Aventúrate is a Dominican fair for alternative and sustainable tourism. It promotes the implementation of initiatives that help develop sustainable tourism in the Dominican Republic. One of these initiatives is a Dominican fair for alternative and sustainable tourism. Its main goal is to provide a space where Dominican tourism enterprises who meet minimum sustainability standards are able to display their offer to the local public, thus promoting domestic and alternative tourism.
From CDCT and the tourism clusters, we have worked for over a decade in the development of a tourism model that incorporates small and medium enterprises to the value chain, with the intent of having an economic impact in the communities and helping improve the quality of life of their inhabitants, by generating jobs and boosting production of the tourism system.
Aventúrate allows visitors to take a tour to various destinations in the country, to learn about sustainable tourism offers available, including boutique hotels, eco-lodges, and rural housing. Similarly, they include cultural, nature and adventure excursions. It also features the selling of crafts and food tasting, among others. In addition, financial institutions will be present to offer credit services to attendees and to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the tourism sector.
Over 70 small and medium enterprises attended “Aventúrate 2015”, showing to the public their alternative tourism and nature offers of products and services.
Among the exhibitors were projects as Dominican Treasures, artisans; tourism clusters members of The Dominican Consortium for Competitive Tourism(CDCT), the Dominican Apicultural Network, the United States Forest Service, some communications media specialized in the tourism sector, specialized tour operators and institutions who devote their efforts to nature preservation and to the creation of opportunities for environmental education and scientific research, as the Puntacana Ecological Foundation.
“Aventúrate 2015” exceeded expectations after receiving more than 6,000 visitors who were genuinely interested in learning about alternative tourism offers, about the creativity of artisans and also took advantage of the knowledge of experts, who shared their professional experiences through lectures and conferences for free.