In an effort to strengthen the role municipal governments play
in developing local tourism, the World Tourism Organization
has launched a series of training programs throughout Honduras.
The goal is to help small town mayors offices and their employees
design strategies to promote and develop tourism in their own
areas, especially those located in regions involved in the Sustainable
Coastal Tourism Project and the Lenca Route.
With logistical support from the Ministry of Tourism, WTO
consultant Manuel Marchena visited Honduras from August 25
to 31. He gave two seminars on the topic “Sustainable
Tourism: the Role of the Municipality.”
The first was held at the Posada Real Hotel in Copan Ruinas
on August 26 and 27 with the participation of mayors and vice
mayors from the municipalities of La Campa, Gracias, Taulabé,
Atima, Santa Barbara, Yuscaran, El Corpus, Comayagua, San
Marcos, Santa Rosa de Copan, Copan Ruinas, La Esperanza, Intibuca,
La Paz, Valle de Angeles, Santa Ana, Amapala, San Juan de
Intibuca, Danli, El Paraiso and Campamento (Olancho).
The seminar highlighted successful tourism projects and provided
a forum for participants to share ideas and experiences regarding
The second seminar was held in La Ceiba and included the
participation of mayors and representatives from the municipalities
of La Ceiba, Trujillo, Utila, Guanaja, Roatan, San Pedro Sula
and Choloma, as well as leaders from several of the countryâ€™s
Garifuna communities. Representatives from local municipal
tourism units and the Sustainable Tourism Program also participated.