Published on Tuesday, April 3, 2012
CTO prepares for 15 April conference in Georgetown
The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) is preparing for the 13th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism (STC 13), which is due to take place between 15-18 April in Georgetown, Guyana.
The CTO and the Guyana Tourism Authority have announced the theme of this year"s conference as "Keeping the Right Balance: Sustaining our Resources". The conference will seize the opportunity to urge Caribbean tourism planners, policymakers and stakeholders to focus on striking a balance that can sustain the world"s resources if they are to truly embrace sustainable tourism in the Caribbean.
The conference will address a number of critical issues such as how sustainable tourism and local communities can better engage with climate change and biodiversity conservation initiatives. It will also focus on customer-centric sustainable tourism products and the development of niche areas such as adventure tourism and agro- and culinary tourism.
The theme of the conference has been confirmed as "Keeping the Right Balance: Sustaining Our Resources" and will involve two days of panel discussions and learning sessions focusing on climate change and biodiversity.
Former Guyana president, Bharrat Jagdeo, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the event.
During his term as leader of the Guyana Government, Jagdeo established an Office for Climate Change and also led Guyana"s Low Carbon Development Strategy, gaining international recognition in the field.
Named by Time Magazine and CNN as one of their "Heroes of the Environment" in 2008, Jagdeo also served on the UN Secretary General"s High Level Advisory Group on Climate Finance and was awarded the United Nations "Champion of the Earth" award in 2010.
The conference will include the following sessions:
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