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Guatemala Offers Virtual Tour of Its Protected Areas

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Guatemala has about 300 protected areas, public and private, but of these only 51 have the infrastructure and services necessary to meet visitors. A new virtual tour aims to generate economic and social impact on communities, and that is “why we are promoting a policy of sustainable tourism development, and making use of the raw material: our natural and cultural heritage,” say officials.

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Promote 51 National Protected Areas

Governmental and international authorities promote tourism purposes 51 protected areas in Guatemala. The project is promoted through a virtual tour, in which domestic and foreign travelers will appreciate the potential for ecotourism, as well as cultural and natural diversity of these places.

The country has about 300 protected areas, public and private, but of these only 51 have the infrastructure and services necessary to meet visitors.

The Guatemalan Institute of Tourism (Inguat) and the National Protected Areas Council (CONAP), with support from USAID / Countepart , joined together to launch the website www.turismo-sigap.com. With this tool will be transported to the netizen on a trip to Guatemala’s protected areas . These places will also be promoted through social networks (read: What is shown ).

At the forefront
“This option will put us in the world at the forefront to make known all the natural and cultural diversity we have in Guatemala,” Zeng said Inguat, Maruja Acevedo.

The official said that tourism generates economic and social impact on communities, and “why we are promoting a policy of sustainable tourism development, and make use of the raw material: our natural and cultural heritage.”

The head of the Department of Conservation Units, Fernando Castro, said that by promoting these protected areas is driven nature conservation sites, while economic resources are generated to keep, plus benefit the community has with the generation of direct care jobs in the tourists.

The Director of USAID / Counterpart , Rony Mejia said that to implement this project works with the institution Conap Inguat and to provide training tools and technical assistance in order to detect, manage and monitor the impact of tourism in protected areas.

Virtual tour of the country
The site -sigap.com www.turismo is available in both Spanish and English. In this website, visitors can take a tour of the 51 protected areas and choose the destination of his choice. They may find complete information on tourism products offered by the sites of the Guatemalan System of Protected Areas (Sicap). Among the destinations are promoted traditional and new parks, plus reserves.

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