Handing of the “Tourism Developing Strategy Plan for Lund’s Caves Route”

12 May 11

The "UNWTO Volunteer Minas Gerais - Brazil 2010: Tourism Developing Strategy for Lund’s Caves Routes" project has finalized with the handing of the Project after a presentation carried out on 30 April in Palacio Tiradentes, Belo Horizonte, attended by Alberto Patrus Filho, State Secretary of Tourism of Minas Gerais (MG); Marcio Favilla, Executive Director for External Relations at UNWTO; Silvana Naciemiento, Deputy Secretary of Tourism of MG; Jussara Rocha, Councillor of Tourism Policy of MG; Emilio Rodrigues Botelho, Councillor of Tourism Structure of MG; Luca Mannocchi, UNWTO.Volunteers Programme Coordinator; Marcela Pimenta, Tourism Analyst of MG, and other officials from the Secretariat and the Governor’s office.

The objective of this project is to support the development of tourism products based on the existing cultural, natural and human resources, and generate a model of tourism management for the Cave Circuit, improving the quality of life of the communities involved as well as foster their active participation in the definition of their future strategy through tourism.
 
A preliminary research, which began in mid-July 2010, was carried out by volunteers, experts and local actors who analyzed the Destination's secondary sources in preparation for the field work, carried out from 8 to 13 September 2010 in the Minas Gerais State, Brazil.
 
The volunteers’ team consisted of 8 members from the UNWTO Volunteers Corps from Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Andorra and France (two of them giving online support), and 8 tourism and architecture students from the Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC). This team also received support from 7 technicians from SETUR. 

After the presentation, the Tourism Secretary of State of Minas Gerais, showed great interest in keep collaborating with the UNWTO and its UNWTO.Themis Foundation, especially in those actions that would allow the implementation of the project.