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Tobago Tourism Agency Hosts Curaçao Press Trip to Capitalize on New CAL Route

SCARBOROUGH Tobago, Tuesday August 13, 2019:  The Tobago Tourism Agency Limited partnered with Caribbean Airlines (CAL) to host a press trip with top media personnel from Curaçao from August 7-8, 2019, to capitalize on the opportunity to increase visitor arrivals to Tobago through a recently launched flight service between Curaçao and Trinidad.

CAL began providing direct flights between Curaçao and Trinidad on August 02, 2019, with a twice-weekly service on Mondays and Fridays.  As Tobago’s endeavors to increase arrivals from the regional market – a target outlined in the Tobago Tourism Agency’s “Road Map for Growth” – the Agency sought to highlight the ease of connectivity between Tobago and Curaçao via Trinidad, and to promote the unique selling points of Tobago through the Curaçao media.

Tobago Tourism Agency officials led the delegation on an exciting two-day taster of Tobago, exposing them to an array of exciting activities which can be experienced on the island throughout the year.  They were able to enjoy Tobago’s eco-adventure assets, visiting the island’s unspoilt beaches, untouched waterfalls and undiscovered trails in the Main Ridge Forest Reserve. They also enjoyed historical and cultural activities, visiting some of the island’s iconic Forts and monuments, and even engaging in a hands-on demonstration of crab and goat racing.

Oscar van Dam, a journalist from Curaçao’s largest newspaper, Extra Curaçao, expressed his admiration for Tobago and the development of the various tourism sites and attractions.

“I’m really impressed [by Tobago] I must say. I’m impressed firstly by the beauty of the island- not only a very green island, but a very clean island. And I must say that tourism is very well developed, and that’s something that we in Curaçao can learn from. We have like 150,000 people, we’re a little bit bigger and also have sites, but not in the way that you created it.  Now that we have the connection with Caribbean Airlines, we can come more often. Tobago is like a perfect example of how you create tourism, I think.”

Van Dam also indicated that although the flight from Curaçao lands in Trinidad, he believes that visitors from his country would not hesitate to take the short domestic flight to Tobago to experience the cleanliness, nature, and well-developed sites.

“In Curaçao, we’re accustomed. We go to Bonaire, that’s 50 minutes, we go to Aruba… we’re used to that in Curaçao, it’s no problem,” he said.

Tobago Tourism Agency officials were also interviewed by the various Curaçao media personnel on the press trip, in order to promote the unspoilt, untouched, undiscovered island of Tobago in the Curaçao television and press.

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Compelling List of Industry Experts Assembled for Sustainable Tourism Conference

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (13 Aug. 2019) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has assembled a compelling list of industry experts to address ways the region can respond to challenges posed to its sustainability by realities such as climate change, changes to consumer consciousness and shifts in consumer demands and purchasing preferences.

The speakers of various backgrounds and expertise will also the opportunities presented by through the creation of new, varied, and innovative tourism experiences using the natural and man-made assets of Caribbean society, at the Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The CTO has confirmed Elizabeth “Liz” Thompson, Barbados’ ambassador to the United Nations, as the keynote speaker, for the 26-29 Aug. 2019 event, otherwise known as the Sustainable Tourism Conference (#STC2019), at the Beachcombers Hotel. Ms. Thompson will set the context for the conference in her address scheduled for 9:10 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. on 27 August.

The following is the line-up of presenters for the various sessions:

General Session I – Development Models for Social Integration (27 Aug from 9:45 a.m. – 11 a.m.): attention will be focused on the integration of local and indigenous grassroots initiatives as key pillars of the region’s cultural richness and diversity, with emphasis on the generation of employment opportunities for local communities. Speakers include:

  • Hayden Billingy is the moderator of the panel and will provide an introductory presentation. He is an environmental consultant from St. Vincent and the Grenadines and has worked for multiple international multilateral and academic organisations. He is currently the national project coordinator for Climate Change Adaptation of the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector (CC4FIAH).
  • Dr. K’adamawe K’nife will be addressing social entrepreneurship during the session. He holds a PhD in sustainable development and a master’s degree in economics. Dr. K’nife is a lecturer and researcher in the Mona School of Business and Management at the University of the West Indies (UWI) where he is also the director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Thinking and Practice (CETP).
  • Gabriella Stowell will be speaking about “boosting the product” and is the Latin America regional director for Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA). Desirous of learning more about the different ecosystems of Brazil, Stowell moved to Santa Catarina state to work at an eco resort where she created its adventure department and was responsible for the guest activities and the sustainability programme.
  • Tasheka Haynes-Bobb will highlight “funding integration initiatives.” Haynes-Bobb is the programme coordinator for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Global Environmental Finance (GEF) small grants programme.

