Sao Tome and Principe: United Nations and Spain help government to improve tourism

11 December 2008

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 11 Dec – Various activities to improve rural tourism and folklore groups in Sao Tome and Principe were carried out in the country’s capital jointly organised by the Tourism and Hotels Directorate and tourist operators.

Workshop and seminars were held throughout the week in the cultural area of the Brazilian Embassy in Sao Tome and Principe under the heading of “Interpretation of Heritage Applied to Creating Tourist Products.”

Funding for the initiative was from the United Nations Development Programme, whose representative in Sao Tome and Principe, Maite Mendizabal, told Portuguese news agency Lusa that the Spanish international cooperation development agency was working with the Sao Tome authorities on this project.

“The idea is for the archipelago to transform itself, in the medium term into one of the new hubs for attracting toruism on the African continent as a new model of rural tourism,” said Maite Mendizabal.

In her turn, the director for Tourism and Hotels, Miriam Daio, said that a strategic plan was being drawn up for development of the sector, based on developing eco-tourism.

Daio confirmed that Sao Tome and Principe would be present at the international tourism fairs in Madrid and Lisbon, which are held between January and February 2009. (macauhub)