Honduran Armed Forces Pave the Way for a Boost in Tourism

first_img“The airport connects the triangle,” analyst and columnist Juan Ramón Martínez said, referring to the Lenca Trail, the Maya Trail, and Roatán. “The Military engineers did a great job, they worked nonstop to have the airport up and running as soon as possible. It will facilitate the movement of people. Whereas a tourist chose only one destination before, to avoid the hassle of abandoning their convenience for more difficult and lengthy travel arrangements, they can now visit two or three places in one day, if that’s what they want. It was the great collaboration between the government and the Armed Forces that made it possible.” The benefits of these projects are already apparent. For example, the airstrip in Copán will dramatically increase of the flow of visitors for the remainder of 2015. The new Río Amarillo (Yellow River) Airport is open for business. Built by the First Battalion of Engineers, who were led by Colonel José Hilario Leiva, the facility is located 20 minutes from Copán Ruins Archaeological Park in the department of Yoro. Construction began in 2014, and the $4 million dollar effort concluded after eight months of work. “The work of the members of the Battalion of Engineers was crucial. Because the Batallion of Engineers carried out the project, we saved the country more than 35 percent of what it would have cost to build with an outside private company,” added Emilio Silvestri, the director of the Honduran Institute of Tourism. Silvestri took a 50-minute test flight between the capital, Tegucigalpa, and Río Amarillo. “For us the runway represents the take-off that we had been waiting for, economically, commercially, and socially, as now we will be able to establish ties with the people of friendly nations who come to visit us,” said Santa Rita Mayor Sergio Portillo. Community eagerly awaits benefits of airport The benefits of these projects are already apparent. For example, the airstrip in Copán will dramatically increase of the flow of visitors for the remainder of 2015. “We will accomplish our dream to be at the helm in all the region,” President Hernández said before the opening ceremony in Copán. Now that the airport has been opened, many more people will be able to fly between several cities and other locations. Local residents are excited about the positive and social impact the airport will generate. “For us the runway represents the take-off that we had been waiting for, economically, commercially, and socially, as now we will be able to establish ties with the people of friendly nations who come to visit us,” said Santa Rita Mayor Sergio Portillo. “The work of the members of the Battalion of Engineers was crucial. Because the Batallion of Engineers carried out the project, we saved the country more than 35 percent of what it would have cost to build with an outside private company,” added Emilio Silvestri, the director of the Honduran Institute of Tourism. Silvestri took a 50-minute test flight between the capital, Tegucigalpa, and Río Amarillo. Connecting different regions by improving infrastructure Now that the airport has been opened, many more people will be able to fly between several cities and other locations. Local residents are excited about the positive and social impact the airport will generate. Community eagerly awaits benefits of airport The same week Río Amarillo was completed, the Armed Forces picked up its machinery from Copán and headed to Tela to rebuild that runway. Tela is a port in the Caribbean where people flock to year-round for its white sand and palm-lined, seemingly endless beaches. In Tela, military engineers are expanding the deteriorated airstrip by 1,640 feet to bring the completed concrete infrastructure to 5,249 feet. And just like they did in Copán, they will build a terminal, hangars, and a parking area, in addition to the runway. “The airport connects the triangle,” analyst and columnist Juan Ramón Martínez said, referring to the Lenca Trail, the Maya Trail, and Roatán. “The Military engineers did a great job, they worked nonstop to have the airport up and running as soon as possible. It will facilitate the movement of people. Whereas a tourist chose only one destination before, to avoid the hassle of abandoning their convenience for more difficult and lengthy travel arrangements, they can now visit two or three places in one day, if that’s what they want. It was the great collaboration between the government and the Armed Forces that made it possible.” More airports will be built CM Airlines and Transportes Aéreos de Guatemala were the first two passenger carriers to request permission to operate from the airport and to fly to and from Tegucigalpa, as well as from San Pedro Sula and Roatán, three times a week. The Military engineers are working hard to fulfill President Hernández’s vision of improving the country’s transportation infrastructure. More airports will be built The work of the First Battalion of Engineers extends beyond the airport. The engineers have contingents working on projects in every part of Honduras. These efforts include the construction of an airport in Choluteca, in the southern region of the country; an airport in Catacamas, located to the east; and an airport in Trujillo, on the northern coast. In April, the Armed Forces completed an airport in Celaque, Lempira Department. What Honduras did not have until March was an airport where tourists interested in visiting the ruins could land. Now it does, thanks to the hard work of the Honduran Armed Forces. The airport will connect both the Lenca Trail and the Maya Trail with Roatán, the largest of the Bay Islands, an archipelago Honduras owns in the Caribbean Sea, to increase tourism between the insular department and the mainland. The islands have long been popular destinations for tourists from all over the world, especially those interested in first-quality diving, but