The Promotion of Community-Based Tourism Enterprise to Regional and International Markets
The Promotion of Community-Based Tourism Enterprise to Regional and International Markets
The proposed community tourism project stems from the GEF/Small Grants Programme initiative to stimulate community tourism through provision of financial resources, technical support and networking to promote the tourism products and services offered by the communities. It fulfils Operational Programme 3, item 3 of the GEF/SGP country programme strategy by promoting community-based initiatives to increase the participation of local people in the management of natural resources. The project will focus on marketing the products and services offered by the five target community groups, specifically from Bermudian Landing, St. Paul’s Bank, Rancho Dolores in the Belize River Valley, Silk Grass in the Stann Creek District and Monkey River Village in the Toledo District.

The community participants will be accompanied by a Programme for Belize representative, and three GEF/SGP representatives. The Belizean delegation will be exposed to the demands by regional and international markets at the community tourism fair to be held in Costa Rica from December 1 – 5, 2004. The fair will be attended by community groups throughout Central America that manage tourism initiatives. The objective is to have the target communities gain valuable firsthand experience in the promotion, marketing and sale of their product, network with community groups in Central America with similar experiences and build capacity through an applied and hands-on approach.

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Project Snapshot

Programme for Belize
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 20,070.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 8,859.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 1,875.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed

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Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
The groups' knowledge and capacity in rural community tourism was enhanced through field visits to successful initiatives in Costa Rica and training.
Notable Community Participation
The project involved the participation of 5 community groups involved in rural tourism from the villages of Rancho Dolores, St. Paul's Bank, Bermudian Landing, Monkey River and Silk Grass
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Grantee Contact

Mr. Edilberto Romero


#1 Eyre Street, Belize City
Latin America & Caribbean ,


SGP Country office contact

Mr. Leonel Requena
(501) 822-2462


UNDP Belize,3rd Floor, Lawrence Nicholas Building Complex ,P.O. Box 53,South Ring Road,
Belmopan, Central America