Islands get chance to comment on sustainable tourism policy

St. Vincent and the Grenadines will host a two-day meeting Nov. 28 and 29 in Kingstown, St. Vincent, to offer public and private sector tourism partners in the southern and eastern Caribbean an opportunity to comment on the final draft of a sustainable tourism policy for the Caribbean region.

A similar event will be held in early 2008 for CTO member countries in the northern and western Caribbean.

The draft framework, which was released by the Caribbean Tourism Organization in July, is being developed by the European Union-financed Caribbean Regional Sustainable Tourism Development Program (CRSTDP).

During the meeting in Kingstown, working groups will focus on issues such as tourism and transportation, tourism linkages and tourism and the environment.

"Participants will network and share knowledge on regional, national and international policy developments," said Ian Salter, CRSTDP consultant.

Mareba Scott, CTO's sustainable tourism project specialist, said that sustainable tourism development is "essential to the region's future economic competitiveness."

For information, including registration details, send an e-mail to Ian Salter at [email protected] or Tara Hunte at [email protected].

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

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