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Sustainable tourism to ensure growth of Sacred Valley village

April 17, 2014 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

G Adventures, the leading small group adventure travel operator, has launched an initiative to support the people of a small village in Peru, Huchuy Qosco, through its non-profit foundation Planeterra.

EatingAreaThe restaurant is the final of five projects which are the result of a one million dollar partnership with the Multilateral Investment Fund, a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, which aims to support economic growth and reduce poverty in Central and South America.

The not-for-profit has been working with locals in the area to develop a community-run restaurant to provide access to the tourism market for the small village, which has traditionally lacked opportunity to benefit from sustainable tourism.

The community is expected to draw 15,000 visitors per year with the help of G Adventures, a huge increase from approximately 50 per year in past. Over 2500 Australians are expected to visit the community and dine at the restaurant newly named by the residents as Parwa within its first year of operation.

Belinda Ward, Duchess of Delegation for G Adventures Australia and New Zealand, is excited to be supporting sustainable tourism and creating livelihoods overseas.

ParwaRestaurantMarch2014“There are 65 families in Huchuy Qosco and until now they have had little opportunity to make a living from tourism – one of the largest industries on the planet. It’s amazing that through the sheer volume of travellers with G Adventures, Planeterra is able to make a tangible, lasting difference for the people of this village.  We are looking forward to sending many Australian travellers to the restaurant to continue the positive impact of travel,” said Ward.

G Adventures and Planeterra have a long history of supporting the efforts of local partners on sustainable projects needed to make a long-term difference and Ward says the project will also aim to keep the culture of Huchuy Qosco alive.

“Not only will this tourism initiative give travellers the unique opportunity to experience meaningful cultural exchanges, but the project will benefit the local community and allow their unique culture to continue and thrive,” she said.

The community restaurant project will be included on 22 G Adventures tour itineraries, so travellers who book a trip that includes the Sacred Valley from April 2014 will be able to enjoy the hospitality of the men and women from ‘Little Qosco’ and know that they are supporting this life-changing initiative.

The other projects G Adventures travellers can now visit and give back to include a coffee cooperative in Costa Rica, homestays in Guatemala and Nicaragua, and a community owned and managed campsite for trekkers in the Lares Valley in Peru.

For more information visit http://www.planeterra.org/peru-community-development-projects–mif–projects-79.php or to book a trip, please call 1300 796 618 or visit www.gadventures.com.au

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