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Francisco Javier Fernández congratulated Almería on its designation as the Gastronomic Capital of Spain for 2019.
The Councillor highlighted that the city is a benchmark for the blend between culinary tradition and innovation and the promotion of local produce.
The Councillor for Tourism and Sport, Francisco Javier Fernández, today congratulated the city of Almería on its designation as the Gastronomic Capital of Spain for 2019 and considered that this initiative is in recognition for the work undertaken to consolidate the blend of culinary tradition and innovation as a benchmark, while contributing to the promotion of the Almeria's image of excellence in Spain and abroad.
Fernández, who expressed the support of the Andalusian Regional Government to the "great commitment” made by the city, highlighting that Almería has “extraordinary raw materials, its recipes reflect the different cultures, and the dishes and tapas have been deservedly acknowledged”, and for this reason their work "in defence of tradition" has been recognised, along with their "opening of the sector to modern ideas and innovation". “We are convinced that Andalusia will be a magnificently represented”, he assured.
The new Gastronomic Capital of Spain for 2019 will initiate its programme of activities on January 1, which is when the current capital of León ends its reign. This award, promoted by the Spanish Hotel and Catering Federation and the Spanish Federation of Journalists and Travel Writers, was previously given to the cities of Logroño, Burgos, Vitoria, Cáceres, Toledo and Huelva.
Gastronomic tourism is a key segment for Andalusia, which has a broad selection of establishments responding to the demands of travellers seeking unique experiences in their destinations, as well as contributing to de-seasonalisation. What is more, each year this type of tourism attracts around 650,000 visitors and catering is one of the elements to which travellers give a really high score of 8.2 points.