Three (3) approaches adopted by Ministries of Tourism in the Americas… Hon. Saboto Caesar returned from OAS meeting in Washington D.C

Minister of Tourism and Industry, Hon. Saboto Caesar returned to the state yesterday after attending the preparatory meeting for the upcoming Tourism Summit of the Americas to be held in San Salvador.

 The meeting hosted by the Organization of American States was held in Washington D.C from June 23rd - 24th, under the theme: "Addressing the Challenge of Poverty".

Among the items that were discussed, were possible means by which the Ministries of Tourism in the Americas can utilize the tourism sector as part of their general approach to poverty alleviation.

The following three (3) approaches were adopted at the meeting:

1. Public-private partnerships should promote investment and tourism development.

2. Cultural and heritage tourism should be a core integrating factor in communities.

3. That micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) and corporate social responsibility (CSR) are key to sustainable tourism development.

The conference heard special remarks from the Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza.

On the 29th September 2011, Minister Caesar will leave the state to present a paper at the 19th Inter-American Travel Congress on "The major challenges to the tourism industry in the Americas, with a special emphasis on small island states" hosted by the Government of El Salvador.

Source:                     St. Vincent & the Grenadines Ministry of Tourism and Industry

Tel: (784) 457 1502

Fax: (784) 451 2425



27th June, 2011