Tourism in Central America and the Dominican Republic is aligned with indigenous economic development. The offer for visitors has, among its main axes, the protection of the environment of each country, a cuisine that is cooked with ingredients grown by local producers and the preservation of the culture and traditions of indigenous peoples.
In this regard, Carolina Briones, secretary general of the Central American Tourism Promotion Agency (CATA), said that “we want to promote tourism that directly benefits the people of our region. Tourism is a fundamental sector not only for governments and large companies, but also for small businesses and farmers, to give two examples.
“For this reason, the countries of Central America and the Dominican Republic are concerned about promoting tourism that coexists in harmony with the environment,” he added.
Central America and the Dominican Republic are also home to various pre-Columbian lineages whose heritage transcends today thanks to the zeal and care of the traditions and cultural expressions of their heirs, as well as the archaeological remains, which are preserved intact over time, according to a press release.
In the Dominican Republic, the Taino heritage is still very present throughout the country. The Taino-Arawak were the first inhabitants of the country who settled before the arrival of Christopher Columbus and the Spanish.
Today, the spirit of the Taino is still very much alive in the national idiosyncrasy. From the legacy of this pre-Columbian culture, which can be discovered in different museums of the country, such as the Museum of the Dominican Man in Santo Domingo or the Altos de Chavon Regional Archaeological Museum, to the gastronomy, such as cassava cassava.