Dynamic Global Entrepreneur Bruce Poon Tip to Keynote Bespoke Caribbean Event for World Tourism Day

~ The G Adventures founder and sustainable tourism advocate will emphasise important areas that will drive the future of Caribbean tourism ~

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (15 Sept, 2021) – One of the world’s most recognisable tourism entrepreneurs, the Trinidad-born Canadian Bruce Poon Tip, will seek to help the region visualise and plan the future of tourism when he delivers the keynote address at a special virtual conference in observance of World Tourism Day on 27 September.

Themed, “The Future of Caribbean Tourism – Redefining the three S’s”, the day-long event – an unprecedented collaborative effort among nearly a dozen agencies and institutions related to tourism and key ancillary sectors – brings together a wide range of stakeholders across the tourism spectrum to discuss the outlook for the region’s primary revenue earner.

In presenting the keynote address, Poon Tip, a world-renowned advocate for sustainable tourism and environmental protection, will discuss three priority areas for the region: social inclusion, sustainability, and smart destinations and businesses.

“I am so encouraged about the direction and steps the Caribbean Tourism Organization and regional partners are taking to build travel back better in the region following the global pandemic. Community tourism is an incredible way to help make a difference and has the potential to have a hugely positive impact for the Caribbean and those who live there, when done right,” said the founder of G Adventures, the world’s largest small group adventure travel company and pioneer of community tourism.

“I am humbled to be able to contribute to the conversation and hope that together we can all help change more lives through travel. As a proud, Trinidadian-born, travel professional and social entrepreneur, I am honoured to have been invited to speak and I look forward to connecting with the wider Caribbean tourism community,” added Poon Tip, one of Canada’s most admired CEOs in social entrepreneurship, and the man behind Planeterra, G Adventures’ nonprofit partner, which harnesses the power of the tourism supply chain to channel travellers’ dollars into underserved communities around the world.

Organisers of the virtual event include the Caribbean Tourism Organization, The University of the West Indies, Association of Caribbean States, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, Caribbean Public Health Agency, Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility, Global Tourism Resilience & Crisis Management Centre, Inter-American Development Bank, Organisation of American States, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, and the United Nations Development Programme for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.

To register for the event visit: https://bit.ly/3AcqZhX.

 

Caribbean Tourism Development Partners Seek Inclusive and Collaborative Rebuilding

Stakeholders to present a united front and showcase strong support for tourism resilience and recovery at Caribbean virtual event to celebrate World Tourism Day

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (September 10, 2021) – Leading regional and international agencies from the public and private sectors, as well as nongovernmental partners in academia, health and other interests, have partnered to jointly host a high-level virtual conference on the future of Caribbean tourism. The day-long event will be held on Monday, September 27 in observance of Word Tourism Day 2021.

Expanding upon this year’s World Tourism Day theme, ‘Tourism for Inclusive Growth’, established by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) – the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism – the virtual conference will emphasize collaboration as an important element in the growth and development of the region’s primary revenue earner.

Themed “The Future of Caribbean Tourism – Redefining the three S’s”, the event will explore the challenges, opportunities and best practices for tourism resilience and recovery. The three S’s have been identified as Social inclusion, Sustainability, and Smart destinations and businesses, and will inform the thematic sessions to guide the discussions.

This unprecedented collaborative effort brings together 11 agencies and institutions related to tourism and key ancillary sectors, working to address unique challenges posed by COVID-19 and other threats to the future of Caribbean tourism.

Tourism is by far the leading economic driver in the Caribbean, the world’s most tourism-dependent region, with impacts far beyond the direct spending by travelers as it fuels economies, spawns new businesses, provides linkages with other economic sectors, and generates the tax revenues essential to the building of infrastructure and provision of government services. Given this pivotal role, the partner agencies want to ensure the three priority areas identified are central in the region’s recovery strategies.

The outcome of this event will build momentum for an action-oriented new dawn of smart partnership and advocacy for the successful, safe, and sustainable restoration of Caribbean tourism.

Organizers of the virtual event include the Caribbean Tourism Organization, University of the West Indies, Association of Caribbean States, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, Caribbean Public Health Agency, Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility, Global Tourism Resilience & Crisis Management Centre, Inter-American Development Bank, Organisation of American States, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, and the United Nations Development Programme for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.

To register for the event visit: https://bit.ly/3AcqZhX.