The Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID), the Institute for Integral Development (IDDI), the international NGO CESAL, and prominent members of the tourism sector of the Enriquillo region, held the official presentation of the first Ecotourism Guide of Pedernales.
The first Ecotourism Guide of Pedernales is the product of the consultancy “Study of diagnosis and characterization of the province of Pedernales as a tourist destination highlighting its main local, gastronomic, cultural and natural attractions”, which has focused on the potential integration of community tourism, providing a detailed analysis and presentation of the main tourist attractions of the province, from its gastronomy to its culture and natural wealth.
In this regard, the governor of the province, Altagracia Brea de González, highlighted the tourism boom in the region and its impact on the local economy.
“CESAL’s arrival in Pedernales in 2021, with projects financed by AECID and the European Union, to support the province in facilitating access to employment and entrepreneurship opportunities linked to the sustainable community tourism value chain, has been a driving force in the construction of this new ecotourism destination, which will promote the improvement of living conditions in this territory and throughout the Enriquillo Region,” said Eugenia Fernández, Territorial Coordinator of CESAL’s Enriquillo Region.
For his part, David Luther, executive director of the Dominican Institute for Integral Development, Inc (IDDI), said that since 2015, IDDI has been involved in various initiatives in the province of Pedernales. These actions have contributed substantially to the sustainable development of the region, promoting the consolidation of Pedernales as an attractive tourist destination both nationally and internationally.
Carlos Andrés Peguero, Deputy Minister of Tourism for International Cooperation, representative of Mitur, emphasized the State’s latent commitment to the Cabo Rojo – Pedernales project, which plans the construction of 4700 rooms, with the inauguration of its first hotel scheduled for 2024, as part of the most ambitious tourism project the country has ever developed, based on a public-private partnership system with an investment of between US$1,000 and US$1,500 million to be executed in 40 years.