Companies in the sector and the Guatemalan Tourism Institute are working on a proposal for rules for adventure tourism businesses in the country.
From a statement issued by the INGUAT:
Guatemala November 10, 2016.Given the need to regulate and control all activities related to the adventure tourism segment, private public entities have initiated a regulatory process, forming the Technical Committee on Adventure.
The Government is looking for resources to open an embassy in China during the third quarter of 2016 and to promote issues such as clean energy and sustainable tourism.
The Foreign Ministry of Costa Rica announced that is seeking funds to open an embassy and send diplomatic personnel to Jakarta, Indonesia. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Manuel Gonzalez, confirmed to Crhoy.com that the branch could be set up in the third quarter of this year.
In August representatives of the tourism sector in the Caribbean will gather together in Managua to discuss issues related to the promotion of sustainable tourism.
Elnuevodiario.com.ni reports that "...At that meeting, bringing together representatives of the tourism sector in the Caribbean countries, themes and projects related to sustainable tourism development in the Caribbean Sea will be discussed, said the coordinator of the Communication and Citizenship Council, Rosario Murillo. "
Sustained growth has been projected in "wellness" tourism in the region, which still needs to make efforts to differentiate promotion of this type of tourism from medical tourism.
In Guatemala, the category of wellness tourism is included under medical tourism, but authorities intend to identify separate specific promotion mechanisms for each of the segments. In Costa Rica, figures from the Costa Rican Tourism Institute indicate that "... According to the aerial survey of foreigners in 2014, which is conducted quarterly at international airports in the country, about 38% of tourists said they had taken part in wellness activities during their stay. "
When it comes to making a choice, there is a clear preference by travelers for "green" hotels and tourism products, confirming that the sustainability of the tourism business only makes sense when the sustainability of the area is guaranteed.
In her blog in Elfinancierocr.com, Katiana Murillo highlights the growing preference of tourists worldwide for hotels which have environmentally friendly practices, even if it means paying higher rates.
Up until May incentives have been authorized for 22 tourism investment projects, including the construction of the airport in Costa Esmeralda, for $12 million.
Tourism growth and incentives granted to investment projects in the tourism sector are boosting investment in the country, which, according to estimates by the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism, will amount to $400 million in the year.
Among the requests made to new government sector by entrepreneurs is for long-term policies and for more attention to be paid to the internal market .
Attracting a larger number of airlines, diversifying supply routes and prices and promoting the range of regional products that Costa Rica offers are also pending tasks for the new minister, Wilhelm Von Breyman according to entrepreneurs.
Tourist companies believe that sustainability is not an easy process, however it can be a good idea if it is about doing business.
Katiana Murillo in her article in Baños, reviews the opinion of some companies who participated in Expotur 2013, regarding the question of whether sustainability can be good business for tourism entrepreneurs.
The natural revitalization in preserved areas such as Mombacho Volcano, Granada islets and the archaeological park on Zapatera Island are part of the recovery plan.
From a press release issued by the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (Intur):
Through means of more than fifty of activities to be held this year, INTUR will be united with tourism businesses, the Alcaldías del Poder Ciudadano de Granada, as well as other government institutions, as part of the relaunch of Granada as a tourism destination.
Sustainable tourism results in being more attractive to travelers, savings in operations and preferential treatment, including economic and business benefits.
"Do not say that the natural wealth of Costa Rica produces no revenue: first place in the top ten most popular adventure destinations in the world by International Business Times magazine, host for 2013 of the largest international adventure event, Adventure Race World Championship 2013,Travel Weekly Readers Choice Award as the best destination in Central and South America and one of the top 10 honeymoon destinations according to Modern Bride magazine", writes Katiana Murillo on her ‘sostenible’ on Elfinancierocr.com.
Authorities and entrepreneurs have come together to launch a service guide for tour operators, restaurants, small hotels, adventure tourism companies and others.
The aim of the document prepared by the National Institute of Tourism and the Salvadoran Tourism Corporation (CORSATUR) is to increase the competitiveness of the local tourism industry.
The guide sets out 10 quality standards for tourism, eight of which have already been published in Diario Oficial. In its 236 pages, the document breaks down quality standards for services for tour guides, tour operators, restaurants, small hotels, adventure tourism companies and others.
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