STC & Other ST Resources

Sustainable Tourism Conference Papers and Other S.T. Resources


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Sustainable Tourism Websites

Sustainable Travel International
Promoting responsible travel and eco-tourism, supporting sustainable development, and helping travelers and travel providers protect the cultures and environments they visit.

UNEP Cultural Heritage Laws Database

United Nations Environmental Programme / Division of Technology, Industry and Economics – UNEP/TIE
A division of the United Nations Environmental Programme dedicated to encourage decision makers in government, industry and business to develop and adopt policies, strategies and practices that are cleaner and safer, make efficient use of natural resources.

United Nations Development Programme – UNDP

Island Resource Foundation – IRF
Studies on environmental planning and impact assessment, frequently in partnership with players from the public and private sectors.

Pan American Health Organization – PAHO

International Coral Reef Initiative – ICRI
Partnership among nations and organizations seeking to implement Chapter 17 of Agenda 21 and other international Conventions and agreements for the benefit of coral reefs and related ecosystems.

Business Enterprises for Sustainable Travel – BEST / The Conference Board
A leading source of innovative travel industry practices that advance community, business and travelers interest.

The Tour Operator’s Initiative
A network of tour operators that have joined forces to improve their practices, as well as raise the awareness of the industry.

Caribbean Websites

United Nations Environment Programme / Caribbean Regional Coordination Unit – UNEP/RCU
The regional office of United Nations Environment Programme hosts the secretariat for the Cartagena Convention, and the Caribbean Environment Programme. Provides assistance and advice to governments and institutions on the protection and sustainable management of the coastal and marine resources.

Caribbean Conservation Association – CCA
Environmental education and awareness, marine resource management, sustainable development.

Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism – CAST
Collaborative environmental initiatives in the hotel and tourism sector, expertise in sustainable tourism and development (assistance for hotel owners), improved management of natural resources.

Caribbean Environmental Health Institute – CEHI
Seeks to improve the quality of life in the Caribbean (water quality, waste management, etc).

Caribbean Epidemiology Center -CAREC
Recognised at international level for its efforts to promote public health in the Caribbean. Supplies services in epidemiology to 21 member countries.

S.T. Technical Committee Presentations

Bermuda, April 2011

Regional Monitoring and Evaluation System for Disaster Risk Management & Climate Change Adaptation in the Caribbean Tourism Sector  —
Joanne Persad – Project Coordinator, CDEMA

GEF-IWCAM: Linking Water Resources, Coastal Areas & the Tourism Product in the Caribbean

Caribbean Carnival Conference Championships —  Dr. Vijay Ramlal Rai, President World Carnival Commission (WCC)

Travel Forever –  The new global standard for sustainable tourism  —Global Sustainable Tourism Council

 October 2010

CCRIF: A Natural Catastrophe Risk Insurance Mechanism for Caribbean Nations

Remarks on Sustainable Tourism MarketingAndy Dumaine, President, Shrinkingfootprint

Barbados, May 2010

What is CHENACT?Loreto Duffy-Mayers, CHENACT Project Manager

The CARIBSAVE Partnerships & Climate Change: A Sectoral Approach to Vulnerability and ResilienceDr. Murray Simpson, CEO & Co-Director CARIBSAVE Partnership

Rural Livelihoods and AgrotourismEna Harvey, Hemispheric Specialist – Agrotourism, IICA

Responsible TravelGraham Mackenzie,

The Travel Foundation at a GlanceTravel Foundation

STC 14: Trinidad 2013

Keynote SpeechCarlos Vogeler, Regional Director of the Americas, UNWTO

The Caribbean Fish Sanctuary Partnership InitiativeJudi Clarke,  The CARIBSAVE Partnership

Partnership strategies to Increase Profitability and Visitor Spending Hugh Cresser & Associates

Towards Long Term Sustainability for Caribbean Tourism, Challenges and Opportunities Willard Phillips, UN-ECLAC

Promoting Entrepreneurship through Festivals: Exploitation of the mango from seed to tableGia Gaspard-Taylor, President Network of Rural Women Producers Trinidad & Tobago (NRWP)

Tourist-Flow Biological Biodiversity” in Small Island Developing StatesSonja S. Teelucksingh & Patrick K. Watson, UWI, Trinidad & Tobago

Bluefields Bay Fish Sanctuary: Now and ThenWolde Kristos, Bluefields Bay Fishermen’s Friendly Society

Good Agro Tourism PracticesAlison Godwin, Grand Agro Tourism Ltd.

