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Recognition for the ICTE (Spanish Tourism Quality Institute)


The Spanish Association for Standardisation, UNE, has presented a recognition to the Institute for Spanish Tourism Quality (ICTE) for its commitment and engagement in standardisation activities. The presentation took place yesterday during the Q night, organised every year by the ICTE at FITUR.

Miguel Mirones, President of the ICTE, received the recognition from Javier García, Managing Director of UNE.

The ICTE is strongly committed to standardisation. For the last 16 years, it has managed the secretariat of some dozen Technical Standarsation Committes (CTN) that have developed key standards in the area of tourism quality in Spain, such as the UNE 182001 for hotels and the UNE 302002 for museums. Many of these have provided the basis for drawing up international standards, such as the Standard UNE-ISO 13009 for beaches, this way exporting Spanish experience and knowledge.

Thanks to its support, the ICTE has contributed to making Spain the only country in the world with 45 specific standards for the tourism sector.

The ICTE has been a member of UNE since 2002 and is part of its Standing Committee and Board of Directors.

New model of tourism

UNE is a key player in the design of the new Spanish tourism model. It collaborates with the most relevant organisations in the tourism sector in the development of national and international standards designed to boost competitiveness and quality in tourism services. UNE is also participating in the UNETUR initiative.

In its report Support for standardisation in the tourism sector, UNE offers a detailed analysis of how standards contribute to promoting tourism.