With the goal of ending 2019 with a minimum of 229 establishments, the Xunta will allocate an item of 450 thousand euros to promote the Q mark of quality in tourist establishments and services in Galicia, an investment to be carried out under the agreement between the Ministry of Culture, through the Galician Tourism Agency, and the Galician Tourism Cluster. Through three years, the agreement seeks to establish the basis for collaboration for the implementation, dissemination and promotion of tourism services in Galicia, with the Q mark for Quality Tourism through support for companies that are registered in the Register of Business and Tourism Activities (REAT) of the Xunta.
As in previous occasions, the support to the tourist companies will materialize in advising by means of its preparation to be in conditions to surpass the external audit that is necessary to later obtain the Q of tourist quality. In addition to advising the companies registered in the REAT so that they reach the certification of the Quality Q mark, the Galician Tourism Business Cluster undertakes to obtain a minimum of 20 new certified companies and to help the maintenance of the entities.
The investment foreseen by the Xunta will be distributed in expenses of external technical assistance for the coordination of the actions, for which 15,000 euros will be destined every year, and the impulse in the attainment of new certifications and the follow-up and renovation of the already existing ones, with 405,000 euros distributed in three exercises. This new agreement is part of the Galicia 2020 Tourism Strategy, which establishes quality as a differentiating factor for tourism companies and constitutes an essential line of action in the new way of approaching the competitive strategy of the Galician tourism sector.
With 282 distinctions, nine more than in 2017, Galicia is the second autonomous community in this type of certification in 2018. In addition, Galicia is also the community with the most certified hotels in Spain and leader in nautical-sports facilities with Q Quality in Spain and in distinguished rural tourism establishments.