Galicia shares in Bulgaria the opportunity that the sustainable growth of the Camino de Santiago represents towards Xacobeo 21

  • The representative of the Department of Culture and Tourism presented in a round table the work carried out to improve its governance and management, with tools such as the study on its impact presented with the University of Santiago.
  • She stressed the cultural and socio-economic importance that the increase and diversification of pilgrims, especially those from abroad, is having in the nearly 140 Galician city councils through which some of the 10 official itineraries pass.

Sofia (Bulgaria), 15 November 2018

The Department of Culture and Tourism participated today in Bulgaria in the II International Congress on World Civilizations and Historic Routes, where the director of Tourism, Nava Castro, stressed the importance of the opportunities that the sustainable growth experienced by the Camino de Santiago—more diversified and international than ever—represents in the face of Xacobeo 2021, by helping to distribute its benefits throughout the Galician territory at all levels.

In a round table that she shared with representatives of the Via Rhodopica, in Bulgaria; the Phoenicians' Route, in Italy, or the Route 66, in the United States, Nava Castro presented the Galician management model around the Jacobean Route as an example to be applied to other pilgrimage or cultural itineraries in the world.

She also presented the results of the Study of the socio-economic impact of the Camino de Santiago carried out by the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) as part of the commitments of the Master Plan of the Camino de Santiago, as an effective management tool for decision-making around the Jacobean Route.

More collaboration with other itineraries

Nava Castro put on the table the repercussion of the Camino de Santiago in the economies of the Galician city councils, especially in the nearly 140 through which some of the 10 official itineraries pass and deepened in its influence on employment, demographic trends and other social, cultural and environmental aspects. Finally, she referred to the importance of the fact that the reception capacity of the Camino de Santiago should be greater than at present, as stated in the USC study, and that it is especially strategic with a view to the forthcoming Xacobeo 2021.

The presence of Galicia in this international congress organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) served as a meeting point to reinforce collaborations with other cultural itineraries from all over the world in an event that was held in the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, and which was attended by more than 200 participants from UNWTO member countries.