Compelling set of skillfully developed assembled for Caribbean sustainable tourism conference

Compelling set of skillfully developed assembled for Caribbean sustainable tourism conference

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The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has assembled a compelling set of industry experts to handle ways the spot can react to challenges posed to its sustainability by realities such as for example climate change, changes to consumer consciousness and shifts in consumer demands and purchasing preferences.

The speakers of varied backgrounds and expertise will the opportunities presented by through the creation of new also, varied, and innovative tourism experiences utilizing the man-made and natural assets of Caribbean society, at the Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The CTO has confirmed Elizabeth “Liz” Thompson, Barbados’ ambassador to the US, because the keynote speaker, for the 26-29 Aug. 2019 event, otherwise referred to as the Sustainable Tourism Conference (#STC2019), at the Beachcombers Hotel. Ms. Thompson shall set the context for the conference in her address scheduled for 9:10 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. august on 27.

The following may be the line-up of presenters for the many sessions:

General Session I – Development Models for Social Integration (27 Aug from 9:45 a.m. – 11 a.m.): attention will undoubtedly be centered on the integration of local and indigenous grassroots initiatives as key pillars of the region’s cultural diversity and richness, with focus on the generation of occupations for local communities. Speakers include:

• Hayden Billingy may be the moderator of the panel and can offer an introductory presentation. He could be an environmental consultant from St. Vincent and the Grenadines and contains worked for multiple international academic and multilateral organisations. He is the national project coordinator for Climate Change Adaptation of the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector (CC4FIAH).

• Dr. K’adamawe K’nife will be addressing social entrepreneurship through the session. A PhD is held by him in sustainable development and a master’s degree in economics. Dr. K’nife is really a lecturer and researcher in the Mona School of Business and Management at the University of the West Indies (UWI) where he could be also the director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Thinking and Practice (CETP).

• Gabriella Stowell will be talking about “boosting the product” and may be the Latin America regional director for Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA). Desirous of learning more concerning the different ecosystems of Brazil, Stowell moved to Santa Catarina state to just work at an eco resort where she created its adventure department and was in charge of the guest activities and the sustainability program.

• Tasheka Haynes-Bobb shall highlight “funding integration initiatives.” Haynes-Bobb may be the programme coordinator for the US Development Programme (UNDP) Global Environmental Finance (GEF) small grants programme.

General Session II – Community Based Tourism – Driving Innovation and Experiences (27 Aug from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.): delegates will undoubtedly be offered robust general market trends that encapsulates visitors’ willingness to cover innovative tourism experiences over the Caribbean. The session may also explore how community tourism supports product diversification and differentiation and will enhance community participation in tourism, with the best benefit being the creation of a responsible and distinctive tourism brand. Speakers for the panel are:

• Kennedy Pemberton, sustainable tourism development consultant for CTO as moderator.

• Annie Bertrand, coordinator for Pillar 1 – Innovation and competitiveness for Compete Caribbean, will provide the marketplace research conducted by Compete Caribbean in her presentation “Cooperation for Development – Engaging the CTO.” Bertrand has 12 years of business and international development experience in over 65 countries as a management consultant and social entrepreneur.

• Judy Karwacki may be the founder and president of Small Planet Consulting, a Vancouver, Canada-based tourism consultancy and is partner in an effective travel agency for 33 years. A specialist in destination activities and tours development and marketing, locally-hosted experiences especially, she works together with and culturally vulnerable destinations all over the world environmentally, including about 20 Caribbean countries. With her expertise with in-destination activities and tours, she will be addressing “Community-based Tourism 101 – Is your Toolkit here.”

• Marco Antonio Verde, consultant for Latin America running a business development for EuroMonitor International Ltd., will discuss “GENERAL MARKET TRENDS Findings: What Do Visitors Want and JUST HOW MUCH Will They Pay?”

General Session III – Host Country Showcase – Energise (27 Aug from 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.): This session can be an chance of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to talk about its sustainability story, showcase the diversity of its tourism product and experiences and illustrate its unique selling points. The focus spans key initiatives in product development, marketing innovations and sustainable tourism used.

• Bianca Porter, moderator of the chairperson and panel of the SVGTA board of directors.
• Ellsworth Dacon, director of energy in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, brings over 19 years of experience within the field of energy to the power unit. Dacon includes a wide background in implementing energy procedures and policies within the governmental and public sectors.
• Janeel Findlay-Miller may be the director of environmental management for the national government of St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
• Thornley Myers may be the ceo for St. Vincent & the Grenadines Electricity Services.
• Herman Belmar may be the deputy director of Grenadines affairs for the national government of SVG.

General Session IV – Indigenous Conversations – Celebrating Our Past, Embracing Our Future (27 Aug from 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.) The session shall consider the changing composition of local livelihoods and demonstrate the way the region’s indigenous folks have a tangible role and stake in the Caribbean tourism value chain. Indigenous communities are utilising tourism markets to embrace expanded entrepreneurial opportunities, adding new dimensions with their resources of income, and create niches that after are increasingly sought.

• Dr. Zoila Ellis Browne, head of the Garifuna Heritage Foundation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, may be the moderator. She actually is focused on the development of her indigenous volunteers and heritage as technical programme consultant to the building blocks, a Vincentian non-governmental organisation promoting Garifuna culture and heritage. A magistrate by profession, Dr. Browne spent some time working with OXFAM (UK) as its deputy regional representative in the Eastern Caribbean and contains served as consultant on issues linked to law, development and women and environmental law in her native Belize and the wider Caribbean.

