Nava Castro presents a sustainable tourist model based on the Camino de Santiago in Valencia

  • Today the Director of Turismo de Galicia gave a lecture in the University of Valencia on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the Association of the Friends of the Camino de Santiago of the Autonomous Community of Valencia.
  • She highlighted the Route as the generator of employment as well as of the socioeconomic growth it contributes to the places it crosses.
  • She stressed the number of the establishments of the public network of hostels which last year exceeded 324,000 overnight stays.

Valencia, May 15, 2017

On the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the Association of the Friends of the Camino de Santiago in the Autonomous Community of Valencia, the Director of Turismo de Galicia, Nava Castro, today gave a lecture in which she provided an in-depth study of the tourism model of the Camino de Santiago being applied in Galicia.

She brought to mind that this year, in which the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development is a unique opportunity “to enhance” the endeavours which are promoted by the contribution of the tourist sector “in order to construct a better world”.

In this regard, and with reference to the Camino de Santiago, she pointed out that the Xunta has marked out its own road map, the Master and Strategic Plan of the Camino de Santiago in order to duly manage it in accordance with the policies of sustainability and to thus foster economic growth, social inclusion and the protection of cultural and natural goods.

On this point, she brought to mind some of the measures included in the plan, more than 60% of which is being executed and is provided with 60 million euros. Among others, she referred to the work aimed at achieving a Camino which is clean and in a good state of maintenance, with integral waste management, with the installation of containers and selective collection wastepaper bins made with materials in harmony with the natural environment.

She also referred to the work guaranteeing the excellence of the services for the pilgrims intended to ensure that the public network has efficient energy, water and waste management, as well as the implementation of the Q for quality and the WIFI network.  

Generator of employment

During her lecture, the Director of Tourism of Galicia, Nava Castro, brought to mind that in Galicia, the Camino exceeds 1,300 kilometres divided into 10 routes which cross more than 100 townships and went over the recognitions obtained by the Jacobean Route throughout its history, as well as its evolution, both as regards the offer of establishments and the arrival of more and more pilgrims.

She mentioned that, in order to welcome this flow of pilgrims, which grew from the 114,000 which arrived in 2007 to more than 277,000 who arrived last year. The public network of hostels also grew passing from 17 hostels in 1993, to the 69 current establishments, which offer more than 3,000 beds and last year exceeded more than 324,000 overnight stays.

In this regard, the role of the Jacobean Route is outstanding as a generator of employment and a generator component of socioeconomic growth. “We know that, just as the historical and cultural value of the Camino is undoubted, so also is its capacity to contribute to the socioeconomic growth of the territories it runs through” added the Director of Tourism. She reminded us that there are many rural centres which directly or indirectly benefit from the impact of the Camino on aspects such as the establishment of the population, the creation of new companies  or the generation of jobs.