The Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Hon. John Maginley, said that strong, decisive action will help protect the region’s invaluable natural assets.
In an address at the opening of the 11th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development (STC-11) here on Sunday night, Mr. Maginley also reminded delegates that, like other regions in the world, the
But he told the approximately 400 delegates gathered at the Lloyd Erskine Sandi ford Centre for the event, the region must do all it can to mitigate against the impact of these natural occurrences.
“We know what it’s like to have to cope with storms. We know what it feels like to deal with periodic drought; and most recently, we have experienced the trauma of earthquakes here in our region, a phenomenon from which the People of Haiti are only now beginning to recover,” the CTO chairman told the audience, which included
“With disasters like these the time is surely right to aggressively push for initiatives that protect and preserve our region’s unmatched assets,” he added.
Mr. Maginley, who is Antigua & Barbuda’s tourism minister, also advised delegates that in addition to tackling these challenges, the
“This after all, is the primary means of sustenance for the vast majority of the citizens of the
Over the next three days, delegates to STC-11 will debate issues and develop recommendations for the viability and sustainability of the region’s tourism sector. A number of high profile speakers – including the ecotourism editor of National Geographic Traveler, Jonathan Tortilla, who will deliver the feature address – will share their experiences and offer suggestions on how to develop a world class sustainable tourism product.
The 11th Annual Caribbean Conference is being held in collaboration with the
For registration and other conference information, including the conference programme and details of Study Tours, visit www.caribbeanstc.com.