Denia has been given special recognition in the Valencia Tourism awards in an event held at the Palau de la Generalitat held on Thursday September 24 2015.
The event was attended by the mayor, Vicente Grimalt and the president of Aehtma (Asociación de Empresarios de Hostelería y Turismo de La Marina Alta), Cristina Selles. Denia was given special mention for the work the city has carried out in conjunction with Aehtma, particularly in the area of cuisine. Chef Quique Dacosta (from the restaurant of the same name) was mentioned specifically for his “outstanding contribution to the promotion of Valencia through gastronomy.”
During the awards it was described how Denia has been revitalised through the promotion of gastronomy as a tourist product, driving new interest and visitors to the area… due in no small part to the driving force that is Aehtma, an organisation established in December 1979.
Aehtma works with eateries and hotels, supporting the industry with legislation and marketing. Aehtma also organises events in conjunction with the council and the eateries in the area.
An example of one of the events begins today and continues until September 29 to celebrate World Tapa Day (Día Mundial de La Tapa). The events aims to mark the following:
- Recognition of the tapa as a hallmark of hospitality and Spanish cuisine.
- Enhance Spain as a brand, linking it with the tapa and the social act of tapas, encouraging people to use the day as an opportunity to get out and enjoy.
- Place the tapa as an affordable product that allows the public to enjoy the Spanish cuisine at its best.
- Promotion of Spanish food and food products, both in Spain and abroad, offering tourists a unique and occasionally new product.
More information about World Tapa Day is available HERE (in Spanish)