Seven ethno-tourism initiatives will receive $87,000 from the Fondo Concursable para Iniciativas Etnoturísticas de la Región Brunca.
The goal of the fund is to strengthen and innovate the sale of ethnic tourism products in the native territories of Térraba, Boruca and Salitre in southwestern Costa Rica.
“The tourist activity in the Brunca region is still beginning in terms of visitation and positioning of ethnic tourism products, both nationally and internationally,” said Jorge Rodríguez, director of international cooperation of the economic ministry. “That is why the Fondo Concursable para Iniciativas Etnoturísticas de la Región Brunca seeks to support those projects of organizations and associations legally constituted in the above territories.”
Ethno-tourism is defined as when persons visit a region to interact with local persons who are considered exotic.
Most of the time they are native people who have not been assimilated into contemporary culture.
The innovation fund aims to enhance the competitiveness of ethno-tourism in the Brunca region by investing money in
specific projects of organizations. This directly improves tourism which leads to the improvement of infrastructure, diversification and development of touristic products in the area, spokespersons said.
Also, the fund is expected to help organizations make the investments necessary to receive the tourism certification given by the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo. This certification allows the organization access to training and promotion services.
The winners are Asociación Bribripa Kaneblo, Asociación para la Defensa de los Derechos de los Indígenas de Térraba, Asociación de Turismo Eco Cultural Indígena So Cagru de Boruca, Asociación de Productores La Flor, Asociación Cultural Indígena Teribe, Mano de Tigre Sociedad Civil and Eco Aventuras Kuasran.
These seven organizations have received training and advisement in how to profile their projects. They also received technical support from the fund’s committee and help with the revision of the proposals.
The innovation fund is financed by the Fondo Naciones Unidas-España para el Logro de los Objetivo de Desarrollo del Milenio. It has been implemented by the Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo and the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio.