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CTO, CARPHA & CHTA SIGN PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

(NEW YORK, NY) 5 June 2014The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) have created a partnership to establish and promote health and safety protocols and practices in the tourism workplace in the region.

The CTO secretary general and chief executive officer, Hugh Riley, the executive director of CARPHA, Dr. James Hospedales and the CHTA director general and CEO, Jeffrey S. Vasser, signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) at a news conference today at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel in New York City, home of the annual CTO Caribbean Week which celebrates Caribbean tourism and the rich heritage and culture.

“As the Caribbean’s principle economic earner, the tourism sector must be vigilant and proactive regarding health and safety issues that can adversely affect the health of our tourism workforce or that of our visitors. As the organization leading sustainable tourism in the Caribbean, the CTO is pleased to partner with the regional public health agency and the umbrella tourism private sector entity to face these challenges head on in a structured and collective manner,” said Mr. Riley.

Dr. C James Hospedales, Executive Director of CARPHA indicated: “The work of the partnership will further improve the quality, resilience and competitiveness of the regional tourism industry with triple bottom line returns; to health, to economic resilience, and to the environment”.

“CHTA has always been a proponent of training and professional development opportunities for hospitality staff and by working with CTO and CARPHA to create the best practices promoting health and safety throughout the tourism sector, we will enhance the knowledge of our workforce thereby ensuring the safety and security of the employees and guests throughout our 600-plus member hotels and more than 30 member destinations,” stated Mr. Vasser.

Through the MOU the three organizations will collaborate in the following areas: food and environmental safety training and certification; public health information, monitoring and response systems for hotels and cruise ships to provide timely alert and a rapid coordinated response to adverse health, safety and environmental issues; health, safety and environmental standards certification and recognition systems to improve the health, safety and environmental quality in the tourism workplace; health and wellness programmes to encourage and promote a healthy tourism workforce; awareness raising and promotion of multisectoral and multiagency approaches to address the health, safety and environmental issues associated with tourism;  and partnerships, networks and business strategies for sustainability of the tourism and health programme.

The agreement is for an initial two year period.

 

About the Caribbean Tourism Organization

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and offices in New York and London, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of over 30 countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members. The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year round, warm weather destination, and its purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean.

Among the benefits to its members the organization provides specialized support and technical assistance in sustainable tourism development, marketing, communications, advocacy, human resource development, event planning & execution and research & information technology.

In addition the CTO, in partnership with the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, jointly and equally owns the Caribbean Tourism Development Company, a marketing and business development entity dedicated to promoting the Caribbean brand worldwide.

The CTO’s Headquarters is located at Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados BB 22026; Tel: (246) 427-5242; Fax: (246) 429-3065; E-mail: [email protected].

The CTO’s New York office is located at 80 Broad St., Suite 3302, New York, NY 10004, USA: Tel: (212) 635-9530; Fax: (212) 635-9511; E-mail: [email protected];

The CTO’s London office is located at The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1BP, England. Tel: 011 44 208 948 0057; Fax: 011 44 208 948 0067; E-mail: [email protected];

For more information on the Caribbean Tourism Organization please visit www.OneCaribbean.org.

Get the latest CTO updates on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ctotourism.

Connect with CTO on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CaribbeanTourismOrganization.

 

Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association

The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) facilitates the full potential of the Caribbean hotel and tourism industry by serving members’ needs and building partnerships in a socially responsible and sustainable manner.  CHTA is the voice of the Caribbean hospitality industry for the development of the region in the highly competitive and sophisticated environment of international tourism. Today, tourism is widely recognized as a pivotal industry in the economy of the region – and CHTA functions as the common denominator for this industry in a region of diverse nationalities, languages and styles, identifying mutual problems and marshaling the resources of the active and allied members to devise solutions. CHTA represents all facets of the hospitality industry with more than 600 member hotels and over 300 allied members.

