CTO Research, Policies & Frameworks
Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Policy Framework 2020
In fulfilment of its mandate as the Organization with responsibility to secure the sustainability and growth of Caribbean tourism, and to market and promote the region, CTO provides a platform for cooperation on matters related to tourism, and has been the Implementing Agency with responsibility for the development and update of the Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Policy and Development Framework. The CTO’s 2020 Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Policy and Development Framework (CSTPDF) is an output of the Supporting a Climate Smart and Sustainable Caribbean Tourism Industry (CSSCTI) project implemented by CTO. The CSSCTI project is funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), through resources allocated under the African Caribbean Pacific Group, European Union, Natural Disaster Risk Management in the CARIFORUM Programme (ACP-EU NDRM).
View the Caribbean ST Policy Framework 2020 (English) on OurTourism.onecaribbean.org.
View Caribbean ST Policy Framework 2020 (French)
View Caribbean ST Policy Framework (Dutch)
Download Caribbean ST Policy Framework 2020 from Google Drive.
Multi-Hazard Risk Management Guide for the Caribbean Tourism Sector
The Multi-Hazard Risk Management Guide for the Caribbean Tourism Sector was designed as a practical tool, addressing all phases of the Disaster Management cycle with a comprehensive and well-articulated treatment of the range of natural and other hazards, which can affect the Caribbean tourism industry. The Guide incorporates climate and disaster risk mitigation and adaptation strategies providing structured guidance and templates to function as a Tourism Sector DRM Road-map that covers (i) mitigation; (ii) preparedness; (iii) response; and (iv) recovery including business continuity.
The Guide was developed by the Caribbean Tourism Organization with cooperation and technical assistance from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) as part of the Supporting a Climate Smart and Sustainable Caribbean Tourism Industry project (CSSCTI), funded by the European Union (EU) through the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP), EU and CDB Natural Disaster Risk Management (NDRM) in the CARIFORUM Countries Programme.
This Guide provides an integrated approach to risk management, linked to climate change adaptation and risk reduction, in seeking to reduce the vulnerability and increase the resilience of the Caribbean tourism sector.
View Multi-Hazard Risk Management Guide for the Caribbean Tourism Sector (English).
View Multi-Hazard Risk Management Guide for the Caribbean Tourism Sector (Dutch).
View Multi-Hazard Risk Management Guide for the Caribbean Tourism Sector (French).
CTO’s Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Policy Framework 2008
The Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Policy Framework is an output of the Caribbean Regional Sustainable Tourism Development Programme (CRSTDP); an intervention of the 8th European Development Fund (EDF) implemented in the period 2005 to 2008.
This Policy Framework brings together in one document, broad policy guidelines to address the thematic areas identified during the stakeholder consultation as being critical to the sustainable development of tourism at the national level. Not only are these issues relevant to CTO member states, but they also have regional implications. Moreover, a regional approach to common challenges will give added value.
View Caribbean ST Policy Framework 2008
Cadre Stratégique pour le Tourisme Durable Caribéen L’Organisation du tourisme de la Caraïbe souhaite que ce document fournisse à ses membres -principalement aux Organisations Nationales du Tourisme (NTO) dans les 32 Etats membres- un Cadre Stratégique pour guider le développement durable du tourisme.
View ST Policy Framework – French
Development of a Strategic Business Management Model for the Sustainable Development of Heritage Tourism Products in the Caribbean
This manual is an output of the Caribbean Regional Sustainable Tourism Development Programme (CRSTDP), which was a five-year (2003-2008) programme funded by the 8th European Development Fund (EDF). The overall objective of the Programme is to contribute to economic growth and poverty alleviation in the 15 member countries that make up the Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific states (CARIFORUM) through increased competitiveness and sustainability of the Caribbean tourism sector.
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Assessing the Nature of Voluntourism within the Caribbean
Assessing the nature of voluntourism within the Caribbean is a collaborative effort between the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS). While this research sought to determine the current state of voluntourism within the English, Spanish and French speaking Caribbean islands; it also aimed to aid the development of a sound framework for voluntourism within the Caribbean.
View”Assessing the Nature of Voluntourism within the Caribbean”.
A Basic Guide to Experiential Tourism
Over the past two decades, tourists have become increasingly more sophisticated and educated, leading to a shift in what they desire/expect from their vacation destinations. Although it is still considered the “norm” for holiday makers to arrive in their destination and relax on a beach in their resort for the duration of their vacation, many tourists have begun to venture outside of the four walls of their all-inclusive hotels to gain a greater knowledge of their host destination’s people and culture. This new type of tourist requires the stimulation that is offered to them in the relatively new concept of “Experiential Tourism.” Cohen (1972) stated that this type of tourist looks for authentic experiences.
View “A Basic Guide to Experiential Tourism”.
Guide to Internet Resources on Sustainable Tourism
This is a list of sustainable tourism web resources throughout the region and internationally. It includes contact addresses and links to various environmental organisations nationally, regionally and internationally; NGOs, private sector organisations; important websites, conferences, research, sources of funding, research and training institutions etc on sustainable tourism development.
View Internet Resources on Sustainable Tourism Guide
Non CTO Research, Policies & Frameworks
OECS Common Tourism Policy
Tourism is of critical importance to the economies, livelihoods, and people of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). It provides incomes, delivers foreign exchange and generates government revenue. It is a sector where the OECS has a comparative advantage, something which, unfortunately, no longer applies to the region’s agricultural sector; nor does it apply to manufacturing. Nurturing the tourism industry is therefore fundamental to the economic and social future of the OECS.
View OECS Common Tourism Policy: https://www.oecs.org/en/our-work/knowledge/library/tourism/oecsctp
View UNEP document: Responsible Food Purchasing: Four steps towards sustainability for the hospitality sector
Disaster Management for Tourism Resources:
CARICOM Regional Standards
Please contact CROSQ for the following documents:
- CRS 11 Part 1: 2010 – Specification for Tourist Accommodation Part 1 – General Requirements – USD 53.50
- CRCP 08: 2010 – Code of Practice – Tour operators – USD 39.00
- CRCP 03: 2010 – Code of practice Tour guides – USD 39.00
- CRS 12: 2010 – Specification for short term vehicle rentals – USD 41.00
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