Creating & Managing Sustainable Caribbean Destinations: The Midtown St Petersburg Case StudyShrimatee Ojah-Maharaj

A Green Globe Travelife Gold ISO 14001 Certified ResortEwald Biemans, Bucuti & Tara Resorts

Punta Cana ResortJake Kheel, Environmental Director, Grupo PUNTACANA

Advancing Destination Sustainability & Profitability During Economic DownturnDr. The Hon. Rufus W. Ewing, Premier and Minister of Tourism, Turks and Caicos Islands

The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & StatisticsMartha Honey, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center for Responsible Travel (CREST)

Tourism – A tool for Conservation- A partnership ApproachSuzan Lakhan, Nature Seekers

Partnerships in the Development of AgrotourismEna Harvey, IICA

Marketing Responsible Tourism ProductsTrudi Pearce, Head of Destination Partnerships,

Building Sucessful Tourism Destination NetworkNildamarie Díaz Hiraldo, MBA Deputy Director, Sustainable Tourism, Tourism Quality and Educational Affairs, Puerto Rico Tourism Company

STC 14 Rapporteurs Report

The Seven Rules of Green MarketingGreen Team, Hugh Hough

Tourism, Sea Turtles and the Environment as a catalyst for Developing Sustainable CommunitiesDr. Allan Bachan 

Guyana Presentation:

CTO Crest Symposium 2014


All presentations are available on the following website:

Gail Henry: Opening Ceremony Remarks

CWA Agrotourism Seminar, 2013, Guyana

Final Report-Investing in Agrotourism Development in the Caribbean Region

Food Tourism in the Caribbean: Unlocking the Potential ~ Gail Henry, Sustainable Tourism Product Specialist, CTO

Linking Local Production with the Tourism Industry in the Caribbean ~ Gail Henry

STC 13: Guyana 2012

STC 13 Final Conference Report

STC 13 Rapportuers Report.

Climate Change Adaptation – Educating & Innovating for Tourism SustainabilityDr. Maya Trotz – Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of South Florida

Guyana Mangrove Restoration ProjectAnnette Arjoon-Martins, Chairman, Mangrove Action Committee

Promoting Education for Public Engagement in Climate Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation Initiatives in GuyanaDr. Paulette Bynoe, Visiting Research Fellow, University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago

Dr. Owen Day – Chief Technical Officer and Head of Biodiversity, The CARIBSAVE Partnership, Barbados and UK

Caribbean Challenge Initiative – Charting a new course for the Insular Caribbean’s marine and coastal environmentEddy Silva, Sustainable Tourism Leader, The Nature Conservancy

Bermuda Since STC 12Charles Brown, Bermuda Ministry of Environment, Planning & Infrastructure Strategy

Caribsave Partnership Video:

Climate Change Impacts and Risks: The Challenge for Caribbean PortsLeonard Nurse – Senior Lecturer, Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies, University of the West Indies, Barbados

Climate Change Adaption – Reducing the Vulnerability of Caribbean Tourism InfrastructureDr. David W. Randle – Coordinator, Masters in Global Sustainability, Patel School of Global Sustainability, University of South Florida

Insurance and Climate Change – Ravi Rambarran, CEO, Sagicor International, Kingston, Jamaica

Climate Change Adaptation – Reducing the Vulnerability of the Caribbean Tourism Infrastructure: The Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) LensElizabeth Riley, Deputy Executive Director (Ag.) Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, Barbados


