AN INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT THE PEACE TOURISM WARRIORS IN COLOMBIA
- According to DANE's 2017 numbers, tourism generates 1.9 million direct and indirect jobs in the country.
- Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, the authorities estimate that the tourism industry will have losses of more than $ 20.1 billion pesos, the equivalent of 1.5% of the country's GDP by 2020. Post-conflict territories will be the most affected.
- The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism determined this sector to be one of the essential tools for the development of the regions and the preservation of peace.
- Through the Hope Vouchers, some of the actors of sustainable tourism and peace in the most vulnerable territories of the country can be supported by purchasing one of their services in advance.
May 22, 2020. Those who have bet on tourism in Colombia's conflict regions are no stranger to the difficulties that over the decades have threatened to destroy their ecosystems, communities and culture. And although with work, tenacity and effort they have overcome all obstacles, the warriors of peace tourism today face a new challenge.
Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, the authorities estimate that by May the tourism industry will have losses of more than $ 20.1 billion pesos, the equivalent of 1.5% of the country's GDP by 2020. The most affected regions will be those located in post-conflict areas and with less access, because in addition to economic losses, there are the old threats of crime, illegal mining and drug trafficking in the area.
“We went from organizing tourism in the region, taking it to fairs, with a very good proposal and welcome, to having nothing. The agency is completely stopped ”, explained Freddy Segura, who directs tours of connection with nature and its healing powers in Putumayo.
To alleviate the situation of some of the tourism operators located in the most vulnerable areas of the country, Frontera Travel created the Hope Vouchers, which will provide economic relief and contribute to the preservation of tourism, responsible and sustainable construction. Through this Vouchers, the services of these operators can be purchased in advance to use once tourism is safely allowed.
"These are our warriors for peace. They are people who are on the front line of the territories most depressed by violence and environmental exploitation, and who are betting on sustainable initiatives. Over the years we have witnessed their effort, and that is why we know that today they need us more than ever, ”said Sandra Atallah, general manager of Frontera Travel. "We are at a breaking point, we must help now."
There are two types of vouchers, for specific activities and for complete trips:
Activities Hope Vouchers: The buyer acquires a voucher to carry out a specific activity, which can be redeemed until December 1, 2021. The resources of these bonds will benefit the organizers of these activities, which are mostly local guides who have bet on them responsible tourism as a tool for the sustainable development of its regions.
Complete Trips Hope Vouchers: Through these vouchers, people will be able to purchase complete travel packages that can be redeemed until December 1, 2021 and at a lower price than normal. These bonds support a greater number of people and throughout the value chain. In addition, all trips have the endorsement of Frontera Travel.
The Vouchers can be purchased through the page www.fronteratravel.com, where you will also find the stories of each of the beneficiaries.
Stories of some of the beneficiaries:
- Arcángel Agapito Luzardo - First entrepreneur of the El Remanso community in Guainía
- Felipe Quintero - The Birdwatching Transformer in Meta
- Saudiel Walteros - El Llanerazo, guardian of the llanera culture
- Ruth Lizeth “Chachita” Martínez - Protector of the ancient recipes of Panguí, Choco
- Freddy Alberto Segura - Healing and connection in Putumayo
- Carlos Alberto "Nene" Sánchez - Reappropriating the history of Commune 13