The Tourism Committee of Maldonado`s State Government organized this meeting inviting SUTUR and other organizations to make a presentation on Rural tourism as another alternative of tourism Ms Alicia Morales, owner of La Salamora and Vice president of SUTUR (Uruguayan Society of Rural Tourism ) was in charge of the presentation.
On Friday June 24th the Vice-Minister, Ms. Liliam Kechichian made a presentation about the situation of the tourism in Uruguay, providing figures of the last quarter and the projections for the upcoming season
It is interesting to note that in 2010 Uruguay received 2.407.676 tourists (excluding cruise ships) and that this represented USD 1.478245.600. The 2011 /2012 cruiser season has already 220 arrivals announced.
Arq Alvaro Bertoni Vice Director of the Tourism Department of Maldonado State presented their " Plan for of tourism, recreation and tourism of second residence"
Ms Morales made an hour presentation about Rural Tourism, about the members of SUTUR and the situation of this alternative tourism
Several television channels, newspapers and radio requested a small interview and this was another way to present the rural tourism offers that Uruguay has
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On Thursday, June 23 a Rural Tourism meeting took place at La Salamora where authorities of tourism of Maldonado and Lavalleja states and private tourism operators worked to create a new tourism trail related with Route Nr 60 one of the most panoramic routes in Uruguay.
The program was:
At 10: 00:-welcome and presentation of participants
Representatives of transport operators, rural and mining tourism where at this meeting , as well as the Directors of tourism of Lavalleja and Maldonado and the staff in charge of the of Rural Tourism Department of Maldonado´s government.
As we all know Uruguay is characterized by rain throughout the year, which makes our fields natural grasslands of excellent quality and our cattle can have fresh water of ravines, streams and rivers throughout the year. In addition as we know Uruguay has a very friendly climate, which makes that “strange” atmospheric episodes draw our attention - This is the case of the hail and heavy rain that we had last Friday August 12 and as you can see on the pictures. A few hours after the storm, an absolutely cloudless sky gave us again the chance to enjoy our “full of stars nights” at La Salamora
Surrounded by the Minas Range, La Salamora was the start point for 26 teams that participated in this demanding competition, the format of career tested the technique and the strategy of the participants who could choose the order to get the control points and also choose to check all of them or perform a minimum requirement and gain time in the final
The peace and tranquility of La Salamora changed for a day, where competitors and guests enjoyed the location and activities. A light lunch helped start the competition. Snack for those who were waiting for was a good opportunity to enjoy homemade cakes and “regional alfajores” (a type of cookie) . The dinner and the awards ceremony was the prominent point of the day where competitors and accompanists shared their experiences.
Thanks to SUCA Sports for choosing La Salamora for this Columbia Challenge Winter 2011.
Along with Mickey and Paul (mother and son) who came from USA to visit Uruguay for their third time we visited the Prof Gonzalo Vicin`s Observatory at Villa Serrana a lovely small country town. It was an peaceful early autumn afternoon, where the evening gave us an awesome sky, clean, colorful and excellent for sky watching. After a snack we climbed up to the Observatory and we enjoy not only the sky, but also the knowledge of Prof. Viccino who instructed us about the beauty of the sky in our southern hemisphere. For Mickey and Paul was such a wonderful experience and were surprised to see the rings of Saturn or the clouds of Magallanes. And that was not all, they discovered that the Milky Way is simply wonderful.
According to what Mickey wrote in our Guest Book"... learning about your beautiful Uruguayan Sky was just the topping of our experience…"
Our sheep already began to give birth and lambs called to their moms filling up the air of La Salamora with their voices. Ideal time to make a trip to the country, enjoy the awesome colors of the fall, the blue hills and the sky full of stars. A good fire at night, a aperitif with our famous Caña con Butia licour will be part of the enjoyment
After the N. Y Times Travel Show SUTUR was invited to give a presentation on rural tourism in the city of Miami, organized by the Manager Buquebus in Miami, Mr Romagnoli. The main idea was to give to a group of Miami tour operators the chance to learn about new alternatives of tourism beyond the ,”Sun and beach”,” full day Cologne or Montevideo city tours” well known offers. La Salamora made a general presentation on Rural tourism representing SUTUR and giving information on the different proposals that the members of SUTUR have. The Consul of Uruguay on the area, Mr Alvaro Gallardo was at the presentation as well as Mr. Guntram Von Habsburg representing the Uruguayan tourism
During last February SUTUR (Soc). (Uruguayan Rural T.) once again participated at N.Y. Times Travel Show. The Salamora was one of the establishments that submitted its proposal at this fair, working at the booth of Uruguay during the four days of the show. The contacts that take place in this fair not only with tour operators but with potential guests were very important. Note that each year we see not only more interest but more knowledge about Uruguay and people looking to see what things they can do in our country. The offer of Rural tourism and Eco tourism is very important and we noted that more and more people looking for things to do out of the cities.