Sierra Espuña, Source: Sierra Espuña, by Paul on Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Murcian municipalities join forces to develop the interior for tourism

Murcian municipalities join forces to develop the interior for tourism

‘Territorio Sierra Espuña’ is the name of the project and region under focus

The website of the Regional Government of Murcia reported today that the interior of the autonomous community is sought to be developed and promoted as a sustainable eco-destination enriched with natural and cultural attractions. To that end, a free association of neighbouring municipalities (known in Spain as a mancomunidad) has presented a plan to the regional Tourism Minister Cristina Sánchez, who in turn has found it to be a step forward in the right direction.

Murcia can offer tourists a multi-faceted and rich experience

The plan that was presented to the Minister is entitled Tourism Sustainability Plan ‘Sierra Espuña Territory’. It takes its name from the mountainous massif located in the middle of Murcia autonomous community, known for its rugged nature, historical villages and karst landscapes. It is also the most heavily forested area in the otherwise arid region of Spain.

The towns of Aledo, Librilla, Pliego, Mula, Totana and Alhama de Murcia had already come together some 15 years ago to create a commonwealth association with the idea of promoting their common region as one under the name of Sierra Espuña. This summer, however, they wanted to take advantage of the call for proposals by the national Ministry of Tourism which could result in financial aid towards developing a tourism product.

“We are going to position Sierra Espuña as one of the main ecotourism destinations in Spain, and to achieve this it is necessary to support local entities so that they undertake actions that improve the sustainability of their tourism development models in cooperation with other administrations, as in this case, which sees the participation of national and regional governments, municipalities and private initiatives,” said Regional Minister Sánchez.

Her confident words were helped by the fact that this plan represents a collaborative initiative seeking to unite all interested stakeholders from the region in the effort to promote wholly sustainable conservation of the natural, historical and cultural heritage. To that end, anyone who would like to contribute an idea is welcome to do so by filling out an online survey (in Spanish) by 26 August.



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