The biennial gathering will take place from September 26-30 this year. Holguin, in the eastern region of Cuba and other provinces nationwide, are increasingly focused on a viable and sustainable eco tourism model, based on environmental protection and conservation.
It is a growing sector on the Caribbean island for reasons that the TURNAT events highlight in particular and the endeavors of the Ecotur Travel Agency that specializes in the field.
Cuba has a comprehensive National System of Protected Areas (SNAP) that control tourism developments in important national and local areas and so-called Special Regions for Sustainable Development, that include 77 National Protected Areas and 134 Local Areas as the result of a program that will continue until 2020.
The Ministry of Tourism regulates technical-professional categories on the basis of a structure for Natural Reserves (for scientific work), National Parks, Ecological Reserves, Outstanding Natural Elements and Flora Reserves.
The list also includes two fauna shelters: Natural Protected Landscapes and Resources Protected Areas. There are 120 well managed protected areas nationwide -58.87% already identified and 86.73% with administration potential- a good part of which are open
to sustainable tourism.
Initially an annual event, TURNAT now is held every two years at a different location to promote Cuba’s stunning natural beauty