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International Congress on Thermal Tourism in Spain

From March 2nd to 4th 2011, the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau was invited to speak at the International Congress on Thermal Tourism in Ourense, Galicia Province, Spain and our staff, Ms. Furukubo joined as a presenter.


This is the second International Congress on Thermal Tourism in Galicia, organized by the Galician Government, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), National Tourist Office of Spain, European Union, and other institutions. The 16 participants included Spain, Japan, France, Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, New Zealand, Portugal, Hungary, Tunisia, Croatia, Malaysia, Costa Rica, United Arab Emirates and Iceland.  Tanabe city was the sole representative from Japan at this prestigious event.


Government officials & professionals in Spain and thermal & tourism officials from around the world participated in this congress. The presentation with questions and answers took place for 3 days and covered the following topics:
-Development and Management of thermal tourist destination
- Sustainability in the preservation of the resource
-Cooperation between the public and private sector
-Research, preservation and utility value of thermal bath
-How to collaborate with thermal bath and tourism industry
-Promotion of health tourism

Our bureau staff made a 20-minutes presentation about the thermal culture in Japan, overview of Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture, Kumano Kodo Pilgrimages Routes & joint promotion project with Turismo de Santiago de Compostela, Ryujin Onsen, Yunomine Onsen, and long-established Japanese-style inns (Adumaya Ryokan and Kamigoten Ryokan) in Tanabe City and promotion of sustainability in thermal tourist destination.

Thank you so much for Galician Government, Ourense City Government and everybody engaged in this congress.

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