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Official activities in Nicaragua during World Tourism Day

Róger Solórzano Canales | Sep 23, 2011

A forum on tourism and culture, in addition to a multicultural fair took place in Masaya during World Tourism Day.

The city of Masaya and its indigenous neighborhood called Monimbó were the hosts of the official activities in honor of the International World Tourism Day, which was celebrated last September 27. An exchange forum and a cultural fair in which inhabitants from different Nicaraguan communities, as well as delegations from the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (INTUR), the Nicaraguan Institute of Culture (INC), the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and others, participated.

This year, this international celebration - promoted by the United Nations - features the motto "Tourism and rapprochement of cultures". The official website of World Tourism Day literally states the following for this year's celebrations: "With millions of people traveling around the world each year, there had never been so many people in so many places getting to know other cultures."

Ana Carolina García, responsible for INTUR's internal tourism, explained that Masaya was chosen after being considered the capital of culture in Nicaragua. The program of activities for Tuesday, September 27, started with a forum at the Crafts Market of Masaya, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Sonia Porras, Responsible for Foreign Promotion, stated that about 200 members of the indigenous community of Monimbo, in addition to representatives of the Tourism Commission of the National Assembly, members of the Sustainable Tourism Faculty from UNAN - Managua and several tourism chambers of the country, participated in the forum.

The celebration continued at the Pedro Joaquin Chamorro square, in Monimbo, where a "cultural train" was placed and featured an exhibition of crafts and gastronomy from different communities of the country.The activity was for free.

Translated by Cinthia Membreño