New partnership for improving Caribbean’s sustainable tourism

Published on : Monday, May 29, 2017

download (11)A new partnership has been formed as part of efforts to improve the Caribbean’s sustainable tourism effort.

The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), and the Travel Foundation, launched a free online sustainable tourism course last week. It was intended to “help increase knowledge of how to review and plan for the sustainable development of Caribbean tourist destinations”. This online training programme, which is free of cost to ministries, government departments, tourism authorities and tourist boards, focuses on the practical dimensions of sustainable tourism, and seeks to introduce participants to key considerations for the planning and design of tourism activities.

To quote CTO Secretary General Hugh Riley, “The [CTO] is pleased to partner with the Travel Foundation to offer this course which provides a roadmap to destination success, with the aim of enhancing regional knowledge and competencies in the theory and practice of sustainable tourism.”

He added, “It is well known that the region is the world’s most tourism-dependent region, therefore it is imperative that tourism is developed in a manner that ensures long-term benefits and value for Caribbean residents and visitors alike, even as we endeavour to position ourselves as the world’s most desirable, year-round warm weather destination.”

Travel Foundation chief executive officer Salli Felton said, “how important it is for destination authorities to have the knowledge, resources and information available to make sound decisions that will ensure the sustainability of tourism long into the future. We are working with the CTO because they too have this mindset, and want to ensure the Caribbean is a region where future tourism growth promotes thriving communities and a healthy environment. Together we can work towards achieving this goal.”

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