Annual Conference to Focus Attention on Ecology Challenges

Reed Travel Features

ROSEAU, Dominica -- The calendar is looking busy for the next few months. Here is another conference to add to the schedule.

CTO's annual Sustainable Tourism Conference will be held May 21 to 24 at the Dominica State House in Roseau, Dominica.

Theme of this year's event is "Developing a Model Ecotourism Destination for the Caribbean."

According to Jean Holder, secretary general of the CTO, the conference goal "is to create model programs that will enable the region to maintain its environmental resources while sustaining a viable tourism product."

Through workshops and speeches, delegates will explore the best practices in planning, designing and managing ecotourism developments.

The program will include speakers and sessions addressing environmentally sensitive developments in the Caribbean market.

Edison James, Dominica's prime minister, minister of external affairs, legal affairs and labor, will give the keynote address.

Discussions will focus on experiences in Belize, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Mexico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Trinidad and Tobago.

Hoteliers from leading ecotourism destinations will share ideas for developing accommodations for eco-tourism and eco-tourists.

Field trips during the conference will visit the Cabrits National Park, the Indian River, Syndicate Conservancy and Heritage Village.

For information, call CTO at (212) 682-0435 or fax at (212) 697-4258.

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