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Councillor Martín announcing the free course for hoteliers in Fuengirola, Source: Ayuntamiento de Fuengirola

Fuengirola makes space for ‘gluten-free’ tourism

Fuengirola makes space for ‘gluten-free’ tourism

Free workshop provided to hospitality establishments that want to include this option to their menus

The Fuengirola City Council announced that it will offer a free course to hoteliers from the Andalusian municipality who would like to join the ‘Fuengirola gluten-free’ network and thus diversify their product offering to visitors. The workshop will take place on 10 June and will allow attendees to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in that field so they could reconfigure their kitchens and menus to accommodate customers suffering from gluten intolerance.

4% of the Spanish population might be living with celiac disease

Attendees will get the chance to internalize the guidelines they must follow in the kitchen to adapt them to people with celiac disease. These are based on issues such as the disposition of all the ingredients in the pantry, the use of certain materials or how to avoid food contamination.

This step towards considering the needs of gluten-intolerant tourists is important since according to statistics reported by the municipal website of Fuengirola, 4% of the Spanish population may be in that category, although 3 out 4 are not aware of it.

They are people who have digestive problems, which can affect them in different ways, such as when it comes to getting pregnant. With the aim of raising awareness and making this disease visible, the City Council was a pioneer in its province with the signing of a collaboration agreement with the Malaga Celiac Association and the creation of the 'Fuengirola without gluten' network, more than six years ago.

“Being part of this commercial network allows the establishment to be given an additional category, since it ensures diners a moment of quiet leisure, with an offer of dishes adapted to all circumstances. In addition, it means greater promotion for the restaurant, favouring the loyalty of customers who, for various reasons, are looking for a gastronomic offer adapted to their needs,” commented Francisco José Martín, provincial deputy and councillor in Fuengirola.

Once the training is completed, businesses will receive a certificate that allows them to be part of the network of specialized establishments.

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