Dominican Sustainable Tourism Organization, DSTO

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ODTS About Tourism Co-op
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The Dominican Sustainable Tourism Organization, ODTS, has understood the need and promotes the existence of a Tourism Co-operative. Their tasks, as indicated below, will be conducted through a business explained below for your understanding:

What is a co-op ?

According to the International Co-operative Alliance, ICA, a world wide co-operatives integration institution:

"A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise."

"Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others."

Their values are put into practice by the application of their seven principles:

1st Voluntary and Open Membership. Co-operatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

2nd Democratic Member Control. Co-operatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organized in a democratic manner.

3rd Member Economic Participation. Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their co-operative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the co-operative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.

4th Autonomy and Independence. Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter to agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co-operative autonomy.

5th Education, Training and Information. Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public - particularly young people and opinion leaders - about the nature and benefits of co-operation.

6th Co-operation among Co-operatives. Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.

7th Concern for Community. Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.

What expects the ODTS to promote and prompt/foster a Tourism Co-operative ?

Bring together and integrate to the sustainable tourism activity all those interested in contributing to and benefit from the Dominican tourism industry.

Promote, develop, organize and provide basic and complementary tourism services to tourists and travelers to or in the Dominicana, through joint marketing strategies and promotion of the Dominicanity and sustainability.

Facilitate, achieve efficiency, modernization and innovation of the tourism activities and / or services offered by its members and customers, so the country can have a diverse and excellent quality tourism offer.

To promote the wellness of members belonging to the national tourism industry, as well as their families and dependents through savings; profits generated from the equity stake and the use of the services offered by the institution.

For additional information, please visit or feel free to require it, as well as to co-operate by making suggestions that may help with the initiative. Your comments will be welcomed and always appreciated.