Some thirty Galician companies took part in a workshop with Portuguese outbound to showcase the varied tourism offer of our region.
Galician chef Iván Domínguez and the wineries Terras Gauda and Paco&Lola showcased some of Galicia’s oenogastronomy at the event.
Under the slogan “Visit Galicia, you will dream of coming back” the Galicia Tourism Cluster travelled today to Porto with around thirty Galician companies including wholesale travel agencies, hotels and other accommodation and complementary offer companies to present to the Portuguese issuers the thousand experiences offered by our region, a destination that brings together most of the types of tourism preferred by the majority of travellers.
The meeting, which was held at the WOW in Vilanova de Gaia, hosted a workshop, organised by the Cluster in collaboration with the Xunta, through the Galicia Tourism Agency, which allowed direct contact between Galician companies and Portuguese issuers to explain in detail the wealth of resources and possibilities of Galicia as a tourist destination.
The aim of the event was to increase the flow of tourism with Portugal, Galicia’s main international outbound market. In 2021, tourists from Portugal accounted for 26% of our international tourism and more than 3% of the total number of visitors we received.
The President of the Galicia Tourism Cluster, Cesáreo Pardal, put in value the historical links between Galicia and the North of Portugal and among them the Way. Pardal stressed that the Portuguese Way and its variant along the coast is the second busiest by pilgrims, only behind the French Way, with more than 40,000 pilgrims in 2021, and its importance as an engine of economic recovery after the pandemic.
Cesáreo Pardal pointed out that this double Holy Year Xacobeo 21-22 expands the opportunities for growth in the tourism sector for both countries and that, in addition, is presented with very good prospects, but also recalled that Galicia offers much more.
The president of the Galicia Tourism Cluster pointed out that our region is rich “in natural, heritage, cultural, gastronomic and traditional resources, which can be enjoyed in a thousand different ways” and therefore “every trip to Galicia can be a totally different experience”. He also stressed the region’s firm commitment to sustainable and intelligent tourism.
In addition to the institutional opening ceremony, the workshop brought the flavour of Galician oenogastronomy to Porto with the chef Iván Domínguez and the wineries Terras Gauda and Paco & Lola.