General Session II – Community Based Tourism – Driving Innovation and Experiences (27 Aug from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.): delegates will be presented with robust market research that encapsulates visitors’ willingness to pay for innovative tourism experiences across the Caribbean. The session will also delve into how community tourism supports product diversification and differentiation and can enhance community participation in tourism, with the ultimate benefit being the creation of a distinctive and responsible tourism brand. Speakers for the panel are: 

  • Kennedy Pemberton, sustainable tourism development consultant for CTO as moderator.
  • Annie Bertrand, coordinator for Pillar 1 – Competitiveness and Innovation for Compete Caribbean, will provide the market research conducted by Compete Caribbean in her presentation “Cooperation for Development – Engaging the CTO.” Bertrand has 12 years of business and international development experience in over 65 countries as a management consultant and social entrepreneur.
  • Judy Karwacki is the founder and president of Small Planet Consulting, a Vancouver, Canada-based tourism consultancy and is partner in a successful travel agency for 33 years. An expert in destination tours and activities development and marketing, especially locally-hosted experiences, she works with environmentally and culturally vulnerable destinations around the world, including about 20 Caribbean countries. With her expertise with in-destination tours and activities, she will be addressing “Community-based Tourism 101 – Here is your Toolkit.”
  • Marco Antonio Verde, consultant for Latin America in business development for EuroMonitor International Ltd., will speak about “Market Research Findings: What Do Visitors Want and How Much Will They Pay?”

General Session III – Host Country Showcase – Energise (27 Aug from 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.): This session is an opportunity for St. Vincent and the Grenadines to share its sustainability story, showcase the diversity of its tourism product and experiences and illustrate its unique selling points. The focus spans key initiatives in product development, marketing innovations and sustainable tourism in practice.

  • Bianca Porter, moderator of the panel and chairperson of the SVGTA board of directors.
  • Ellsworth Dacon, director of energy in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, brings over 19 years of experience within the field of energy to the energy unit. Dacon has a wide background in implementing energy policies and procedures within the governmental and public sectors.
  • Janeel Findlay-Miller is the director of environmental management for the government of St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
  • Thornley Myers is the chief executive officer for St. Vincent & the Grenadines Electricity Services.
  • Herman Belmar is the deputy director of Grenadines affairs for the government of SVG.

General Session IV – Indigenous Conversations – Celebrating Our Past, Embracing Our Future (27 Aug from 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.) The session will look at the changing composition of local livelihoods and demonstrate how the region’s indigenous people have a tangible role and stake in the Caribbean tourism value chain. Indigenous communities are utilising tourism markets to embrace expanded entrepreneurial opportunities, adding new dimensions to their sources of income, and create niches that are increasingly sought after. 

  • Dr. Zoila Ellis Browne, head of the Garifuna Heritage Foundation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is the moderator. She is committed to the development of her indigenous heritage and volunteers as technical programme consultant to the foundation, a Vincentian non-governmental organisation promoting Garifuna heritage and culture. A magistrate by profession, Dr. Browne has worked with OXFAM (UK) as its deputy regional representative in the Eastern Caribbean and has served as consultant on issues related to law, women and development and environmental law in her native Belize and the wider Caribbean.
  • Uwahnie Melenie Martinez is an eco-cultural entrepreneur and director of Palmento Grove Eco-Cultural & Fishing Institute in Belize, a private island retreat owned and operated by local Garifuna people. She focuses on implementing a sustainable master plan which revolves around profits for preservation and conservation along with progressive non-profit project initiatives.
  • Rudolph Edwards is the toshao (chief) of Rewa village in Guyana, a small Amerindian community of about 300 people, mostly from the Makushi tribe, who founded the Rewa Eco-Lodge in 2005 in an effort to protect their land for generations to come. Edwards will be discussing “From Depletion to Conservation – Tourism Made it Viable.”
  • Chris Cal, the owner and operator of The Living Maya Experience, a home visit that offers guests a fascinating glimpse into a disappearing world, will speak about “Conserving the Mayan heritage and lifestyle.”
  • Colonel Marcia “Kim” Douglas is the colonel of the Charles Town Maroon Community. As leader and spokesperson for one of the several maroon communities in Jamaica, Col. Douglas stands as the first woman to occupy any such position of authority among them in the present day. Col. Douglas is committed to the retention and promotion of all that signifies and portrays maroons and their heritage and sees this as a critical component of the sustainability of the community and is especially devoted to the children and young people of the community.

General Session V – The Caring Economy: People, Planet and Profits (29 Aug from 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.): During this general session, participants will be presented with examples of tangible best practices of equitable balance among the three Ps of sustainability that have been implemented at the local, regional and international levels. The presenters will demonstrate how development planners can build a caring economy that encompasses every sustainability pillar.

  • Gail Henry, the deputy director of tourism product development at Cayman Islands department of tourism, will make an introductory presentation and serve as the panel’s moderator. Henry is responsible for leading the tourism product development unit to ensure that the quality of the visitor experience meets or exceeds visitors’ expectations.
  • Joy Jibrilu will be speaking on “The People to People Experience – Caring the Bahamian Way.” She is the director general of the Bahamas ministry of tourism where she has served since 2014. Prior to that, she served as the director of investments in the Bahamas Investment Authority, office of the prime minister where she was responsible for negotiating heads of agreements for the major touristic developments.
  • Paloma Zapata is the chief executive officer of Sustainable Travel International and will address “Leveraging Sustainability to Enhance Profitability.” With over 15 years of experience in sustainable tourism and economic development, Zapata has designed and implemented impactful initiatives and projects in 25 nations across the globe.
  • Seleni Matus will discuss ‘The Health of Caribbean Tourism Destinations.” She is the executive director of International Institute of Tourism Studies at George Washington University. Matus has more than 15 years designing and directing large, multi-stakeholder initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean that have enhanced the quality of tourism offerings and helped to ensure the long-term health of natural ecosystems.
  • Stina Herberg is the director of Richmond Vale Academy and has worked with education, environment and development projects in Angola, Mozambique, Denmark, Norway, Caribbean and USA for 25 years.

General Session VI – Transformation for Tourism Evolution (29 Aug from 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.): This session takes a critical look at new opportunities to regenerate the regional tourism industry in the areas of market access, disaster recovery and climate resilience as a means of increasing tourism competitiveness and sustainability.

  • Maria Fowell, tourism specialist, economic development policy unit for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), will moderate the panel and given an introductory presentation.
  • Kieran St. Omer, research officer, strategic planning and projects, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), will speak to the topic of “Opportunities and Threats from a Move Toward Digital Currency.” She is an experienced policy analyst and capital market professional who has worked in various capacities within the financial services industry from 2007. She has extensive knowledge in investor relations and marketing.
  • Hon. Camillo Gonsalves is the minister of foreign affairs in St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

General Session VII – Conservation Matters: Nurturing our Nature (29 Aug from 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.): This session will demonstrate the viability of crafting alternative paths to realising tourism potential, without compromising value and benefits for future generations.

  • Orisha Joseph, executive director of Sustainable Grenadines Inc., will serve as session moderator and will make an introductory presentation
  • Vincent Sweeney, the head of the Caribbean sub-regional office, United Nations’ (UN) Environment, will speak about going plastic free for 2020. He has served for 10 years as executive director of the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute and has extensive experience with water utilities in the Caribbean and in private consulting firms.
  • Dr. Alex Brylske is the president of Ocean Education International. As a pioneer and leader in the field of diver education, Brylske will be speaking about “The Changing Face of Dive Tourism.”
  • Andrew Lockhart is the superintendent of sites at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Parks, Rivers and Beaches Authority. He will speak about policy positions.

General Session VIII – Stakeholders Speak Out (29 Aug from 3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.): This session is an open forum where delegates can share their views, debate hot button issues and discuss disruptions and trends reshaping the tourism industry.

  • Avanell DaSilva, quality development manager at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA), will serve as panel moderator.
  • Glen Beache is the chief executive officer of SVGTA.
  • Dr. Jerrold Thompson is the chief
  • Kim Halbich is the president of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Hotel and Tourism Association (SVGHTA) and has worked in the hospitality industry for over 28 years. Halbich is committed to being a force for positive change as she works to preserve and promote the natural and cultural heritage of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. executive officer of the Medicinal Cannabis Authority.
  • Dr. Lisa Indar, head of tourism and health programme and foodborne diseases at the Caribbean Public Health Agency

The conference is organised by the CTO in partnership with the SVGTA. To register, visit https://www.caribbeanstc.com/register. Rates are available for general delegates including CTO members and non-members, St. Vincent & the Grenadines residents, travel agents and students (both local and international rates).

Sponsorships are available for the conference and can be viewed via: https://www.caribbeanstc.com/sponsor. Contact Sylma Brown Bramble at 212-635-9530 or [email protected] for additional information.

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What’s New in the Bahamas for August

Fort Lauderdale, FL, August 1, 2019 – The Islands Of The Bahamas have once again proved to be a favorite destination for all types of travelers. The Bahamas was included in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards, featured in Bloomberg as the most visited destination by private jet and named the Top Meeting Destination in the Caribbean by CVENT. With exciting events in the pipeline, it’s no surprise The Bahamas continues to see visitor growth month-over-month.

NEWS

The Bahamas’ Impressive Start to 2019 – The July ForwardKeys survey showed international arrivals to The Bahamas increased 13.9% in June with arrivals up 9.4% in the first half of 2019. The forward booking situation for July to September remains positive, with bookings 9.8% ahead for international arrivals.

Bahamian Islands Recognized in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards – The Exumas, Harbour Island and The Abacos were named some of the top islands in the Caribbean, Bermuda and The Bahamas in Travel + Leisure’s 2019 World’s Best Awards. The World’s Best Awards are among the most prestigious in the travel industry and are selected by the publication’s readers.

The Bahamas Is The Leading Destination For High Flyers – In a study published by Bloomberg, The Bahamas was the top destination for travelers arriving by private jets. More than two-thirds private jet arrivals to The Bahamas originated in the U.S. or Canada.

Nassau, Bahamas Takes Top Spot in CVENT’s Top Caribbean Meeting Destinations – Nassau, Bahamas was named the top meeting destination in the Caribbean and Latin America by CVENT. The list was compiled by analyzing meeting and event booking activity through CVENT.

Atlantis, Paradise Island Welcomes The P1 AquaX Bahamas World Championship – November 8 – 10, 2019, Atlantis, Paradise Island will play host to the top 40 professional watercraft competitors, representing 12 countries for the P1 AquaX Bahamas World Championship. Additional festivities include a nearby Race Village with live music, local bands, food and activities for all ages.

PROMOTIONS AND OFFERS

For a complete, up-to-date listing of deals and packages for The Bahamas, visit www.bahamas.com/deals-packages.

Bahamasair, Orlando to Freeport For $295.72Take advantage of Bahamasair’s Orlando to Freeport deal, visiting The Bahamas second largest city, for under $300 roundtrip.

The Exumas Day TourExplore the beauty of the Exuma Cays on the 5-star rated Day Trip. The excursion takes guests to Staniel Cay, Compass, Cay, Thunderball Grotto and more. Save up to 25% with the code BAHAMAS2019 at checkout.

Exuma Marathon 2019 at Grand Isle ResortStay at Grand Isle Resort for the Exuma Marathon on November 9, 2019 and save up to 35% on your reservation.

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

Stay up-to-date with the latest events and happenings in The Bahamas: www.bahamas.com/events

Goombay Summer Festival (August 11 – August 31) – Experience live Bahamian music, great local cuisine, authentically Bahamian Arts and Crafts, Junkanoo and lots more at the annual Goombay Summer Festival. Celebrate on Exuma on August 11 – 17, Central Andros on August 16, Long Island on August 24 and Eleuthera on August 31.

