Tuesday, 25 June 2024 01:34

Spain looks to spread visitation

Spain is encouraging more off-peak travel Spain is encouraging more off-peak travel

Spain is making strides in promoting sustainable tourism to ensure year-round visitation and highlight lesser-known areas.

New cycling paths, electric buses and high-speed train routes are making eco-friendly travel across the country more accessible, and creative hotel initiatives are revitalising rural regions, contributing to Spain’s sustainable tourism movement.

Turespana’s tourism counsellor for Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Marta Fernandez Martin, says Spain’s commitment to sustainable tourism not only enhances the visitor experience but also ensures the preservation of its natural and cultural heritage for future generations.

‘As the country’s national tourism board, we’re proactively promoting shoulder-season and off-season travel options to Australian and New Zealand travellers, as well as encouraging greater regional dispersal and off-the-beaten-path discoveries. This approach is designed not only to help manage tourism’s impact on the environment and local communities within Spain, but also to spread the economic benefit of tourism further.’

Spain continues to innovate in sustainable travel by expanding its Vias Verdes (Green Ways) project, which repurposes old railway lines into non-motorised paths for hiking and cycling. With over 117 routes spanning more than 2,900 kilometres, nature enthusiasts have ample opportunities to explore the country’s landscapes.

Spain has over 70 million acres of protected land, accounting for nearly a third of the country’s terrestrial space and about 12% of its marine areas.