T&T to host ACS tourism talks

Just days after hosting the Caricom Heads of Government Summit, T&T will be the venue for another regional gathering.  On July 16 and 17, the ACS Secretariat in Port-of-Spain will host the 24th Meeting of the Special Committee on Sustainable Tourism (SCST-24) at its headquarters. High-level officials and tourism authorities will convene to discuss matters pertaining to the efforts of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in relation to the sustainable development of tourism in the Greater Caribbean. This meeting follows the Fifth Summit of the heads of states and/or governments of the ACS, which was held in Petion-ville, Republic of Haiti, on April 26.

With the input of the ACS countries, the SCST-24 meeting plans to revitalise the work programme of the ACS Directorate of Sustainable Tourism, as well as address and decide on issues and concerns affecting the regional tourism industry. The ACS directorate additionally aims to inform the meeting of its projects and activities, highlighting advances made and new initiatives, which seek to contribute to and promote the practice of sustainable tourism in the region. 

The SCST-24 meeting returns to T&T for a seventh time, the most recent being the 21st Meeting of the Special Committee on Sustainable Tourism held in 2010. The meeting will be chaired by Karine Roy-Camille, president of the Martinique Committee on Tourism, in the capacity as current chair of the Special Committee, and further presided over by the vice-chairs, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Costa Rica, with the Republic of T&T as rapporteur.

Special Committee on Sustainable Tourism meetings are held annually and gathers not only regional tourism authorities from ACS members and associate member states but also representatives from regional and international organisations with whom the ACS collaborates, such as the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, the Central American Tourism Integration Secretariat and the UN World Tourism Organisation. The main focus of this gathering is the facilitation of a mutually-beneficial, multilateral dialogue aimed at strengthening co-operation mechanisms in this most critical area. On the second day of the meeting, July 17, discussions concerning the convening of the ACS third meeting of ministers of tourism of the Greater Caribbean will take place.