Junkanoo Summer Festival at Smith’s Point (August 3 – August 17) – For three consecutive Saturdays in August, Freeport will vibrate with the rhythms of the goatskin drums, cowbells, brass horns and whistles as six Junkanoo groups compete against each other. The Junkanoo Summer Festival will feature Bahamian music, performances, demonstrations, Arts and Crafts and a kids’ corner of entertainment.

Bahamas Hoopfest (November 27 – November 30) – Save the date: The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Thanksgiving Classic will be hosted in Nassau this year. This will be the first women’s basketball event of its kind to be hosted in The Bahamas. View fan packages here.

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CTO to Present Lifetime Achievement Awards to Canadian Storyteller Rita Cox

rita coxTORONTO, Canada (7 Aug. 2019) – Retaining the history of the region is vital for future generations to understand their heritage. The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has found the perfect storyteller in Trinidad born Canadian Rita Cox who chronicles the Caribbean legacy, and will honour her with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Media Day luncheon in Toronto on 22 Aug.

A librarian by profession, Cox is a renowned storyteller and admired leader in the community. She joined the Toronto public library as a children’s librarian in 1960 and in 1972 she became the head of the Parkdale branch where she launched literacy programmes and other initiatives that promoted multiculturalism throughout Toronto. During her tenure, Cox pioneered the library’s “Black Heritage and West Indian Resource Collection,” which was renamed in 1998 to the “Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection.” It soon became one of the most comprehensive collections of its kind in Canada and today, continues to be a source of pride for the community.

“The Caribbean Tourism Organization appreciates Rita Cox’s passion for promoting Caribbean heritage through the collection she developed for the Toronto public library as well as her storytelling events that pass our history on to the next generation,” said Sylma Brown, director of CTO-USA. “Her commitment to preserving Caribbean culture and dedication to keeping the region at the forefront of Canadian society over decades is the reason we are honouring her with the lifetime achievement award.”

Cox established “Cumbayah,” a festival of black heritage and storytelling. As a renowned storyteller who has entertained audiences worldwide, and she ensured the Toronto public library’s storytelling legacy by training a new generation of storytellers, many of whom are current library staff. After her retirement from the Toronto public library in 1995, Cox was appointed a citizenship court judge by the government of Canada.

Cox has won numerous awards, including the Canadian Library Association’s Public Service Award and the Black Achievement Award (1986). In 1997, Dr. Cox was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for her outstanding work in storytelling and literacy. Both Wilfrid Laurier University and York University have awarded her honorary doctorate degrees.

 

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National Geographic Returns to Tobago for TTAL Marketing Initiative

SCARBOROUGH Tobago, Wednesday July 31, 2019:  National Geographic Traveller returned to Tobago to capture footage of the island’s unspoilt, untouched, undiscovered product in phase two of a marketing initiative by the Tobago Tourism Agency Limited (TTAL).

TTAL engaged National Geographic Traveller – the UK edition of one of the most iconic and widely read magazines in the world – to capture content in Tobago and feature the destination on their print and digital platforms.

In May 2019, the travel publication sent a production team to cover various cultural and coastal elements of the island, including harvest celebrations in Belle Garden, traditional dirt-oven baking in Castara, picturesque beaches, and the diverse marine life found in the island’s crystal clear waters.

Phase two of National Geographic’s coverage took place on July 24 and 25, 2019, with focus on Tobago’s eco-adventure offerings, from hiking and birdwatching in the Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve, turtle watching on Turtle Beach, bioluminescence tours in the Bon Accord Lagoon, and a sampling of the island’s many waterfalls.

The production team from National Geographic Traveller included Cinematographer Mr. Max Smith, and Director/Producer Mr. Thomas Winward. Commenting on his experience filming in Tobago, Mr. Winward said:

“Tobago is unique in that it feels relatively untouched by the rest of the world. There is an authenticity to it which other destinations lack. This makes it an incredible place to explore and an important place to protect so that future generations can enjoy its natural beauty just as much as we have… There is obviously a very strong community at the heart of life in Tobago. It feels like home away from home, and the natural beauty is like nothing I’ve seen before.”

