Caribbean tourism conference will focus on climate risk and sustainability

The Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Development Conference, hosted in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, aims to provide a platform to discuss some of the most pressing issues affecting tourism in the region. A main focus of the conference will be climate risk and resilience.

The ‘Keeping the Right Balance: Tourism Development in an Era of Diversification’ conference will take place in August.

The conference is organised by the Caribbean Tourism Organization, in  partnership with the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority.

“Caribbean economies are facing tremendous pressure to respond to changes that are impacting the business of tourism and innovations are required to address urgent matters such as climate risk, waste reduction, community involvement and the so-called internet of things,” said Amanda Charles, the CTO’s Sustainable Tourism Development Specialist.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is hosting the conference, an appropriate context considering its goals to become a greener and more resilient country. Currently, a geothermal plant is in construction and will complement the island’s hydroelectric and solar energy capacity.

“The need for Caribbean destinations to find development models that lean heavily towards destination sustainability is essential and so we must pay careful attention to the way we plan, manage and market our destinations’ tourism development”, said Glen Beache, CEO of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority.