Sunday, 17 August 2014

Amigos Welcome Service 2014

Signs at the entrance to the Pilgrims' Office in English and Spanish
Hola

This year 58 fabulous volunteers have donned Amigos T shirts and are welcoming pilgrims as they arrive in Santiago. They come in all ages and all shapes and sizes. Some speak Spanish and other languages fluently. Some are learning. Two things they all have in common: they are all experienced pilgrims who have gained at least one Compostela and they all have huge hearts and warm smiles. They are all members of the participating organisations. The pictures tell the story...

APOC Amigo Ari happy at his work


Brad answers questions
Liz sells a tube  to carry the Compostela


After the Friday evening Mass seeing the Botafumeiro close up!

Mila gives the final stamp

A happy team



And they always have fun







Saturday, 2 August 2014

All the pilgrims numbers from Santiago 1 January - 31 July 2014

Hola

Overall

Greetings from the Pilgrims Office. July was a busy month with 39,581 pilgrims coming for the final stamp and the Compostela. Last year 36, 559 pilgrims registered. This is an increase of 8.2%.

In the year to date, from 1 January 2014 to 31 July, 122,330 pilgrims arrived which is an increase of 9.1% compared to the same period in 2013.

However the growth rate of 2012 to 2013 was 11.2%. I´ve wondered before if the growth rate is slowing. We´ll continue to monitor this.

Top 10 Countries July 2014

In the list of the country of origin of pilgrims the USA seems to be consolidating its position in 6th place above France, the UK and Ireland. However in July the number of American pilgrims leapt into 3rd  place. We’ll see how this changes over the year.

Spain              23807    (60,15%)

Italia               2686      (6,79%)

USA               1877 (4,74%)

Germany         1409 (3,56%)

Portugal           1273 (3,22%)

France              1179 (2,98%)

Poland            699 (1,77%)

UK                 582 (1,47%)

Ireland           509 (1,29%)

Korea              482 (1,22%)




Waiting Times
Earlier in the year pilgrims coming to the Pilgrims Office had to wait for up to 2 hours. Poor pilgrims. There were also adverse press reports. It was as if everyone had forgotten about the many hours which people had to wait in the old office at Number 1 Rua do Vilar. However looking to the past isn´t helpful. The long waiting time earlier this year was caused by the introduction of the Distance Certificate which many pilgrims want and also the fact the new system we have introduced to deal with group was not fully operational.
Now more staff have been engaged and they are complemented by trained volunteers -like me! We receive groups in two ways. Some groups get in touch before they arrive and we e mail them the form which every pilgrim has to complete. They fill it in, send it back and when they arrive their Compostelas are ready and waiting for them. All they have to do is for one person to bring all credenciales to be checked and stamped.
For groups who arrive with no arrangement made in advance we now have a separate office with up to three members of staff working there at peak times. The group leader is asked to collect the credenciales and fill in the form. Members of the groups can then leave to go to the Pilgrims´Mass or to eat and the leader is given a time when they can return to collect the Compostelas and stamped credenciales.
Also we now have a brand new “next please” machine which is functioning well and ensures the queue moves forward smoothly.
On 24 July we received a bumper 2178 pilgrims, the record so far this year. The fast tracking of groups as described above ensured that waiting times were kept to under an hour and there were no complaints.
How are the English speaking countries doing?

The number of American pilgrims rose by 43% to over 10,000 last year. Since then numbers have continued to rise. By end May the number of American pilgrims had risen by 6.6% in the year. By end June the rate of increase has risen to 9.5% and now stands at 10%.
Country
 2012
2013
 2014
Growth %
Australia
931
1518
  1946
28%
Canada
1450
1602
  1668
4%
Ireland
2296
2878
2906
1%%
South Africa
425
445
 359
-19%
United Kingdom
1950
2237
2444
9%
USA
3979
6171
 6805
10%
New Zealand
190
257
359
39%


Full analysis of the 122,330 pilgrims who arrived in the first 7 months of 2014

Routes

Route                          Number of pilgrims
Camino Frances          82936 (67,80%)
Camino Portugues       19046 (15,57%)
Camino del Norte       6982 (5,71%)
Via de la Plata             5210 (4,26%)
Camono Primitivo       3936 (3,22%)
Camino Ingles             3518 (2,88%)
Muxia-Finisterre          402 (0,33%)
Other routes                299 (0,24%)


Age

Age     Number of pilgrims
30 - 60             66220 (54,13%)
< 30     34192 (27,95%)
> 60     21918 (17,92%)



Status

Status              Number of pilgrims
Employed        26381 (21,57%)
Students          24132 (19,73%)
Retired            17256 (14,11%)
Self employed 13788 (11,27%)
Technical         12622 (10,32%)
Teachers          9155 (7,48%)
Public sector    6294 (5,15%)
House people 2759 (2,26%)
Unemployed   2545 (2,08%)
Directors         2516 (2,06%)
Manuel            2018 (1,65%)
Artists             1037 (0,85%)
Priests              653 (0,53%)
Religious         554 (0,45%)
Farm workers 337 (0,28%)
Sailors             178 (0,15%)
Sportss            67 (0,05%)
Oikoten           38 (0,03%)



Gender

Gender                       Number of pilgrims
Male                           66662 (54,49%)
Female                         55668 (45,51%)


Mode of transport

Mode              Number of pilgrims
On foot           108116 (88,38%)
Bicycle            13536 (11,07%)
Horseback       613 (0,50%)
Wheelchair      65 (0,05%)


Reasons for making the pilgrimage

Reason                        Number of pilgrims
Religious or spiritual   60868 (49,76%)
Religious                    53425 (43,67%)
Sport or tourism          8037 (6,57%)


Countries

Country          Number of pilgrims

Spain              55880 (45,68%)
Germany         9151 (7,48%)
Italy                8596 (7,03%)
Portugal           6942 (5,67%)
USA               6805 (5,56%)
France             5217 (4,26%)
Ireland             2906 (2,38%)
UK                 2444 (2,00%)
Holland           2187 (1,79%)
Korea             2013 (1,65%)
Australia          1946 (1,59%)
Canadá            1668 (1,36%)
Brasil               1644 (1,34%)
Polonia            1365 (1,12%)
México            1062 (0,87%)
Belgica            1033 (0,84%)
Dinamarca       974 (0,80%)
Austria            952 (0,78%)
Suiza               728 (0,60%)
Argentina        632 (0,52%)
Suecia             598 (0,49%)
Japón               564 (0,46%)
Hungría           504 (0,41%)
Noruega          445 (0,36%)
Finlandia         408 (0,33%)
Colombia         395 (0,32%)
Rep Checa       379 (0,31%)
Russia             376 (0,31%)
New Zeland    359 (0,29%)
Sudáfrica         359 (0,29%)
Eslovaquia       315 (0,26%)
Venezuela       305 (0,25%)
Eslovenia         304 (0,25%)
China               278 (0,23%)
Bulgaria           222 (0,18%)
Lituania           201 (0,16%)
Ecuador           159 (0,13%)
Puerto Rico     150 (0,12%)
Rumania          141 (0,12%)
Chile                124 (0,10%)
Uruguay          99 (0,08%)
Perú                 82 (0,07%)
Israel               79 (0,06%)
Malta               72 (0,06%)
Estonia            72 (0,06%)
Filipinas           70 (0,06%)
Croacia            68 (0,06%)
Ucrania            68 (0,06%)
Luxemburgo    63 (0,05%)
Greece             58 (0,05%)
Letonia            55 (0,04%)
Islandia           51 (0,04%)
Costa Rica       49 (0,04%)
Taiwán            49 (0,04%)
Andorra           45 (0,04%)
Singapur          42 (0,03%)
Rep. Dom        41 (0,03%)
Bolivia             38 (0,03%)
Líbano             31 (0,03%)
India                26 (0,02%)
Cuba                25 (0,02%)
Paraguay         25 (0,02%)
Indonesia        20 (0,02%)
Guatemala       19 (0,02%)
Turquía            18 (0,01%)
Honduras        17 (0,01%)
Vietnam          16 (0,01%)
Marruecos       16 (0,01%)
El Salvador     16 (0,01%)
Malasia            13 (0,01%)
Bielorrusia       12 (0,01%)
Armenia          12 (0,01%)
Sudán             11 (0,01%)
Serbia             10 (0,01%)
Panamá            10 (0,01%)
Mozambique   9 (0,01%)
Namibia           8 (0,01%)
Irán                  8 (0,01%)
Pakistán           8 (0,01%)
Moldavia         7 (0,01%)
Brunei             7 (0,01%)
Dominica         7 (0,01%)
Chipre             7 (0,01%)
Islas Feroe       6 (0,00%)
Nicaragua        6 (0,00%)
Haití                6 (0,00%)
Albania            6 (0,00%)
Madagascar     5 (0,00%)
Bosnia             5 (0,00%)
Angola            5 (0,00%)
Myanmar         5 (0,00%)
Omán             4 (0,00%)
San Marino      4 (0,00%)
Georgia           4 (0,00%)
Afganistán      4 (0,00%)
Tailandia         4 (0,00%)
Barbados         4 (0,00%)
Jordania           4 (0,00%)
Kazajistán       3 (0,00%)
Etiopía             3 (0,00%)
Mauricio          3 (0,00%)
Tuvalu             3 (0,00%)
Cabo Verde     3 (0,00%)
Surinam           2 (0,00%)
Rwanda           2 (0,00%)
Argelia            2 (0,00%)
Mauritania       2 (0,00%)
Burundi           2 (0,00%)
Libia                2 (0,00%)
Qatar               2 (0,00%)
Kenya             2 (0,00%)
Zimbabwe       2 (0,00%)
Siria                 2 (0,00%)
Groenlandia    2 (0,00%)
Macedonia      2 (0,00%)
Tayikistán        2 (0,00%)
Camerún          1 (0,00%)
Micronesia       1 (0,00%)
Laos                1 (0,00%)
Nigeria            1 (0,00%)
Bangladesh     1 (0,00%)
Comores          1 (0,00%)
Samoa             1 (0,00%)
Sri Lanka         1 (0,00%)
Guinea             1 (0,00%)
Congo                         1 (0,00%)
Jamaica            1 (0,00%)
Tanzania          1 (0,00%)
Fiji                   1 (0,00%)
Santo Tomé     1 (0,00%)
Montenegro     1 (0,00%)
Timor   1 (0,00%)
Antillas            1 (0,00%)
Irak                  1 (0,00%)
Nepal               1 (0,00%)
Camboya         1 (0,00%)
Guayana          1 (0,00%)
Uganda           1 (0,00%)
Senegal            1 (0,00%)
Gabón                         1 (0,00%)
Mónaco           1 (0,00%)
Egipto                         1 (0,00%)
Naurú             1 (0,00%)


Starting point

Starting point Number of pilgrims

Sarria                           29583 (24,18%)
S. Jean P. Port             15089 (12,33%)
Oporto                         5980 (4,89%)
León                            5705 (4,66%)
Tui                               5686 (4,65%)
Cebreiro                      5147 (4,21%)
Roncesvalles               4150 (3,39%)
Ponferrada                  3964 (3,24%)
Ferrol                           3350 (2,74%)
Astorga                       3178 (2,60%)
Pamplona                    2469 (2,02%)
Valença do Minho      2386 (1,95%)
Oviedo - C.P.             2263 (1,85%)
Le Puy                         2032 (1,66%)
Burgos                         1932 (1,58%)
Irún                             1843 (1,51%)
Ourense                       1660 (1,36%)
Sevilla                         1429 (1,17%)
Resto Portugal            1414 (1,16%)
Vilafranca                   1263 (1,03%)
Francia - C.F.             1257 (1,03%)
Lugo - C.P.                 1088 (0,89%)
Triacastela                   963 (0,79%)
Resto C. León C.F.     818 (0,67%)
Lisboa                         794 (0,65%)
Ribadeo                       759 (0,62%)
Samos                         733 (0,60%)
Ponte de Lima             705 (0,58%)
Resto Asturias - C.N   624 (0,51%)
Bilbao                          538 (0,44%)
Vilalba                         509 (0,42%)
Holanda                      461 (0,38%)
Logroño                      460 (0,38%)
Santander                    454 (0,37%)
Porriño                        407 (0,33%)
Gijón                           380 (0,31%)
Oviedo - C.N.             348 (0,28%)
Somport                      335 (0,27%)
Braga                           331 (0,27%)
Alemania                     319 (0,26%)
Salamanca                   298 (0,24%)
Rates, S. Pedro           296 (0,24%)
Avilés                         284 (0,23%)
Barcelos                      280 (0,23%)
Chaves-Portugal          250 (0,20%)
Resto Asturias - C.P. 231 (0,19%)
Zamora                        227 (0,19%)
San Sebastián             223 (0,18%)
Finisterra                     222 (0,18%)
Madrid - C.F.             215 (0,18%)
Bélgica                        206 (0,17%)
Laza                            201 (0,16%)
Sahagún                      197 (0,16%)
Guimaraes                   195 (0,16%)
Baamonde                   191 (0,16%)
Muxia                         180 (0,15%)
Resto País Vasco        175 (0,14%)
Resto Cantabria          174 (0,14%)
Jaca                             165 (0,13%)
Lourdes                       163 (0,13%)
Puebla de Sanabria      148 (0,12%)
Resto Europa             140 (0,11%)
Arles                            133 (0,11%)
Nájera                         127 (0,10%)
Neda                           124 (0,10%)
Verín                           116 (0,09%)
Resto Andalucia         113 (0,09%)
Fonsagrada - C.P.       105 (0,09%)
Francia - C.N             105 (0,09%)
Hendaya                      105 (0,09%)
Cruz de Ferro             99 (0,08%)
Suiza                           93 (0,08%)
Coimbra                      93 (0,08%)
Vezelay                       92 (0,08%)
Com. Valenciana         90 (0,07%)
Cataluña - C.F.            90 (0,07%)
Frómista                      89 (0,07%)
Viana do Castelo        89 (0,07%)
Madrid - V.P.             87 (0,07%)
Sto. Dom Calzada       86 (0,07%)
Gudiña                        83 (0,07%)
Resto C. León - V.P. 81 (0,07%)
A Guarda                    80 (0,07%)
Fatima                         80 (0,07%)
Vega de Valcarce        76 (0,06%)
Granja de Moreruela   73 (0,06%)
Zaragoza                     71 (0,06%)
Valencia O.C.             68 (0,06%)
R.Pais Vasco C.F.       67 (0,05%)
Abadin                        66 (0,05%)
Cast. la Mancha          64 (0,05%)
París                            64 (0,05%)
Mondoñedo                64 (0,05%)
Salas                            64 (0,05%)
Puente la Reina           64 (0,05%)
Molinaseca                  61 (0,05%)
Mérida                         61 (0,05%)
Carrión Condes          60 (0,05%)
Tineo - C.P.                 60 (0,05%)
Rabanal del Camino    59 (0,05%)
Castilla la Mancha       59 (0,05%)
Austria                        57 (0,05%)
Navarra                       57 (0,05%)
Resto Galicia               56 (0,05%)
Cadavo                        54 (0,04%)
Hospital de Orbigo     52 (0,04%)
Cáceres                        52 (0,04%)
Extremadura               51 (0,04%)
Xunqueira de Ambia   50 (0,04%)
Montserrat                   45 (0,04%)
Granada                      45 (0,04%)
Barcelona                    45 (0,04%)
Com. Valenciana         44 (0,04%)
Viseu                           44 (0,04%)
Grandas de Salime      44 (0,04%)
Italia                            43 (0,04%)
Baiona                         43 (0,04%)
Lourenzá                     42 (0,03%)
Estella                         41 (0,03%)
Pontedeume                40 (0,03%)
Vigo                            39 (0,03%)
Castilla La Mancha     39 (0,03%)
Rábade                        36 (0,03%)
Povoa de Varzim        30 (0,02%)
Ponferrada. C.Inv.      29 (0,02%)
Aveiro                         28 (0,02%)
Allariz                         27 (0,02%)
Canfranc                     27 (0,02%)
La Rioja                      27 (0,02%)
Faro                             26 (0,02%)
XFonsagrada               22 (0,02%)
Huelva                         21 (0,02%)
Córdoba                      19 (0,02%)
Malaga                        18 (0,01%)
Esposende                   17 (0,01%)
Cataluña - O.C.           17 (0,01%)
Murcia                         15 (0,01%)
Castrojeriz                   15 (0,01%)
Resto Africa                13 (0,01%)
Badajoz                       12 (0,01%)
Benavente                   12 (0,01%)
Valladolid                   12 (0,01%)
Polonia                        11 (0,01%)
XSan Sebastian           11 (0,01%)
San Juan de Ortega     10 (0,01%)
Roma                           10 (0,01%)
Irlanda C.F.                  9 (0,01%)
La Bañeza                    9 (0,01%)
Reino Unido C.F.        9 (0,01%)
Grado                          9 (0,01%)
Fonfría                         9 (0,01%)
Eslovaquia                    8 (0,01%)
Monforte de Lemos     7 (0,01%)
La Mesa                       7 (0,01%)
XGrandas de Salime   5 (0,00%)
Sobrado                       5 (0,00%)
Paradela                      5 (0,00%)
Luxemburgo                5 (0,00%)
Republica Checa         5 (0,00%)
Hungría                       3 (0,00%)
Finlandia                     3 (0,00%)
Jerusalem                     2 (0,00%)