Caribbean's sustainable tourism confab to have special focus on disasters

Disasters -- how to plan for them, manage them and react to them -- will be the focus of the first day of the upcoming 8th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development (STC-8) in San Juan from April 25 to 29.

The special session is set for April 25 at the Condado Plaza Hotel, the STC-8 host resort.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization is teaming up with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA), the regions disaster response body, for a special disaster mitigation exercise.

In the last two years alone, Caribbean and international tourism have been plagued by a number of disasters, including hurricanes and floods. The inability to mitigate or eliminate the consequences of these disasters has resonated strongly in the affected countries, according to a joint statement released by the CTO and the CDERA.

Officials are hopeful that the special one-day session will reveal new sources of information and strategies and help formulate sustainable disaster response capabilities for governments, the private sector and interest groups, the statement said.

The days program includes workshops on facilities assessment and contingency planning, a general session entitled Towards Sustainable Tourism in the Caribbean -- The Disasters/Tourism Interface and another session on risk management in the tourism sector.

For information, visit www.onecaribbean.org.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at [email protected].

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