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    Reprinted from Caribbean Net News caribbeannetnews.com Sustainable tourism conference to focus on product diversity Tuesday, February 1, 2005 BRIDGETOWN,
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      Sustainable tourism conference to focus on product diversity
      Tuesday, February 1, 2005

      BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: Sustainable tourism through diversity will be
      the central focus of the 7th Annual Caribbean Conference on
      Sustainable Tourism Development, also known as the Sustainable
      Tourism Conference (STC-7), to be held in Trinidad and Tobago in
      April.

      "The April 26-29 conference, which takes place at the Tobago Hilton
      in Trinidad's sister island, Tobago, will deal with the critical
      question of whether the Caribbean wants tourism growth or tourism
      development," said Mercedes Silva, the Caribbean Tourism Organization
      (CTO)'s sustainable tourism specialist.

      "If we say development, how can we ensure its sustainability? What
      elements should be present in a tourism product to be sustainable?
      What are the options in the Caribbean?" she stated.

      She explained that in the last decade Ecotourism has been recognized
      as a viable form of sustainable tourism development.

      "Its capacity to generate economic benefits by contributing to the
      protection of natural and cultural resources and involving the local
      communities has made it an alternative form of tourism, especially in
      protected and remote rural areas," Ms. Silva said.

      Themed Keeping the Right Balance - Sustainable Tourism Through
      Diversity, the conference will focus on the initiatives taken in the
      Caribbean to contribute to the sustainable development of the tourism
      industry and the potential use of Ecotourism as an instrument to
      achieve this goal. The host destination, Tobago, will be one of the
      case studies.

      The programme includes plenary sessions, workshops, and study tours.

      The annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development is
      part of the information dissemination and regional awareness
      component of CTO's Strategy for Sustainable Tourism.

      It looks at how member states of CTO and the Association of Caribbean
      States (ACS) can design and implement sustainable tourism policies
      and programmes, offering a regional forum for information exchange on
      the successes and pitfalls of national, regional and international
      initiatives.

      STC-7 is organized by CTO in collaboration with the ACS and the
      government of Trinidad and Tobago. For more information visit
      <http://www.onecaribbean.org>.

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