For more information about CHTA call 305-443-3040 and visit http://www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com.  Follow CHTA on Facebook Facebook.com/CaribbeanHotelandTourismAssociation and Twitter Twitter.com/CHTAFeeds.

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Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) Sign Cooperation Agreement

(NEW YORK, NY) 5 June 2014Ten years after they began an informal relationship the region’s umbrella public sector tourism organization and the western hemisphere’s agriculture agency have formalized an agreement to strengthen linkages between tourism and agriculture. 

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at a news conference today at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel in New York City, during the CTO’s Caribbean Week, which celebrates Caribbean tourism and the rich heritage and culture of the Region.

As part of the MOU the two organizations have agreed to cooperate in areas that will help improve the livelihoods of agricultural and rural producers through their inclusion in the tourism value chain.

“The CTO is committed to strengthening linkages between tourism and agriculture because it’s a win-win for both sectors. Our cuisine is one of the most attractive and authentic elements of our tourism product, therefore stronger links between the two sectors can mean more memorable experiences for our visitors, greater economic independence for our farmers and a reduction in the Caribbean’s food import bill,” said the CTO’s secretary general, Hugh Riley,  who signed on behalf of the organization. Ena Harvey, the management coordinator for the Caribbean region, as well as agrotourism specialist, signed on behalf of IICA.

The two organizations have agreed to cooperate in the areas of trade and investment partnerships along the tourism value chain; food and agro-eco tourism; community-based tourism; health and wellness and spa tourism and culture and heritage tourism as it relates to agriculture and rural sites and associated events, attractions and products.

Some of the specific areas covered under the MOU include: strengthening of the institutional and policy framework to facilitate advocacy and joint promotion of trade linkages and investments between agriculture and tourism ; knowledge management and information sharing on trends, success stories, best practices and lessons learned in agrotourism development; training and capacity building of stakeholders in the agriculture-tourism value chain; inclusion of agrotourism sites and attractions in product development programmes of the CTO and  regional destination marketing; and collaboration on studies quantifying the contribution of agriculture to tourism and vice versa.

Ten years ago, CTO invited IICA to sit on its board of directors as an affiliate member. As a result of this overture IICA has made significant progress in promoting linkages between agriculture and tourism, in terms of trade linkages as well as the development of new and authentic tourism products in rural and farming communities, Ms. Harvey said.

“This success has been due in no small part to the commitment and support of the CTO.   We have collaborated on regional projects funded by the several regional and international agencies which resulted in the creation of a regional agrotourism strategy, a food tourism strategy, manuals and best practice stories, and partnering of farmers with hoteliers.  In addition, through participation on CTO committees and Sustainable Tourism Conferences, IICA has been provided with the opportunity to advance the issue of linking agriculture with tourism,” she stated.

On the signing of the MOU Ms. Harvey added: “We believe that through this collaboration with the CTO and our partners, we could contribute in a very tangible way to economic growth in our countries and to providing opportunities for the agricultural and rural sectors in the Caribbean to create sustainable livelihoods through linkages with tourism.”

The agreement is for an initial four year period.

 

About the Caribbean Tourism Organization

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and offices in New York and London, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of over 30 countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members. The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year round, warm weather destination, and its purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean.

Among the benefits to its members the organization provides specialized support and technical assistance in sustainable tourism development, marketing, communications, advocacy, human resource development, event planning & execution and research & information technology.

In addition the CTO, in partnership with the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, jointly and equally owns the Caribbean Tourism Development Company, a marketing and business development entity dedicated to promoting the Caribbean brand worldwide.

The CTO’s Headquarters is located at Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados BB 22026; Tel: (246) 427-5242; Fax: (246) 429-3065; E-mail: [email protected]

The CTO’s New York office is located at 80 Broad St., Suite 3302, New York, NY 10004, USA: Tel: (212) 635-9530; Fax: (212) 635-9511; E-mail: [email protected];

The CTO’s London office is located at The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1BP, England. Tel: 011 44 208 948 0057; Fax: 011 44 208 948 0067; E-mail: [email protected];

For more information on the Caribbean Tourism Organization please visit www.OneCaribbean.org.

