Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Focus on sustainable tourism

By Joe Shooman,
Caymanian Compass

The head of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation has said that 2010 presents some challenges and will see an increase in focus of the effects of climate change and sustainable tourism.

In a New Year message, John Maginley, chairman of the organisation, said that its responsibility was to sustain the purity and beauty of the region and grow the tourism sector to its full potential.

An upcoming Sustainable Tourism Conference is due to be announced in which renewable energy strategies and new ideas to support Caribbean–wide sustainable tourism would be discussed, he said.

“The global landscape has changed and the Caribbean has an opportunity to contribute fresh, forward–thinking ideas while demonstrating leadership in the quest for a green economy,” he said. “We know that the coming year will not be without challenge; but let’s be thankful for the positive signs we’ve experienced in our tourism industry.”

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