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TOURISM NEWS 2016

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Regional Fair

Valencia Bullring

13th to 15th May 2016


COUNTY COUNCIL TOURISM FAIR IN VALENCIA BULLRING

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government (right above) visited the Fair.

Jorge Rodriguez, chairman of the Valencia County Council (centre above) next to vice chairperson Maria J. Amigo, and County Council Deputy of Tourism, Pilar Moncho.

Visitors to the Fair over the weekend will be entertained with regular expositions of the Algemesi "Dance of the Sticks" below and left, and by performances by brass bands and groups of drums.

The Provincial Tourism Fair was inaugurated in the Valencian Bullring at 06:00 p.m. on Friday the 13th May, with a demonstration of the Stick Dance from Algemesi.

On Friday the tourist information stands closed at 09:00 p.m. while the gastronomy stands closed at 11:00 p.m.

Saturday the 14th May, opening hours for the stands will be from 11:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m., and from 04:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m.

The gastronomy stands will open from 11:00 a,m to 11:00 p.m.

Sunday the 15th May, the tourism stands will open from 11:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. and from 04:00 p.m. to 08:00 p.m.

The gastronomy stands will open from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

A total of 50 stands with leaflets of their tourism offer and samples of local gastronomy, will occupy the area outside the Bullring, while there will be four zones within the Bullring offering tourism and culture information on coastal beach towns, as well as stands where visitors may buy tapas (food tidbits) and glasses of drinks, for around 1.5 Euro a sample.

The Valencia County Council has offered a subsidy of 150,000 Euro to pay 50% of the cost of the promotional event.

All visitors travelling to the Fair by the Renfe local trains will receive a small gift (baseball cap, etc.,) by presenting their train ticket at the promotional stand of the Fair.

 

The Valencia Bullring (above) - All photos by Abulaila.


PROVINCIAL TOURISM BOOST IN VALENCIA NEXT WEEKEND

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council, accompanied by Pau Perez, manager of the Valencia County Council Patronage of Tourism, presented the Provincial Tourism Fair that will be inaugurated in the Valencian Bullring at 06:00 p.m. on Friday the 13th May, with a demonstration of the Stick Dance from Algemesi.

On Friday the tourist information stands will close at 09:00 p.m. while the gastronomy stands will close at 11:00 p.m.

Saturday the 14th May, opening hours for the stands will be from 11:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m., and from 04:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m.

The gastronomy stands will open from 11:00 a,m to 11:00 p.m.

Sunday the 15th May, the tourism stands will open from 11:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. and from 04:00 p.m. to 08:00 p.m.

The gastronomy stands will open from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

A total of 50 stands with samples of their tourism offer and samples of local gastronomy, will occupy the area outside the Bullring, while there will be four zones within the Bullring offering tourism and culture information on coastal beach towns, as well as stands where visitors may buy tapas (food tidbits) and glasses of drinks, for around 1.5 Euro a sample.

The Valencia County Council has offered a subsidy of 150,000 Euro to pay 50% of the cost of the promotional event.

All visitors travelling to the Fair by the Renfe local trains will receive a small gift (baseball cap, etc.,by presenting their train ticket at the promotional stand of the Fair.


22 MILLION EURO FOR VOLVO OCEAN RACE 2020 AND ALSO FOR 2023

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government (second from the left above), announced a grant of 22 million Euro for the Volvo Ocean Race that will leave from Alicante Port in 2020 and another 22 million Euro for the 2023 edition, and said that through this funding, Alicante Port will receive important publicity, as will the Valencian Region.

President Pug announced this after meeting with Gabriel Echevarri, Mayor of Alicante, Juan A. Gisbert, chairman of the Port Authority of Alicante, and Antonio Rodes, general manager of the Valencian Region Theme Projects Society - (SPT).

The budget for the 2017 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race will be adjusted as much as possible to avoid the deficit of the event under previous governments.

In President Puig's opinion, the Volvo Ocean Race should not be a stage for individual promotion but should serve to promote sport, Alicante, tourism, culture, and trade, through the window on the world the event offers.

 


COUNTY COUNCIL TOURISM COOPERATES WITH EURAM

Pau Perez, Manager of the Tourism Patronage of the Valencia County Council (extreme right in the above photo), participated in the technical meeting on the tourism sector in the European Region of the Mediterranean Axle - EURAM, organized by the Ignasi Villalonga Institute of Economy and Enterprise, in the Valencian Government Tourism Centre for Professional Training - CdT.

During the meeting an agreement was reached to celebrate a Congress on the EURAM theme at the end of this year.

Also at the meeting were Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism (fifth from the left in the photo above), Raquel Huete, General Manageress of Tourism (third from the left above), Antonio Bernabe, manager of the Valencia Tourism Foundation, Pere Muñoz, Manager of the Balear Tourism Board, Jordi Carnes, Manager of the Tourism Consortium of Barcelona, Juan Torella, Tourism Manager of Barcelona City Hall, and Pau Caparros, Manager of the Ignasi Villalonga Institute of Economy and Enterprise.


VALENCIA TOURISM PROMOTION IN BARCELONA

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council, represented the Valencian Region at the inauguration of the International B-Travel Show taking place in Barcelona from the 15th to the 17th of April and in which Valencia Tourism of the County Council is represented in the Valencian Region stand.

Deputy Moncho was accompanied at the opening by Jordi Baiget, Counsellor of Enterprises and Knowledge of the Catalonian Government; William Carnes, chairman of Barcelona Tourism; Juan Aspart, chairman of the Executive Committee of Barcelona.

Pau Perez, manager of the County Council Tourism Patronage, was with Deputy Moncho when they met with Catalonian tourism officials to promote gastronomy tourism, activity tourism, and cultural tourism in the towns and villages of the Valencian Region.

"Tournejants" the sticks dance troupe from Algemesi, Valencia, offered demonstrations of their art thanks to a County Council sponsorship, while the Valencian towns of Algemesi, Ayora, Carcaixent, El Puig de Santa Maria, Gandia, Sueca, Xativa, and the Mancommunity of La Valldigna, all have a counter on the Valencian Region stand.

Catalonia accounts for 40% of Spanish tourists to the Valencian Region, and 60% of the visitors to the tourism show decide their summer holiday destinations during their visit.

 

 


GERMAN AND FRENCH TRIATHLON PROFESSIONALS IN VALENCIA

The Valencia County Council organized a one day trip in Valencia for a group of triathlon professionals from France and Germany following an Oliva-Valencia-Oliva route, with a view to enable them experience first hand the possibility of tourism sports and the organization of a triathlon campus in Valencia in the near future.

The sports professionals toured the city of Valencia by bicycle (photo on the left).

 


TORRES-TORRES AND ALGAR DE PALANCIA PROMOTION IN VALENCIA

The towns of Torres-Torres and Algar de Palancia are promoting their tourism offers in the County Council Tourist Information Office in the centre of Valencia where they were visited by Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council (in the centre of the photo above), and Pau Perez, manager of the County Council Tourism Patronage (extreme right in the photo above).

Juan E. Lostado, Mayor of Algar de Palancia (in the photo below left) highlighted the Feast of "La Merced" that commemorates the rescue and liberation of slaves by members of the Order of the Mercedaries 800 years ago, thanks to their negotiations with the Turks.

Rafael Gil, Mayor of Torres-Torres (in the photo below right), is promoting the magnificent Arab Baths in his town, while samples of gastronomy from both areas are offered to visitors to the Information Office.

A group of ladies present demonstrations of the traditional art of "bolillos" or lace-making (photo Below left).

The Tourist Information Office opening hours are: Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 02:30 p.m. and from 04:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m.

 


COUNTY COUNCIL TOURISM COOPERATES WITH EURAM

Pau Perez, Manager of the Tourism Patronage of the Valencia County Council (extreme right in the above photo), participated in the technical meeting on the tourism sector in the European Region of the Mediterranean Axle - EURAM, organized by the Ignasi Villalonga Institute of Economy and Enterprise, in the Valencian Government Tourism Centre for Professional Training - CdT.

During the meeting an agreement was reached to celebrate a Congress on the EURAM theme at the end of this year.

Also at the meeting were Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism (fifth from the left in the photo above), Raquel Huete, General Manageress of Tourism (third from the left above), Antonio Bernabe, manager of the Valencia Tourism Foundation, Pere Muñoz, Manager of the Balear Tourism Board, Jordi Carnes, Manager of the Tourism Consortium of Barcelona, Juan Torella, Tourism Manager of Barcelona City Hall, and Pau Caparros, Manager of the Ignasi Villalonga Institute of Economy and Enterprise.


JARAFUEL SEEKS TOURISM AID FROM VALENCIA COUNTY COUNCIL

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council received Fernando Garcia, Mayor of Jarafuel (a town in the Ayora Valley with 870 inhabitants), in the headquarters of the Valencia County Council.

Mr. Garcia presented a tourism project for Jarafuel that includes a local Honey Fair and on the 1st May the ninth edition of the Almez (hackberry) Handcrafts Fair in which local artists make walking sticks and other objects from this wood, while other artists manufacture objects handcrafted from wrought iron.

Note from the Editor: Hackberry (Celtis Occidentalis) is a large deciduous tree native to North America. It is also known as the nettletree, sugarberry, and beaverwood.


THE REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA LIKES VALENCIAN TOURISM SYSTEM

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism (extreme right in the above photo), received Goran Mickovski, Minister of Foreign Investment of the Republic of Macedonia, who was accompanied by a delegation of tourism officials and by Jose Alcañiz, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Macedonia, who expressed an interest in the various tourism programmes being carried out in the Valencian Region.


