CAST Organized Input to the Caribbean Tourism Summit
- [Note that the deadline for input to this process is MAY 11. . . .
. . correspond directly with Kelly Robinson at
<krobinson@...> . . . . bp]
CARIBBEAN TOURISM SUMMIT: July 2 - 7, 2001
The Caribbean is one of the world's most tourism dependant regions.
In 1996, the industry is estimated to
have accounted for one out of every five job opportunities and to
have contributed US$ 6.5 billion in taxes. The projected annual 4.6%
growth in stay over visitor arrivals leading to the year 2010 is
expected to generate the need for 222,000 hotel rooms, an increase of
over 20%. Similarly, not only do the benefits of tourism impact on
the economy, but the adverse impacts of tourism also impact on the
entire economy through investment decisions and ecosystem linkages.
Given the tremendous growth of the industry, and the region's
dependency on tourism, the CARICOM Heads of Government have elected
to convene a Tourism Summit in the Bahamas from July 2nd to July 9th.
There are seven key areas of interest which will be discussed;
Regional Marketing, Caribbean Product, Investment, Airlift, Human
Resouce Development, Technology, and Linkages. Within the key area
of Product Development, The Environment and Sustainability has been
identified as a sub-sector.
To date, the process established by CARICOM for inclusion in the
Tourism Summit is a meeting of Heads of Government with regional and
international experts in the field. Although they have not requested
formal papers, we are preparing a set of briefing papers for
representatives who will be attending.
Given that this a valuable opportunity to put forward specific
recommendations, and the expertise that are
contained within the various regional and national organizations that
comprise our Technical Advisory Committee, we would like to solicit
your assistance in identifying what are the MOST CRITICAL
recommendations and in reviewing the position paper.
If you would like to put forward specific strategies or have relevant
information for this process, please respond to
<krobinson@...> with a written statement for consideration.
We would propose interventions follow the following topics, but feel
free to raise any other issues you feel relevant. As a side note,
Tourism Linkages is a seperate subject. Please submit topics for
consideration by May 11th to <krobinson@...>
2. Environmental Treaties
3. Building Codes and Siting & Design Issues
4. Green Technologies
5. Public Health & Visitor Safety
We will convene a small working group made up of various institutions
to work on May 16th in San Juan on a process of selection. We have
been advised that we should limit our recommendations to four or five
very specific actions. This group will produce a document that will
be circulated on the CAST TAC Intranet Site for comments. The final
output will be presented to the Caribbean Hotel Association
delegation for their endorsement and support during the Summit. The
same will be presented to the Caribbean Tourism Organization for
their endorsement and consideration as well.
If you have not yet registered for the CAST TAC Intranet site, please
do so immediately so that you may participate in these important
discussions. If you have any difficulties or are unsure how to
register, please contact Mabel Sanabria at msanabria@... or
Thank you for your assistance and we look forward to working with you
on this valuable opportunity.