Get the latest CTO updates on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ctotourism.

Connect with CTO on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CaribbeanTourismOrganization.

 

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LES ORGANISMES RÉGIONAUX D’ENCADREMENT DU SECTEUR DU TOURISME ET DE LA SANTÉ S’ENTENDENT SUR UN PLAN POUR S’ATTAQUER AUX QUESTIONS DE SANTÉ ET DE SÉCURITÉ AYANT DES RÉPERCUSSIONS SUR LE TOURISME

BRIDGETOWN, Barbade) 19 mai 2014 L’Organisation du tourisme de la Caraïbe (OTC), l’agence régionale de développement du tourisme chargée de diriger le développement du tourisme durable dans la Caraïbe, et la Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), l’agence régionale de santé publique établie par la CARICOM,  ont convenu d’un plan pour s’attaquer aux questions relatives à la santé, à la sécurité et à l’environnement qui posent un risque pour la viabilité de l’industrie du tourisme dans la Caraïbe.

Cette association sera profitable aux pays membres grâce à une meilleure compréhension et collaboration mutuelle, ainsi qu’un solide partenariat intersectoriel public et privé à l’échelle nationale et régionale entre les intervenants des secteurs du tourisme, de la santé et de l’environnement afin de soutenir une approche cohérente et coordonnée pour lutter contre les effets indésirables sur la santé, la sécurité et l’environnement, ont déclaré les deux organisations.

Selon la CARPHA, les maladies d’origine alimentaire et hydrique sont les plus communes chez les voyageurs dans la Caraïbe, entraînant des pertes de plus de 250 millions US$ dans le secteur hôtelier entre 2000 et 2005. Entre 2003 et 2013, il y a eu 28 flambées de maladies diarrhéiques sur les croisières dans la Caraïbe, a ajouté la CARPHA.

«Les enjeux liés à la santé et à la sécurité posent de graves risques et sont des facteurs transversaux qui touchent sérieusement la qualité, la compétitivité et la viabilité du tourisme dans la Caraïbe. Il est important d’aborder ensemble ces enjeux pour protéger le développement touristique dans la région», a dit le docteur C James Hospedales, directeur exécutif de la CARPHA basée à Trinité-et-Tobago.

«Pour assurer la viabilité du tourisme, nous devons maintenir un juste équilibre entre les intérêts liés à l’économie, la santé et l’environnement, et il est essentiel d’obtenir un soutien inconditionnel de tous les partenaires clés» a ajouté M. Hugh Riley, secrétaire général et président-directeur général de l’OTC. «Cet accord avec la CARPHA confirme notre engagement d’encourager un tourisme durable et d’aider à renforcer la réputation, l’avantage comparatif et la résilience de nos membres en promouvant des destinations plus saines et plus sécuritaires».

Parmi les autres avantages escomptés de cette entente, on cite des flambées moins nombreuses et moins coûteuses dans l’industrie du tourisme; des ressources humaines avec des capacités et des compétences renforcées en matière de santé, de sécurité alimentaire et de gestion de l’environnement; des effectifs en meilleure santé et plus productifs; une meilleure qualité des eaux côtières et récréatives; des dispositifs de surveillance, d’information et de contrôle de la santé publique à l’échelle de l’industrie, dans les établissements hôteliers et sur les paquebots de croisière; et moins d’accidents et d’incidents de travail.

Les deux organisations ont accepté d’encourager la collaboration multisectorielle et multiorganisationnelle entre les acteurs pour examiner le lien crucial entre le tourisme et la santé; de solidifier des partenariats, des réseaux et des stratégies commerciales multisectoriels, publics-privés; de mettre en œuvre des programmes de formation et d’accréditation sur la sécurité alimentaire et environnementale dans le secteur du tourisme; de créer et de mettre en place des dispositifs permanents de surveillance, de contrôle et de réponse en matière de santé publique pour les établissements hôteliers et les paquebots de croisière; d’établir un système pour l’accréditation et la reconnaissance des normes en matière de santé, de sécurité et d’environnement, et de mettre en œuvre un programme de santé et bien-être dans le milieu de travail du tourisme.