• Uwahnie Melenie Martinez can be an eco-cultural director and entrepreneur of Palmento Grove Eco-Cultural & Fishing Institute in Belize, an exclusive island retreat owned and operated by local Garifuna people. She targets implementing a sustainable master plan which revolves around profits for preservation and conservation alongside progressive non-profit project initiatives.


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• Rudolph Edwards may be the toshao (chief) of Rewa village in Guyana, a little Amerindian community around 300 people, from the Makushi tribe mostly, who founded the Rewa Eco-Lodge in 2005 in order to protect their land for generations ahead. Edwards will be discussing “From Depletion to Conservation – Tourism Managed to get Viable.”

• Chris Cal, the operator and owner of The Living Maya Experience, a genuine home visit that provides guests a remarkable glimpse right into a disappearing world, will discuss “Conserving the Mayan lifestyle and heritage.”

• Colonel Marcia “Kim” Douglas may be the colonel of the Charles Town Maroon Community. As spokesperson and leader for just one of the number of maroon communities in Jamaica, Col. Douglas stands because the first woman to occupy such position of authority included in this in today’s day. Col. Douglas is focused on the retention and promotion of most that signifies and portrays maroons and their heritage and sees this as a crucial element of the sustainability of the city and is particularly devoted to the kids and teenagers of the city.

General Session V – The Caring Economy: People, Planet and Profits (29 Aug from 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.): In this general session, participants will undoubtedly be presented with types of tangible guidelines of equitable balance on the list of three Ps of sustainability which were implemented at the neighborhood, international and regional levels. The presenters shall demonstrate how development planners can create a caring economy that encompasses every sustainability pillar.

• Gail Henry, the deputy director of tourism product development at Cayman Islands department of tourism, can make an introductory serve and presentation because the panel’s moderator. Henry is in charge of leading the tourism product development unit to ensure the standard of visitors experience meets or exceeds visitors’ expectations.

• Joy Jibrilu will be speaking on “ The social visitors to People Experience – Caring the Bahamian Way.” She actually is the director general of the Bahamas ministry of tourism where she’s served since 2014. To that prior, she served because the director of investments in the Bahamas Investment Authority, office of the prime minister where she was in charge of negotiating heads of agreements for the major touristic developments.

• Paloma Zapata may be the ceo of Sustainable Travel International and can address “Leveraging Sustainability to improve Profitability.” With over 15 years of experience in sustainable tourism and economic development, Zapata has implemented and designed impactful initiatives and projects in 25 nations around the world.

• Seleni Matus shall discuss ‘ The ongoing health of Caribbean Tourism Destinations.” She actually is the executive director of International Institute of Tourism Studies at George Washington University. Matus has a lot more than 15 years directing and designing large, multi-stakeholder initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean which have enhanced the caliber of tourism offerings and helped to guarantee the long-term health of natural ecosystems.

• Stina Herberg may be the director of Richmond Vale Academy and contains caused education, development and environment projects in Angola, Mozambique, Denmark, Norway, USA and caribbean for 25 years.

General Session VI – Transformation for Tourism Evolution (29 Aug from 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.): This session requires a critical look at new opportunities to regenerate the regional tourism industry in the regions of market access, disaster climate and recovery resilience as a way of increasing tourism competitiveness and sustainability.

• Maria Fowell, tourism specialist, economic development policy unit for the business of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), will moderate the panel and given an introductory presentation.

• Kieran St. Omer, research officer, strategic projects and planning, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), will talk with the main topics “Threats and opportunities from the Move Toward Digital Currency.” She actually is a skilled policy analyst and capital market professional who spent some time working in a variety of capacities within the financial services industry from 2007. She’s extensive knowledge in investor marketing and relations.

• Hon. Camillo Gonsalves may be the minister of foreign affairs in St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

General Session VII – Conservation Matters: Nurturing our Nature (29 Aug from 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.): This session will demonstrate the viability of crafting alternative paths to realising tourism potential, without compromising benefits and value for future generations.

• Orisha Joseph, executive director of Sustainable Grenadines Inc., will serve as session moderator and can make an introductory presentation

• Vincent Sweeney, the relative head of the Caribbean sub-regional office, United Nations’ (UN) Environment, will discuss going plastic free for 2020. He’s got served for a decade as executive director of the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute and contains extensive experience with water utilities in the Caribbean and in private consulting firms.

• Dr. Alex Brylske may be the elected president of Ocean Education International. As a leader and pioneer in neuro-scientific diver education, Brylske will be talking about “The Changing Face of Dive Tourism.”

• Andrew Lockhart may be the superintendent of sites at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Parks, Beaches and rivers Authority. He shall discuss policy positions.

General Session VIII – Stakeholders Speak Out (29 Aug from 3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.): This session can be an open forum where delegates can share their views, debate hot button issues and discuss trends and disruptions reshaping the tourism industry.

• Avanell DaSilva, quality development manager at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA), will serve as panel moderator.

• Glen Beache may be the ceo of SVGTA.

• Dr. Jerrold Thompson may be the chief

• Kim Halbich may be the elected president of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Hotel and Tourism Association (SVGHTA) and contains worked in the hospitality industry for over 28 years. Halbich is focused on being truly a force for positive change as she works to preserve and promote the natural and cultural heritage of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. executive officer of the Medicinal Cannabis Authority.

• Dr. Lisa Indar, head of tourism and health programme and foodborne diseases at the Caribbean Public Health Agency

the CTO organises

The conference together with the SVGTA.

Author: George Taylor

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