The Tobago Tourism Agency engaged one of Tobago’s highly respected bird experts and ecologists Mr. William Trim, to lead the production team through the Main Ridge Forest Reserve and to the Argyle, Parlatuvier and Castara Waterfalls, utilizing his expertise to spot and identify some of the 220 species of birds found in Tobago.

Mr. Trim was also one of the locals interviewed by the production team, as this marketing initiative will highlight Tobago’s people as well as its nature, culture, and multiple opportunities for adventure.

The resulting content from this marketing project will be a sequence of five (5) articles revolving around Tobago’s unspoilt, untouched, undiscovered appeal, as well as a content hub on National Geographic Traveller website featuring photos and videos highlighting the island’s unique product offerings.

The visual and written content will also be utilized by the Tobago Tourism Agency Limited for marketing activities in source markets, providing persuasive, inspirational content aimed at increasing visitor arrivals to the island.

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Contributions of Indigenous People to Caribbean Tourism to be Celebrated at STC 2019

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (2 Aug. 2019) – Today’s travellers are booking experiential vacations that allow them to immerse themselves in the culture, people and history of a destination. Recognising this, indigenous communities across the Caribbean are accessing tourism markets and welcoming visitors to encounter their traditional ways of life.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) will highlight this important development in a general session at the upcoming Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development taking place 26-29 Aug. 2019 at the Beachcombers Hotel in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The panel titled “Indigenous Conversations – Celebrating Our Past, Embracing Our Future” is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on 27 Aug. The session will look at the changing composition of local livelihoods and demonstrate how the region’s indigenous people have a tangible role and stake in the Caribbean tourism value chain. Indigenous communities are utilising tourism markets to embrace expanded entrepreneurial opportunities, adding new dimensions to their sources of income, and create niches that are increasingly sought after.

Session speakers include Uwahnie Martinez, the director of Palmento Grove Garifuna Eco Cultural & Fishing Institute in Belize, a private island retreat owned and operated by local Garifuna people; Colonel Marcia “Kim” Douglas, colonel of Jamaica’s Charles Town Maroon Community; a representative of the Indian Creek Mayan Art Women’s Group of Belize and Rudolph Edwards, the toshao (chief) of Rewa village in Guyana, a small Amerindian community of about 300 people, mostly from the Makushi tribe, who founded the Rewa Eco-Lodge in 2005 in an effort to protect their land for generations to come.

The session will be led by Dr. Zoila Ellis Browne, who was born in Belize and is the head of the Garifuna Heritage Foundation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, where she is committed to the development of her indigenous heritage. A magistrate by profession, Dr. Browne also volunteers as technical programme consultant to the foundation, a Vincentian non-governmental organisation promoting Garifuna heritage and culture.

The conference, otherwise known as the Sustainable Tourism Conference (#STC2019), is organised by CTO in partnership with the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA).

Under the theme “Keeping the Right Balance: Tourism Development in an Era of Diversification,” industry experts participating in #STC2019 will address the urgent need for a transformational, disruptive, and regenerative tourism product to meet ever-rising challenges. The full conference programme can be viewed via https://www.caribbeanstc.com/program/

St Vincent and the Grenadines will host STC amidst an intensified national thrust towards a greener, more climate-resilient destination, including the construction of a geothermal plant on St. Vincent to complement the country’s hydro and solar energy capacity and the restoration of the Ashton Lagoon in Union Island.

To register for the conference, visit https://www.caribbeanstc.com/register. Rates are available for general delegates including CTO members and non-members, St. Vincent & the Grenadines residents, travel agents and students (both local and international rates).

Sponsorships are available for the conference and can be viewed via: https://www.caribbeanstc.com/sponsor. Contact Sylma Brown Bramble at 212-635-9530 or [email protected] for additional information.

About the Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development

The Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development is part of the information dissemination and regional awareness component of CTO’s strategy for sustainable tourism. It looks at how member states can design and implement sustainable tourism policies and programmes, offering a regional forum for information exchange on the successes and pitfalls of national, regional and international initiatives.

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