The Caribbean Tourism Organization has added a new category to its sustainable tourism awards programme which it organises in collaboration with TravelMole, the online community for the travel and tourism industry.
This year, member destinations may submit their projects and programmes for consideration for the Destination Stewardship Award. It is one of six to be presented during the 14th annual Sustainable Tourism Conference scheduled for Trinidad and Tobago between 15 and 18 April.
The Destination Stewardship Award is presented to a member destination that is making solid strides toward sustainable tourism management at the destination level through a number of integrated initiatives and programmes. They must demonstrate improved sustainable tourism planning, widespread adoption of good practices, multi-stakeholder engagement, the preservation of cultural heritage and protection the environment.
“We decided to introduce this award to highlight and recognise the need for a more holistic approach to sustainable destination management,” said Gail Henry, The Caribbean Tourism Organization’s sustainable tourism product specialist. This approach requires a range of tourism stakeholders – the public sector, private sector and non-government organisations – to collaborate toward sustainability of the destination, she said.
“There are many positive examples of this approach globally from which the Caribbean can learn, but we’d also like to celebrate successful Caribbean efforts toward building sustainable destinations,” Ms Henry added.
In addition to the Destination Stewardship Award, the organisation will present the Sustainable Accommodation Award, Community Award, Heritage Protection Award and Biodiversity Award, as well as the marquis Caribbean Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Award. The deadline for the receipt of nominations is 1 March.
These CTO-TravelMole annual Sustainable Tourism Awards are aimed at identifying and showcasing sustainable tourism good practices in the Caribbean, noted the organisation. The awards recognise individuals, groups, organisations or companies in any of the Caribbean Tourism Organization member countries which have developed unique and attractive tourism products or are engaged in implementing sustainable tourism-related initiatives which embrace sustainable tourism concepts and core values.
For more information on how to enter contact the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Barbados headquarters at 246 427-5242 or e-mail [email protected]