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Prodestur advances with astrotourism and organizes an astronomy workshop with telescopes that brings together 50 entrepreneurs from the sector

Prodestur advances with astrotourism and organizes an astronomy workshop with telescopes that brings together 50 entrepreneurs from the sector

  • The course was held at Hotel Manantial el Chorro de Navafría, one of the eight establishments that has a Starligth certificate, an ideal destination for astronomical observation
  • The objective of the theoretical part has been to communicate the concept of astrotourism and the expectations that can generate
  • In addition, aspects such as how to facilitate access to astronomical observation material to tourists with curiosities in this matter have been addressed

Prodestur, the tourist body of the Provincial Council, continues taking steps so that the province becomes a Starlight tourist destination, that is, that it meets the ideal conditions for observing the sky and attracting visitors.

Therefore, expanding the project started last year Star Trek Tourism, Prodestur this week roganized an astronomy workshop with telescopes aimed at entrepreneurs in the sector, completely free, which involved around 50 entrepreneurs in the sector.

The course was held at the El Chorro de Navafría Manantial Hotel, one of the eight establishments in the province that has been incorporated into the Startlight network in the "Hotel Starlight" mode, thanks to the collaboration between Prodestur Segovia Turismo and the Startlight Foundation .

A total of eight rural accommodations in the province have recently obtained the Starlight certificate. With the idea that the accommodations can continue to advance until they fully adapt their establishments, offers and customers to star tourism, it has been considered necessary that through workshops like this have a quality training, something essential to carry out its objective.

On this occasion the Manantial El Chorro de Navafría Hotel was chosen, located in the Sierra de Guadarrama Natural Park, because it is located on the outskirts of the municipality near the natural pools, a place with little light pollution ideal for astronomical observation.

Carlos González from the Laboratory of Astronomy, Graduate in Mathematics from the UCM, Master in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the VIU, has been in charge of carrying out this workshop.

It has been necessary to limit the number of people to be able to hold a close and participatory workshop, with the possibility of observing many objects to the telescope. In addition, other specific astronomy materials such as astronomical lasers, planispheres and specific applications have been used.

The workshop was preceded by a visit to the Martinete thanks to the collaboration of the Municipality of Navafría. Next, there was a previous introduction to the Star Observation and then the participants enjoyed an Astronomical Observation with Telescopes.

The objective of the theoretical part was to communicate the concept of astrotourism and the expectations it can generate. Aspects such as how to facilitate access to astronomical observation material for tourists with curiosities in astronomical matters were addressed; the methods to try to attract tourists from other provinces or the capital who want to spend a weekend knowing the rural sky; generate a weekend leisure alternative to perform as a family and teach to value the dark skies as a tool for protection against pollution.

It has also been about the suitability of creating communication spaces to resolve doubts or concerns of the attendees, present the smallest astronomy as a science more available to everyone, demystify astronomy and show that it is simple and accessible for anyone, show the operation of a telescope and know other tools to observe the sky, beyond the telescope.