Government is taking steps to develop a Risk Management Strategy and Plan of Action for the Caribbean tourism sector. This follows recent tragedies worldwide, including last month’s earthquake in southwest China and the tropical cyclone in Myanmar, as well as the earth tremors in the Caribbean last November.
To this end, the Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA), will conduct a national workshop entitled “Risk Management Strategy and Plan of Action for the Tourism Sector in the Caribbean”.
The one-day forum, which comes off on Monday, June 16, starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Sherbourne Conference Centre, aims to promote region-wide sustainable tourism and foster the transfer of knowledge, skills, and experience on key issues of disaster risk management.
According to a Ministry official, “essentially, it is expected that the final plan will provide the model for the development of future national disaster risk management strategies and action plans for the tourism sector in the Caribbean region.”
Other agencies involved in the implementation of such a plan over the period January 2007 to June 2010 include: the Inter-American Development Bank in collaboration with the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality and the University of the West Indies.