By Natasha Ofosu
Trinidad & Tobago
Tuesday 1 May 2012 : 10:00 GMT
Trinidad and Tobago will host the 14th annual Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC) in 2013.
The announcement was made at the recently concluded 13th conference held in Georgetown, Guyana. In a symbolic “passing of the baton” on 18 April, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Tourism, Raye Sandy, received the CTO Sustainable Tourism Mahogany Scroll from Guyana’s Tourism Minister, Irfaan Ali.
Sandy said T&T were “truly honoured” to be hosting STC-14. He added: “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.”
The CTO has been staging its annual Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development, since 1997. Trinidad hosted the second STC in April 1998, while STC-7 was held in Tobago in April 2009.
CTO Secretary General Hugh Riley told delegates at the conclusion of STC-13 that strong focus must be placed on safeguarding the sustainable use of resources in the region.
He said: “Our policies and decisions in regard to design and construction, disaster preparedness, community involvement, mitigation strategies and most of all, our ongoing programmes to educate our people at all levels, will help to determine what kind of Guyana – what kind of Caribbean – we will pass along to our children.”