October 19, 2021

OECS Member states excel at 2019 Sustainable Tourism Awards

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Entities from Grenada, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda and Martinique receive recognition

Three OECS Member States topped the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s 2019 Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Awards winning five of the eight prestigious tourism honours. 

The Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development (STC2019), held this year on the 26-29 August at the Beachcombers Hotel in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, offers a regional forum for information exchange on the successes and pitfalls of national, regional and international initiatives.

STC2019, organised by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) in partnership with the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority, featured the Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Awards, which celebrated entities from the CTO member countries that embrace environmental sustainability across various tourism development and related disciplines.

OECS Tourism Specialist, Maria Fowell (left) with Representative from Carnival Corporation & plc and the STC2019 winners from Grenada

The five OECS award winners, selected out of a total of 38 entries, were:

  • True Blue Bay Boutique Resort in GrenadaWinner of the Excellence in Sustainable Tourism Award, which recognises a product or initiative that contributes to a better quality of life in the destination and provides a unique visitor experience.
  • Kido Foundation in Carriacou, GrenadaWinner of the Nature Conservation Award, which commends any group, organisation, tourism business or attraction working towards the protection of natural and/or marine resources.
  • Jus’ Sail in Saint LuciaWinner of the Community Benefit Award, which honours an entity that manages tourism well for the long-term benefit of the destination, local people and visitors.
  • Maroon and String Band Music Festival Committee in Carriacou, GrenadaWinner of the Culture and Heritage Protection Award, which honours a tourism organisation or initiative making a significant contribution to protect and promote heritage.
  • Richmond Vale Academy in St. Vincent and the GrenadinesWinner of the Tourism Social Enterprise, a special award recognising an initiative by an individual or group/association which addresses social problems by applying innovative tourism development ideas.

Maria Fowell, Tourism Specialist at the OECS Commission stressed the OECS Commission’s dedication to support the implementation of sustainable tourism policies and programmes in its Member States.

“The OECS Commission remains committed to sustainable tourism development and balanced growth through tourism as we strive to achieve the OECS vision of a better quality of life for our people. The dedication of our Member States is without a doubt reflected in the outstanding OECS representation amongst the winners of this year’s STC2019 Awards,” Fowell said.

CTO’s Sustainable Tourism Specialist, Amanda Charles, noted the high level of interest and commitment to sustainable tourism development exhibited by the region’s public and private tourism industry stakeholders, making the region “a world leader in responsible travel and tourism.”

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