La CARPHA, en collaboration avec l’OTC, exécutera et coordonnera le programme au niveau régional.

 

À propos de l’Organisation du tourisme de la Caraïbe

L’Organisation du tourisme de la Caraïbe (OTC), avec son siège social en Barbade et des bureaux situés à New York et à Londres, est l’agence caribéenne de développement du tourisme qui regroupe des membres issus de plus de trente pays et territoires néerlandais, anglais, français et espagnols, ainsi que des associés de diverses organisations du secteur privé. L’OTC a pour vision de positionner la Caraïbe comme destination tropicale la plus prisée tout au long de l’année. Elle se donne pour but d’être le leader du tourisme durable – Une mer, une voix pour une Caraïbe unie.

L’Organisation offre à ses membres des avantages tels que le soutien spécialisé et l’aide technique au développement du tourisme durable, le marketing, la communication, la défense des intérêts, le développement des ressources humaines, la planification et la mise en œuvre d’évènements, la recherche et la technologie de l’information.

De plus, en partenariat avec la Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, l’OTC détient conjointement et  à parts égales la Caribbean Tourism Development Company, une société de marketing et de commercialisation entièrement consacrée à la promotion de la marque Caraïbe à l’échelle mondiale.

Le siège social de l’OTC est situé à Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbade BB 22026;  Tel: (246) 427-5242; Fax: (246) 429-3065; Courriel: [email protected].

Le bureau de l’OTC à New York est situé au 80 Broad St., Suite 3302, New York, NY 10004, USA:Tel: (212) 635-9530; Fax: (212) 635-9511; Courriel: [email protected].

Le bureau de l’OTC à Londres est situé à The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1BP, Angleterre. Tel: 011 44 208 948 0057; Fax: 011 44 208 948 0067; Courriel: [email protected].

Pour de plus amples informations sur l’Organisation du tourisme de la Caraïbe, veuillez visiter le site www.OneCaribbean.org.

Obtenez les dernières nouvelles de l’OTC sur  Twitter à http://www.twitter.com/ctotourism.

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KOEPELTOERISME EN GEZONDHEIDINSTITUTEN REGIO AKKOORD MET PLAN VOOR AANPAK GEZONDHEIDASPECTEN DIE IMPACT HEBBEN OP TOERISME

Bridgetown, Barbados) 19 mei 2014 – De Caribische Toerisme Organisatie (Caribbean Tourism Organization – CTO), het regionale bureau verantwoordelijk voor de ontwikkeling van duurzame toerisme in het Caribisch gebied heeft samen met de Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), de regionale volksgezondheid agentschap opgericht door CARICOM, een plan ontworpen. Kwesties op het gebied van gezondheid, veiligheid en milieu (health, safety and environmental – HSE) die een bedreiging vormen voor de duurzaamheid van de Caribische toeristische sector worden door middel van dit plan aangepakt.

Volgens de twee organisaties zal dit partnerschap voordelen opleveren voor lidstaten door meer wederzijds begrip en samenwerking te kweken. Ook zullen sterke intersectorale partnerschappen tussen overheden en de private sector op nationaal en regionaal niveau en tussen stakeholders op het gebied van toerisme, gezondheid en milieu, resulteren in een samenhangende en gecoördineerde ondersteuning in de bestrijding van slechte gezondheid-, veiligheid- en milieu-incidenten.

Ziekten die worden overgebracht door voedsel en water zijn de meest voorkomende aandoeningen onder reizigers naar het Caribisch gebied, wat volgens CARPHA heeft geresulteerd in meer dan 250 miljoen dollar verlies in de hotelsector tussen 2000 en 2005. Tussen 2003 en 2013 waren er 28 diarree uitbraken op Caribische cruises, voegt CARPHA toe.