COUNTY COUNCIL TOURISM PROMOTES ANDILLA AND FONTANARS

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council (third from the right in the above photo), visited the Provincial Tourism Promotion Office in the centre of Valencia City where she met with Paulino Moreno, Mayor of Andilla (located in the Serranos area) and with Julio Biosca, Mayor of Fontanars dels Alforins, who were accompanied by their tourism technicians, and who will promote their respective towns over the coming days. The Andilla officials are on the left of Deputy Moncho, and those from Fontanars del Alforins are on the right.

Andilla has almost 350 inhabitants and has many archeological remains and monuments, owing to the fact that the area was inhabited by cultures prior to the Bronze Age, as well as extensive nature zones such as La Moraica or El Barranco de la Cingla, along with its gastronomy of fine meat and confectionery.

Fontanars dels Alforins has almost 1,000 inhabitants and is promoting its rich gastronomy of dried sausage meats, marmalades and sweet desserts, and a wide range of local wine that may be sampled next 23rd April at the fifth Alforins Wine Fair in which all the wineries of the area will participate, while in September, the 150th anniversary of the local Fiestas of Moors and Christians will be celebrated.

The Provincial Tourist Information Office opening hours are: Wednesday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. and from 04:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m.

All photos are by Abulaila.


INTERNATIONAL WIND FESTIVAL VALENCIA

The International Wind Festival will take place on the Malvarrosa beach in Valencia the 2nd and 3rd April when some 150 pilots will guide their kites (many of them gigantic figures) over the blue sky reflecting the waters of the Mediterranean.

For more information click here: http://www.festivaldelviento.org

There is also a competition in which children learn how to make and fly a kite.

To register a child click here: http://www.festivaldelviento.org/concurso


LIRIA, ALMASSERA AND PUIG DE SANTA MARIA TOURISM PROMOTION

The towns of Liria, Almassera, and El Puig de Santa Maria, are promoting their rich gastronomy in the Tourism Information Office located on the ground floor of the Principal Theater in the centre of Valencia City.

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council, visited the Tourist Information Office and spoke with Ramon Puchades, Mayor of Almassera, and with Ferran Pina, Tourism Counselor of the Town Hall of Liria, and their municipal technicians.

Liria is promoting its historic heritage that includes the Iberian location of Castellet de Bernabe, the monument of the Arab Baths, and the Church of the Blood, as well as guided tours to the Roman Edeta, Medieval Liria, or Renaissance and Baroque Liria.

The Nature Parks of Saint Vicente or the Concordia, nature trails, and events such as the Night Stories, or theatrical visits with music in summer, are also being promoted.

Almassera on the other hand is being promoted through wall panels, especially its typical Tiger Nut Juice (Horchata) and its Market Garden Museum.

Finally, el Puig de Santa Maria is promoting the eighth edition of its Gastronomy Seminar, to take place in April, along with its rich architectural heritage such as the Monastery of Santa Maria, its beaches and weekend guided tours around the War Bomb Shelters and Trenches of El Puig, the Cartuja of Ara Cristi, the Printing and Graphics Arts Museum, and the Guaita Tower.

The Tourist Information Office opening hours are: Wednesday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. and from 04:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m.


HISTORIC TOURISM AGREEMENT BETWEEN CITY HALL AND COUNTY COUNCIL

Juan Calabuig, Valencia City Hall, Alderman of Tourism signed an agreement with Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council, in which they jointly agreed to promote Valencia by negotiating an increase in the number of flights in and out of Valencian Airports, attending tourism fairs on the international market, encouraging visitors to prolong their stay in Valencia, and offering "different tourism" such as adventure tourism, nature tourism, and cultural tourism, etc.

Photos above and below: on the extreme left is Antonio Bernabe, manager of Valencian Tourism of Valencia City Hall, while Pau Perez, manager of Valencia Tourism of the Valencia County Council, is on the extreme right.

 

All photos are by ABULAILA.


HOTEL ACCOMMODATION INCREASED BY 16.7% IN FEBRUARY

The number of guests at hotels in the Valencian Region totalled 1.5 million during the month of February with 491,141 persons registered - an increase of 16.7% when compared to the same period in 2015, according to data supplied by Francesc Colomer,Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism.

Overnight stays in hotels in the Valencian Region in January and February were 2.819, 937 - an upward trend of 15.9% when compared to the same period in 2015 with the number of travellers reaching over 800,000 - or an increase of 10.7%.

Overnight stays attributed to foreign tourists were 1.2 million up to February - or a 21,9% increase compared to the same period in 2015, while 1.5 million overnight stays were attributed to Spaniards during the period January-February - 11.7% more than in 2015.


VALENCIA TOURIST BOARD PROMOTION AT MEEDEX SHOW PARIS

The Valencian Region through the Valencia Tourist Board is carrying out the promotion of Congress Tourism at the MEEDEX Show in Paris, France, the 22nd and 23rd March. This Show highlights the tourism business offer to attract events, meetings, congresses and incentives of the French market.

This show will have around 100 exhibitors, from over 60 countries, and expects visits of some 1,200 professionals from more than 150 companies. This is the second year Valencia is participating under the umbrella of Turespaña.

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, stressed the importance of Valencia participating in similar shows, such as the IMEX in Frankfurt in April, the IBTM America in Tennessee, USA, in June, the IMEX in Las Vegas in October, and the IBTM World in Barcelona in November, with a view to drawing tourists during the off season.

In 2015, over one million French tourists visited the Valencian Region, the majority in august, but with an increase of 42% in April and a 26% increase in July.

During 2016, a total of 6 airlines connect with 7 French airports from the Valencian Region, with flights from Valencia airport to three Parisian airports and other flights from Alicante airport.


VALENCIA COUNTY COUNCIL TOURISM IN MOSCOW

The Tourism Patronage of the Valencia County Council has a stand at the MITT Tourism Fair in Moscow, Russia, from the 23rd to the 26th March, in which it is carrying out an intense promotion of tourism from the province of Valencia.

Visitors to the stand have at their disposal a wide range of pamphlets, tourist guides and leaflets extolling sun and beach tourism, local gastronomy, and cultural and inland tourism in Russian.

The MITT is essential to attract tourists from the Russian Federation, Kazajstan, Byelorussia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Georgia, Armenia, Tajikistan, Kygysztan, Moldavia, and Eastern Europe.

As from the 1st June there will be a direct flight from Valencia to the airport of Moscow-Sheremetvevo.


VALENCIA PARTICIPATES IN WORLD TOURISM SHOW IN PARIS

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, announced that the Valencian Region will participate in the 41st edition of the World Tourism Show in Paris, France, from the 17th to the 20th March.

The Nature Destination Show coincides with the World Tourism Show in the same location, and the Valencian Region has six counters inside the Turespaña stand.

In 2015, over one million French tourists visited the Valencian Region, the majority in august, but with an increase of 42% in April and a 26% increase in July.

During 2016, a total of 6 airlines connect with 7 French airports from the Valencian Region, with flights from Valencia airport to three Parisian airports and other flights from Alicante airport.


VALENCIA TOURISM WILL BE PRESENT AT SOROLLA EXPOSITION IN MUNICH

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, has announced that the Valencian Tourism Board will participate in the Valencian artist Sorolla exposition to take place in Munich, Germany, the 28th April.

Mr. Colomer had met with Alvaro Blanco, director of the Spanish Tourism Office in Munich during their recent visit to the Internationale Tourismus Bourse Fair in Berlin, where they agreed that Valencia would present its cultural and gastronomy tourism offers coinciding with the exposition, now that Munich is connected by air with flights into Alicante.


VALENCIAN TOURISM PROMOTION AT MITT IN MOSCOW

The Valencia Tourism Board is promoting Valencian tourism with six counters at the Moscow International Travel and Tourism (MITT) Show from the 23rd to the 26th March. This is the most important tourism fair in Russia and in the 2015 edition had 1,852 exhibitors from 192 countries, with stands in 9 pavilions covering an area of 54,628 square metres. It was attended by 32,162 visitors of which 76% were professionals of the tourist sector.

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, spoke of the importance of the Valencia tourism promotion at this 23rd edition of the MITT, and highlighted the fact that the Valencia Tourist Board will attend 48 tourism fairs during 2016, of which 28 are international shows.

In 2015, a total of 131,748 Russian tourists visited the Valencia Region where they spent 227.2 million Euro, with the Alicante coast registering the greater number of overnight stays with a concentration of 64.3% followed by Valencia City with 21.6%.

 


TOURISM AUTONOMIC SECRETARY VISITED SUECA

Francesc Colomer Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, accompanied by Raquel Tamarit, Mayoress of Sueca, visited the area where he expressed interest in aiding the promotion of the annual "International Valencian Paella Competition of Sueca" on international markets.

Mayoress Tamarit also explained other tourism projects of her Town Hall that include the project of a museum depicting the complete cycle of rice cultivation, harvesting, distribution, and exports.

Autonomic Secretary Colomer also visited the nearby location of Mareny de Barraquetes where Mayor Jordi Sanjaime took him on a tour of the beaches. Mr. Colomer agreed to advance financial aid to upgrade them to attract more tourists.


ENGUERA AND ALCASSER TOURISM PROMOTION IN VALENCIA

The towns of Enguera and Alcasser are promoting their rich gastronomy in the Tourism Information Office located on the ground floor of the Principal Theater in the centre of Valencia City.

Pau Perez, Manager of the Valencia County Council Patronage, visited the Tourist Info Office in representation of Pilar Moncho, County Council Tourism Deputy, where he spoke with Eva Zamora, Mayoress of Alcasser, who indicated the display of Alcasser's famous almond pastries that include the "Plat de Gloria" (Plate of Glory), the "Coca de Sagi" (Sagi sponge cake), the "Coca de nous i panses" (Sponge cake with nuts and raisins), and the "Coca d'arrop" (Sponge cake with honey.

