2 August/ 2004
Bank Mission to Evaluate Development of Tourism Projects
A special mission from the World Bank will be
visiting Honduras from August 2-6 to evaluate the progress of
two key tourism projects here: the Sustainable Coastal Tourism
Project and the Copan Valley Regional Development Project. Mission
delegates will include: Maria Valeria Peña, World Bank
Project Manager; Barbara Brakartz, and Rebeca Santos of the World
Bank office in Honduras.
“This is an important visit because it Hill allow us to
identify any problems and delays while at the same time demonstrating
the efforts that the Ministry [of Tourism] has made to move forward
with each projectâ€™s investments,” says Miriam Leiva,
coordinator of both projects at the Honduran Tourism Ministry.
During the last trimester several advances have been made in
both areas, says Leiva, including the implementation of the Prosperity
Fund as part of the Sustainable Coastal Development Project and
the development of a regional tourism strategy.
So far 31 micro-businesses have enjoyed the benefits of the Sustainable
Coastal Tourism Project. Most of these businesses are joint ventures
that involve an average of 10 families each, meaning that more
than 300 people have benefited from the program so far. A similar
Prosperity Fund will soon be set up as part of the Copan Valley
Regional Development Project. Both funds provide seed capital
to small companies setting up business in the tourism sector.