Fieldwork Begins - Project Minas Gerais - Brasil 2010

Fieldwork Begins - Project Minas Gerais - Brasil 2010
The "UNWTO Volunteer Minas Gerais - Brazil 2010: Strategic Plan for the Lund's Caves Route" project will start its fieldwork phase with the participation of 6 volunteers and 3 experts  from Brazil, Mexico, Spain, the Principality of Andorra, Italy, Bolivia and France.
Fieldwork will take place from 8 to 27 September and it aims at giving support to developing tourism products based on cultural, natural and human resources. The expected outputs are to generate models of effective cave tourism management; to improve the quality of life of the communities involved; as well as to foster their active participation in defining strategies.
The presentation of the Project will be held in Belo Horizonte on September 8 and will be attended by Eríca Drumond, Secretary of Tourism of the Mina Gerais State; Luca Mannocchi, UNWTO.Volunteers Manager and Head of mission; and Ricardo Ortíz, Alessio Poluzzi and Herbert Pardini, consultants and experts in tourism development of UNWTO.

The online research started in July when the volunteers, coordinated by experts, worked on different aspects according to their own expertise. They have been conducting a benchmarking exercise with other similar destinations and products in their own countries.
Preliminary results will be presented on September 27 in Belo Horizonte. However, work on the final document will continue until the first quarter of next year.
This project, within the UNWTO.Volunteers programme framework, is the result of an agreement signed between the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) - through the UNWTO.Themis Foundation - and the Government of the State of Minas Gerais - through the Secretariat of Tourism of the State of Minas Gerais.