.

The project had already been presented last year to the brand Green Spain, which involves the regional governments of northern Spain but not the business sector. Now, the four autonomous communities will request that they include in their tourist programming the specific promotion of the product Peregrinos por el Norte (Pilgrims for the North).

But this great tourist region is not limited to the development of large projects, but also to share problems and seek solutions. For example, Internet connectivity in rural areas and the possibility of offering tourists free Wi-Fi service, among other things. Another common issue that worries the sector is the control of workers’ hours that came into effect in mid-May. An issue that is having a complicated implantation in the hotel sector.

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