direct access to the Mayan ruins from the islands was non-existent. “We will accomplish our dream to be at the helm in all the region,” President Hernández said before the opening ceremony in Copán. The new Río Amarillo (Yellow River) Airport is open for business. Built by the First Battalion of Engineers, who were led by Colonel José Hilario Leiva, the facility is located 20 minutes from Copán Ruins Archaeological Park in the department of Yoro. Construction began in 2014, and the $4 million dollar effort concluded after eight months of work. Hernández has been advocating for the airport since at least 2007, when he was a congressman and introduced a bill to declare the “Ruta Lenca” (Lenca Trail) a national priority. The Lenca Trail is a 76-mile route connecting Santa Rosa de Copán to La Esperanza, in the department of Intibucá, along which travelers get to enjoy quaint villages, colonial architecture dating back to the 1600s, and colorful markets filled with clay pottery and textile handiwork made by members of one of Honduras’ largest indigenous groups, the Lencas. “We are expecting an influx of 180,000 tourists from Europe, the United States, Mexico, and Central America,” Silvestri told reporters. That would be “almost double what we receive annually in Copán.” “This is only one of several locations in which we will be improving infrastructure,” President Hernández said in his speech inaugurating the airport on March 10. “These works will be paired with the construction and improvement of highways as well.” The same week Río Amarillo was completed, the Armed Forces picked up its machinery from Copán and headed to Tela to rebuild that runway. Tela is a port in the Caribbean where people flock to year-round for its white sand and palm-lined, seemingly endless beaches. In Tela, military engineers are expanding the deteriorated airstrip by 1,640 feet to bring the completed concrete infrastructure to 5,249 feet. And just like they did in Copán, they will build a terminal, hangars, and a parking area, in addition to the runway. Honduras takes pride in having the largest inscribed text of the Mayan civilization: 1,800 individual glyphs on the Hieroglyphic Staircase in Copán, declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1980. The high-relief artwork the ancient Mayans created in Copán is second to none in the Maya world. The work of the First Battalion of Engineers extends beyond the airport. The engineers have contingents working on projects in every part of Honduras. These efforts include the construction of an airport in Choluteca, in the southern region of the country; an airport in Catacamas, located to the east; and an airport in Trujillo, on the northern coast. In April, the Armed Forces completed an airport in Celaque, Lempira Department. What Honduras did not have until March was an airport where tourists interested in visiting the ruins could land. Now it does, thanks to the hard work of the Honduran Armed Forces. The airport will connect both the Lenca Trail and the Maya Trail with Roatán, the largest of the Bay Islands, an archipelago Honduras owns in the Caribbean Sea, to increase tourism between the insular department and the mainland. The islands have long been popular destinations for tourists from all over the world, especially those interested in first-quality diving, but direct access to the Mayan ruins from the islands was non-existent. By Dialogo April 30, 2015 The airport’s hydraulic concrete runway measures 4,593 feet and has additional 490-feet buffers on each side. “This airstrip has a capacity to receive airplanes of 40 to 50 passengers,” explained Corps of Engineers Major Óscar Soler Soto, who was in charge of the construction. Connecting different regions by improving infrastructure CM Airlines and Transportes Aéreos de Guatemala were the first two passenger carriers to request permission to operate from the airport and to fly to and from Tegucigalpa, as well as from San Pedro Sula and Roatán, three times a week. Hernández has been advocating for the airport since at least 2007, when he was a congressman and introduced a bill to declare the “Ruta Lenca” (Lenca Trail) a national priority. The Lenca Trail is a 76-mile route connecting Santa Rosa de Copán to La Esperanza, in the department of Intibucá, along which travelers get to enjoy quaint villages, colonial architecture dating back to the 1600s, and colorful markets filled with clay pottery and textile handiwork made by members of one of Honduras’ largest indigenous groups, the Lencas. The airport’s hydraulic concrete runway measures 4,593 feet and has additional 490-feet buffers on each side. “This airstrip has a capacity to receive airplanes of 40 to 50 passengers,” explained Corps of Engineers Major Óscar Soler Soto, who was in charge of the construction. The Military engineers are working hard to fulfill President Hernández’s vision of improving the country’s transportation infrastructure. Honduras takes pride in having the largest inscribed text of the Mayan civilization: 1,800 individual glyphs on the Hieroglyphic Staircase in Copán, declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1980. The high-relief artwork the ancient Mayans created in Copán is second to none in the Maya world. “This is only one of several locations in which we will be improving infrastructure,” President Hernández said in his speech inaugurating the airport on March 10. “These works will be paired with the construction and improvement of highways as well.” “We are expecting an influx of 180,000 tourists from Europe, the United States, Mexico, and Central America,” Silvestri told reporters. That would be “almost double what we receive annually in Copán.” I like this news report on my country, Honduras.But we have an accusation of corruption in our country, unlike anything we’ve had for a long time, and I don’t see any reports on the IHSS scandal.I hope you provide coverage.Thank youlast_img read more

