The government encourages ecotourism in the Dominican Republic

As a way to take advantage of new natural spaces that sustainably promote the development of ecotourism in the country’s protected areas, CEOs of European company Huttopia, Philippe and Celine Bonnssane this week exhausted a busy schedule of activities under plans to extend the successful ecotourism project “Glampings” to the Dominican Republic.

At an event led by the Minister of the Environment, Orlando Jorge Mira, the experiences and successes of the Huttopia Ecotourism Group in various protected areas and its expansion since 1999, as the “new art of camping”, in countries such as France, China, the United States and Canada.

In this activity, scientist and researcher Raymond Desjardins spoke about Huttopia’s experience in different protected areas and as an expert in designing tourist spaces in a protected natural environment.

In addition to the Minister of the Environment, Deputy Ministers of Tourism, Carlos Bigeiro, Jacqueline Mora, Roberto Henriques and Patricia Mejia, as well as representatives of Huttopia, directors and technicians from both institutions attended. The meeting took place at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra.

Prior to this activity, the visitors of the ecotourism group met with organizations, authorities, neighborhood associations, business owners and interested parties in the Cabo Samana Natural Monument located in the municipality of Las Galeras, Samana Province.

Likewise, on Friday morning, the discussion took place with groups of environmentalists: Jaragua, Sur Futuro, Accademia de Ciencia, among others, under the same topic of experiments as the Huttopia Project, which took place in the multi-purpose hall of the Meteor headquarters.

Scientist Raymond Desjardins and Michel Durieux (CEO of Huttopia Internacional) were responsible for the presentations.

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Meanwhile, at 5:00 pm, exhibitors also spoke at the conference “Developing the Potential of Ecotourism as a Tool for Effective Management of Protected Areas, from the Experience of Quebec Parks Management”.

It was held in Auditorium I, Building A2, Campus PUCMM, Santo Domingo, in which officials from the Ministries of Tourism and Environment, Asonahores, JICA, National Bank, Greenergy, members of the diplomatic corps, among others participated.

This is the second visit to the country this year by the founders of the new ecotourism project of French origin, which includes 80 “Glampings” around the world and employs more than 1,400 employees in the high season.

Glampings, a term that fuses the English words “glamour” and “camping,” consists of beautiful and innovative tent-like accommodations made of cloth and wood, with 80 of them located in six countries on three continents.

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