Episode CLV- 156: Culture & Tourism

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Etnia Nativa facilitates cultural awareness, education and safeguards Aruba’s heritage by elevating each reader into an island keeper state of mind. Be encouraged to discover in every episode the true native effect, live it, get more reasons to love Aruba behind the beaches and liven up your stay in an incredibly wonderful way.

Our main objective is to educate and spread awareness among our readers. Because when you love and value that little you have, the greatest desire is to protect it.

In this episode we propose to contaminated you with a good predisposition to share our concern in conserving your fragile tiny but marvelous destination.

Did you know that during most of the 20th century, tourism and culture were viewed separately. Cultural resources were considered part of the cultural heritage of each country and were related to the education he way of life of the local population. At the same time, tourism was seen as a leisure-related activity, separate from the daily life and culture of the local population.

This concept gradually changed and from the 1980s, “cultural tourism” came to be seen as an important source of economic development for many touristic destinations.

Etnia Nativa knows that culture and tourism have a mutually beneficial relationship which can strengthen the attractiveness and competitiveness of Aruba since culture is an increasingly important element of the tourism product as it creates distinctiveness in a crowded global marketplace.

Our island is a fragile tourist destination by nature, so we need to take in consideration the imminent and destructive treads of an an out of hand demographic explosion versus tiny islands geo-physical capacity and limitations.

The most important element is to create awareness of our assets which could be lost without ever knowing of their existence, redefine the product destination, respect local essences of existing cultural aspects and all native species, since these are at risk of becoming extinct.

It is time to realize that we must end over exploitation. This way of doing business has proven to feed disastrous results.

Motivating the visitor to discover the material, intellectual, spiritual and emotional characteristics of their travel destination, guiding them to learn and live extraordinary native cultural experiences which encourages local heritage preservation.

Etnia Nativa is a trendsetting entrepreneur in cultural tourism emphasizing on issues such as loyal return visitor complaints, native Aruban`s dissatisfaction with product saturation. Loss of charm from the moment the Aruban friendliness in services and attention has been substituted by cheaper imported labor force, add to that the fears destruction of nature, archaeological sites and our ecosystems, the dramatic demographic growth and influx of migrants and illegal aliens. All this devalues the quality of service; elevates taxes, affects spending, the economy and life as a whole.

Certain aspects such as the commitment to environmental sustainability and an innovative approach frame works of conscious practices offers highly relevant that should be considered.

However, it is important to bear in mind that Cultural Tourism must be carried out in a sustainable way and through strategies that identifies relevant actors, opportunities of the land, the cultural resources and the elaboration of an operational plan that generates the greatest possible benefit for the community.

If you love Aruba its origins and its cultural heritage, be part of the exclusive visitors of Etnia Nativa: a cozy museum/home.

Etnia Nativa a private residential houses collections of native art, archaeological artifacts and historic furniture, while the facilities themselves are the result of the transformation of recycled materials. Meet Anthony Croes, our columnist at his home! Book your visit Whatsapp + 297 592 2702- or mail: etnianativa03@gmail.comq