The International Tourism Fair of Madrid, FITUR 2017, closed its doors on Sunday with a record number of visitors, more than 245,000, and also with very good sensations in the workspace that, for the third consecutive year, managed the Tourism Cluster of Galicia In the stand of Galicia. About 250 professionals from the tourism sector have taken an interest in the destination of Galicia and more than 300 professional meetings have been organized, directly managed, to which should be added the agendas of each of the tour operators who have participated in this space, aimed at professionals, Which had at its disposal a total of 12 work tables.
During the days dedicated to the professional sector, from 18 to 20 January, the space of Galicia in Fitur hosted an intense networking activity that allowed to close meetings between hoteliers, consultants, responsible for new technologies, online booking portals, agencies Of travel and receptive companies that were interested by the Galician tourist offer. This year, we have also made contact with other Tourism Clusters such as the Cluster of Rural Tourism Asturias, Cluster of Tourism of Monterrei (Mexico) or the Cluster of Tourism of Romania, interested in knowing the process of implementation of the Clúster Gallego.
The example of Galician Clúster
A large number of contact requests to hold meetings in the networking space have been hotels that have held meetings with agencies and online travel agencies such as Logitravel, Destinia, Edreams, consultants and hotel chains. Fundamentally, they sought information and support to implement new technologies or improve hotel management, reservations, etc.
The Camino de Santiago returned to be a resource with a lot of pull, although in this edition there were more contacts related to the implementation of services for pilgrims and establishments interested in capturing the flow of pilgrims compared to the last edition where the number of agencies was greater Interested in the Camino. The greatest weight in the source of the contacts was Spanish although there were also contacts with companies from Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, Venezuela, Morocco, China, England and the United States.
Efficient response for professionals
The meetings were held at the tables enabled for this purpose in the stand of Galicia, in strips of 30 minutes and with the support of technical assistance staff of the Cluster Turismo, who advised and advised on the needs of each of the professionals who Approached to take an interest in the Galician tourist offer, deriving to each applicant who could offer a response to their request.
The presidente of Cluster, Francisco González, valued very positively the increase in work meetings and the commitment of Tourism of Galicia for this networking point for professionals, which “has proven to give an effective response to the Galician tourism sector, which counts With an ideal place to complete their work in Fitur “.