PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic --- The Caribbean Alliance for
Sustainable Tourism launched a fund-raising initiative, Friends of
CAST, targeted at Caribbean nationals, visitors, organizations and
others interested in preserving the region's environment.
Deirdre P. Shurland, director, said that the goal of the
initiative "is to provide a new avenue of support to raise funds to
carry out CAST program activities."
The membership of CAST, which evolved out of the Caribbean Hotel
Association's Environmental Committee in 1997, includes small and
large hotels and associations throughout the region.
CAST activities include establishing environmental, food safety
and sanitation standards; beach management and certification
programs; administering technical assistance programs for small
hotels; land-use planning and management; and developing
partnerships for sustainable development.
Further information about CAST is available at www.cha-cast.com.