The Ministries of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources and Economy, Planning and Development, with the support of the German Development Cooperation, GIZ, launched the Ideas Competition for the Sustainable Recovery of the Tourism Sector in the Dominican Republic.
The innovative project aims to contribute to the green and sustainable recovery of destinations and the tourism sector in the face of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The contest is aimed at formally constituted companies or small businesses in the tourism sector, accredited associations or organizations (with legal status), tourism clusters, organized informal groups, specifically in 3 destinations in the country: Samaná, Bayahibe and the Colonial City. Interested parties must fill out a form and proposals will be received until February 11, 2022.
Among the various aspects that will be considered and prioritized in the evaluation of the ideas submitted are: that they generate new jobs; that they have innovative actions, initiatives, projects, programs and/or strategies on sustainability issues and that they propose how to ensure the development or sustainability of the idea, among others.
Carlos Peguero, MITUR’s Vice Minister of Cooperation, said, “Without a doubt, this is an excellent opportunity to reward and promote the initiatives that from the private sector support our commitment to a sustainable recovery of tourism.”
Svenja Paulino, director of the Biodiversity and Business Program of the German Development Cooperation, GIZ, invited the private sector to actively participate in this contest and present their ideas, “since it is extremely important their integration for green recovery, sustainability and biodiversity in tourism business management”.
This competition, supported by GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, will finance the implementation of projects that have a positive impact on sustainable development, circular economy, resilience and biodiversity.
Eva Ringhof, director of the Caribe Circular – Prevención de Residuos Plásticos en los mares de Centroamérica y el Caribe project, indicated that: the Dominican Republic’s approach is oriented towards promoting new economic models that will make it possible to replace the traditional linear model with eco-design and recycling of products to be incorporated into sustainable production processes.
Organizations interested in participating have until February 11 to send their proposals to the e-mail address [email protected] The selected ideas will be presented at the end of February and implementation will take six months.