“Gezondheid- en veiligheidproblemen vormen ernstige bedreigingen en zijn factoren die een dwardoorsnede van zowel de kwaliteit, het concurrentievermogen als de duurzaamheid van de Caribische toerisme in belangrijke mate raken. Het collectief aanpakken van deze problemen is belangrijk om de ontwikkeling van het toerisme veilig te stellen in de regio,” zo verklaarde Dr. C. James Hospedales, de directeur van CARPHA, wiens hoofdkantoor in Trinidad & Tobago zijn gevestigd is.

“Om het toerisme duurzaam te laten voortbestaan, moeten we de juiste balans vinden tussen de economische, gezondheids- en milieubelangen, wat de volledige steun van alle belangrijke partners vereist,” voegde Hugh Riley, CTO’s Secretaris Generaal en Chief Executive Officer, toe. “Deze overeenkomst met CARPHA is het toonbeeld van onze toewijding om voorop te lopen op het gebied van duurzaam toerisme en te helpen de reputatie, vergelijkende voordeel en veerkracht te versterken door het bevorderen van bestemmingen die veiliger en gezonder zijn.”

Andere verwachte voordelen van deze regeling zijn onder andere minder, en minder kostbare ziekte uitbraken in de toeristische sector; versterkte vermogen van het personeel en vaardigheden in de gezondheid, voedselveiligheid, en milieubeheer; gezondere en meer productieve arbeidskrachten; verbeterde kwaliteit van de kust en het recreatieve water; toezicht op industrie-brede volksgezondheid met betrekking tot hotels en cruiseschepen, informatie- en monitoringsystemen; en minder arbeidsongevallen en incidenten.

De twee organisaties hebben afgesproken om op het gebied van meerdere sectoren en instellingen samenwerking te bevorderen tussen belanghebbenden om de kritieke schakel tussen toerisme en gezondheidszorg aan te pakken. Ook willen ze sterke multisectorale samenwerking ontwikkelen tussen de overheid en de private sector, netwerken en business strategieën voor de duurzaamheid van de toeristische sector opzetten, voeding en milieu veiligheidsopleidingen en certificering in de toeristische sector implementeren; duurzaam toezicht op de volksgezondheid, monitoring en respons systemen voor hotels en cruiseschepen ontwikkelen en implementeren; gezondheids-, veiligheids- en milieunormen certificering, een systeem voor erkenning en een gezondheids-en wellness-programma in de toeristische werkplek opzetten.

Het programma zal op regionaal niveau worden uitgevoerd en gecoördineerd door CARPHA, in samenwerking met de CTO.

 

Over de Caribbean Tourism Organization

 

De Caribbean Tourism Organization met hoofdkantoor in Barbados en kantoren in New York en London, is de organisatie die verantwoordelijk is voor de ontwikkeling van Caribische toerisme, met leden uit meer dan 30 landen en gebieden, inclusief Nederlandse, Engelse, Franse en Spaanse, als ook talloze leden uit de private sector. CTO’s visie is het Caribische gebied te positioneren als de meest begeerde bestemming met het hele jaar door warm weer, en het doel is het Leiden van Duurzame Toerisme – Één Zee, Één Stem, Één Caribisch gebied (Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean).

De voordelen aan de leden houden onder meer in gespecialiseerde ondersteuning en technische bijstand die de organisatie verschaft in de ontwikkeling van duurzame toerisme, marketing, communicatie, belangenbehartiging, het ontwikkelen van het menselijk kapitaal, het plannen en organiseren van evenementen, onderzoek en informatie technologie.

Bovendien is CTO als partner met de Caribische Hotel en Toerisme Associatie (Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association), samen en op gelijke basis eigenaar van het Caribische Toerisme Ontwikkelingsbedrijf (Caribbean Tourism Development Company), een marketing en bedrijfsontwikkeling entiteit toegewijd aan het wereldwijd bevorderen van de Caribische merknaam.

