The association of Galician Yacht Clubs (ASNAUGA), present at the Paris International Boat Show
It should be noted that the marinas of Galicia received last year more than 10,000 recreational boats, according to data provided by the Xunta. France is the sixth country of which more recreational boats come to the autonomous community, only behind Portugal, Germany, United States, Italy and the United Kingdom. The 73,000 travelers from France who docked their boats at Galician marinas spent a total of 121,000 nights.
The Paris International Boat Show is the most important nautical event held in France and one of the great references of sport and nautical tourism in the world, and marks the beginning of the season of nautical tourist activities. In the last edition, the event had more than 206,000 visitors, based on an area of more than 300,000 square meters. Similarly, more than 800 exhibitors participated in this event in 2018. During the course of the fair takes place a rich program of conferences, given by experts in the marine industry or representatives of tourist offices and related entities.
The deadline to apply for the 15 training exchanges in the Galician Tourist Offices and in the area of statistical studies is now open
The training programme will be developed over the years 2020 and 2021 and those interested will be able to access four exchanges to carry out supervised practices in Santiago de Compostela: one in the tourist office located in Mazarelos square, two in the office of the International Pilgrim Reception Centre, and, as a novelty, a exchange will also be offered for the tourist office of Santiago de Compostela airport.
From five months to a year
There will also be two bags for the tourist office of the Xunta in A Coruña, two in Lugo, two for Ourense, two in Pontevedra and two in Vigo. In all these cases, they will have a maximum duration of five months, with a planned incorporation in May 2020.
Together with these grants, the call will offer another in the Area of Studies in Tourism Research in Galicia. In this case, the duration would be one year, foreseeably from March 2020 to carry out research, processing and analysis of tourism data at the headquarters of Tourism of Galicia in Santiago de Compostela.
In all cases, the exchanges are aimed at professionals qualified from 1 January 2014, who, among other requirements, must accredit a knowledge of the Galician language at Celga 4 level and, in the case of tourist offices, also knowledge of the English language. Applications will be assessed on the basis of objective criteria established in the bases published in the DOG and will include a test of tourist knowledge in the case of tourist offices and a test of practical knowledge in the case of the stock exchange in the Area of Studies and Research.
Balance of the hotel industry in Galicia: the sector employed more than 66 thousand people and had a turnover of more than 4,700 million euros, 4.5% of the regional wealth.
The sector has signed a national agreement with Cerveceros de España to create Competur, to work in the sector’s competitiveness as a tractor of the Spanish economy.
The hotel and catering sector in Galicia last year registered more than 21,000 establishments, which employed 66,825 people and 90.7% of which corresponds to the catering subsector. This business group closed the year in the region with a turnover of 4,768 million euros, representing 4.5% of the regional wealth.
These are some of the figures included in the 2019 Yearbook of the Hospitality Industry in Spain, presented by the Hospitality Industry in Spain, an entity of which the Provincial Association of Hospitality and Tourism Entrepreneurs of Lugo (Apehl) is a member.
In the analysis offered by this report in relation to the autonomous community of Galicia, it is reflected that the number of hotel establishments has evolved differently depending on the branch of activity. Thus, catering establishments have reduced their census due to the lower number of bars, with an increase in the rest (in total there were 19,052 catering establishments). Accommodation establishments, on the other hand, have continued to increase significantly (1,959 in 2018 compared with 1,776 in 2017). The balance sheet for the last eight years shows a lower number of restaurants and, especially, bars.
In the analysis by provinces, in all of them the positive evolution of catering establishments recovered with respect to the previous year, except in A Coruña where they were cut back, although in the balance of the last eight years the balance continues to be negative in the four provinces. In accommodation, on the other hand, there was a strong increase in all of them.
On the other hand, the report reveals that employment in restaurant services increased, although the rate of growth fell by half (an interannual increase of 5.1% compared with 10.9% the previous year).
Hotel prices, on the other hand, increased their interannual rate by one tenth in 2018 (2.0%), with a different evolution in the two branches of activity. Thus, in catering the rate of the previous year was repeated (1.8%) and in accommodation it increased 1.4 points (being 3.4%).
Creation of Competur
The Spanish hotel and catering industry and Cerveceros de España have agreed to promote COMPETUR as a platform for ideas and proposals to improve the competitiveness of the sector, a collaboration agreement that has the backing of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism as these two sectors are economically linked. Spain, surpassed only by Germany, is the EU country where beer provides more job creation in the hotel industry. For each job generated in the brewing industry, 55 are generated in the hotel and catering industry.
