After reviewing a year full of records in the arrival of tourists to Galicia, with 4.7 million travelers in the first 11 months and with a rise in the weight of foreign tourism, the president of the Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijoo advanced some Of the guidelines that will support the next Strategic Tourism Plan 2017-2020, a plan that announced that soon will be presented and that is agreed with the sector through the Cluster of Tourism of Galicia. An initiative resulting from the collaboration with the sector that will mark the lines to consolidate Galicia as an international destination and to continue reinforcing the weight of tourism in the GDP of the community, which has increased in recent years to account for 11% of the total .
The combination of tradition and modernity, pure nature, heritage, rural and urban conjugation and the Camino de Santiago make Galicia a place to visit and to return to. “Galicia is able to offer diverse experiences and always guaranteeing the commitment of the quality, as it accredits the 281 establishments that in 2016 obtained the Q of quality”, explained the president of the Xunta, who emphasized that the tourism is the privileged one Window with which we look at the world. Every pilgrim, every tourist, becomes an improvised ambassador of Galicia, he explained.
The Way of Saint James being the most well-known sign of identity – in which he announced that there will be a special program to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the declaration of Santiago de Compostela as the first European cultural itinerary – the regional official also stressed the importance of Gastronomy, nature or thermalism. To respect, he stressed that to take advantage of the beauty of the landscape will launch initiatives such as the network of viewpoints of Galicia or the Routes and paths of Galicia, And the website Galicia Natural y Única, also presented in Fitur, contains all the information of the Network of natural parks in the Community.
The regional official said that Galicia has been the goal of many travelers for centuries “and we will continue to work so that it remains a meeting point between cultures, languages and, ultimately, people, not only in Europe but around the world,” he said. Said, emphasizing that the Camino is not only a route capable of marking our geography, but also our character.