Het CTO hoofdkantoor is gevestigd te Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados BB 22026; Tel: (246) 427-5242; Fax: (246) 429-3065; E-mail: [email protected];

Het CTO kantoor in New York is gevestigd te 80 Broad St., Suite 3302, New York, NY 10004, USA: Tel: (212) 635-9530; Fax: (212) 635-9511; E-mail: [email protected];

Het CTO kantoor in London is gevestigd te The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1BP, England. Tel: 011 44 208 948 0057; Fax: 011 44 208 948 0067; E-mail: [email protected];

Voor meer informatie over de Caribbean Tourism Organization, kunt u www.OneCaribbean.org.  bezoeken.

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LAS PRINCIPALES AGENCIAS DE TURISMO Y SALUD DE LA REGIÓN HAN ELABORADO UN PLAN DE ACCIÓN CONTRA LOS PROBLEMAS DE SALUD Y SEGURIDAD QUE INCIDEN EN EL TURISMO

(BRIDGETOWN, Barbados) 19 de mayo de 2014. La Organización de Turismo del Caribe (CTO, por sus siglas en inglés), la agencia de desarrollo turístico de la región a cargo de liderar el desarrollo del turismo sostenible en el Caribe, y la Agencia de Salud Pública del Caribe (CARPHA, por sus siglas en inglés), la agencia regional de salud pública creada por la CARICOM, elaborarán un plan de acción para el manejo de asuntos de salud, seguridad y medioambiente (HSE, por sus siglas en inglés) que amenazan la sostenibilidad de la industria turística del Caribe.  

Ambas organizaciones afirmaron que esta alianza beneficia a los países miembros al generar un mayor entendimiento mutuo (y de colaboración) y, al mismo tiempo, fortalece las alianzas intersectoriales de los sectores público y privado a niveles nacional y regional con el apoyo de los grupos de interés de los sectores de turismo, salud y medioambiente para responder de manera coherente y coordinada, haciendo frente a cualquier situación adversa en materia de salud, seguridad y medioambiente.

Según la CARPHA, las enfermedades transmitidas por los alimentos y el agua son las más comunes entre los viajeros del Caribe, generando pérdidas en el sector hotelero de más de 250 millones de dólares entre los años 2000 y 2005. La CARPHA añade que entre los años 2003 y 2013 los cruceros del Caribe reportaron 28 brotes de enfermedades diarreicas.

El Dr. C James Hospedales, director ejecutivo de la sede de la CARPHA en Trinidad y Tobago, afirma que “los problemas de salud y seguridad suponen una grave amenaza y son factores transversales que influyen significativamente en la calidad, competitividad y sostenibilidad del sector turístico del Caribe. La respuesta colectiva a estos asuntos es de vital importancia para salvaguardar el desarrollo turístico de la región”.

A lo que Hugh Riley como secretario general y director de la CTO añadió “para que el turismo sea sostenible debemos mantener el equilibrio adecuado entre los intereses económicos, de salud y ambientales. Para ello, se requiere del apoyo total de todos los aliados clave. Este acuerdo con la CARPHA es una muestra de nuestro compromiso de liderar el turismo sostenible y ayudar a afianzar la reputación, la ventaja competitiva y la resiliencia de nuestra membresía, ofreciéndoles destinos más saludables y seguros”.

A continuación se enumeran otros beneficios que anticipamos aportará este acuerdo: menor número brotes y con menos repercusión económica en la industria turística; fortalecimiento de las aptitudes de los recursos humanos a través de la capacitación en salud, seguridad alimentaria y gestión ambiental; una fuerza laboral más saludable y productiva; optimización de la calidad del agua costera y recreativa; sistemas de información y monitoreo para toda la industria, los hoteles y los cruceros relacionados con la vigilancia de la salud pública; y reducción de accidentes e incidentes laborales.

