Turks and Caicos premier to lead delegation to sustainable tourism conference
Published on April 11, 2013
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), Dr Rufus Ewing, will lead a three-member delegation to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s 14th annual Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC-14), which opens in the Trinidad and Tobago capital, Port of Spain, next week.
This will be Ewing’s first CTO event since he was elected premier last November, and since he took the tourism portfolio late last month as part of a cabinet reshuffle.
In addition to attending the various sessions, the TCI premier will make a presentation on how the Turks and Caicos Islands and small developing states can continue to advance destination sustainability in the context of the ongoing economic downturn and with limited resources.
“Rest assured that the Turks and Caicos Islands has a great presentation to make in this regard based on our experiences over the past five years,” Ewing said.
The TCI hosted the 10th Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC-10) in 2008 and, at STC-11 in 2010, reported progress in a number of important areas.
Ewing will be joined by the head of the secretariat in the Office of the Premier, Ronlee James, and Brian Been, the senior product development officer at the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board. Been is the deputy chairman of the CTO’s Sustainable Tourism Technical Committee.
STC-14 begins with an official opening ceremony on Monday, 15 April in Port of Spain. Prime Minister Kamla Persaud Bissessar is scheduled to address the opening, with Carlos Vogeler, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s point man in the Americas, down to deliver the keynote address.
Themed, “Keeping the Right Balance: Enhancing Destination Sustainability Through Products, Partnerships and Profitability,” the conference will explore ways the Caribbean can enhance destination sustainability and competitiveness in the current global environment by examining a number of critical issues.