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Published on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Caribbean gets sustainable tourism money

CARPHA gets nearly a million IDB funding for a more competitive and sustainable Caribbean tourism product

Dr James Hospedales, Executive director, Caribbean Public Health Agency has announced that the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved funding of US$800,000 for to address health, safety and environmental threats that challenge the sustainability of tourism in the Caribbean.

CARPHA, which has direct responsibility for the project, will work with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel Association (CTA) to execute the project.

Hospedales said that the Caribbean is the most tourism-dependent region in the world; therefore, the health of Caribbean economies is closely related to the health of its tourism industry.

He added that there is currently no regional or national, tourism health information, monitoring and response (THMR) system in the Caribbean and that this initiative to improve countries' capacities to support health monitoring efforts can reduce tourism HSE incidents, and provide a healthier, safer, better quality tourism product for visitors and residents alike.

CTO chief executive officer, Hugh Riley, welcomed this initiative and expressed confidence that the region will benefit significantly, as it will also improve recognition, reputation and comparative advantage of the Caribbean as a tourism destination.

The project will be executed in six participating countries (Barbados, Belize, Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago) from 2016-2019.

Valere Tjolle

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