Tourist guide association celebrates 50th anniversary

Tourist Guide Association celebrates 50th anniversary with mass, walk and wreath laying at the Altar de la Patria

At the Altar of the Homeland, the tourist guides will pay homage to the Fathers of the Homeland by laying a wreath.

The Association of Tourist Guides of the Dominican Republic (ASOGUITURD) will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a mass of thanksgiving at the Catedral Primada de América, this Tuesday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. The celebration will conclude with a walk along the pedestrian street El Conde to the Altar de la Patria with the music band of the Fire Department and a social gathering.

Samuel De la Rosa Figueroa, president of the entity will be in charge of the ceremony, followed by a lunch, and afterwards, there will be a festive moment enlivened by the Maniel Group.

 Aniversario AsoguiturdAuthorities and associations of the tourism sector have been invited to the activity, as well as the board of directors of the entity headed by Leonardo Concha, vice-president; Enrique Soler, treasurer; Azarías del Rosario, secretary of minutes; Eladio Zorrilla, secretary of organization; and the members Sonia Alburquerque, Denisse Muñoz, Pablo Dinó and Nelson Bobadilla.

The anniversary program began last Sunday, February 11, with a social activity at the Atarazana restaurant in the Colonial City with the first performance of the tour guides’ hymn after listening to the National Anthem.

The History

The origins of the entity date back to February 1974, when tourism activity began to develop in the country with the Dominican-Puerto Rican Solidarity Week, which later became the Merengue Festival. At the same time, the tourist centers of Puerto Plata, Punta Cana/Bavaro, Boca Chica, Juan Dolio/Guayacanes and Bayahibe/La Romana were born.

Santo Domingo was already receiving cruise ships, which brought to light the need for the figure of the tourist guide, as a very important part of the specialized human resources that the country required. The first tourist guide courses were prepared and the first graduates founded ASOGUITURD on February 13, 1974, at the Convento de los Dominicos.

The founders were Teddy Rodríguez, Santiago Guerrero, Julia Abréu Rondón (July) and the late Pedro Garrido Lluberes. Subsequent meetings were held at the Casa de Bastidas, at the Atarazana restaurant, and in hotels of the time in Santo Domingo.

Currently, ASOGUITURD participates in the Dominican Federation of Tourist Guides (FEDOGUÍAS), to the Confederación Autónoma Sindical Clasista (CASC), the World Federation of Tourist Guides (WFGA) and in the Santo Domingo Tourism Cluster.

Source: CICOM

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