Taylor vs Gutierrez: Terri Harper stops Katharina Thanderz in ninth round to retain WBC super-featherweight belt | Boxing News

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Actress Felicity Huffman hopes to return to acting after college admissions scandal

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Parliamentary Golf Group holds inaugural annual dinner

first_img England Golf joined a celebration of golf when the All-Party Parliamentary Golf Group held its inaugural annual dinner in the Palace of Westminster. The golfing community was widely represented at the event and Nick Pink, England Golf Chief Executive, commented: “It’s good to have Parliamentarians talking about the benefits of golf, to be finding out what we do and how they can help us.” Group Co-Chairman, Karl McCartney MP, reflected on the Group’s first year of activity and said: “One thing that has become clear since we formed the Group is the huge support for the sport across the UK, and we are delighted to have the support of so many of the various bodies that represent different elements of the sport. “The Group’s initial focus has been on increasing participation, particularly amongst women and BME groups, and also on improving perceptions of the sport, and I hope that we can continue to be an active voice for the sport in Westminster, Whitehall and beyond.” The Group’s inaugural Parliamentary Golfer of the Year award was announced by as Andrew Bingham MP. He organised his own golf challenge in July this year, in which he played nine holes of golf on each of the seven courses in his High Peak constituency, raising over £6500 for four Mountain Rescue teams in the process. Andrew has also been a vocal advocate of the 9-hole version of the game, and particularly England Golf’s Golf Express initiative, which promotes 9-hole golf to inspire busy people to play more often. The evening’s guest speaker was Ken Schofield CBE, former European Tour Executive Director and a past President of the Golf Foundation. He gave his thoughts on the state of the game, and also discussed the work of the Golf Foundation and its work to help more young people enjoy golf and the many benefits it brings. The evening raised over £4500 for the Golf Foundation. The dinner was hosted by Group Vice-Chairman, Baroness Nye of Lambeth, on the House of Lords terrace, and brought together Members of both Houses of Parliament, Associate Members, Group supporters and dinner sponsors, Covéa Insurance. The Group was established in 2015, and has since grown to over 60 Members from both Houses and across all major parties. 23 Nov 2016 Parliamentary Golf Group holds inaugural annual dinner last_img read more

Remarkable finalists shortlisted for England Golf Awards

first_img14 Jan 2019 Remarkable finalists shortlisted for England Golf Awards A shortlist of remarkable finalists has been announced for the England Golf Awards 2019, sponsored by adidas Golf.They’re the heroes of the game in England and they’ll be celebrated at the awards dinner at the Royal Lancaster London on Thursday, 21 March, when the winners will be revealed.Nick Pink, England Golf Chief Executive, said: “A very big thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate and to the judges, who had an incredibly difficult job to produce this shortlist of amazing volunteers, players, clubs and counties.“They all contribute so much to the sport that we all love and we look forward to telling their stories over the coming weeks, as we build up to our gala dinner.“Their contribution to golf in England is immeasurable and they really do make the game great.”Tickets for the glittering, black tie Awards dinner, hosted by Dan Walker, are just £90 each and include drinks on arrival and a three-course dinner with half a bottle of wine per person.The finalists are:Most Welcoming Club of the Year, sponsored by HowDidiDoBranston Golf & Country Club, StaffordshireBurghill Valley Golf Club, HerefordshireExeter Golf and Country Club, DevonHorton Park Golf Club, SurreyCoach of the Year, sponsored by The PGAPhilip Akers – PGA National Golf Academy, The Belfry, WarwickshireStuart Disney – The Mendip Golf Club, SomersetMark Johnson – Styal Golf Club, CheshireAaron Lansberry – Hatchford Brook Golf Centre, WarwickshireInnovation Award of the Year, sponsored by Players 1stAL Golf Junior Academies, Hatchford Brook Golf Centre, WarwickshireGolf AccessMytime Active at Bromley and Orpington Golf Centres, KentSlinfold Golf and Country Club, SussexVolunteer of the YearMark Feeney – West Derby Golf Club, LancashireSusanne Lesley and Owen Lewis – Royal Ascot Golf Club, BerkshireJudith Sandford – Cheadle Golf Club, CheshireMarcella Tuttle – The Links Golf Club, NewmarketYoung Ambassador of the Year, in association with the Golf FoundationElla Baker – GL Golf at Warley Woods Golf Club, WorcestershireLouise McLoughlin – Bromborough Golf Club, CheshireJessica Pilgrim – Stoke Park Golf Club, BuckinghamshireGeorgina Wrixon – Ashley Wood Golf Club, DorsetPerformance of the YearEngland men’s teamConor Gough of Stoke Park Golf Club, BB&OMitch Waite of Filton Golf Club, GloucestershireCaitlin Whitehead of Carus Green Golf Club, CumbriaChampionship Venue of the YearFrilford Heath Golf Club, OxfordshireKedleston Park Golf Club, DerbyshireSherwood Forest Golf Club, NottinghamshireStanton on the Wolds Golf Club, NottinghamshireCounty of the YearLancashireWiltshireThe outright winner of the Lifetime Service Award will also be recognised at the Awards dinner.Watch out for our series of articles featuring the finalists. Tags: Clubs, Counties, England Golf Awards 2019, players, Volunteerslast_img read more