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.

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Principally, the establishments certified as Dominican Treasures, unique and authentic projects of the Dominican Republic who keep rigorous standards of quality and sustainability were present. In addition to an interesting exhibition of projects from each of the destinations, the event has a complementary agenda featuring shows, tastings, workshops and informative talks about the various offerings of the benefits offered by the regions are participating in the fair.

Aventúrate is a recreational space for the entire Dominican family, and a chance to learn about the non-traditional tourism offerings of the different tourist areas in the country.

The “Aventúrate Fair” has been held twice:  the first one, in the Botanical Garden Dr. Rafael Ma. Moscoso on March 2nd and 3rd 2013, which ended successfully, constituting the first edition of the only annual fair for sustainable and alternative tourism in the country. The second was held successfully on April 5th and 6th in Agora Mall. 150 small and medium enterprises offering alternative products and services that enrich the national tourism offer participated in this fair. It is sponsored by the 10 tourism clusters, all CDCT members. Besides, more than 8,000 people participated.

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This document was produced with the support of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) under the terms of the Cooperation Agreement No. AID-517-A-12-00001 implemented by the Association for Challenge Course Technology (CDCT). The content and the views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of USAID, or the Government of the United States of America.