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Eco-Friendly Tobago holidays take centre stage as the twin island nation is to host the 14th Sustainable Tourism Conference

  • 20-Apr-12 09:55
  • Tobago
  • Caribbean News Digital

Trinidad and Tobago will host the 14thSustainable Tourism Conference. With the number of travellers booking Tobago holidays this will be an opportunity for the island to engage in knowledge sharing on vital sustainable tourism issues.

Eco-Friendly Tobago holidays take centre stage as the twin island nation is to host the 14th Sustainable Tourism Conference

The Caribbean Toursim Organisation (CTO) recently held the 13th Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC) in the beautiful Caribbean island of Guyana, which took place from 15th to the 18th April 2012 and was considered a success with over 300 delegates in attendance. Also during this conference it was announced that the next edition of this yearly event would take place in Trinidad and Tobago next year.

The annual event is aimed not only at increasing regional awareness of the CTO’s vision and strategy for sustainable tourism in the Caribbean but it also seeks to serve as a platform for key knowledge sharing sessions on the issues surrounding the implementation of sustainable tourism policies as well as ways in which the region can attract travellers from key international source markets to book Caribbean holidays. On the final day of STC-13 it was announced that the 14th edition of the conference will be held in Trinidad and Tobago, providing a vital opportunity for the twin island nation to develop sustainable resources and place a high bet on the sustainability factor.

 Tobago Cays
Image by: brian_s_huff, on Flickr

The announcement was made with a symbolic handover during the closing ceremony of STC 13 which saw Guyana’s Tourism Minister, Irfaan Ali pass on the CTO Sustainable Tourism Mahogany Scroll to the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Tourism Raye Sandy. Mr Sandy stated, “We are truly honoured to host STC-14 in Trinidad and Tobago We look forward to hosting a varied conference that builds on the learnings of STC-13 and showcases Trinidad and Tobago’s sustainable tourism product”.

 Waterfall in Tobago
Image by: Bev Bishop, on Flickr

Of the two islands, Tobago is best known for its quintessentially Caribbean appeal and beautiful white sand beaches such as Pigeon Point, Store Bay and Englishman’s Bay, and, of course; major tourist attractions like the Nylon Pool and the Buccoo Reef- rated as the third most spectacular reef in the world by renowned oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. Over the years, the tiny island of Tobago has been faced with the difficult task of striking a delicate balance between attracting travellers to book relaxing, luxurious Tobago holidays and protecting the environmentally sensitive reef and the wider marine ecosystem from the very industry it supports.

 Scuba diving in Tobago
Image by: worldtraveller5, on Flickr

A recent announcement from the head of the Tobago House of Assembly’s Airlift Committee, Neil Wilson, stated that the number of travellers booking Tobago holidays is on the increase and is set to reach the one million mark in 2012 for the first time in history. Hosting the STC-14 has come at an opportune time for Trinidad and Tobago, with the number of visitors to Tobago increasing steadily, developing and promoting sustainable eco-friendly holidays in Tobago is of utmost importance to the island’s tourism stakeholders.

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