Research, Policies & Frameworks

CTO Research, Policies & Frameworks

CTO’s 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).

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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.

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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:


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:

    1. CRS 11 Part 1: 2010 – Specification for Tourist Accommodation Part 1 – General Requirements – USD 53.50
    2. CRCP 08: 2010 – Code of Practice – Tour operators – USD 39.00
    3. CRCP 03: 2010 – Code of practice Tour guides – USD 39.00
    4. CRS 12: 2010 – Specification for short term vehicle rentals – USD 41.00

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