The Caribbean Colombia Geotourism Project is being funded by a grant from the Inter-American Development Bank's Multilateral Investment Fund (IDB-MIF). The funding supports the Government of Colombia with a “technical cooperation” to conduct research and planning in order to advise on how best to design a future development assistance loan by the IDB to the Government of Colombia. The Geotourism project is implemented by the Maps Division of the National Geographic Society.
InterAmerican Development Bank
The IDB supports the efforts by Latin America and the Caribbean countries to reduce poverty and inequality. The Bank aim is to bring about development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way. Established in 1959, the IDB is the leading source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, with a strong commitment to achieve measurable results, increased integrity, transparency and accountability. The IDB has a reform agenda that seeks to increase its development impact in the region. While the IDB is a regular bank in many ways, it is also unique in some key respects. Besides loans, the Bank provide grants, technical assistance and do research. The Bank´s shareholders are 48 member countries, including 26 Latin American and Caribbean borrowing members, who have a majority ownership of the IDB. Given the shareholder base and prudent management, the Bank has a strong financial position. As a result, the IDB is able to borrow in international markets at competitive rates and transfer that benefit to its clients.
Marca País Colombia is a government entity, collectively administered by the private sector and state organizations, who's objective is to promote a unified and positive message about Colombia to the world via effective communication strategies in four key sectors: Investments, Exports, Culture, and Tourism.
The Colombian Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies (ANATO) is the oldest such organization in the country. For over 60 years, its goal has been to contribute to the development and competitiveness of the country’s travel and tourism sector. Today, it has 607 partner agencies grouped into nine chapters covering all of Colombia – including ANATO’s SAN ANDRÉS CHAPTER. Recognized for its participation and integration with local civic an social groups, it encourages as well as bolsters interests in the preservation of all natural and cultural destinations found within this chapter.
The Hotel Association of San Andrés and Providencia (ASHOTEL) is an organization whose main function is to represent and oversee the interests of hotels in the San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina Archipelago. It works closely with the hotel industry to generate sound, competative, and sustainable policies. We are also the local branch of COTELCO – the Association of Colombian Touristic Hotels.
The Corporation for the Sustainable Development of the Department of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina Archipelago (CAROLINA) is a legal public entity with administrative and financial autonomy in possession of personal assets. Decreed by local authorities, it was enacted by Article 37 of Law 99 on December 22, 1993 for the purposes of managing the environment, the preservation of natural resources, and to foster sustainable development within the Department. CAROLINA’s mission is to manage, protect, and restore the Department’s environment through the application of appropriate technologies. This, in tandem with the participation of local communities, is intended to improve the quality of life of the residents of this region.
SENA’s (National Training Service) Department of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina’s regional branch is committed to training the citizens of this Colombian island territory in tourism and related sectors of the industry. Our program is intended to comply, as well as enhance, those already established by local institutions, companies, and unions. Through the use of information based techonologies, our bilingually structured program contibutes to the economic development of the region as well as of the nation’s.
The Chamber of Commerce of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina
The Chamber of Commerce of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina is a private corporate, non-profit entity which contributes to the region’s development. It does so by maintaining public records and promoting business development in the Department of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina Archipelago. The Chamber contributes to the local economy thourgh the implementation of business friendly projects and programs. It also promotes the region through joint public-private partnerships and sustainable management of the Deaprtment.