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Gastronomy and food contribute 25% to Spanish GDP

  • Gastronomy tourism is the primary motive for choosing Spain as a destination
  • 5 million international tourists engage in gastronomic activities
  • The agri-food industry generates the most employment






 November 2016


Fifteen percent of tourists who visited Spain last year cited cuisine as their primary motivation. Enjoying healthy, sustainable, and gratifying food has become one of the most important human activities and it plays a fundamental role in the Spanish economy.

It generated the most satisfaction from the 68 million visitors, along with transport and infrastructure, explained Mr. Rafael Ansón, Chairman of the Real Academia de Gastronomía (Royal Academy of Gastronomy), during the Círculo Fortuny joining ceremony, where he also remarked:

“The Royal Academy’s membership in Círculo Fortuny represents the definitive consolidation of our cuisine in the world of culture, excellence, and luxury in the best sense of the word. We are proud to be a part of this select Círculo that incorporates some of our best institutions and companies.”

The association—chaired by Mr. Carlos Falcó, Marqués de Griñón— which is the only alliance recognised internationally as a representative of Spain’s high-end firms and institutions of excellence, also includes the Basque Culinary Center as a new honorary member. Its managing director, Mr. Joxe Mari Aizega, remarked:

“Since its inception, the Basque Culinary Center has pursued excellence and innovation in the education it provides and the projects it undertakes. It is a pioneering centre in Spain with tremendous international visibility and recognition. For these reasons, and because Círculo Fortuny is an association that recognises and shares our values, it is an honour to be a part of this great family of prestigious Spanish companies.”

The three institutions are united in an effort to strengthen the country’s agri-food culture and to position Spain as one of the world’s culinary front-runners.

“The incorporation of the Real Academia de Gastronomía and the Basque Culinary Center strengthens Círculo Fortuny’s role as representative and promoter of Spanish excellence. Spain’s cutting-edge cuisine, whose leadership is now recognised worldwide, offers an essential contribution to the international image of Spain” –Mr. Carlos Falcó, Marqués de Griñón, Executive Chairman of Círculo Fortuny.


About Círculo Fortuny

Círculo Fortuny was set up as a non-profit entity on 12 May 2011 in order to bring Spain’s luxury creative and cultural brands together under a single platform with one voice so as to promote and support its members and, more broadly, to help fortify Spain’s brand equity. It is the only association accepted abroad as the legitimate voice and representative of Spain’s high end goods and services companies and world-renowned cultural institutions.


Founding members:

Carrera y Carrera, LA Organic, Lladró, Loewe, Marqués de Griñón Family Estates, Natura Bissé, Numanthia, Sotogrande.


From its creation the following brands have joined the Association:

Abadía Retuerta, AYA-Aguirre y Aranzabal, Bagués-Masriera Joyeros, Bodegas Vega Sicilia, Carmina Shoemaker, Castillo de Canena, Cinco Jotas, Dehesa de los Llanos, Delpozo, Felipe Conde Luthier, Fernando Caruncho, Gandia Blasco, Gastón y Daniela, Gramona, Grulla Armas, Hotel Barceló Formentor, Hotel Ritz Madrid, La Zagaleta, Lorenzo Caprile, LZF Lamps, Magnanni, Manuel Calvo de Mora, Marqués de Murrieta Estates & Wines, Navascués, NH Collection Hotels, Osborne Vinos Viejos, Real Conservera Española, Rosa Oriol Atelier Tous, Sara Navarro, Sha Wellness Clinic, Suárez, Tresserra Collection, Viñedos y Bodegas Sierra Cantabria


International members with a presence in Spain are:

Bulgari, Cartier, Hackett London, Louis Vuitton, LVMH.

As honorary members, they make part of Círculo Fortuny:

Basque Culinary Center, Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, Fundación Casa Ducal de Medinaceli, Fundación Museo Sorolla, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Museo del Prado, Museo Reina Sofía, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Real Academia de Gastronomía, Teatro Real.


Corporate membership:

El Corte Inglés, Global Blue.

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