COMPETUR will work to promote the debate on the competitiveness of tourism by addressing issues such as the relevance of investment and support for sport, and therefore reflect on ways to keep Spain among the most competitive tourist destinations. It also considers it essential to increase notoriety and the number of cultural and sporting events held in Spain through the promotion of regional sport and culture, to maintain Spain among the safest tourist destinations and to differentiate the country’s brand worldwide through quality and responsible tourism.
The alliance also understands that you can not act for competitiveness without looking for ways to work for the support of employment and professionalization or the environment, which also integrates into their long-term proposals.
Good expectations for the December holiday with Vigo as the top breakaway
By tourist destinations, we can point out that the association Hostelería de Compostela indicates an occupation of almost 50% for hotels and 40% for pensions on days off, while Vigo and A Coruña expect a much higher percentage, high, around 75% on these holidays, encouraged by shopping tourism. In the case of A Coruña, the forecast for the rest of the Christmas holidays is more moderate, with 40% occupancy expected so far, as pointed out from Hospeco, while in the case of Vigo expect to maintain occupancy figures around 75% for the month as a whole and 100% on Saturdays here at the end of the year, occupancy figures that even improved last year’s for the case of the olive-growing city. “The sector is very satisfied with the increases. In December 2017, before this phenomenon, we had 18%. In 2018, the first year of lights, 68%. This year we expect to exceed 75%, which, to be Galicia and December, is something extraordinary,” says the president of the Provincial Federation of Businessmen of the Hostelry of Pontevedra (Feprohos), Cesar Ballesteros. There is no doubt, then, that Vigo is the star escape in this bridge and in Galician Christmas in general.
And precisely from this attraction of Christmas lights in Vigo will also get pull nearby towns, which expect occupations very similar to those of last year, or even Ourense, which also expects good results thanks to this “light effect”. It is not in vain that a dozen travel agencies from Madrid, León or Coruña programme Christmas outings with a stop at the Burgas. These excursions will not affect the number of overnight stays, but they will affect the movement of travellers. Even so, there are also many travellers who opt for Ourense to then move around the province or travel to other points, attracted by thermalism or by the Ribeira Sacra, which allowed hotels in the city of Burgas to be at 80% of their capacity or even more, just like some of the spas in the province.
Also the rural houses of the province ourensana point out good numbers of face to this bridge, animated by the last minute reserves that locate the occupation around 50%, four points above the average percentage of occupation that had the houses of Galician rural tourism last year.
Traditionally the December bridge is a bridge that works well in the field of rural tourism houses, which last year were left with an occupancy rate of about 46% and that this year could be about 50% (49.82%, according to the portal tuscasasrurales.com), an occupation that is very far from those achieved by other Autonomous Communities, which marked at this time more than 80% occupation. This type of accommodation is chosen by travelers seeking tranquility, disconnection and proposals linked to nature and gastronomy and, in this regard, it should be remembered that is still underway the program of Tourism of Galicia, Gastronomic Outono, which combines accommodation, gastronomy and complementary activities.
The Galician Tourism Cluster and the Xunta de Galicia awarded the Galicia Tourism Awards 2019
This is the first edition of these awards that are born with a vocation for continuity and to highlight the work for quality and professionalism of a strong Galician tourism sector.
The Cluster Tourism of Galicia and the Xunta de Galicia delivered today the nine Ara Solis corresponding to the first edition of the Premios Galicia de Turismo, in a gala celebrated in the Rosalía Theatre of Castro of A Coruña that had the actor and humorist Xavier Veiga as master of ceremonies. The conselleiro of Culture and Tourism, Román Rodríguez, was in charge of making the delivery of the prizes to the national ambassadors, who received an emotional Luz Casal, and international, in the figure of Hong-jo Chun, the ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Spain, a country that in the last five years brought to our region more than 23.000 pilgrims of the Jacobean Route.
