Registration is now open for a “high-level” virtual conference on the future of Caribbean tourism happening on Monday, September 27 in observance of Word Tourism Day 2021.
Leading regional and international agencies from the public and private sectors, as well as nongovernmental partners in academia, health and other interests are scheduled to attend.
Expanding upon this year’s World Tourism Day theme, “Tourism for Inclusive Growth,” established by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism – the conference will emphasise collaboration as an important element in the growth and development of the region’s primary revenue earner.
Redefining the “three S’s”
Themed “The Future of Caribbean Tourism - Redefining the three S’s,” the event will explore the challenges, opportunities and best practices for tourism resilience and recovery.
The three S’s have been identified as social inclusion, sustainability, and smart destinations and businesses, and will inform the thematic sessions to guide the discussions.
This event brings together 11 agencies and institutions related to tourism and key ancillary sectors, working to address unique challenges posed by COVID-19 and other threats to the future of Caribbean tourism.
“Tourism is by far the leading economic driver in the Caribbean, the world’s most tourism-dependent region, with impacts far beyond the direct spending by travellers as it fuels economies, spawns new businesses, provides linkages with other economic sectors, and generates the tax revenues essential to the building of infrastructure and provision of government services,” wrote the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in a statement on Wednesday (Sept. 15).
“Given this pivotal role, the partner agencies want to ensure the three priority areas identified are central in the region’s recovery strategies.”
The event is expected build momentum for an “action-oriented new dawn of smart partnership and advocacy” for the successful, safe, and sustainable restoration of Caribbean tourism.
This one-day conference will feature a keynote speaker and panel discussions on the following topics: social inclusion, sustainability: “the future colour of money” and smart destinations and businesses.
Organizers of the virtual event include the CTO, The University of the West Indies, Association of Caribbean States, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, Caribbean Public Health Agency, Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility, Global Tourism Resilience & Crisis Management Centre, Inter-American Development Bank, Organisation of American States, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, and the United Nations Development Programme for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.
Canadian travel advisors are invited to attend. To register, click here.