Chile Welcomes Maori Experts in Ethno-tourism
The authorities gathered along with Rapa Nui, Aymara and Likan-antay communities to learn and replicate New Zealand’s successful experience in ethno-tourism.
SANTIAGO —A meeting, held this August 27, with experts from the Maori people visiting Chile, took place at La Moneda with the participation of the Minister for Social Development, Bruno Baranda, and the Subsecretary of Tourism, Daniel Pardo. The Maori experts came to Chile in order to support an ongoing project by the Government which seeks to encourage and boost ethno-tourism within the country.
Attending the meeting were delegations from Rapa Nui people, Aymara and Likan-antay, whose experiences were also shared in the event.
Before the meeting, the New Zealanders John Doorbar and Maurice Manawatu made a tour throughout La Araucanía region, where they were able to know the Mapuche culture and the handling of ethno-tourism in the zone.
Last April, a group of Mapuches traveled to New Zealand to learn from the Maori people, whose experience is far more advanced, allowing them to achieve a very developed ethno-tourism approach in their country.
“This gathering is part of the different initiatives promoted by the Government through the Ministry seeking the recognition and appreciation of our native people (Indígenas) reassuring their identity and traditions. This initiative also seeks to encourage their development in society in terms of productivity, respecting their cultural heritage. This is to be done via these new projects with growth potential like ethno-tourism,” said Minister Bruno Baranda.
The Servicio Nacional de Turismo from La Araucanía región along with the Subdirección Nacional Temuco of CONADI are working the ethno-touristic development in the region. The visit from the Maori experts is part of this development program, as a support for this matter and to take as reference this successful model from these people which has proved to work and thus see what elements can be applied as well here in Chile.
“New Zealand is a tourist destination which happens to have several similarities with La Araucanía region, therefore is one significant reference for us. We need to learn the methods they have applied which lead them to success. Our country is quite similar to New Zealand: nature filled with natural resources and live and kicking indigenous people. That is what New Zealand offers in terms of tourism, and is what we precisely want to do as well,” stated Daniel Pardo.
Due to the similarities between both countries, it seems quite reasonable to learn from each other and to take the other’s success as a reference to replicate.