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Sub-Regional Consultation on Regional Policy Framework for a more Sustainable Tourism Development to be held in Antigua

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Antigua and Barbuda will play host to the sub-regional consultation for the North and West Caribbean region on the: “Regional Policy Framework for a more Sustainable Tourism Development in the Caribbean”, from January 10 – 11.

The consultation will provide participants from over fifteen North West Caribbean countries, with the chance to discuss the draft and share ideas and concerns based on their member country and organizational experiences.

Acting Director General of Tourism, Corthwright Marshall says “this is an excellent opportunity for all Caribbean tourism stakeholders present, to make their views known and become involved in creating policy that will serve to make tourism development more sustainable”.

The draft Regional Policy Framework includes a vision, guiding principles, development goals, and a set of six policies in critical thematic areas recommending approaches necessary to achieve these development goals.

The consultation will conclude with a way forward being identified based on the contributions received.

Participants will include policy analysts from national authorities with tourism competence along with specialists working with tourism in policy focus areas such as tourism capacity, tourism and transport, tourism marketing, tourism and the environment, linkages and communities, and health, safety and security issues; and economic and tourism development consultants from regional organizations based in the North West Caribbean.

The consultation is being undertaken as part of the 2007 – 2008 Work Programme of the Sustainable Tourism Policy Development Component of The Caribbean Regional Sustainable Tourism Development Programme financed by the European Development Fund, administered by the CARIFORUM Tourism Programme Unit and executed by the Caribbean Tourism Organization in cooperation with The Government of Antigua and Barbuda under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism.

Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, St. Kitts and Nevis, Belize, The Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Netherlands Antilles, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, Turks & Caicos, Bermuda, St. Barthelmy, St. Martin and Anguilla and host country Antigua and Barbuda are expected to take part.

In November 2007, the first sub-regional consultation was held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the South and East Caribbean.

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