Got it, I'm aware of your skeptcisim and it's understandable. Here's some resources of how ecotourism is been moving around the country:Regarding my Spanish... In time.
Regarding consuming local... Again, in time.
Regarding "...another NGO..."... Historically proven to be an asset if properly managed. And what "...independent/entrepreneurs..." feel towards it is not the deciding factor of whether it can be useful... "...independent/entrepreneurs..." are typically just that, independent and are for building themselves, not building community... Which is what an association is for.
Regarding government... I just took a look at the Dominican Republic Tourism Official Website and saw nothing really about ecotourism being promoted (certainly nothing about camping). Government facilities are notoriously behind the eight-ball in keeping up with consumer trends and this seems to be the case here. But this is not to say that efforts are not being made in other areas.
I just Googled "...DR Touristic Cluster..." and a Harvard paper came up. I'll take a look at it.
One thing I've learned through experience is not to be too quick when considering what people are saying.
Here's the DR tourism website I referenced...
https://www.godominicanrepublic.com/Dominican Republic is the second largest and most diverse Caribbean country, situated just two hours south of Miami, less than four hours from New York and eight hours from most European cities. Known for our warm and hospitable people, Dominican Republic is a destination like no other...www.godominicanrepublic.com
Market size: 2 million tourists explored the DR with ecotours ecotours in the DR in 2022:
Private side of business:
- Popular just made a campaign last year: https://popularenlinea.com/Personas...pular-lanzan-campana-Turismo-cada-rincon.aspx
- And every month loads of regional small events sponsored by the businesses associations on each province promoting internal tourism and ecotours.
Every region in the DR, ecotourism is managed regionally or locally. Just an example:
- Ocoa as a destination:
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But, there's plenty of cluster entities that manage tourism, according to their own interests:
- Barahona / Pedernales: https://gobarahona.com/quienes-somos/
- La Romana (heavily focused in luxury tourism) explorelaromana.com
- Cluster Puerto Plata (also focused in AI instead of ecotourism) https://clusterpuertoplata.com/