Dolo Garcia, from Enguera Town Hall, spoke of the famous San Gil fiesta devoted especially to children, and that having obtained the category of a Fiesta of Local Interest, and of the Valencian Region, has now requested the category of a Fiesta of National Interest.

The Tourist Information Office opening hours are: Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 02:30 p.m. and from 04:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m.


TOURISM DEPUTY EXPLAINS GRANTS TO MASSAMAGRELL

Pilar Moncho, County Council Deputy of Tourism visited the Town Hall of Massamagrell where she met with Mayor Francisco Gomez and with vice Mayor Pep Galarza, to study their tourism projects that include promoting the museums in the area and starting a route connecting the neighbouring towns, taking into account that Massamagrell is the last post of the Holy Grail Road that starts in Huesca.


ONE MILLION EURO TO IMPROVE TOURISM COMPANIES

Francesc Colomer revealed this week that the Valencia Tourist Board has 1,300.000 Euro to aid tourist companies improve competitivity and is directed to aid singular programmes with tourist offers and those with innovative tourist services.

Mr. Colomer also highlighted the 3.2 million Euro available to modernize and diversify the tourism offer of the Municipalities in the Valencian Region.

The Valencia Tourist Board intends to give grants to tourism companies to rationalize the use of natural resources, and minimize environmental impact, investments in technological infrastructures, and studies towards sustainable tourism accessibility.

During the present week experts from the Tourist Board will meet with representatives of the tourism sector to explain the grants in detail, and how to obtain them. Deadline for applications is the 30th March.

Financial aid will also be granted to sports and cultural activities with an international tourism impact.


MURCIA NATURE PARK GOES GREEN FOR SAINT PAT'S DAY

Saint Patrick's Day in Terra Natura, Murcia - for more information click .- HERE


MUSICAL INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN FALLAS FIESTAS

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council, revealed that "Valencia Turisme", through a musical show, will invite everyone to participate in the Fallas Fiestas with the objective of having these fiestas categorized by the UNESCO as "Immaterial World Heritage".

The 15th to the 20th March from 12:00 p.m. to 02:00 p.m. over 40,000 pamphlets will be distributed inviting residents and tourists to visit Valencian towns and villages to enjoy their fiestas, beaches, heritage, gastronomy, traditions, nature trails, and the Fallas.

Like a "Road Show" a team of "Valencia Turisme" will distribute Fallera Kerchiefs to the people who gather round the "Xaranga Valencia Turisme" who, dressed in green overblouses, the colour of the "Valencia Turisme" banner, will offer a musical spectacle through the streets of the centre of Valencia.


PRESIDENT PUIG LUNCHED WITH TOURIST SECTOR

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, accompanied by Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, lunched with entrepreneurs of the tourist sector in the Tourism Centre for Professional Training, CdT, in Benidorm.


THE FIRST "AMSTEL TAPAS" COMPETITION IN OLIVA

 

Pilar Moncho, County Council Deputy of Tourism, will visit Oliva to attend the first "Amstel Tapas" competition in Oliva in which some 28 establishments will participate,

This competition is organized by Tourism of the Valencia County Council, and the Town Hall of Oliva, in collaboration with Gastroliva.

 

Deputy Moncho will be accompanied by Pau Perez, Manager of the Provincial Patronage of Tourism.

A map has been published indicating the 28 establishments participating in the competition that is taking place in the Polyvalent Centre of Social and Cultural Activities of Oliva, located in the Safor.

During the competition, the general public will be offered samples of beer, wine, liqueurs, show cooking sessions, as well as the possibility to taste the gastronomic delicacies of the area.


COUNTY COUNCIL TOURISM PROMOTES ORNITHOLOGY IN CACERES

Valencia County Council Tourism is participating in the International Ornithology Tourism Fair (FIO) in the Monfrague Nature Park in Caceres, Extremadura, with a stand promoting bird watching tourism in the Valencian Region.

This third edition of the FIO opens from the 11th to the 13th March, has 94 exhibitors, expects some 13,000 visitors, and where Valencia Tourism will present the first publication dealing with bird watching in Valencia province.

Each year, a greater number of flocks of birds arrive from central and northern Europe to reside during the cold weather in one or other of the 40 (ZEPA) special bird-protected areas in the Valencian Region, such as the Albufera Nature Park, and almost all of the other 22 nature parks that cover an area of around 9,400 square kilometres.

This tourism attracts a wide range of professional photographers for specialized magazines, conservationists, and people who have bird watching as their main hobby.


VALENCIAN TOURISM INSPECTED NEW CASTELLON AIRPORT

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, together with tourism entrepreneurs from Benicassim, inspected the installations of the new airport in Castellon, following up on Valencian President Ximo Puig's remarks at the ITB International Tourism Show in Germany last week, announcing his intention to seek more flights from Castellon to airports all over Germany.


COUNTY COUNCIL TOURISM AT THE 50th EDITION OF ITB BERLIN TOURISM SHOW

The Valencia County Council Tourism Deputy, revealed the participation of her department at the International Tourism Show (ITB), in Berlin, Germany, from the 09th to the 13th March with the first three days for professionals and the last two days for the general public.

The County Council offered leaflets, brochures, and maps with information on rural dwellings, hotels, camping sites, nature tourism with trekking, canoeing, horse riding, and a host of other leisure activities.

The County Council counter received many German visitors - and Spanish ones as well, among them J. Manuel Soria, the Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade, and Tourism (in the photo below).

The ITB has 10,000 exhibitors from 185 countries, and Spanish tourism Turespaña, had a stand of 950 square metres that offered counters to representatives of 13 of the 17 autonomous governments in Spain and 21 Spanish tourist enterprises.

Germany is the third country that sends most tourists to Spain, after the United Kingdom and France, and in 2015, a total of 10.2 million German tourists visited Spain and spent 9,837 billion Euro.


THE VALENCIA TOURIST BOARD TOURED THE ITB IN BERLIN

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, accompanied by Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, toured the International Tourist Show - ITB, in Berlin , Germany, where he ratified the repercussion of German tourism on the economy in the Valencian Region.

President Puig stressed the need for Valencia to tighten ties with German tourists and declared the Valencia Tourist Board will work to improve airport infrastructures in Castellon, Valencia, to connect directly with as many airports as possible in Germany.


FREE TIGER NUT JUICE FOR THE FALLAS FIESTAS

The Provincial Tourism Patronage of the Valencia County Council sponsored the free distribution at the gates of the bullring in the centre of Valencia, of one thousand litres of tiger nut juice (horchata) as part of the festivities for the Fallas Fiestas taking place in Valencia till the 19th March.

Brochures and pamphlets with tourist information on Valencian towns and villages, were also offered to the public.


COUNTY COUNCIL OFFERS TWO MILLION EURO FOR VALENCIAN TOURISM

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council (centre above), presided a macro meeting attended by numerous mayors of Valencian Town Halls and representatives of Man Communities in the province of Valencia, and in which she revealed the economic grants at the disposal of everyone to upgrade their tourist assets.

Pau Perez, manager of the County Council Tourism Patronage (left above), offered information of the subsidies available, with details of the three sectors for which the aid might be sought, viz., Tourism Promotion, the Development of Technological Applications, and Investments.

Maribel Salom, Tourism Technician (far right above), stressed the need for everyone to be cautious when seeking financial aid and asked that the projects presented contain only the strictest amount needed to undertake the project.

Deputy Moncho also spoke of a further line of funding exclusively for tourism enterprises, and a fifth to improve the quality of the beaches, but always counting on the support of professionals and associations dedicated to leisure, lodgings, and hostelry.

After the presentation, the microphone was offered to the floor (photo below) and the mayors of several towns had queries as to the procedure to follow in order to request the subsidies.


COUNTY COUNCIL TOURISM PROMOTION IN "SEVATUR"

Pilar Moncho, County Council Tourism Deputy revealed that the Tourism Patronage of the Valencia County Council participated from the 4th to the 6th March in the "SEVATUR" tourism show in San Sebastian and explained that "SEVATUR" opens a door to interesting markets such as those of the Basque Country and the French market.

Gandia shared the Valencia County Council tourism stand and is one of 43 exhibitors at the show that expected 18,000 visitors to the Kursaal Convention Bureau where "SEVATUR" was held.


CULTURAL TOURISM TAKES OFF IN VALENCIA

Francesc Colomer., Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, presided a Cultural Tourism Meet,,accompanied by Alberto Girona, Autonomic Secretary of Culture and Sports, Carmen Moraga, general manageress of Culture and Heritage, and Raquel Huete, manageress of Tourism, and their respective teams.

The aims of this Meet are to elaborate a strategy to boost cultural heritage within the tourism circuits in the Valencian Region, and at this first meeting they established a programme by which all activity will be coordinated.

The Cultural Tourism Meet arises from the need to channel cultural and heritage tourism in different towns towards a joint tourism market to join economic activity with the preservation of cultural richness.


VALENCIA TOURISM PROMOTION IN SAN SEBASTIAN'S "SEVATUR"

The Valencia Tourist Board is promoting tourism in the Valencia Region from the 4th to the 6th March at the Tourism Show "SEVATUR" in the Kursaal Convention Bureau, in San Sebastian with a 100 square metres stand that it shares with tourism of Castellon, the Costa Blanca, Turisme Valencia, the Tourism Foundation of Benidorm, and the Federation of Camping Sites of the Valencian Region.

 

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, stressed the need to promote the Valencian Region in the Basque Country whose inhabitants seek mainly sun and beach, gastronomy, active tourism and culture.