Ambas organizaciones han acordado promover la colaboración entre los múltiples interlocutores del sector y de la agencia para resolver asuntos críticos vinculados al turismo y la salud; desarrollar fuertes alianzas multisectoriales, redes y estrategias empresariales entre los sectores público y privado para la sostenibilidad de la industria turística; implantar un programa de formación y certificación en seguridad alimentaria y ambiental en el sector turístico; desarrollar e implantar sistemas sostenibles de monitoreo y respuesta para la vigilancia de la salud pública en hoteles y cruceros; establecer un sistema de reconocimiento y certificación en salud, seguridad y medioambiente e implantar un programa de salud y bienestar del sector turístico en el lugar de trabajo.

La CARPHA ejecutará y coordinará el programa a nivel regional con la colaboración de la CTO.

 

Acerca de la Organización de Turismo del Caribe

La Organización de Turismo del Caribe (CTO, por sus siglas en inglés), con sede en Barbados y oficinas en Nueva York y Londres, es la agencia de desarrollo turístico del Caribe, con una membresía compuesta por más de 30 países de la región, incluyendo territorios de habla holandesa, inglesa, francesa e hispana, al igual que una miríada de miembros aliados del sector privado. La visión de la CTO es posicionar al Caribe como el destino ideal de clima cálido todo el año, y su propósito es liderar el turismo sostenible; un mar, una voz, un Caribe.

Entre los beneficios que la organización aporta a su membresía, cabe destacar el soporte especializado y la asistencia técnica para el desarrollo del turismo sostenible, las acciones de marketing y comunicación, la incidencia política, el desarrollo de los recursos humanos, la organización y ejecución de eventos, la investigación y el uso de la tecnología de la información.

Asimismo, la CTO, en alianza con la Asociación de Hoteles y Turismo del Caribe, administra y es propietaria a partes iguales de la Compañía de Desarrollo Turístico del Caribe, una empresa de marketing y desarrollo comercial dedicada a la promoción de la marca Caribe en el ámbito mundial.

La sede principal de la CTO está ubicada en Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados BB 22026. Teléfono de contacto (246) 427-5242 y número de fax (246) 429-3065; correo electrónico: [email protected]

La oficina de la CTO en Nueva York está ubicada en 80 Broad St., Suite 3302, Nueva York, NY 10004, EE.UU. Teléfono de contacto (212) 635-9530 y número de fax (212) 635-9511; correo electrónico: [email protected]

La oficina de la CTO en Londres está ubicada en The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1BP, Inglaterra. Teléfono de contacto 011 44 208 948 0057 y número de fax 011 44 208 948 0067; correo electrónico: [email protected]

Para más información sobre la Organización de Turismo del Caribe, diríjase a la página web www.OneCaribbean.org.

Las últimas novedades sobre la CTO están disponibles en la cuentas de Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ctotourism y Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CaribbeanTourismOrganization

 

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The Region’s Umbrella Tourism & Health Agencies Agree Plan to Tackle Health & Saftey Issues Impacting Tourism

(BRIDGETOWN, Barbados) 19 May 2014The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) – the region’s tourism development agency charged with leading the Caribbean’s sustainable tourism development – and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the regional public health agency established by CARICOM, have agreed a plan to address health, safety and environmental (HSE) issues that threaten the sustainability of Caribbean tourism industry.

This partnership will benefit member countries through greater mutual understanding, and collaboration, as well as strong public-private sector intersectoral partnerships at national and regional levels between tourism, health and environment stakeholders supporting  a cohesive and coordinated approach to combatting adverse health, safety and environmental incidents, the two organizations said.

Food and water-borne illnesses are the most common illnesses among travellers to the Caribbean resulting in losses of over US$250 million to the hotel sector between 2000 and 2005, according to CARPHA. Between 2003 and 2013 there were 28 diarrheal outbreaks on Caribbean cruises, CARPHA adds.

