More than 6,000 persons visited the Mining Tourism Fair at Pozo Sotón (HUNOSA)
More than six thousand persons visited the Mining Tourism Fair which took place at the mine Pozo Sotón, in the municipality of San Martín del Rey Aurelio, last weekend, surpassing the expectations of the coal mining company HUNOSA, which organized the event.
As HUNOSA pointed out in a press release, the massive influx of visitors to the activities forced the organizers to increase twofold the workshops for children on cribbing originally envisaged and to organize seven visits to the mining facilities, which have been declared as a heritage of cultural interest (BIC in Spanish), when the initial program included just two.
The three parking areas organized at the Pozo Sotón and its surroundings were not large enough, and thus the remaining cars had to park on both sides of the former AS-17 motorway between Sotrondio and El Entrego, while many visitors opted for parking at the neighboring industrial park.
Furthermore, the 5,400 leaflets prepared for making known the program run out on Sunday morning, and the cider-making establishments which took part in the cider tasting activities run out of this drink.
For instance, at the reception area of the Center for Mining Experiences and Memory more than 2,500 persons were recorded as visitors, and at some times, due to the level of attendance, it was impossible to identify all visitors.
HUNOSA’s CEO, Ms. María Teresa Mallada, made a positive assessment of the Fair. 'This was the first time that we organized something like it, and we did not know how it was going to turn out. Now I think that it has been a total success, and I think that both the visitors and the exhibitors are happy and content, something which encourages us to look forward to a second series', stated Ms. Mallada.
Furthermore, she thanked the work carried out by all those who took part in organizing this Fair, and expressed her gratitude to sponsors, the exhibitors, the mining town councils, and to the regional Government for their collaboration, to the artists for their commitment with the event, and to those who attended the Fair.
Involvement of town councils and institutions
In the Fair took part the town councils of Siero, Langreo, Mieres, Castrillón, San Martín del Rey Aurelio, Laviana, Aller, Cangas del Narcea, Lena, Ribera de Arriba, Morcín, Riosa, Caso, Sobrescobio, Tineo, Teverga, Quirós, Bimenes, Degaña and Ibias.
Also collaborated such institutions as the Mining Museum, the Museum of the Arnao Mine, the Eco-Museum of Samuño, the Pozo Sotón and the Mining Historical Archive, while the regional Government of Asturias set up the pavilion Asturias Paraíso Natural.
Among the activities which took place stood out the interventions of the grupo Nuberu and that of the singer Ms. Marisa Valle Roso.
The Fair also included two symposia which focused on the leisurely use of the Industrial and Mining Heritage and on the tourist potential of the Asturian Mining valleys.
There were a number of gastronomic events (tastings of sausage from Tineo, of casín cheese, etc.) and the tasting of wines from de Cangas del Narcea, of beer from Tineo and of cider from cider-making facilities in Langreo, Siero and Tineo.
The activities took place in a surface which covered almost 10,000 m2; just the tents for the pavilions and for the musical interventions covered 1,000 m2.
HUNOSA and Grupo SEPI
HUNOSA belongs to Grupo SEPI, a corporate holding which includes a total of 16 state-owned companies in which it has direct, majority shareholding participations, with a workforce of around 73,000 professionals in 2014; the Spanish state-owned television and radio corporation, Corporación Radiotelevisión Española, which is attached to SEPI, and one public foundation. Equally, SEPI has direct minority shareholdings in a further ten companies, and indirect shareholdings in more than one hundred companies.
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