The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF)- Clean & Efficient Energy, Business Cases – Jennifer Baldwin, Research Fellow, Energy and Environment, Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF)

CHENACTLoreto Duffy-Mayers – Project Manager, Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action Programme, Barbados & Dr. Ujjwal Bhattacharjee – Energy Consultant – Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action Programme, Tetra Tech Inc., USA

Waste to EnergyTony Fiddy – President, Waste to Energy Division and Regional Vice President for Europe and Africa, Naanovo Energy Inc., UK

Ensuring Sustainability in Community Tourism – Recommendations from the Rupununi Community Tourism Blue Print – Curtis Bernard, Technical Manager, Conservation International Guyana

The KfW Small Grants Project- Improving Livelihoods of Communities within and in proximity to Protected Areas -–Sharifah Razack – Director, Education, Information and Training Division, Environmental Protection Agency, Guyana

The jungle strikes back: balancing the image and sustaining the development of Caribbean tourismDonald Sinclair – Coordinator, Tourism, Transport, Infrastructure & Communication, Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization

Biodiversity Conservation & Sustainable Tourism – A WWF Guianas Perspective – Dr. Patrick Williams, Country Manager, World Wildlife Fund, Guyana

Using Without Losing: People First Approach to Conservation – The Iwokrama Experience – Dr. Raquel Thomas-Caesar – Director, Resource Management and Training, Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development

How to Craft, Deliver & Market Customer-Centric Sustainable Tourism Products – Judy Karwacki, President, Small Planet Consulting Inc., Canada

Building and Operating Biodiversity Friendly Hotels in the Caribbean -– Giulia Carbone, Deputy Head, Global Business and Biodiversity Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Switzerland

Adventures in Sustainability – Antonio del Rosal, Exec. Dir. Latin America, Adventure Travel Trade Association, Mexico

Agro & Culinary Toursim – Getting to the Next Level – Ena Harvey, Management Coordinator, Caribbean Region and Agrotourism Specialist, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)

Morgan Opramolla & Laura McLoughlin – Students, University of New Haven, Connecticut, USA – New Haven Sustainability – Pandora Hotel

Asha Jannelle Jones – Caribbean Youth Environment Network Representative and Student , University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados – A Youth Perspective on the Impacts of Climate Change on Tourism and Possible Adaptation Strategies

Renee Spencer – Student, University of Guyana: Sustainable Tourism Development in Guyana – My Experience as a Volunteer

Environmental, Economic and Human Resource Sustainability for Community Tourism Gail Henry, Sustainable Tourism Product Specialist at Community Tourism Workshop, Dominica

Towards the Development of a Sustainable Tourism Development Policy – The Barbados CaseAlyson G. Forte

CTO UNEP Sustainable Tourism Symposium 2012

Opening RemarksGail Henry, CTO Sustainable Tourism Specialist

EU Delegation to the Caribbean – Presentation to Symposium

Recommendations for Sustainable Tourism Activities in the Caribbean; Advancing Sustainable Tourism in the Caribbean: A Regional Progress ReportGail Henry, Sustainable Tourism Specialist, CTO

A 3-Dimensional View of Sustainable Tourism:The Blue Print for DestinationsDeirdre Shurland, Senior Consultant, UNEP, Coordinator, Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism

Sustainable tourism makes business and economic senseEddy Silva, Conservation and Sustainable Tourism Specialist, The Nature Conservancy

Building Sustainable Tourism WorldwideGlobal Partnership for Sustainable Tourism

OECS Common Tourism Policy – Sustainable Tourism ActionsLorraine Nicholas

Innovations and Performance Sustainability in the Private Sector, The Crane

CDB: Financing Sustainable Tourism ProjectsAndrew F. Dupigny, Divisional Chief (Ag.) Economic Infrastructure Division

IDB: Advancing Sustainable Tourism in the Caribbean RegionMr. Desmond Thomas, Lead Economist

Sustainable Tourism Programming – Group SessionSheree-Ann Adams, Leeds Metropolitan University

The Tourism Sector & the Green EconomyMr. Allan Franklin, Ministry of Tourism, Senior Research Officer (a.g.)

Situation analysis of the sustainable tourism priorities of CTO member countriesSherma Roberts, Janice Cumberbatch and Catrina Hinds

Small Tourism Enterprises Network (STEN)OAS Representative to Barbados – Mr. Francis McBarnette

STC 12: Bermuda 2011

Caribbean Community Climate Change CentreDr U Trotz

Shirlene Nibbs, Managing Director of Nibbs and Associates

Bermuda Government presentation

Heritage Matters Dr Edward Harris

Rapporteurs Report

Bermuda Cultural Map Frances Marshall

Save the Planet, Save Your Money: Cutting Costs through Responsible Resource UseBill Meade

Haven’t Been There, Done That: How Experiential Tourism is Transforming the Travel ExperienceJudy Karwacki, Small Planet Consulting

Making Green “Work” for BermudaRita Healy, The Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda

The Sustainability Report Card: How to Avoid GreenWashingJacqueline Kuehnel, JK Consulting Enterprises

Tourism Master Plan for BarbadosNicole Alleyne, Ag. Chief Tourism Development Office, Barbados

The Power of PartnershipsThomas Meller, MARTI

Travel Forever The new global standard for sustainable tourismGlobal Sustainable Tourism Council

STC 11: Barbados 2010

STC-11- Rapporteur’s Report

Terestella González Denton, Caribbean Round: Public-Private Sector Cooperation for Innovative & Sustainable Tourism

Maximizing the Potential of Heritage Tourism in the Caribbean — Dr. Keith Nurse, Director, Shridath Ramphal Centre

Keith Nurse, Part 1,   Keith Nurse Part 2;   Keith Nurse Part 3; Keith Nurse- Part 4

The Green FrontierAndy Dumaine, Shrinking FootPrint

Path to World Heritage Designation: The Barbados Case StudyAlissandra Cummins, Director, Barbados Museum & Historical Society

UNESCO Opportunities for Cultural Heritage Tourism Development in the CaribbeanKwame Boafo, Director UNESCO Kingston Cluster Office for the Caribbean

The CARIBSAVE Partnership & Climate Change: A Sectoral Approach to Vulnerability & ResilienceDr. Murray Simpson, CEO and Co-Director CARIBSAVE Partnership

Mary Mahon-Jones, President, Mahon & Jones Associates -–North American Tourist, Part 1 ;    North American Tourist (Part 2);

Global Standards for TourismErika Harms, Executive Director, Tourism Sustainability Council (TSC), UN Foundation

Opportunities for Sustainable Investment and Financing in Tourism: The SIFT NetworkErica Allis, Consultant, UNEP’s Division of Technology,Industry and Economics

The Tsunami Experience: Are there Opportunities to be grabbed in a crisis or disaster ?Jean-Marc Flambert, Director, Your Tourism Partner Limited

Jonathan Tourtellot, Director, and Geotourism Editor, National Geographic Traveler:
Keynote Address – Tourtellot Part 1,   Tourtellot Part 2Tourtellot Part 3Tourtellot Part 4, Tourtellot Part 5 (29MB total)

Turks & Caicos Since STC 10Brian Been, Senior Product Development Officer, TCI

STC 10: Turks & Caicos 2008 ; Heritage Development Workshop

The Sustainable Dive MarketStephen Broadbelt

Climate Change and Sustainable Coastal Tourism in the Caribbean:Impacts, Adaptation and MitigationDr. Murray Simpson

Sustainability & The Cruise LinesMs. Elaine Heldewier

Disaster Risk Managment: Coastal Communities & Tourism DevelopmentJeremy Collymore, Coordinator, CDERA

Policies & Tools for Sustainable TourismRichard Denman

Nature’s Investment Bank: Marine Protected Areas & Poverty ReductionEleanor Phillips

Strategies for Managing Marine Sites and AttractionsJames Azueta

Sustainability – The Tour Operator’s RoleEileen Donnelly

The Turks & Caicos Conservation Fund: Financing the preservation effort of our National TreasuresWesley Clerveaux

