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The PTSNOA project of sustainable and inclusive tourism, supported by Amu and EoC, will expand and reach three other provinces in the North-West of Argentina (NOA): Salta, Catamarca and Jujuy.
The NOA is an integrated area predominantly mountainous, which records some of the highest mountains in America (Puna region). Other parts of this area are ravines, valleys, yungas and Chaco, all of them have different characteristics of climate, economy and social context and potentially are great tourist attractions.
The natural richness of the region sadly contrasts with the poverty in which many of its inhabitants live. In many cases, these farmers only develop a family subsistence economy. These contradictions have caused a strong youth migration, resulting in the depopulation of communities and family breakdown, with the loss of rural and indigenous identity and culture.
The project works on the sustainable, ethical and responsible tourism sector as an opportunity for the human and social development of the indigenous and local communities, generating job opportunities in the field of community tourism. This includes crafts, agriculture, breeding and widespread hospitality, all areas where the community will receive a training to strengthen their knowledge.
In this way, families will be able to generate new sources of employment and income, improving the quality of life of their communities also through experiences of reciprocity and cooperation, typical of our projects.

PLANNED ACTIVITIES

A) Training activities on:
a. Tourism, for the creation of tourist receptions and services management such as accommodation, restaurants, tourist guides
b. Accompaniment and preparation of business plans, commercialization plans and projects for the construction of tourist infrastructures
c. Community and institutional strengthening for local capacity building and community self-management
d. Management, tourism and social economy to strengthen the technical team’s management skills
e. Exchange of experiences and knowledge with local and international actors

B) Promotion of local culture and identity: preparation of divulgative material on the local history of the area
C) Microcredit and reciprocity fund

SPECIFIC ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION

28 professional training courses on tourism, business, quality and marketing
14 exchange meetings between the entrepreneurs of the programme
42 visits on agricultural technical assistance
168 visits for assistance in the preparation of business plans
14 technical visits for architectural studies
1 micro credit fund and 1 Mutual Fund, both active
1 Marketing plan, elaborated and implemented
1 Web page of the entrepreneur network
– Participation in 2 national tourism fairs
4 meetings with travel agencies
9 training courses for the technical team
28 training meetings on active and participatory citizenship
14 meetings for the preparation of local strategic plans and code of conduct in the tourism sector
2 annual meetings of the program’s entrepreneurs
8 coordination meetings between member institutions of the program
2 international meetings of entrepreneurs (Argentina – Brazil)
Creation, printing and publication of historical documentary materials of 6 NOA regions

 

 


In the North West of Argentina, in a pre-Andean area, live several indigenous communities with poor livelihoods. In some places there is still no access to drinking water and electricity and families live in precarious conditions.
In the past 5 years some families have joined a program sponsored by the Episcopal Conference of Argentina for the development of community tourism, experiencing several benefits. With our intervention, supported by the businesses of Economy of Communion, other families (83 from 5 different communities) will be able to join the project, offering quality tourist reception to tourists who want to share their daily life in an extraordinary landscape.
The goal is to strengthen the skills of tourist reception of these communities, including the improvement of agricultural and handicraft production, to create sources of income complementary to those from farming and breeding which currently cover only subsistence needs.

The main activities are the following:
• Community Counselling to strengthen management skills and legal formalization of the activities;
• Purchase of equipment to improve the handcraft production and advice for finding new markets;
• Purchase of material and equipment for accommodation facilities;
• Improving the drinking water supply system in a community;
• Involvement in trade fairs of the tourism sector;
• Visits at the beneficiaries reception facilities by agencies and tour operators;
• Cleaning of natural sites and organization of trails for hiking tours;

An integral part of the project is the Fund of reciprocity to which the beneficiaries will contribute in cash returning over time 30% of the grant received and in valued form (40% of the grant received) in order to put to the disposal of other future beneficiaries the structures, experiences and expertise.

The total cost of the project is € 123,727.83 of which € 55,846.90 borne by AMU-EoC.