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February 1/ 2003
- Press Releases
Tourism ministry promotes small hotel development

All together, the small-scale hotels that dot Central America are an important segment of the region’s tourism sector. To help these small but crucial businesses, the Tourism Ministry has joined forces with the Organization of American States (OAS) to provide training to 180 hotels region wide in the use of innovative technologies.

With $92,000 from the OAS and counterpart funding and technical assistance from local organizations, the program will provide training to 30 hotels in each of the six participating countries. Topics covered will include human resources development, training, keeping products current, marketing and using the Internet. Participating in Honduras are hotels from the Bay Islands, Gracias, La Ceiba, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa, San Lorenzo and Copan.

The program’s focus is on new technologies available for hotel management. Evaluations and technical assistance are also available for environmental management, and special funds will be created to encourage investment in environmentally-sound improvements and to promote sustainable tourism. Three main focus areas are the economy, the environment and socio-cultural factors.

The fact that most lodging establishments are small- and mid-sized hotels is of vital importance for the development of tourism in Central America because it guarantees that tourism-generated wealth will remain in the region to benefit local communities. The program is part of a wider strategy to keep development local.

The project emerged following conclusions made at the Summit of the Americas regarding small business development in the hemisphere. Rendering the hotel sector more competitive and sustainable will encourage further initiatives to develop products like the ambitious Mundo Maya project.


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