The Association of Travel Agencies of Galicia (AGAVI) and the Association of Incoming Tour Operators of Galicia (ATREGA) have signed a collaboration agreement with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism for 500,000 euros to combat the economic effects of the covid-19 in the tourism sector by encouraging consumption with new initiatives to facilitate travel in the Community.
The aim of this agreement is to reactivate this sub-sector of tourism and avoid the cancellation of tourist packages by users, offering discounts of up to 10% to those individuals who contracted a package to travel outside Galicia at a date after the declaration of the state of alarm and now decide to change it for an experience in the interior of Galicia. Consolidated products such as the Gastronomic Autumn, experiences in spas, wine tourism routes or participation in Elige Galicia, the initiative launched by the Xunta to promote domestic tourism out of season, will be given priority.
As explained by the head of Culture and Tourism of the Xunta, Román Rodríguez, the collaboration with AGAVI, which amounts to 300,000 euros, will also allow families to travel around Galicia and learn about its resources. In this way, new products and experiences will be created for this market, giving them facilities for financing, as they will be able to pay in instalments within a period of between six and 12 months without additional cost.
Experiences linked to Xacobeo 2021
In the case of collaboration with tour operators, through ATREGA, the amount is 200,000 euros and the agreement includes the launch of new tourism products linked to Xacobeo 2021. Priority will be given to strategic areas that allow the diversification of tourist activity in Galicia, such as the Ribeira Sacra, the Mariña Lucense, the Costa da Morte or the different itineraries of the Caminos de Santiago. In this sense, experiences will be created for groups, break programs and initiatives that unite enogastronomy, thermalism and activities in the rural environment and cultural heritage.