The Xunta de Galicia will allocate more than 7 million euros to the expansion and improvement of the public network of hostels for the celebration of the next Xacobeo 2021, as advanced by the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Roman Rodriguez. The Minister of Culture and Tourism recalled that, at present, the public network of the Xunta has 70 establishments that offer more than 3,200 seats along 1,500 kilometers in the different Paths. In this sense, the plan provides for maintenance and reform actions in public hostels and carry out expansion and creation of new premises based on criteria such as the decentralization of tourist flows, prioritizing the booming routes, and betting on the rehabilitation of historic buildings with high heritage and historical value. Rodríguez also announced the imminent start of construction work on the Vigo hostel, awarded for 1 million euros, or the extension of the Pontevedra hostel for almost 200,000 euros.
These actions are part of the Strategic Plan of Xacobeo 21, to which are added, among others, the signalling actions following the calendar established in the Master Plan of the Way, in which the Xunta has been working since 2015 to prepare Jacobeo 21 in advance. This year, these efforts are focused on the Via de la Plata, which is expected to act this fall with 3 million euros for conditioning while working on various initiatives to relaunch their presence among pilgrims. In 2020 it will be the turn of the Winter Trail.
These works are completed with the tasks of beautification of different routes, the processes of rehabilitation and restoration of BICs present in the Way or the project of recovery of Monte del Gozo, is close to completion with the opening . Finally, Román Rodríguez also pointed out that another of the Galician Government’s axes of action is to promote event tourism taking advantage of the next Holy Year.