Mr. Colomer also said that throughout 20126 the Valencia Tourist Board will participate in 20 tourism shows and will promote different sectors such as underwater diving, bird watching, golf, boating, and active and nature tourism.


FREE ORANGE JUICE AND HORCHATA IN FALLAS

The 8th and 10th March from 12:00 to 14:00, a total of one thousand litres of fresh orange juice and horchata (tiger nut juice) will be distributed at the gates of the Valencian bullring just before the traditional lunchtime Fallas Firecrackers Show.

 

The distribution of 1,000 litres of free fresh orange juice took place on the 8th March while free horchata will be given away on the 10th.

The Valencia County Council "Valencian Turisme" Depart,ment and the Federation of Tourism Leisure, Gaming, Recreation Activities, and Related Industries - FOTUR, sponsor this annual treat to quench the thirst of the many Fallas revellers and tourists crowding the streets in the centre of Valencia every day till the 19th March.

Both events count on the collaboration of the Denomination of Origin Chufa (Tiger Nut), the Regulatory Council of Valencian Citrus, the Association of DJ's and Valencian producers PRODJ who will be in charge of animating the event, and the ZUMMO company.


PAELLA CONTEST IN SUECA

Pilar Moncho, Valencia County Council Deputy of Tourism (third from the left in the above photo), was guest at the presentation in Sueca of the 56th Annual International Valencia Paella Contest that this year will be celebrated on the 11th September. This Paella contest has been declared of Touristic Interest.

Accompanying Deputy Moncho were Raquel Tamarit, Mayoress of Sueca, and politicians from Sueca Town Hall such as Vicente Baldovi, the Town Hall Alderman in charge of the International Valencia Paella Competition in Sueca, along with chef Jesus Melero, coordinator of the competition and representative of the company Organizer of International Gastronomy Events, S. L. (OCGI).

The logo for this next Paella Competition will be #PaellaEmoji.

The advertising poster was designed by Socarrat Studios whose director Vicente Sanfeliu declared it conveyed the international aspect of Valencia Paella.


THE OCEANOGRAPHIC PARK IN VALENCIA REOPENS

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government (left in the above photo) was guest of honour at the reopening of the Oceanographic Park in Valencia. The Valencia Water company AVANQUA, won the contract last year to run the park, and after an investment of nine million Euro and a series of renovations, have now reopened it.

During his address, President Puig said "The rebirth of the Oceanographic is part of the rebirth of the Valencian Region."

Celia Calabuig, Chairperson of AVANQUA (beside the President above), during her speech highlighted the new additions to the Oceanographic such as a new habitat for giant Aldabra tortoises, a crocodile house, outdoor penguins, a butterfly cage, and some morse from the Patagonia. She also mentioned that a children's play area has been added.

Juan J.de Torres, General Manager of AVANQUA Oceanographic is on the right in the above photo.


VALENCIAN PRESIDENT HOSTED TOURISM MEET

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, hosted a meeting of the Valencian Region Tourism Interdepartmental Commission that was attended by Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism and by the Autonomic Secretaries of all the other government departments.

The work programme for 2016 was approved at the meeting and they also reached an agreement to boost the sustainable territory and inclusive tourism, as well as to eliminate obstacles in the path of tourism enterprises and destinations, that fall under the exclusive competence of the Valencian Government.

The work programme implies the creation of three technical commissions that will implement all the above agreements.


TOURISM DEPUTY MONCHO DINES WITH 600 HOUSEWIVES

Pilar Moncho, County Council Deputy of Tourism (second from the left above), had lunch with 600 ladies (photo below) in Tavernes de la Valldigna. The lunch was organized by the Valencian Housewives Association ,Tyrius, to celebrate Women's Day, and was attended by Jordi Juan, Mayor of Valldigna, and Noelia Alberola, Valldigna Town Hall Alder person of Social Services and Equality (extreme left above), and the chairperson of the Tyrius.


FOTUR TOURISM AWARDS IN THE CDT IN VALENCIA

Francesc Colomer,Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, and Pau Perez, manager of the Valencia County Council Patronage of Provincial Tourism, were guests of honour at the IX FOTUR AWARDS 2016 GALA in the Tourism Centre for Professional Training - CdT in Valencia.

The Federation of Leisure, Tourism, and Gambling, of the Valencian Region - FOTUR, gives the annual awards in recognition of the work of enterprises, media, institutions, and professionals, in the sector.


TOURISM PROMOTION OF ALBERIC, ALPUENTE, AND LA YESA IN VALENCIA

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council (second from the left above), visited the Tourist Information Office in the center of Valencia City to inquire after the tourism projects.

Alberic, located in the Upper Ribera, has an attractive offer in the Baroque Parish Church of Saint Llorenç, martyr, the former Town Hall, the Convent of Our Lady of the Angels, and the cistern of Arab origin that supplied water to the town up to the XIX century.

Alpuente located in the are of Los Serranos, offers visitors an interesting Paleontological Museum with a collection of dinosaur fossils, the Hermitage of Santa Barbera, a castle and an old part of the town declared of Artistic-Artistic value, as well as a Medieval aqueduct "Los Arcos".

La Yesa, is an inland town situated 1,040 metres above sea level and is surrounded by mountains and natural scenery with monumental trees. It boasts an archaeological site with Iberian remains, of Medieval mills, and arches and heraldic shields dating from the XV and XVI centuries, scattered around the town on the faces of buildings and private homes.

The jewel of its patrimony is the Church of Our Lady of the Angels dating from the XVII century with a square tower facing north, south, east, and west.

The Tourist Information Office opening hours are: Wednesday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 02:30 p.m. and from 04:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m.

 


TOURISM AGREEMENT BETWEEN VALENCIA AND CASTILLA LA MANCHA

Francesc Colomer, Valencia Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, met in Toledo with Ana I, Fernandez, general directress of Tourism of Castilla La Mancha, and with Javier Perez, director general of Seniors and Physically Challenged Persons, with a view to establishing business relations in the field of Tourism and Social Services, between Castilla La Mancha and the Valencian Region.

Starting September, both parties will organize an exchange by which residents of Castilla la Mancha may visit the coastal and rural areas of the Valencian Region while tourists from the Valencia Region will have the opportunity to travel around Castilla la Mancha.

The objective is not only to offer cultural and leisure trips to the elderly and physically challenged, but also to keep the off season tourism afloat and maintain jobs in the sector which will be an all round benefit to the economy of both regions.


VALENCIAN PREMIERE OF ARCHITECT GUASTAVINO DOCUMENTARY FILM

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government (second from the left), and Pilar Moncho, Valencia County Council Deputy of Tourism (second from the right), attended the premiere of the documentary film "Rafael Guastavino, the Architect of New York", directed by Eva Vizcarra, that was shown in the Mercantile Ateneo in Valencia.

Rafael Guastavino was a Valencian architect who triumphed in the United States of America, and whose works Grand Central Station or City Hall Underground Station in Manhattan in New York, are a testimony to his achievements.

 


QUALITY CERTIFICATES AWARDED IN SEGORBE

Francesc Colomer, Autonomic Secretary of Tourism (above right) presided the ceremony in which Quality Certificates "Tourism Quality Compromise" of the SICTED, were awarded in Segorbe.

Mr. Colomer declared that SICTED "is a step forward of administrations together with the entrepreneurial sector for quality improvement in tourism destinations."

 


TOURISM PATRONAGE OPEN TO CAMPING SITE ENTREPRENEURS

Pilar Moncho, County Council Deputy of Tourism on behalf of the County Council Tourism Patronage has offered the Valencian Association of Camping Sites to become members of the Board of Directors of the Tourism Patronage, with a view to making the most of their experience as they have a firsthand knowledge of the sector.

With this in mind, Pilar Moncho and Pau Perez, Director of the Tourism Patronage, met in Oliva with Jose V. Frasquet, chairman of the Associations of Camping Sites, and with other representatives of the sector, and said that in the coming week the general programme for grants would be published to enable tourism companies invest in improvements to upgrade their offer.

 


TOURISM FUNDS CANE FESTIVAL IN CASTELLON

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, met with Amparo Marco, Mayoress of Castellon to notify her that his department will fund the "Cane Festival" of Castellon, with a donation of 50,000 Euro, because " invest in fiestas is to invest in the heart of the tourism model that we want for the Valencian Region."

 


MAYOR RIBO PROCLAIMS THE CALL TO FALLAS "CRIDA"

Juan Ribo, Mayor of Valencia City (above left), proclaimed the call or "Crida" to Valencian citizens and visitors in Valencia, to attend the 2016 Fallas Fiestas that end in Valencia every year on the night of the 19th of March when over 300 gigantic bonfires or "FALLAS" are burned.

The Fallas Fiesta commemorates the Medieval tradition when members of the Carpenter's Guild of Valencia cleaned out their carpenter shops and burned all the wood-shavings and bits and pieces of wood left over from the winter work, on the 19th March, feast of Saint Joseph, Patron Saint of Carpenters.

The 2016 Fallas Senior Queen Alicia Moreno is centre in the photo, while the Junior Fallas Queen Sofia Soler, stands beside her and Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, can be seen on the right.

In the photo below observe a general view of the balcony erected on the Serrano Towers in Valencia.

 


VALENCIAN PRESIDENT ATTENDED THE CANE FESTIVAL IN CASTELLON

Ximo Puig, President of the Valencian Government, (centre above) took part in the Cane Festival in Castellon.


VALENCIA TOURIST BOARD HAS STAND AT NAVARRA TOURISM SHOW

The Valencia Tourist Board is participating with a 100 square metres stand in the Navarra International Tourism Show taking place in Pamplona from the 26th to the 28th February to promote tourism from Castellon, Costa Blanca, Valencia Tourism, the Benidorm Tourism Foundation, as well as the Valencia Region Federation of Camping Sites.