In his speech, Román Rodríguez highlighted the weight that the Xacobeo 2021 will have as an engine and lever of change for the Galician economy and tourist sector, at the same time that he highlighted the relevance of the winning projects and people and highlighted their contribution to the good progress of tourism in the Community. He also highlighted the potential of the Galician tourism model, which bets on the deseasonalization of tourism demand, allowing visitors to be attracted during all seasons of the year, and the decentralization of flows, extending the impact of this industry to all municipalities. He recalled that, thanks to this roadmap, Galicia is the Community that leads this year’s tourism growth in Spain, to the point that, to maintain the current evolution, will close the year overcoming the barrier of five million visitors and getting the best tourist data in its history.
For his part, Cesáreo Pardal, president of the Galician Tourism Cluster, made the honorary recognition as Pioneers to the brothers Paco and Moncho Vilas, of Casa Vilas, “for their role in the development of a Galician cuisine of internationally recognized quality”, and thanked the sector as a whole and the public-private collaboration for the fruits of the work of these seven years since the creation of the Cluster, whose work claimed in the construction of “a modern and competitive industry, an industry respectful of the environment and the natural environment. An industry that brings happiness. An industry that is the motor of Galicia and in front of which I want to claim the role of the Cluster Tourism of Galicia in this successful development”.
A Coruña, hostess of the first edition
Inés Rey, mayoress of A Coruña, who hosted the gala, awarded the Scenario Prize to Ribadavia, the most voted location among 24 places in Galicia in the public survey carried out on the web www.premiosgaliciadeturismo.gal. The award was collected by the mayor of the town of Ourense, Cesar Manuel Fernandez Gil who thanked the award and hoped that it also serves to bring more people closer to this population to know their heritage and resources.
The Sustainability Award went to Camino de los Faros for its contribution to the development of sustainable tourism. The award was presented to the president of the association, Cristina Alonso, Belén Montero, director of Pazos y Congresos y Exposiciones de Galicia, and Jesús Picallo, president of Solpor, Asociación de Empresarios del Camino de Santiago a Fisterra-Muxía. The general director of Cultural Heritage of the Xunta de Galicia, María del Carmen Martínez Ínsua, the general director of the SabadellGallego bank, Pablo Junceda, and the treasurer of the Galician Tourism Cluster, Alfonso Martínez, presented the Heritage prize to the restoration project of the Portico de la Gloria of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The corresponding Ara Solis were collected by the project coordinator, Ana Laborde, the dean of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Segundo Pérez, and the director of the Barrié Foundation, Carmen Arias.
The president, Luis Fernández, and vice-president, César Pariente, of the Ribeira Sacra Tourism Consortium, collected from the hands of Sara Santos, president of the Compostela Hotel Association, and Héctor Cañete, vice-president of the Cluster, the prize for the candidacy of the Ribeira Sacra as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2021 in the Promotion category.
The Event prize, presented by Lorena Varela, manager of the Rías Baixas Wine Route, and Rodrigo Burgos, director of MEGA: Mundo Estrella Galicia, went to the Resurrection Fest. Iván and David Méndez, the people in charge of the festival, collected the award. The director of Expourense, Emma González, and the secretary of the Cluster, César Sánchez-Ballesteros, finally, delivered to the agency specialized in the Way of Santiago Pilgrim Travel the prize in the Avant-garde category.
This first edition, the awards have had the collaboration
The Xunta opens the 2nd edition of “O Teu Xacobeo” with an endowment of 3.3 million to continue promoting the development of actions for Xacobeo 2021.
With the new economic injection the program has an item of 8 million euros aimed at decentralizing the celebration of the Holy Year to reach all municipalities and encourage citizen participation
The programme has three differentiated lines: one for local entities, another for SMEs and individuals and a last one for non-profit entities.
The Xunta de Galicia has decided to open a second call of the program O Teu Xacobeo, endowed with 3.3 million euros in order to continue the process of decentralizing the celebration of the Holy Year and encourage citizen participation. With this objective, the new investment joins the one that was already underway, adding a total of 8 million euros aimed at this objective.
The programme, which is open until the end of this year, includes three differentiated lines. The first, which has a budget of 500,000 euros, is intended for local entities in which priority will be given to municipalities with fewer than 50,000 inhabitants. The second line, endowed with a contribution of 1 million euros, will boost the projects of SMEs and individuals. And the last of the lines will allow, thanks to 1.8 million euros, to start the proposals born of public or personal non-profit organizations.
More than 300 projects
In the first call of O Teu Xacobeo more than 300 projects were awarded, of which 41% have already been carried out or are underway with initiatives in the four provinces and in more than 140 Galician town councils.