2 December/ 2004
journalists promote tourism to Honduras
A group of Belgian journalists recently spent
16 days in Honduras, getting to know the countryâ€™s many
tourism destinations and covering their stay for a variety of
magazines, newspapers and other publications dedicated to promoting
tourism in that European country.
The visit included a tour of the Bay Islands, where the journalists
met with representatives of the Bay Islands Chapter of the National
Chamber of Tourism (CANATURH-BAY ISLANDS). The group also took
a look at the wide variety of plants and animals being cared for
at the Carambola Botanical Gardens and visited the Marine Museum
and Research Center at Anthonyâ€™s Key Resort.
The tour of Honduras also included a visit to the Copan Archaeological
Park, where the majestic Mayan ruins were highly appreciated.
La Ceiba was their next destination. There, the exuberant Pico
Bonito National Park and the extreme sports it offers made that
stop a particular favorite.
Participants included: Dan Colwell of The Bulletin, a magazine
based in Brussels for affluent readers; Christian Vander Winnen
of Travel Magazine, published for Belgiumâ€™s professional
travel industry; and Dirk Wagemans and Sigi Wouter, owners and
operators of Belgiumâ€™s Iguana Travel Tours.
They met with Honduran President Ricardo Maduro, Tourism Minister
Thierry de Pierrefeu and other key government officials to explore
the different options available for tourism in Honduras, as well
as applicable legislation and investment promotion policies.
The visitors promised to return to Belgium to publish reports
of their experiences in Honduras and the tourism infrastructure
that the country offers, as well as airfare options, particularly
covering routes between Europe and Central America.