Turks & Caicos Government Policy perspective and Environmental ManagementJudith Campbell

Preservation of Our National Treasures The Role of Non-governmental OrganizationsMs. Ethlyn Gibbs – Williams

Green Globe Presentation

Coral reef protection and management (Coral Reef Alliance, CORAL)Rick MacPherson

Bonaire’s Award Acceptance SpeechLieutenant Governor Herbert Domacasse

Audio– David Suzuki Keynote Speech

UWI/EBCCI Heritage Tourism Workshop: Barbados, March 2009

Good Practices in Community-Based Tourism in the CaribbeanGail Henry, Sustainable Tourism Specialist, CTO

Heritage Tourism Workshop 2008, Barbados

Barbados Museum as Tourism ProductKevin Farmer

Mapping the Journey to SuccessJo-Anne Tull

Perspectives and Challenges of Heritage Tourism DevelopmentDr. Michael Scantlebury

Sustainable Strategic Business Management ModelsKeith Nurse

The Importance of Story in Heritage TourismGladstone Yearwood

STC 9: Cayman Islands 2007

Paper on Recreational Carrying CapacityGraham Barrow,  Tourism Enterprise and Management (TEAM)

Cayman Island’s Tourism Director at Closing News Conference (Statment on behalf of the minister)

Greening Your BusinessDeirdre Shurland, Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism

Partnerships in Sustainable TourismFrank E. Roulstone III,  General Manager, National Trust for the Cayman Islands

The Economics of Greening Your BusinessPeter Hillenbrand, Director at Walhill Farm, Cayman Islands

The Sandbar and Stingray CityGina Ebanks-Petrie, Cayman Islands Dept. of Environment

Developing a Spa and Wellness BusinessGaudia Chevannes-Aquart

Recreational Carrying CapacityGraham C Barrow

Basics of Ayurveda Tourism DevelopmentIndiana Monteverde

Juan Carlos Vega Cidraz, Planning Director, PRTC, on Puerto Rico since STC-8

Standards and Accreditation for Alternative MedicineDr. Sylvia Mitchell, Medicinal Plant Research Group, Biotechnology Centre, UWI Jamaica

Health Tourism in Cuba (Spanish)

The Successes, Challenges and Opportunities in the CaribbeanSteve Andrews

STC 8: Puerto Rico 2006

Tourism & Biodiversity ConservationCarl Bro, Intelligent Solutions

Towards an Economy Based on Knowledge, The Future of Puerto Rico’s Economic DevelopmentJan Modesti, Dept of Economics & Commerce

Successful Business Opportunities for Sustainable TourismFernando Abruna, Abrua & Musgrave, Architects

Shades of Green – Paradores Perspective on SustainabilityMyma Hau

The Bank’s Role on Sustainable Tourism DevelopmentAnnette Montoto, CPA, President Economic Development Bank, Puerto Rico

Financing Sustainable Tourism Projects – Travel Foundation (Tobago) ExperienceChris James, Chairman, Steering Committee, Travel Foundation Tobago

Challenges and Lessons in Financing Community Based Tourism ProjectsSylvester Clauzel, CANAR

Perspectives on Financing Sustainable Tourism, Brand Caribbean Wellness Travel – Do’s & Don’tsWanda Fisher, Founder CAWS

STC8 Presentation: Environmental Improvements “A Self-Help Approach”Hugh Cresser, Principal Consultant, PA Government Services

Heritage Tourism, Keeping the Right Balance:Economic Progress and Sustainable TourismDr. Michael Scantlebury, Assistant Professor, Dept of Tourism Events & Attractions, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida

Maximizing the local economic impact of tourismDr Harold Goodwin, Director, International Centre for Responsible Tourism, University of Greenwich

Community based tourism in sustainable livelihood-based poverty eradicationDennis Pantin

The Price of Power (Abstract) – Keeping Tourism Competitive in the face of rising energy costsAnton Edmunds, CCAA