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Caribbean Health Agency Inks Collaboration with CTO

January 27, 2012 — The Caribbean Tourism Organization will be partnering with the recently formed Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), which started its operations this month.

Some of the areas of collaborations will include using CARPHA’s information and communications system to increase the awareness about the agency and its public health agenda for the Region.  The two organisations will also join forces to reduce the threats of health and environmental threats for the sustainability of healthy tourism and supporting CARPHA’s surveillance programme.

Disease Prevention

The specific activities to be promoted are accurate and timely information on trends and health risks, disease prevention and control, detection of and response to health emergencies and establishing standards for managing and monitoring information and international health regulations.

The decisions were taken at Council of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, held during the Market Place Conference in Nassau, The Bahamas on 22 January.

CARPHA which already has attracted a wide range of partners in Canada, UK, the European Union, USA and Brazil, has received an undertaking from the CTO of its willingness to be engaged in training and capacity building for workers in the tourism sector in the areas of food safety, environmental management and monitoring and promoting the Wellness Revolution in the Caribbean.

Dr. Jerome Walcott, former Minister of Health, Barbados is the interim director of the agency, till a new director is appointed by June 2012.It was agreed that Hugh Riley, CTO President will represent the organisation on CARPHA Executive Board.

CARICOM Heads of Government ratified CARPHA by signing the inter-Governmental Agreement in July 2011 making the agency a legal entity.

Ricky Skerrit, minister of tourism St Kitts/ Nevis Chair of the CTO Council, said, “this is a bold step to create a viable public health agency that would no doubt be of great benefit to the people of the region and in particular to those in the tourism business.”

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Region’s Premier Sustainable Tourism Conference to Focus on Sustaining Natural Resources

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (24 January, 2012) – The Caribbean’s tourism planners, policymakers and stakeholders will receive valuable guidance on how to sustain the region’s resources in the context of climate change, at the Caribbean’s premier sustainable tourism gathering in April.
The 13th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism (STC-13)  – to be held in Guyana from 15 to 18 April – will focus on effective ways to monitor and manage the use of the region’s natural resources to limit depletion while maximizing the socio-economic benefits of tourism.
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), which organizes the conference, has chosen as its theme, Keeping the Right Balance: Sustaining our Resources. The CTO explains that because the natural environment – including coastal areas, coral reefs, wetlands, mountains, volcanoes, terrestrial and marine biodiversity, as well as the national and marine parks – serves as a major tourism pull, it’s imperative that action is taken to sustain these resources.

“The theme of STC-13 will therefore highlight best practices in how this requirement can be fulfilled in the context of climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts within the Caribbean and beyond. It will also provide valuable guidance on investing in, developing and marketing sustainable tourism products that can assist in sustaining our resources,” said Gail Henry, the CTO’s sustainable tourism product specialist.
The conference, which will be held at the Guyana International Conference Centre, is being organized in collaboration with the Guyana Tourism Authority.

The CTO, along with the GTA and industry partners, is finalizing the conference programme which will include a mix of panel discussions and workshops with presentations from  leading local, regional and international tourism experts and practitioners.   Informative and exciting study tours to attraction-packed sites, including the majestic Kaieteur Falls, will expose delegates to the rich history, local culture and scenic beauty of Guyana.
For more information on STC-13, visit www.caribbeanstc.com.

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