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Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum (CSSTF) 2017 Re-scheduled to December 12 & 13

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the St. Kitts Ministry of Tourism once again thank you for your understanding regarding the postponement of our Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum (CSSTF 2017), due to the passage of Hurricane Irma.

We are pleased to announce that CSSTF 2017 has been re-scheduled to December 12 & 13, in Basseterre, St Kitts, with a special Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Workshop to be held for select delegates on December 14.

Regustration for the forum is now open via: caribbeanstc.com.  Previously registered delegates are asked to kindly confirm their participation in the Forum by emailing Mr. Kennedy Pemberton,  [email protected] also copying [email protected].

Person who have paid a registration fee should note that this amount will be applied to the new Forum once attendance is confirmed. If unable to attend, delegates  are encouraged to nominate a suitable replacement, but if such is not possible then we will process the relevant refund based on your instruction.

It is a sombre moment as we reflect on the impacts of recent adverse weather events to many of our islands in the region. Nonetheless, the spirit of our people remains unwavering as we look determinedly towards recovery.  Now more than ever, the Caribbean and friends of the Caribbean must rally together to support the process of rebuilding hurricane-affected destinations.

Let’s meet to discuss and strategise how we can develop more Resilient Tourism Destinations in the frame of the Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum. See you in St. Kitts!

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Actor, Director, Travel Writer Andrew McCarthy to Keynote Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (Aug. 22, 2017) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the region’s tourism development agency, has partnered with National Geographic Traveler to invite Andrew McCarthy, the magazine’s editor-at-large and actor, director and award-winning travel writer, to deliver the keynote address at the Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum, taking place Sept. 6 – 8 at the Ocean Terrace Inn in St. Kitts.

“We are grateful that our relationship with National Geographic Traveler has created the opportunity for Andrew McCarthy to address attendees at the Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum,” said Hugh Riley, secretary general of the CTO. “Mr. McCarthy has extensive knowledge of the Caribbean, having travelled and written about the many of our member countries. We look forward to his insight on this valuable topic impacting our region,” added Riley.

In addition to his role as editor-at-large at National Geographic Traveler, McCarthy has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Travel + Leisure, AFAR, Men’s Journal, Bon Appetit, and many others. He has received six Lowell Thomas awards, and been named Travel Journalist of the Year by The Society of American Travel Writers. His travel memoir, The Longest Way Home, became a New York Times Best Seller, and the Financial Times of London named it one of the Best Books of 2012.

McCarthy made his professional acting debut at 19 while attending New York University as a theatre major. He has since appeared in dozens of films, including The Spiderwick Chronicles and The Joy Luck Club, as well as such iconic movies as Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, Less Then Zero, and cult favorites Weekend At Bernie’s and Mannequin. He has starred on Broadway and on television, appearing on numerous shows. He is also a highly-regarded television director, having worked on The Blacklist, Orange is the New Black, Alpha House, Black Box, Gossip Girl and White Collar, among others. McCarthy was known as a member of the 1980s “Brat Pack” of young actors that included Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy.

Themed Good for Us, Better for All, the Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum is an officially listed activity for the “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.” In partnership with member country St. Kitts, the Forum will provide a tangible opportunity to meet, share best practices, network, and stimulate positive change that yields a sustainable Caribbean tourism industry. The event will bring together local, regional, and international representatives from public and private sector tourism entities, as well as development agencies that offer programming in sustainable tourism.

Major elements will include best practice sharing and strategic consultations for a CTO climate adaptation project funded by the Caribbean Development Bank, in order to strengthen holistic destination management approaches in the Caribbean.

The Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum will also feature experiential field visits, a meeting of CTO’s Sustainable Tourism Technical Committee, and winning presentations from CTO’s Primary School Tourism Writing Competition. The event culminates with the presentation ceremony for CTO’s 2017 Sustainable Tourism Awards which recognize regional sustainability champions.

Organizing partners include the CTO, the St. Kitts Ministry of Tourism, the St. Kitts Sustainable Destination Council, and Sustainable Travel International.

For event details, and to register, visit http://www.onecaribbean.org/events-calendar/cto-2017-calendar/csstf-2017/.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Amanda Charles at [email protected] or Kennedy Pemberton at [email protected].

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CTO Announces Winners of Caribbean Primary Schools Tourism Writing Competition

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (2 August, 2017) – Four Caribbean primary school students ranging in age from 8-12, will be honoured for excellence in tourism writing at next month’s Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum in St. Kitts.

The four –  Kassie Haley-Shai of St. Augustine Roman Catholic School in Montserrat, Ariah Khobie Diamante Darroux of  Convent Preparatory School  in Dominica (both in the 8-10 category), Jhe’auti Belyca Craigg of Belmont Government School in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Gabriella Lewis of Atwell’s Educational Institute in Trinidad and Tobago (10-12 category) – emerged winners among 44 participants  from 26 schools who participated in the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s Caribbean Primary Schools Tourism Writing Competition.

The contest, held as part of activities for International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and the CTO’s Year of Adventure, was organised to enhance primary school students’ awareness of tourism and its value and contribution to the region’s social and economic development. It was also meant to challenge the students to think of creative ways to make tourism more sustainable.

The winners can be viewed here: http://www.onecaribbean.org/primary-school-tourism-writing-competition/

“I am very pleased with the level of interest exhibited in this initiative, as evidenced by the diversity of participating schools,” said Amanda Charles, the CTO’s sustainable tourism development specialist, whose department spearheads the Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum.

“The submissions were all of a high calibre, with the students displaying depth and creativity in their compositions. It is clear that even at the primary school level students are aware of the importance of tourism to the region, can speak eloquently about tourism in their countries and have some insight into the opportunities and challenges associated with tourism development.”

The students in the 8-10 category were asked to write about what sustainable tourism meant to them or how visitors and locals should act towards each other to promote peace, while those in the 10-12 category were challenged to conceptualise and describe a new adventure tour or to suggest ways that the CTO can help make tourism in the Caribbean more sustainable. The students in both categories were also given the option of writing on whether they felt tourism does indeed contribute to making the Caribbean region a better place, or to identify an adventure tourism activity in their countries and deliver a sales pitch to encourage tourists to experience that activity.

Themed, Good for Us, Better for All, the 6-8 September Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum is being held in observance of International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and will bring together local, regional, and international representatives from public and private sector tourism entities, as well as development agencies that offer programming in sustainable tourism, for three days of interactive engagements.

Major elements will include best practice sharing and strategic consultations for a CTO climate adaptation project funded by the Caribbean Development Bank, in order to strengthen holistic destination management approaches in the Caribbean. The programme will also include experiential field visits, a meeting of CTO’s Sustainable Tourism Technical Committee, and winning presentations from CTO’s Primary School Tourism Writing Competition. The event culminates with the presentation ceremony for CTO’s 2017 Sustainable Tourism Awards which recognise regional sustainability champions.

Organising partners include the CTO, the St. Kitts Ministry of Tourism, the St. Kitts Sustainable Destination Council, and Sustainable Travel International.

The winner of the 2014 CTO/Travel Mole Sustainable Tourism Award in Destination Stewardship, St Kitts is one of the first destinations in the world to be accepted as an early adopter of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s criteria for destinations. It also is a founding member of the Sustainable Destination Alliance of the Americas, an initiative by the CTO, the Organization of American States, Sustainable Travel International and Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited to promote sustainable destination management in the Caribbean and Central America.

Its many initiatives include the establishment of the Heart of St. Kitts Foundation and Sustainability Charter, which helps businesses understand how their operations contribute to destination-wide sustainability, and to support community projects that make St. Kitts a more sustainable place to live and experience.

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