PRTC Holds Fair Touting Innovative Tourism Offerings
SAN JUAN — The Puerto Rico Tourism Co. (PRTC) held a business fair spotlighting “innovative tourism offerings” on Friday, specifically programs involving ecological, agricultural and sustainable community-based tourism.
During the event, held in conjunction with activities related to Earth Day, various companies that have received certifications in said programs met at the PRTC central offices in Old San Juan and explored business opportunities.
“This is an incentive that the PRTC has carried out in our role to serve as facilitators for these businesses and community organizations to present their offers and products to tourism industry players that specialize in exposing our destination abroad,” said Ingrid I. Rocafort Rivera, executive director of the Tourism Co. “Many of the companies involved are those that give the extra mile in ensuring their sustainability and harmony with the environment.”
Some of the ecotourism companies that participated include Aventura Cueva Ventana in Arecibo, Batey Zipline Adventure in Utuado, Blackbeard Sport in Vieques, Pure Adventure in Ceiba, Rent the Bicycle in Old San Juan and Water Sport and Eco Tours in Humacao.
In the segment of agricultural tourism, Hacienda Don Carmelo in Vega Baja, Hacienda Muñoz in San Lorenzo, Hacienda Tres Ángeles in Adjuntas and Quesos Vaca Negra in Hatillo attended the event.
Finally, when it comes to sustainable, community-based tourism, the Maunabo Pro-Development Commission in the Punta Tuna Natural Reserve in Maunabo, the eco-lodge Cantar del Bosque de Río Abajo in the Río Abajo state forest in Arecibo/Utuado, and the eco-lodge Iniciativas de Eco Desarrollo de Bahía de Jobos in Salinas, also participated.
Several workshops were also given to the general public, some of them highlighting the PRTC’s Green Certification program, the Water Sense and EnergyStar programs, as well as a Solid Waste Management and Pesticides program given by the Environmental Protection Agency.