 

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, expressed his satisfaction at the participation in this 11th edition that is taking place in the Convention Bureau of Baluarte, Pamplona. The 2015 edition of this fair had 105 exhibitors, received 31,000 visitors, and covered an area of 7,720 square metres.

Mr. Colomer also said that throughout 2016, the Valencia Tourist Board will be present in 20 travel fairs in Spain.


VALENCIA PROMOTION AT DENMARK TOURISM FAIR

Francesc Colomer, Valencia Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism has revealed that the Valencia Tourist Board is participating with two counters on the Turespaña Stand at the Danish Travel Show, Ferie For Alle, taking place in Herning, Denmark, from the 26th to the 28th February, with a view to increasing the number of Danish tourists to the Valencian Region.

The provincial patronage of tourism is also promoting tourism from the Costa Blanca, Visit Benidorm, and the towns of Calpe and Alicante.

Mr. Colomer also highlighted the fact that the Valencia Tourist Board will carry out promotions of Valencia tourism at 48 tourism fairs (28 of them international) during 2016,

The Ferie for Alle is the most important international tourism fair in Denmark, and during its 2015 edition hosted 1,096 exhibitors distributed in 14 pavilions which received 62,855 visitors, with over 4,000 of these, tourism professionals, as well as 224 tourism journalists.


PROVINCIAL TOURISM PRESENT AT AMBERES SHOW

The Valencia County Council is promoting Valencia Province Tourism at the Fiest Fair in Wanderlaar, Amberes, Belgium, as part of as part of the Strategies Marketing Plan of Turespaña 2012-2016, to project Spanish destinies specializing in active tourism, trekking, and bicycle tourism.

At present, two airlines operate direct flights from Valencia to Brussels, and after Benidorm, Valencia city is the second destination of Belgian tourists.

County Council Tourism distributed pamphlets and brochures at the Amberes Fair with information on active tourism, with basic offers for hotels, rural houses and camping sites, as well as details about cultural events available and a wide range of family, health, and gastronomy tourism,


TOURISM QUALITY AWARDS

Raquel Huete, Valencian Government General Directress of Tourism, presided the ceremony in which "Tourism Quality Compromise SICTED Awards were distributed to five tourism companies and services in Finestrat, where Ms. Huete was accompanied by J. Francisco Perez, Mayor of Finestrat .

During her address, Ms. Huete expressed her satisfaction that the Implantation of Integral Systems of Tourism Quality at Destination (SICTED) is a step towards improving the quality of offers at tourist destinations.

SICTED is an initiative developed around Spain with over 8,500 companies involved. and around 190 destinations - 24 of them in the Valencian Region.


INVAT.TUR WORKS TO IMPROVE TOURISM COMPETITIVITY

The Valencia Tourist Board is working to improve tourism competitivity through the Valencian Institute of Tourist Technology - Invat.Tur by organizing monthly seminars, studying social media and online tourism trademarks, and then distributing this information.

A working breakfast organized by Invat-Tur and Trivago, with the subject "Marketing action in search engines to answer the needs of the market" given by Diego Alonso, Industry Manager of Trivago, Spain and with 128 participants, was held in Elche.

Raquel Huete, Valencian Government General Directress of Tourism, gave the inaugural address at the seminar and declared the need of the tourist industry to adapt constantly and carry out research and innovation for tourists who wish to live new experiences, more sustainable, more improvised, more technology, and who buy through mobile phones with all their options just a click away, but it should be remembered that this is a service, and as such, it should be efficient.


COUNTY COUNCIL TO SEEK TOURISM AID FOR SUECA RICE MILL

Jorge Rodriguez, chairman of the Valencia County Council, received Raquel Tamarit, Mayoress of Sueca, who presented the projects of three historic buildings, viz., the Church of Sant Pere, the Casino of Sueca, and the rice mill, that the Town Hall wishes to convert into a theme complex that will offer a museum, restoration, and training options.

Chairman Rodriguez indicated he would contact the Valencia Tourist Board with a view to involving them in the project of the rice mill that covers an area of 3,000 square metres and conserves its historic machinery and other tools typical of rice harvesting.

Mayoress Tamarit also indicated the need to restore the old casino of Sueca and covert it into a centre for senior citizens while the dome of the church of Sant Pere needs upgrading for which the County Council has already donated some funds.


ARTS PALACE AS A TOURIST ATTRACTION

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, met with David Livermore, Manager of the Arts Palace Opera House in the City of the Arts and Science in Valencia, and with Francisco Potenciano, the economic- administrative director, to discuss a collaboration with the Valencian Tourist Board with a view to converting the Arts Palace in a tourist and cultural attraction.

The Autonomic Secretary of Tourism also stressed the necessity of including the Arts Palace in The Silk Road project, that will launch Valencia to a worldwide promotion.

In the above photo, Mr. Colomer (left) listens attentively to Mr. David Livermore explaining the upcoming opera programme in the Arts Palace, while in the photo below, a packed house waits to listen to tenor Placido Domingo.


LA VALLDIGNA PROMOTES CULTURE, GASTRONOMY, AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Pilar Moncho, Valencia County Council Deputy of Tourism, visited the Tourist Promotion Office in the centre of Valencia to greet representatives of the Man Community of La Valldigna, who are promoting its natural resources, its culture, and its gastronomy from Wednesday to Saturday.

Jordi Juan, Mayor of Tavernes, and Victor Mansanet, Mayor of Simat, were also there to explain the attractions of their different areas, such as the Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de la Valldigna where there are guided tours available, the XV century Mosque of the Zara in Simat, one of the most important mosques in the Valencian Region.

Tavernes also has the Cova del Bolomar, settlement of the first Valencian people, as well as two blue-flag beaches.

La Valldigna also has magnificent nature trails, a wide range of gastronomy delicacies such as dried sausage, Saint Anthony flat cakes, along with fig specialties from Mestall, and oven rice of Vigilia with raisins and cod balls.

Office opening hours are: Wednesday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 02:30 p.m. and from 04:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m.


5TH INTERNATIONAL RED SHRIMP COMPETITION IN DENIA

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, attended the 5th International Red Shrimp Creative Cooking Competition in Denia, where he presented first prize to Alvaro Abad, chef from the El Plantio Golf Resort in Alicante.


VALENCIA TOURISM AT THE DIVE TRAVEL SHOW IN MADRID

The Valencia Tourist Board is promoting diving and sustainable tourism at the Dive Travel Show in the Crystal Pavilion in the Casa de Campo in Madrid the 21st and 22nd February.

According to Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, the objective is to promulgate underwater activities in the Valencian Region, among professionals and the general public who attend the Show.

To this end, the Valencian Government is participating with its own stand and Mr. Colomer said it is a wonderful opportunity to expose the richness of Valencia's natural resources and scenery,as well as the wide range of lodgings and restaurants available.

This is the 8th edition of the Dive Travel Show and the motto "Islands of the World" is the main theme in the Show that covers and area of 4,000 square metres, while the Valencia Tourist Board stand is 24 square metres.(above), and together with the Costa Blanca, Benidorm, and the Association of Diving Centres of the Valencian Region, promote the coast of the Valencian Region, ideal for this sport.


15% INCREASE IN HOTEL OCCUPATION IN JANUARY

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, announced that the number of tourists in hotels during the month of January were 1.3 million, an increase of 15% compared to the same period in 2015.

Of these, 9.1% were Spanish tourists while the increase of foreign tourists was 18%, although are good results, Mr. Colomer stated the need to draw tourists from more countries, as well as offering tourists new products, and inducing them to spend more.


II GASTRONOMY AND WINE CONGRESS IN CASTELLON

Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism Francesc Colomer delivered the inaugural address at the II Gastronomy and Wine Congress in the Centre of Tourism Development - CdT, in Castellon, where he was accompanied by Mayoress Amparo Marco, and Pablo Roig, deputy of Rural Development and Youth.

Mr. Colomer stressed the prestige of professionals connected to gastronomy and highlighted the education available at the Valencia Government CdT centres where not only chefs but also Maitre d' receive a wide range of instruction to enable them deal with tourists at all levels.


TOURISM AUTONOMIC SECRETARY VISITS VISTABELLA

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, visited the town of Vistabella del Maestrat, where he met with Mayoress Belen Bachero, to discuss tourism ideas and strategy, especially those related to the Penyagolosa Nature Park.

They agreed to implement a project to place signposts connecting six towns, viz., Lucena, Villahermosa del Rio, Vistabella, Xodos, Les Useres, and Atzeneta del Maestrat and over 40 tourism establishments, creating a circular itinerary.


COUNTY COUNCIL WILL HELP PROMOTE THE IBERO ROAD ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES

Jorge Rodriguez, Chairman of the Valencia County Council, met with Antonio Ropero, Mayor of Olocau, to study the ways and means to launch a project by which eight municipalities, viz., Olocau, Liria, Moncada, Moixent, Ayora, Caudete de las Fuentes, Villar del Arzobispo, and Camporrobles.

There are nine archaeological sites distributed over a wide area starting with the Puntal del Llops in Olocau, l Bastida de les Alcusses in Moixent, the Tossal de Sant Miguel and the Castellet de Bernabe in Liria, Kelin in Caudete de las Fuentes, la Seña in Villar del Arzobispo, the Castellar de Meca in Ayora, the Tos Pelat in Moncada, and the Molon in Camporrobles.

According to the Mayor of Olocau, many people know about this historical route, and the archaeologic site Puntal del Llops, in Olocau alone, has been visited by 1,200 visitors with guided tours since the beginning of this year,with two archaeologists who from Wednesdays to Sundays explain the Iberian site to visitors.

