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Published on : Saturday, July 15, 2017
Two days of meetings of Members of the Association of Caribbean States, ACS, held on the island of Margarita, off the Venezuelan mainland coast has ended. The members have promised to empower those, who hold major roles within communities, to contribute positively to local and regional tourist products.
The conference comes as the ACS recognizes the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s announcement of 2017 as the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
Host country, Venezuela, has committed to regional cooperation on the topic of sustainable tourism.
According to vice minister for the Caribbean, within Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry, Raul Licausi, the South American nation will promote and develop sustainable and responsible tourism in the Caribbean Sea, as a community and social activity, in accordance with the principles of social inclusion, social and economic justice, guaranteeing the right to recreation by the population.
Dr. June Soomer, secretary-general of the ACS, believes that increased support, through sponsorship programs, can directly involve entrepreneurs, artisans and innovators in expanding existing tourist products and in creating new ones.
The International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute effectively to sustainable development goals, and will promote tourism’s role in the five key areas: inclusive and sustainable economic growth; social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction; resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change; cultural values, diversity and heritage; and mutual understanding, peace and security.