XIX Jogos Náuticos Atlânticos – XIX Juegos Náuticos Atlánticos – XIX Jeux Nautiques Atlantiques – XIX Atlantic Watersports Games

A brief by Nicolas Derval, an expert on sustainable tourism in the Atlantic Area

Consultor en Turismo Sostenible

Mañana empiezan los Juegos Náuticos Atlánticos, desde 15 al 19 de julio en Viana do Castelo (Portugal): este año 400 atletas de alto nivel, procedentes de 17 regiones vienen a competir para esta auténtica muestra de la náutica en el Espacio Atlántico. Mediante este intercambio deportivo-cultural, Los Juegos Náuticos tienen como ambición de ilustrar y promover esta competencia náutica específica del Espacio Atlántico (un polo éconómico y humano de referencia a nivel mundial para el s. XXI). Mañá comezan os Xogos Náuticos Atlánticos, dende o 15 ata o 19 de xullo en Viana do Castelo (Portugal): este ano 400 atletas de alto nivel, procedentes de 17 rexións, veñen a competer para esta auténtica mostra da náutica no Espazo Atlántico. Mediante este intercambio deportivo-cultural, os Xogos teñen como ambición de ilustrar e promover esta competencia náutica específica do Espazo Atlántico (un polo económico e humano de referencia a nivel mundial para…

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8e Congrès mondial de bioéthique

University Laboral of Gijón, as seen from the ...

University Laboral of Gijón, as seen from the tower of the same university. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Organisé à Gijón (Espagne), du 13 au 16 mai 2013, par la Société Internationale de Bioéthique (SIBI), le 8e Congrès mondial de bioéthique explorera les dimensions principales d’une conception universelle de la bioéthique et comptera parmi ses principaux intervenants la Sous-Directrice générale de l’UNESCO pour les sciences sociales et humaines, ainsi que le Président du Comité international de bioéthique.
Placée sous la Présidence d’honneur de leurs Majestés le Roi et la Reine d’Espagne, ce congrès mondial rassemblera des dizaines d’experts, scientifiques, chercheurs et professeurs dans des domaines liés à la bioéthique, venus de toutes les régions du monde.
Durant quatre jours, les participants échangeront leurs points de vue sur de nombreux sujets, tels que l’universalité des débats bioéthiques, les limites au développement et à la production d’armes biologiques, les incidences mondiales de la Déclaration universelle sur la bioéthique et les droits de l’Homme adoptée par l’UNESCO 2005, ou encore les questions de bioéthique en regard de la fragilité des frontières.

Source: unesco.org

TONETA meeting in Guimaraes

Tamara Guirao, CAAC Coordinator

Tamara Guirao, CAAC Coordinator

Coinciding with the General Assembly of the Atlantic Regions, TONETA partnership met in Guimaraes on 17th and 18th May 2013. This event was labelled under the “European City of Sport”, an award received by Guimaraes (Vale do Ave) in 2013 and by Cardiff for 2014.

The first day the debates focused on the importance of sports in territorial cohesion and urban development. The meeting was opened by Mr. Gabriel Pontes, responsible for the project TONETA in Vale do Ave and Secretary-General of AMAVE. Paula Nogueira, from the Sports’ Commission of Guimaraes presented the application and the implementation of the European City of Sport, while João Zamith (Intercéltica) discussed about the role “The role of culture, sport and heritage in boosting tourism and regeneration in coastal areas”. These inputs were followed by the intervention of CAAC Coordinator, Ms. Tamara Guirao, who in behalf of the TONETA partnership presented the diverse initiatives of the cities involved concerning sport and urban development. The day was closed by François Arbellot, Leader of the Atlantic project NEA 2, who explained the procedures and challenges around nautism in the Atlantic Area; and Vitor Lemos, who presented the XIX Edition of the Atlantic Watersport Games and the initiatives around the Sea City in Viana do Castelo.

The second day took the shape of a workshop. In the first session the participants analysed the TONETA project so as to draft a swot analysis to be presented in the final report and draw lessons for the future. In the second session, the focus was dedicated to the European Call on Sports, discussing the adequacy of this call as a future evolution of TONETA. Participants also stated that more simplification was needed in EU projects’ presentation and justification, following the example of more friendly calls like Europe for Citizens. As a significant guideline of TONETA, networking possibilities were examined by discussion on the examples of the – “World surf cities network” (of which Viana do Castelo is a member) and the Volvo Ocean Race.

In the conclusions, Mr. Gabriel Pontes, Secretary-General of AMAVE invited partners to keep working together, and to see the final report not as an end of the project but as a start of new ways of cooperation.

Gijón Tourism reinforces its promotion in Spain, France and Portugal

English: Gijon, Asturias, Spain. Town Hall. Bu...

English: Gijon, Asturias, Spain. Town Hall. Built 1865, rehabilitated in 2002.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Sociedad Mixta de Turismo de Gijón (Gijón Joint Tourist Board) has signed an agreement with the online travel agency Logitravel that, in 2012, represented a 27% increase in overnight stays for Gijón and over 32 million advertising impacts.

Gijón Joint Tourist Board has renewed its agreement with the online travel agency Logitravel to maximize sales to Gijon in all Logitravel channels and the Spanish, Portuguese and French markets, key markets in the Tourism Action Plan of the city. The agreement with Logitravel meant in 2012 a 27% more of overnight stays in the destination Gijón and over 32 million advertising impacts.

This agreement reinforces the commitment of Gijón Tourism for the promotion and distribution through new media and the increase of investment in online channels. 27% of Spanish people purchase through Internet, 12.5% more than in 2010 and 50% more than in 2007, according to the ‘Electronic Commerce 2012’ study conducted by the Online Business School (OBS), with data from the INE (National Statistics Institute), Eurostat and the World Bank. In addition, the most purchased product in Spain online is related to travel: 52.9% of online shoppers have bought their holidays.

The agreement includes the marketing in the 1,500 agencies connected to the Traveltool system; insertions in National, Catalan and Galician print media, as well as banners in the Prisa Group digital media (El Pais, As and Cinco días) and those of Unidad Editorial (El Mundo, Expansion, Telva, Yo Donna and Marca)

Logitravel is one of the online travel agencies best positioned in the Spanish market, with a high percentage of annual growth and a growing commitment by the destination Gijón. It is present in six markets: Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, France and Brazil . They have more than 4,800,000 registered users, are leaders in selling cruises online and the second most important online travel agency in Spain and Portugal.

Source : Gijón tourism