Olocau, a town with 2000 inhabitants but whose municipality covers an area of 39 square kilometres and 150 kilometres of roads, also has the Torres Pardines, the Penyeta Rosa, and one of the few roman ovens preserved in the province of Valencia.

Photo: Abulaila


THE COUNTY COUNCIL TOURISM PATRONAGE WILL ATTEND SHOWS IN 2016

Berlin 2015 above

The Tourism Patronage of the Valencia County Council plans to participate in 10 international and 10 national tourism shows throughout 2016, to promote tourism from Valencia Province, according to Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council.

Fitur 2016 below


NEW TOURIST ROUTES AROUND 54 MUNICIPALITIES

Jorge Rodriguez, Chairman of the Valencia County Council (third from the right), accompanied by Pilar Moncho, County Council Deputy of Tourism (on his right), presented a new project "Between Towns" (Entre Comarcas) whereby 54 tourist guided routes will cover 54 towns in three main Valencian areas.

Also present were chairmen of the Man communities of the following areas: Vicente Gomar, of the Valley of Albaida; Txema Pelaez, of the Upper Ribalta; Jordi Vicedo of the Lower Ribalta; Salvador Femenia of the Safor, Mayors and Town Hall officials of the four participating areas.

County Council chairman has called for coordination between the towns involved to combine the tourism offers on the coastal and inland areas.

33 towns are involved in the project that cover 17 weekends to reveal the history, culture, traditions, and customs of the 54 Municipalities, of which 26 are in the Albaida Valley, 18 in the Upper and Lower Ribera, and 10 in the Safor.

This project will commence now and continue till the 2nd of July with a "Gathering Between Zones" of all the participants in Tabernes de la Valldigna.

Graciela Oliver, directress of Ribera Tourism and Natalia Quilis, Tourism Technician of the Mancommunity of the Valley of Albaida (in the photo below) explained the programme beneath the photo.

 

The programme is as follows:

FEBRUARY:

20th - La Pobla del Duc

21st - Lluxent/Benicolet

27th - Alberic

28th - Fontanars/Pou Clar

MARCH:

05th -Montixelvo/Terrateig

06th - Bocairent

12th - Onteniente/Agullent

13th - Montaverner/Alfarras

APRIL:

02nd - Algemesi

03rd - La Barraca de Aguas Vivas

09th - Beniganim/Quatretonda

10th - Atzeneta d'Albaida/Bufali

16th - Guadassuar/Benimodo

17th - Albaida/Benissoda

23rd - Benimuslim/Alzira

24th - Castello de Rugat/Salem

MAY:

07th - Belgida/El Palomar

08th - Manuel

14th - Sueca/Corbera

15th - Sumacarcel/Tous

21st - L'Alcudia/Benifaio

22nd - L'Olleria/Aielo de Malferit

28th - Otos/Benitjar

29th - Carcaixent

JUNE:

04th - Potries/Ador

05th - Rotova/Alfauir

11th - Llombai

12th - Beniarjo

18th - Xeresa

19th - Simat de la Valldigna

25th - Bellereguard

26th - Barx

JULY:

02nd - Tavernes de la Valldigna

GATHERING BETWEEN MUNICIPALITIES" a meeting of ALL the participants in the programme.

36 entrepreneurs are also participating in this project and offer bed and breakfast for two people and evening dinners also for two people.

The morning excursions start at 10:30 a.m. while the evening trips start at 04:30 p.m.

PRICE Euro 4 per day

This includes the morning and afternoon visits, samples of local gastronomy, and a welcoming gift.

Photos: Abulaila


QUALITY TOURISM CERTIFICATES IN ORIHUELA

Raquel Huete, Valencian Government General Directress of Tourism, accompanied by Emilio Bascuñana, Mayor of Orihuela, hosted the presentation of certificates "Tourist Quality Compromise SICTED (Integral System of Tourism Quality at Destination) that contribute to boost the economy of the Lower Vega.

Five new companies received certificates while another 13 companies renewed theirs. In all, 42 companies in Orihuela possess these certificates.

 


VALENCIAN TOURISM PROMOTION IN HAMBURG, GERMANY

Francesc Colomer, Valencia Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, revealed yesterday that the Valencia Tourist Board is participating with two stands in Turespaña pavilion of the 39th edition of the Reisen Travel Show in Hamburg, Germany, from the 17th to the 21st February,

Reisen in the largest International Travel, Caravanning, and Outdoor Activities Show in the north of Germany, and targets the general public.

The 2015 edition of this Travel Show received 69,000 visitors.


COUNTY COUNCIL STARTS BEACHES CONTROL

The Mobile Provincial Park of the Valencia County Council has been overhauling its Machinery for the last three months and this week has started cleaning the beaches, removing stones, and raking the sand so the UV sun rays can kill off any bacteria in preparation for the summer tourist season.

 


VENTA DEL MORO TOURISM PROMOTION IN VALENCIA

Pilar Moncho, Valencia County Council Tourism Deputy, dropped into the Tourist Information Office in the centre of Valencia City (photo left) to raise a glass of wine with Luis F. Lopez, Mayor of the inland town of Venta del Moro, to wish him success in the promotion of his town over the next few days.

Venta del Moro has a wonderful nature park, Las Hoces del Cabriel with the River Cabriel ideal for all types of water sports,especially rafting. and its excellent gastronomy washed down with Utiel-Requena Denomination of Origin Wine, and offers reasonably priced lodgings.

The Information Office also distributes pamphlets promoting its upcoming "Cabriel Fest" with a programme containing a wide range of activities for all ages.

Office opening hours are: Wednesday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 02:30 p.m. and from 04:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m.

 

 


ARAS DE LOS OLMOS SEEKS COUNTY COUNCIL FUNDS

Jorge Rodriguez, Chairman of the Valencia County Council, received Rafael Gimenez, Mayor of Aras de Los Olmos, who seeks funds to carry out improvements in this Municipality located in the Los Serranos mountains, such as maintenance of local roads, and some projects to draw more tourists to the zone.

One of the main objectives is to upgrade the road up to the Astronomy Observatory of the University of Valencia and of the Valencian Association of Astronomy, located on the mountain peak.

Chairman Rodriguez agreed to study the requests and contact Aras de los Olmos in the near future with County Council proposals.

 

Photo: Albulaila


PILAR MONCHO RECEIVED ALDERMEN FROM SOT DE CHERA

Pilar Moncho, Valencia County Council Deputy of Tourism, received Aldermen from the Town Hall of Sot de Chera, who wish to be included on the list of grants to be announced by the Valencia County Council in the near future to upgrade tourism areas in rural Valencia.


TOURISM AUTONOMIC SECRETARY MEETS WITH MAN COMMUNITY

Jose V. Andreu, Mayor of Albuixech, hosted a meeting of Francesc Colomer,Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, in the Albuixech Town Hall, with representatives of the Mancommunity of the Northern Zone of Valencia, to discuss ways in which the Valencian Government could boost tourism in their respective areas, that include beaches, market gardens, gastronomy, culture and heritage, as well as natural resources.

Mr. Colomer also expressed plans the Valencian Government has, to launch trips for senior citizens to travel around the Valencian Region. This will enable small towns have an influx of tourists during the off season and maintain jobs in the sector.


GESTALGAR MAYOR REQUESTS AID FOR LOCAL TOURISM

The Mayor of Gestalgar met with Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council to request tourism projects in his area such as the natural resources and the River Turia and its beaches, be included in the forthcoming County Council grants to plant signposts for local tourism.


CARAVANNING TOURISM AT ALICANTE TRADE SHOW

Raquel Huete, Valencian Government general directress of Tourism, inaugurated the XXIV Provincial Caravanning, Camping, and Leisure Show, and ALITUR, the II Active and Escapes Show, in the Trade Fair Complex in Alicante - IFA.

With over 50 exhibitors and 300 vehicles occupying some 12,500 square metres, the two shows combine the largest offer for caravanning and camping in the sector.

The Shows are organized by the IFA and the Alicante Association of Caravanning Traders and Camping products - ACYCA.


CALL FOR TOURISM AWARDS 2015

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism,announced the Tourism Awards for 2015.

These awards are honorary and carry no economic stipend and are divided into six categories, viz.,

The Award for overall tourism activity; the Award for Research and Innovation; the Award for the best promotion activity or communication campaign; the Award for sustainable tourism; the Award for responsible tourism; and the Award for accessible and inclusive tourism.

All requirements are available on the official website http://www. turisme.gva.es

DEADLINE for applications: 30th April 2016.


COUNTY COUNCIL TOURISM SPONSORS REQUENA SAUSAGE FAIR

The Valencia County Council Tourism Patronage sponsored the XXIII Dried Sausage (Embutido) Fair in Requena and there, to raise a flute of bubbly to its success were Maria J. Amigo, Vice chairperson of the Valencia County Council (third from the left), Pilar Moncho, tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council (second from the right).

Mario Sanchez, Mayor of Requena, Requena Town Hall Alderman Jose Chirivella, and Alder persons, Maria J. Martin and Maria J. Arroyo, are also in the above photo.

As well as a wide range of dried sausage, visitors were offered Wine and Cava (sparkling wine) from the Denomination of Origin Utiel-Requena, cheese, pastries, wine, olive oil, and other typical dishes prepared by the local Housewives Association.

 


VALENCIA GOVERNMENT TOURISM TO BOOST RIBA-ROJA HERITAGE

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, met with Robert Raga, Mayor of Riba-roja del Turia, to discuss the situation of the town and the ways it could be promoted.

The tourism potential of the area includes Visigoth excavations unique in Spain, as well as the fluvial park of the River Turia, and Mr. Colomer has agreed to help promote its heritage and natural and historic resources.

