Multi-Destination Tourism to be discussed at sustainable tourism meeting

Multi-Destination Tourism to be discussed at sustainable tourism meeting

The issue of Multi-Destination Tourism (MDT) is one of regional importance that will be addressed at the upcoming 24th Meeting of the Special Committee on Sustainable Tourism of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS).

For over five years, the ACS, through its Directorate of Sustainable Tourism, has been engaged in the development of a Multi-Destination Tourism Program which seeks to facilitate dialogue and cooperation among the regional stakeholders in the tourism and transport sectors. The objective is to preserve the “Caribbean” destination market share in extra-regional markets and increase intra-regional tourist flows.

In this regard, the Directorate will inform of advances made in the organising of Aviation Day Caribbean, pursuant to outreach to the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA). Aviation Day Caribbean will gather the Regional Tourism and Transport Authorities with the airline executives, to facilitate collaboration, networking, and dialogue. This high-level forum is scheduled for November 13, 2013 in Cancun, Mexico, and the ACS will be partnering with both the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) and ALTA for the hosting of this event.

This initiative responds to calls from various regional governments in advocating for the region to explore incentives and strategies to strengthen regional carriers; enhance intra-regional travel; and through joint airlift agreements, increase linkages between regional- and international-based airlines as part of a broad-based strategy to boost tourist arrivals.

The advances and way forward on issues such as regional collaboration in the area of sustainable tourism is another topic that occupies equal importance on the agenda. Emphasis will be placed on achieving consensus on the way forward in the project to establish the Sustainable Tourism Zone of Greater Caribbean (STZC). The Directorate has been collaborating with the Regional Council of Martinique for the conceptualisation of a regional cooperation mechanism for dialogue, interaction, and engagement of the participating destinations, and Regional Tourism Authorities, as well as to facilitate consultation with regional cooperation and funding agencies for integrated planning among STZC stakeholders.

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Date / Fecha: 10/07/13

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