In an effort to boost tourist flow, increase
development and revive traditional architectural styles, a program
has been launched to clean up and restore the city of Cayo Bonacca
on the island of Utila.
The project is part of the Sustainable Coastal Development Program,
which is operated by the Ministry of Tourism. It includes technical
assistance in repainting selected buildings and conserving their
traditional architectural style. The project also provides the
manual labor necessary to complete the program.
Of the 25 buildings selected to participate in the pilot project,
17 have already been completed for a 68% completion rate. Already
the former splendor of this historic island village is beginning
to shine through, a factor that is expected to increase tourism
Other activities have included a clean-up program for signs and
other urban artifacts, as well as the removal of large signs that
interfered with the island feeling of the village.