 


COUNTY COUNCIL PROMOTES TOURISM IN TERRES DELS ALFORINS

Pilar Moncho, Valencia County Council Deputy of Tourism (centre above) met with representatives from Terres del Alforins, viz., (from left to right), Teofilo Fito, Mayor of Moixent, Vicente Muñoz, Mayor of Font de la Figuera, and Julio Biosca, Mayor of Fontanars, to draw up a joint action plan to promote tourism and gastronomy in the area.

Deputy Moncho also revealed that in the coming weeks new funding would be available to launch tourism initiatives in the Valencian territory.


OLOCAU TO RECEIVE TOURISM AND CULTURAL BOOST

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, met with Antonio Ropero, Mayor of Olocau, to discuss the potential of the area.

Olocau has an important Iberian excavation "Puntal dels Llops" as well as other cultural offers and Mr. Colomer agreed to study the best way for collaboration between the two administrations.


PATERNA AND VALLADA TOURISM PROMOTION IN VALENCIA

The towns of Paterna and Vallada have an exposition of their tourism and gastronomy offer in the Valencia County Council Tourist Information Office in the centre of Valencia city.

Maria J. Amigo, vice chairperson of the Valencia County Council (centre in the above photo) accompanied by Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council (second from the left), dropped in to greet Juan A. Sagredo, Mayor of Paterna, and Maria J. Tortosa, Mayoress of Vallada.

Also present were Paqui Periche, Alder person of Paterna and Julio Fernandez, Alderman of Paterna, were also present.

Paterna and Vallada offer samples of their local gastronomy to visitors to the office as well as brochures, pamphlets, and posters, with descriptions of local monuments, parks, museums, and spectacular nature scenes.


VALENCIA TOURISM IN MUNICH, GERMANY

The Valencia County Council Provincial Tourism Patronage participated with a stand in the Tourism Show in Munich, Germany.

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council declared the promotion was mainly of active tourism such as trekking, rafting, biking, and horse-riding,and added that a large number of pamphlets and brochures in German were distributed during the show that ran from the 10th to the 14th February.

The Munich Tourism Show has an area of 70,000 square metres devoted exclusively to expositions from 60 countries. and some 125,000 visitors were expected.

Another space was divided into three areas in which the first was for the sale and exposition of every type of bicycle and to all aspects of this sport, the second was for auto caravans and camping equipment, and the third was given over to general tourism.


NIGHT AND DAY LEISURE IN BENIDORM

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, met with representatives of the Association of Night and Day Leisure of Benidorm and Area (Ociobal), to find out about the tourism situation in the area.

During the meeting in which Mr. Colomer was accompanied by Raquel Huete, Valencian Government general directress of Tourism, ways and means of enabling leisure and rest to coexist were discussed. Mr. Colomer recognized the importance of night leisure to tourists, but at the same time decided a study would have to be undertaken to make this night noise compatible with the right of neighbours and others to have a quiet night.

With this in mind, the Autonomic Secretary agreed to consult with the Valencia Tourist Board to draw up a plan by which one sector could enjoy themselves while at the same time the other sector could get a night's sleep unhindered.


COUNTY COUNCIL TOURISM IN POTRIES SAN BLAS FIESTA

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council, visited the San Blas Festival of Potries.

This Festival, that has been celebrated since the XVII century has been declared of Provincial Tourism Interest, and Assumpta Dominguez, Mayoress of Potries and Agustina Brines, Manageress of IMELSA, were also present.

As well as offering a wide range of local gastronomy and handcrafts, the Festival organized traditional activities for children.


BENIDORM LOW FESTIVAL PROMOTION

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, met with representatives of the Low Festival in Benidorm.

The meeting, in which Mr. Colomer was accompanied by Raquel Huete, Valencian Government general directress of Tourism, met in the tourism institute InnVatur in Benidorm.,and Mr. Colomer pledged to promote, through the Valencia Tourist Board, the Low Festival, which is a Music festival of urban indie and rock national and international music for young people from 25 to 40 years old.

 


VALENCIA TOURIST BOARD AT BRUSSELS HOLIDAY SHOW

The Valencian Government Tourist Board participated in the 58th edition of the "Holiday Show" in Brussels, Belgium, from the 4th to the 8th February, with four counters within the Turespaña stand.

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, declared that throughout 2016, the Valencian Government will participate with its Tourist Board in 48 Tourism Shows - 28 of them international shows, and stressed the necessity of promoting Valencian tourism in international markets, especially in countries such as Belgium, that already sends a large number of tourists to the Valencian Region.

Around 100,000 visitors attended the Holiday Show in Brussels, where 698 exhibitors from 56 countries presented their tourism offers to Belgian tour operators and professional buyers.

 


ALTEA TOWN HALL SEEKS TOURISM FUNDS

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, accompanied by Raquel Huete, Valencian Government general directress of Tourism, had a meeting with Jaume Llinares, Mayor of Altea, and Anna Alvado, Tourism Alder person of the Town Hall of Altea.

Mr. Colomer discussed the way in which Altea tourism could be improved and offered assistance from his department to promote trekking and cycle tourism which, added to Altea's beach tourism would enable visitors get to know the area better.

 


MAN COMMUNITY CHAIRMAN VISITED COUNTY COUNCIL TOURISM DEPUTY

Vicent Ribera, chairman of the La Valldigna Man community, visited Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council, to present her with two tourism projects he wishes to undertake in his area.

The first project is to organize "La Valldigna Day" with a series of events surrounding the celebration, while the second project consists in a series of lectures "Las Rutas de la Xara".

Deputy Moncho told Mr. Ribera that in the coming weeks the County Council would announce a series of grants for tourism projects in different parts of Valencia and advised him to enter his projects for these funds

 


FOREIGN TOURISTS LEFT 5,606 MILLION EURO IN VALENCIA IN 2015

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, revealed that in 2015, foreign tourists in the Valencian Region left a total of 5,606 million Euro behind them - 4.1% more than in 2014.

Mr. Colomer stressed the need to increase promoting the Valencian Region abroad and announced a vigorous campaign to be undertaken in Asia in the near future, and noted the importance of participating in specialized tourism shows such as those promoting the nautical sector, and culture, with a view to taking tourism into the off season months. In this regard,

Autonomic Secretary Colomer said that in December 2015, spending by tourists in the Valencian Region totaled 353 million Euro - an increase of 11.5% when compared to the same month in 2014.

 


VALENCIA TO PARTICIPATE IN MORE TOURISM TRADE SHOWS IN 2016

Francesc Colomer, Valencia Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, announced that tourism in the Valencian Region would be promoted in 48 shows in 2016 - 112% more than in 2015.

Autonomic Secretary Colomer indicated that for the first time, Valencian LGTB Tourism would be offered at the International Tourism Trade Show in Madrid - FITUR, and at Bicycle Tourism Shows such as Bibebike, in Bilbao, and Valencia Bike's in Valencia.

The Valencia Tourist Board will also be present at the World Travel Market in London, the ITB in Berlin, the MITT in Moscow, as well as at Business Tourism Shows such as the IMEX in Frankfurt, the American IMEX in Las Vegas, along with shows dedicated to active tourism and bicycle tourism at the London Bike Show, the Fiets of Vandelbeurs in Ambers, and Premium products viz.,the ILTM in Cannes.

According to Mr. Colomer, a strenuous tourism promotion campaign in Asia would also be undertaken, through the events relating to THE SILK ROAD, and taking into consideration that Valencia has been named SILK CITY 2016 elected from among 33 countries along The Silk Road from China to Spain.

Finally, after summer 2016, the Valencian Government Tourism Board will promote coastal and inland tourism among citizens in the Valencian Region to energize winter tourism and maintain jobs in the tourism sector.


FONT DE LA FIGUERA DANCE TO RECEIVE TOURISM RECOGNITION

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, visited Font de la Figuera to discuss with Mayor Vicente Munoz and Town Hall Alder persons, ways in which the Valencia Tourist Board could coordinate promotion of local tourism.

One important decision reached during the meeting was that the Valencia Tourist Board should take steps to have the Font de la Figuera Dance declared "Fiesta of Tourism Provincial Interest".

Font de la Figuera has many tourist attractions among them an icon of Juan de Juanes, the Historical Ethnological Museum, and the wine cellars that will be incorporated in the "Route of the Fountains"

It must be pointed out that Font de la Figuera already possesses the trade mark "Terres del Alforins" related to the world of wine, that intends to tie in the towns of Fontanars, Dels Alforins, and Moixent to the tourist trade mark to landscape and territory.

Finally, Autonomic Secretary Colomer, urged Mayor Munoz to request the financial aid for his projects that would shortly be available through the Valencia Tourist Board.


AYORA FESTIVAL TO GET TOURIST BOARD SUPPORT

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, visited the town of Ayora where he met with Jose V. Anaya, Mayor, and with other Town Hall dignitaries, to discuss the needs of the area with a view to increasing tourism promotion.

Mr. Colomer pledged his support for the local festivals through the Valencia Tourist Board and said he would take the pertinent steps to have the gastronomy fair "The First Honey Cut" declared "A Fiesta of Autonomic Tourism Provincial Interest".

According to the Autonomic Secretary, it is very important to recover and promote local festivals and traditions as they draw large numbers of visitors all during the year and convert the tourism season in a year long lucrative event.

Ayora's heritage also includes important archeological excavations as well as many natural resources and scenery.

 


VALENCIA TOURIST BOARD TO DOUBLE COASTAL INVESTMENTS IN 2016

Francesc Colomer,Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, announced that the Valencia Tourist Board will almost double its budget for improvements on the coast during 2016 - a 47% increase for sun and beach tourism.