“Health and safety issues pose serious threats and are cross cutting factors that significantly influence the quality, competitiveness and sustainability of Caribbean tourism. Addressing these issues collectively is important to safeguard tourism development in the region,” said Dr. C James Hospedales, the executive director of the Trinidad & Tobago headquartered CARPHA.

“In order for tourism to be sustainable we must keep the right balance among economic, health and environmental interests, which requires the full support of all the key partners,” added Hugh Riley, the CTO’s secretary general and chief executive officer. “This agreement with CARPHA is a demonstration of our commitment to lead sustainable tourism and to help strengthen our members’ reputation, comparative advantage and resilience by facilitating safer and healthier destinations.”

Other anticipated benefits of this arrangement include fewer and less costly outbreaks in the tourism industry;  strengthened human resource capacity and skills in health, food safety, and environmental management; a healthier and more productive workforce; improved coastal and recreational water quality;  industry-wide, hotel and cruise ship based public health surveillance, information and monitoring systems; and fewer work-related accidents and incidents.

The two organizations have agreed to promote multisectoral and multiagency collaboration among stakeholders to address the critical link between tourism and health; develop strong multisectoral public private partnership, networks and business strategies for the sustainability of the tourism industry;  implement food and environmental safety training  and certification in tourism sector;  develop and implement sustainable  public health surveillance, monitoring and response systems for hotels and cruise ships; establish a health, safety and environmental standards certification and recognition system and implement a health and wellness programme in the tourism workplace.

The programme will be executed and coordinated at a regional level by CARPHA in collaboration with the CTO.

 

About the Caribbean Tourism Organization

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and offices in New York and London, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of over 30 countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members. The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year round, warm weather destination, and its purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean.

Among the benefits to its members the organization provides specialized support and technical assistance in sustainable tourism development, marketing, communications, advocacy, human resource development, event planning & execution and research & information technology.

In addition the CTO, in partnership with the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, jointly and equally owns the Caribbean Tourism Development Company, a marketing and business development entity dedicated to promoting the Caribbean brand worldwide.

The CTO’s Headquarters is located at Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados BB 22026; Tel: (246) 427-5242; Fax: (246) 429-3065; E-mail: [email protected].

The CTO’s New York office is located at 80 Broad St., Suite 3302, New York, NY 10004, USA: Tel: (212) 635-9530; Fax: (212) 635-9511; E-mail: [email protected];

The CTO’s London office is located at The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1BP, England. Tel: 011 44 208 948 0057; Fax: 011 44 208 948 0067; E-mail: [email protected];

For more information on the Caribbean Tourism Organization please visit www.OneCaribbean.org.

Get the latest CTO updates on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ctotourism.

Connect with CTO on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CaribbeanTourismOrganization.

 

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CTO Statement on Reform of British Air Passenger Duty

19 March 2014 – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is delighted with today’s announcement by the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, that the Air Passenger Duty (APD) will be reformed from next year.

The Chancellor has announced that from April of 2015, APD will be simplified into a two band system: Band A for short haul flights of less than 2000 miles from London and Band B for all long haul flights more than 2000 miles from London. The new Band B will be charged at the planned rate in 2015-16 (£71 for reduced rate passengers and £142 for standard rate passengers).

The CTO Chairman, Beverly Nicholson-Doty said: “This is a complete victory for the Caribbean, which, led by the CTO, has been lobbying against the unfair system which charged a higher rate of APD on flights to Barbados than Hawaii and placed the United States at a competitive advantage. We are delighted that the Chancellor has finally accepted the Caribbean’s proposal made in November 2010 to return to the simpler and fairer two band system.”

“We want to thank everyone who has supported our lobby, including Caribbean Governments, our partners, the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, British MPs and peers, the Caribbean High Commissioners in London, Caribbean Ambassadors in Brussels, the Diaspora, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the World Travel and Tourism Council and the airlines and travel companies.”

“Rest assured that the CTO, with support of our partners, will continue to advocate on behalf of the Caribbean tourism sector. We will now proceed to examine all the implications of this very positive development and advise our members accordingly.”

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