proposed restructuring of the Caribbean Tourism Organization is in
the works, according to Allen Chastanet, CTO chairman as well as
minister of tourism and civil aviation for St. Lucia.
calls for the formation of a Council of Ministers of Tourism, which
would be separate from CTO's board of directors, currently composed
of the tourism ministers.
Chastanet said that
the directors of tourism for each member country would comprise
CTO's board of directors, along with selected private-sector
"The board's main
focus will be on the business of the Caribbean," Chastanet said,
"while the council will meet with industry professionals and
leaders who will advise on the professional direction of the
Also on Chastanet's
radar screen is a proposed tourism summit in 2008 with heads of
government and Caricom (Caribbean Community) officials "to discuss
funding, infrastructure, direction," he said.
the cruise sector is a "huge component" of Caribbean tourism,
Chastanet said that he and six other tourism ministers would attend
the annual Florida Caribbean Cruise Association conference, being
held Oct. 8 to 12 in Cozumel, Mexico.
island of St. Lucia is under his scrutiny as he seeks approval for
a restructuring of the tourist board with a focus on "bringing key
policy makers into the mix, such as the ministers of finance and
planning, and making the board more a business-like
The St. Lucia
tourist board recently funded a $3.5 million training program for
locals that will be implemented by each new hotel under development
on the island.
attractions, including a "massive spa facility" near St. Lucia's
"drive-in volcano" site at Sulfur Springs, a new "Sea World-type"
attraction in the south, and redevelopment plans for Castries
harbor also are in the works.
honored Sept. 19 as one of five honorees of Counterpoint
International's World Leadership Awards.
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