In 2015 a total of 1.598,000 Euro were spent to upgrade services on the coast, while throughout 2016 this sum will increase to 2.342,000 Euro. Mr. Colomer stated his department is conscious of the importance of sun and beach tourism, the main source of tourism income in the Valencian Region.

To this end the Valencia Tourist Board will implement three main projects.

The first programme will be to maintain a high standard of quality, access, comfort, hygiene, and sustainability, of the beaches of the Valencian Region,that will consisting the renovation of wastepaper baskets on the beaches, the boardwalks, the foot-showers, and the he existing games areas, all this in collaboration with different Town Halls and with a budget of 600,000 Euro.

Sustainability and accessibility are considered of prime importance in the new programmes and new equipment is under study by the Valencia Tourist Board, who so far have selected twenty-five new elements before finally deciding on two or three of them after analyzing similar products in use in other countries such as California, France, Peru, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Singapore, the Cayman Islands, and Dubai.

As Autonomic Secretary Colomer says, "In this sector we cannot remain impassive when faced with changes and advances, but we have to constantly reinvent ourselves and offer more reasons for people to visit us".

 


RINCON DE ADEMUZ PROMOTION IN VALENCIA CENTRE

 

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council visited the Valencia Province Tourism Promotion Office in the centre of Valencia where the region of Rincon de Ademuz is promoting its products from the 3rd to the 6th February.

 

Ms. Moncho was received by Domingo Anton, Mayor of the town of Casas Bajas and chairman of the the Man Community of Rincon de Ademuz.

As well as promoting the gastronomy specialties of the area such as Ademuz apples and dried sausage,the exposition is promoting the local scenery and nature tourism.

Among the tourist gems of the Rincon de Ademuz are the Hermitage of Virgin of Rincon de Ademuz, the Fortress Church of Castielfabib with samples of how people lived till the XX century, the Nature Park of the Puebla of San Miguel, and the fiestas of the zone. There is also information on the "Escarchon Trail " to take place in Ademuz the 28th February.

Office opening hours are: Wednesday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 02:30 p.m. and from 04:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m.

 

Photos: Abulaila


COUNTY COUNCIL TOURISM SPONSORS CYCLE RACE

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council (second from the right above), was guest of honour at the presentation of the Sabadell Bank Cycle Tour of the Valencia Region that will start out on the 3rd February in Benicassim and after touring the provinces of Castellon, Alicante and Valencia will end in Valencia city on the 7th February. 24 teams have signed up for the race.

Deputy Pilar Moncho (above) was accompanied by Isabel Garcia, Deputy of Youth, Sports, and Equality (on her right), and by Miguel Torres, representative of the Sabadell Bank (extreme right) with Angel Casero from the Sabadell Bank and director of the Cycle Tour (extreme left).

 

Photos: Abulaila


VALENCIA GOVERNMENT TOURISM PUBLISHES NEW PAMPHLETS

Francesc Colomer, Valencia Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, announced that the Valencia Tourist Board has published five pamphlets to offer information to tourists visiting Valencia.

The pamphlets promote accessible tourism for physically challenged persons with the slogan "Enjoy this land without barriers"; Gay and Lesbian tourism pamphlets bear the slogan "No matter who you come with, you are welcome"; gastronomy tourism that highlights the 12 restaurants in the Valencian Region in possession of Michelin Stars says "it is time to come to the only place where you will love the word DIET"; the nature pamphlet offers 4,000 kilometres of mountain bike trails through the Network of BTT Centres, and unique nature scenery to enjoy leisure and adventure; and The Silk Road pamphlet is focused on Valencia recuperating its internationally famous artistic and cultural heritage, indicating that Valencia has been named Focal Point in Spain for the Silk Road and been declared Silk City 2016 by the UNESCO in Paris.


TOURISM DAY IN SEGORBE

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, closed "A Tourism Training Seminar for local government officials" in Segorbe, Castellon, where he highlighted the importance of tourism promotion in all municipal areas and stressed these cycles organized by the Valencia Tourist Board in conjunction with the University of Valencia, and the collaboration of the universities of Castellon and Alicante.


VALENCIA HAS SUCCESSFUL END TO FITUR

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council expressed her satisfaction at the excellent results of the increase of visitors to the Valencia Tourism stand at the International Tourism Show - FITUR, held this weekend in Madrid.

Deputy Moncho declared that among the many agreements signed with tour operators, travel agencies, and the media, is the agreement to hold the World Convention for Travel Agencies in Valencia in 2017.

Other important projects for 2016 are the funds to aid the promotion of tourism in inland and coastal towns in the province of Valencia, and the backing for tourism entrepreneurial initiatives.


VALENCIA TOURISM PROMOTION IN UTRECHT

County Council Tourism Valencia, Terra i Mar will promote Valencia tourism at the International Vakantiebeurs (Holiday Fair) in Utrecht, Holland, from the 12th to the 17th January 2016, with a space within the Turespaña stand.

Over the course of the event, a wide range of pamphlets,tour guides, leaflets and maps in Dutch will be distributed to enable visitors appreciate Valencian culture, gastronomy, and activities such as trekking, along with information on camping sites and rural lodgings.


COUNTY COUNCIL TOURISM AND THE HOTELIER'S UNION MEET UP

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council, Valencia, Terra i Mar, met with Ximo Sola, chairman of the Hotelier's Union of Valencia Province, who explained the projects the Union is undertaking to promote tourism and training, while the Deputy for her part expressed a keen interest in the projects of the Union to promote tourism in the region.


NEW LOGO FOR COUNTY COUNCIL TOURISM

 

Representatives from all the political parties in the Valencia County Council were present for the presentation of the new tourism logo in the Museum of the Illustration - MUVIM in Valencia.

This new logo, designed by Didac Ballester, will be used for County Council tourism communications all over the province of Valencia.

Centre below, Maria J. Amigo, vice chairperson of the Valencia County Council poses with Pilar Moncho, County Council Deputy of Tourism (extreme right) and Iris Lezcano, protagonist of a promotional video projected during the event.

  


MORE FUNDS FOR VALENCIA TOURISM PROMOTION

Francesc Colomer, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, presented his programme for 2016, and announced a budget of 38 million Euro for 2016, or a 20% increase in the budget to promote the Valencian Region.

Funds will be distributed in the following way; 3.5 million Euro to upgrade tourism infrastructures i.e., for the improvement and conservation of beaches (280,000 Euro), and sign posting in the inland areas, among other projects (530,000 Euro).

6 million Euro are destined for tourism in the province of Valencia, 2 million Euro to promote the Valencian Region Trademark in Spanish and International Tourism Trade Shows, as well as foment tourism by Valencian people around the Valencian Region. The budget also includes the promotion of Territorial Theme Routes, including the Silk Road that will receive 240,000 Euro and UNESCO-Mediterranean that will be funded with 160,000 Euro, or 400,000 Euro in all.

Other Tourist Routes such as the Holy Grail Route and the Dinosaurs Route will also receive funds, while 297,000 Euro are set aside for marketing and 100,000 Euro for a study of the position of the Valencian Region Trademark.

On the other hand, 856,000 Euro are for "Intelligent Tourism" or upgrading tourism innovation and 2 million Euro for training and entrepreneurial boosts.

Mr. Colomer highlighted the ten strategic plans the Valencian Tourism Board will undertake in Valencia province, with the collaboration of the Valencia County Council and man communities. Finally 300,000 Euro will be divided between the areas of the Upper Turia, Albaida, and the Lower Ribera for them to invest in improvements in their respective areas, and this grant will be repeated over three years.


VALENCIA GOES TO FITUR 2016

Pilar Moncho, Tourism Deputy of Valencia, Terra i Mar of the Valencia County Council, announced that 22 municipalities and two man communities will take part in the International Tourism Trade Show - FITUR 2016, to take place in Madrid from the 20th to the 24th January 2016.

Pavilion 7 will house the stands and displays promoting tourism from the inland and coastal towns of the Valencian Region, thanks to funds from the Valencia County Council.

The man objective will be to promote sun and beach, but gastronomic tourism, cultural tourism, and nature tourism, will all have a niche on the Valencian stand at FITUR.

 

Photo by Abulaila.

   

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ADVICE TO TOURISTS VISITING THE VALENCIAN REGION

Warnings on the beach. GREEN, YELLOW, and RED flags, alert swimmers as to conditions at sea.

When the GREEN FLAG is aloft it means that is is SAFE to swim in the sea and there is no danger of drowning
The YELLOW FLAG indicates CAUTION as there are strong ebbs and some danger of drowning
When the RED FLAG is up it is forbidden to swim as there is grave DANGER of being swept out to sea

Practically all beaches on the Valencian coast have lifesavers and first aid services. Tourists should be aware that most lifesavers sit on a platform aloft the beach and beside each lifesaver there is a flagpole where each day the lifesaving team hoists a flag to indicate the state of the sea that particular day.

A calm sea does not always mean safety, as there may be undercurrents, so swimmers should keep a close watch on the daily flags as these may change over the course of the day depending on the state of the sea.

Please pay attention to the TIMES the lifesavers are on duty. Most beaches offer this lifesaver service from 11:00 a,m, to 08:00 p.m. but as each beach depends on the local Town Hall, the time may vary. Public swimming pools are also obliged to have lifesavers who have to follow a fixed timetable.

Also, if you have been consuming alcoholic drinks or sunbathing, you should not dive into the sea where there is deep water. Walk in from the edge or take a shower if there is one on the beach. This is to gradually lower the body temperature because plunging into cold water can cause a shock and result in cardiac arrest.

The same applies if you are staying in an apartment or a hotel and have the use of a swimming pool. Never dive in after sunbathing or drinking alcohol. Get under the shower first. This, apart from hygienic reasons also serves to lower the body temperature.


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