Meeting between the heads of Semadesc and the CEOs of Natural Selection took place this week
Businesspeople from the South African hotel group Natural Selection were in Mato Grosso do Sul this week to present their interest in investing in lodges (hotels integrated with nature) in the Pantanal and present the initial proposal to the State Government.
James Ramsay and David Von Smeerdijik were received at the Governor’s Office by the executive secretary of the Environment at Semadesc Artur Falcette together with the Secretary of Government, Rodrigo Perez, the director-president of the Tourism Foundation, Bruno Wendlig, and the director-president of Imasul (Environment Institute) André Borges.
The director of the NGO Onçafári, Mario Haberfeld, also participated in the conversation. The environmental preservation entity supports the proposal.
The group operates in countries such as Namibia, Bostwana and South Africa with a portfolio of 22 camps and accommodations in three countries. Daily rates start at around 600 dollars, but reach almost 4 thousand dollars, or more than 19 thousand reais.
On the group’s pages, the network talks about an authentic and rich safari experience, in “glittering pastures” of reserves that were granted to the private sector. One of them is in the Okavango Delta, where tourists can go on classic safaris by land or by boat.
The place is very similar to the Pantanal. It is a flooded region that alternates water channels with savannah islands full of wild animals such as elephants, giraffes, antelopes, lions and hippos.
Here, the project is to implement housing in the same style, always in line with sustainability and carbon neutrality.
At the end of the meeting, Falcette highlighted that the meeting was “productive and full of possibilities”. In fact, the group then went on to visit Bonito. The Government Secretary, Rodrigo Perez, also found the project interesting. “Mato Grosso do Sul is experiencing an exceptional moment of investment and projects of this nature are welcome as long as they guarantee the protection of both the environment and the local communities that live in the Pantanal region”, he concluded.
Lodges have become popular around the world as a lodging option integrated with nature, “perfect for those who want to discover and adventure through forests, deserts and mountains”, highlighted the ministry’s communications department in a press release. The idea started for tourists who enjoy forest, desert and mountain safaris.
The Government Secretary, Rodrigo Perez, highlighted that the State Government supports the idea of sustainable tourism and ensuring the preservation of the environment. “Mato Grosso do Sul is experiencing an exceptional moment of investment and projects of this nature are welcome as long as they guarantee the protection of both the environment and the local communities that live in the Pantanal region”, he concluded.
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