Fourteen micro-business leaders from ethnic communities around
the country have completed a Tourism Ministry training program
and are now ready to launch projects aimed at strengthening
their small-scale tourism businesses.
Participants from the Miskito, Pech and Lenca Indian communities
traveled from the municipalities of Atima in the department
of Santa Barbara; San Juan in Intibuca; La Campa and San Sebastian
in Lempira; Amapala in Valle; as well as Choluteca and La
Mosquitia to participate in the month-long program at Tegucigalpaâ€™s
Madrid Hotel School.
The sessions covered topics in hotel management, including
reception, laundry and housekeeping, and kitchens and restaurants.
Digna Lorenzo, Director of Municipal Development at the Tourism
Ministry, said the program was designed to help the countryâ€™s
ethnic communities invigorate their economies, create jobs
and increase their standard of living by taking advantage
of the tourism potential that surrounds them.
Recognizing training as a key element in the sectorâ€™s
growth, the Tourism Ministry held a second month-long training
session in January for members of the Lenca and Garifuna communities.
The program is part of a nationwide municipal development
plan launched by President Maduro and his administration.