GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Caribbean tourism officials and other stakeholders are gathering here for today’s ceremonial opening of the region’s premier sustainable tourism event.
Acting President Sam Hinds as well as the Chairman of the Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), Richard “Ricky” Skerritt are expected to address the opening of the 13th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development (STC-13).
Guyana’s Acting Tourism Minister Irfaan Ali is also slated to address the three-day event that will allow delegates to exchange ideas with leading Caribbean and international sustainable tourism experts who will make presentations on a number of issues ranging from how to include local communities in the search for the best solutions to climate change, to identifying opportunities for “green” investments in the Caribbean.
The conference, organised by the CTO will also provide the opportunity for networking.
“ In addition, STC-13 attendees will hear how the youth and local stakeholders feel about key sustainable tourism issues. The exciting study tours will also allow delegates to explore Guyana’s rich history, multi-ethnic culture and amazing scenic beauty,” the CTO said in a statement.
It said that the event, which was last held in Bermuda, will bring together at least 200 tourism industry leaders from the more than 30 member CTO countries as well as international sustainable tourism practitioners and experts, representatives of the regional and international private sector, students, academics and the media.
Ali said he regards the conference as an opportunity for Guyana to advance its product and expose the many desirable eco-tourism attractions that the country has to offer.
The conference, which has as its theme, “Keeping the Right Balance: Sustaining our Resources,” is being organized in collaboration with the Guyana Tourism Authority.