$ 1.8 Million for Central American Tourism

Funds donated by Taiwan will be used to strengthen integration and tourism in the region.

Monday, October 18, 2010

A regional agency reported Taiwan completed the delivery of $ 1.8 million to the Central American Integration System (SICA) in order to promote regional tourism.

The delivery of the final disbursement of $ 471.000, to complete $ 1.8 million, was made by the Ambassador of Taiwan in San Salvador, Carlos Liao, indicated the Secretary General of SICA, Juan Daniel German.

SICA is composed of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Belize.

The project "Strengthening Central American Integration and Tourism", which began in 2006, aims to "contribute" to promote the region into European and Asian markets, which are expected to "strengthen" the sector, create more jobs and development of Central American economies, the statement said.

The program seeks to "position" Central America as a single destination and offer regional routes, driven by the Tourism Promotion Agency Central (CATA), which operates from Madrid, Spain.

Part of the funds donated by Taiwan will be used next week in the Central American Travel Market Fair (CATM), which facilitates meeting between Central American and international tour operators.

The event will promote business meetings to sell tour packages and design new strategies for the sector. The meeting will be held on the 19th, 20th and 21st of October in Antigua Guatemala. Expected to attend this year are 158 wholesalers from 31 countries.

In addition, reports La Prensa Gráfica, 177 Central American tourism experts are expected to also attend along with 91 media members from 23 countries.

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