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The annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development is part of the information dissemination and regional awareness component of CTO’s Strategy for Sustainable Tourism.  It looks at how member states can design and implement sustainable tourism policies and programmes offering a regional forum for information exchange on the successes and pitfalls of national, regional and international initiatives. Organized by the CTO, it has evolved from the Caribbean Ecotourism Conference held from 1991 to 1996.

“Keeping the Right Balance” is the overall theme of our sustainable tourism conferences, acknowledging that the sustainability of tourism in the Caribbean requires proper co-ordination and the co-operation of all stakeholders, and recognizing the need to maintain the balance between economic, environmental and socio-cultural development.

This year’s conference themed:  Keeping the Right Balance: Tourism Development in an Era of Diversification comes amidst an intensified thrust to develop the Caribbean more sustainably.   


With the latest United Nations report painting a grim picture of the earth’s natural life support systems, Caribbean destinations need to find development models that lean heavily towards destination sustainability. Greater attention must be placed on the way our destinations are planned, managed and marketed, and we must develop sustainability frameworks and strategies that facilitate innovations to address urgent matters such as climate risk, waste reduction, community involvement and the so-called internet of things. There is an urgent need for the region to be transformational, disruptive, and regenerative.

According to the UN Global Assessment Report, coral reefs are flickering out beneath the oceans, rainforests are desiccating into savannahs, natural ecosystems have lost about half their area and nature is being destroyed at a rate that is tens to hundreds of times higher than the average over the last 10 million years.
These are some of the issues to be discussed at the 2019 Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development, more commonly known as the Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC), in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. STC 2019 comes at a time when there is tremendous pressure on Caribbean economies to respond to changes that are impacting the business of tourism.

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The Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Caribbean Conference on Sustainable (STC) 2019, will be hosted in St. Vincent and the Grenadines amidst an intensified national thrust to make the country more sustainable.

Several initiatives geared towards a greener, more climate resilient country have been initiated by the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and local NGOs. Among these are the construction of a geothermal plant on St. Vincent to complement the country’s hydro and solar energy capacity and the restoration of the Ashton Lagoon on Union Island. These approaches aid in maintaining St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ reputation as an unspoilt destination.

STC 2019 is a fantastic opportunity to visit our shores! Book your stay at one of our boutique hotels or retreat to one of our island resorts.

Let our warm Vincy People pamper you and your family, as St. Vincent and the Grenadines has what it takes to satisfy every soul! The Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture and the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority look forward to warmly welcoming you to “the Caribbean you’re looking for”.


The Caribbean You're Looking For

The diversity of our multi-island destination of 32 island and cays is indeed "The Caribbean You're Looking For"Featuring additional content by: Jeremie Tronet, Fiyah King, Canyon Duncan, and Aerial Norway

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Day 1
26 Aug 2019
Day 2
27 Aug 2019
Day 3
28 Aug 2019
Day 4
29 Aug 2019
Day 5
30 Aug 2019

STTC Meet and Greet Breakfast Meeting

STTC Meet and Greet Breakfast Meeting

CBT Masterclass

Community Based Tourism Master Class at Hotel Alexandria.

Host Country Media Breakfast Press Conference

Host Country Media Breakfast Press Conference

Media Tours

Destination tour for Media, CTO Staff and select others.

Welcome Reception

For all delegates. Venue: Pool Area, Sunset Shores

Opening Ceremony

Facilities briefing and Opening Ceremony CTO Ag. Secretary General SVG Official Forum Anchor – Faylene Scrubb-King, COO, St Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority.

Keynote Address

Keynote address – Setting the Context  
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Ambassador H. Elizabeth Thompson

General Session I – Development Models for Social Integration

This session takes a practical look at working models that successfully merge tourism development with livelihood creation and eco-conscious destination management. It will introduce the idea of social entrepreneurship as...
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Gabriella Stowell
Hayden Billingy
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Tasheka Haynes Bobb
K’adamawe K’nife
Dr. K’adamawe K’Nife
11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break & Exhibition Viewing

General Session II – Community Based Tourism – Driving Innovations & Experiences

As the Caribbean continues its push for inclusive tourism development, the need for product diversification and differentiation that enhances community participation and benefit is of utmost importance in creating a...
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Julia Fillingame
Kennedy Pemberton
Annie Bertrand
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Judy Karwacki

Luncheon – All Delegates

General Session III – Host Country Showcase – GetLit in SVG – Destination St. Vincent and the Grenadines

This session is an opportunity for the host country to share its sustainability story, showcase the diversity of its tourism product and experiences and illustrate its unique selling point, as...
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15:15 - 15:30

Coffee Break – 2

General Session IV: Indigenous Conversations – Celebrating our Past, Embracing our Future

This session takes a look at the changing composition of local livelihoods, and recognizes that the region’s indigenous people have a tangible role and stake in our tourism value chain....
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Rudolph Edwards
Uwahnie Martinez
Uwahnie Martinez
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Colonel Marcia ‘Kim’ Douglas
Zoila Ellis Browne
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Cristobal Cal

Working Group Activity – 1

Discuss in Groups and Develop a Pledge for each of the Session Topics/ Thematic areas for STC 2019 The pledge should seek to capture the essence of an ideal Caribbean...
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17:00 - 20:00

Free Evening for All Delegates

All day Study Tours with Luncheon

All day Study Tours with luncheon.

Free Evening For All Delegates

Free Evening for All Delegates.

General Session V – The Caring Economy: People, Planet and Profits

The core of sustainability is an equitable balance between the needs of our society, our environment and our economy, a relationship which must be honoured and respected if true Caribbean...
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Joy Jibrilu
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Gail Henry
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Paloma Zapata
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Seleni Matus
09:50 - 10:45

Coffee Break & Exhibition Viewing

General Session VI – Transformation for Tourism Evolution

We live in an age where significant advantages come from adaptive innovations and the creative use of market disruptions. Notably, local tourism players are largely categorized as micro, small and...
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Maria Fowell
Kieran Omar
Kieran St Omer
12:00 - 13:15

Luncheon – All Delegates

General Session VII – Conservation Matters, Nurturing Our Nature

The Caribbean is known for the diversity of its assets including pristine natural environments, a plethora of endemic flora, fauna and coral species and spectacular landscapes, which are the foundation...
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Vincent Sweeney
Orisha Joseph
Dr. Alex Brylske

Working Group Activity – 2

Discuss in Groups and Develop a Pledge for each of the Session Topics | Thematic areas for STC 2019 The pledge should seek to capture the essence of an ideal...
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15:30 - 15:45

Coffee break – 4

General Session VIII – Stakeholders Speak Out

An open forum where delegates can share their views, ventilate ideas and discuss disruptions, issues and trends reshaping the tourism industry. Possible ‘Hot Button’ issues include: (a) Over-tourism vs the...
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Glen Beache
Amanda Charles
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Dr. Lisa Indar
17:15 - 17:30

Conference Wrap Up

Closing Function – All Delegates: CTO Sustainable Tourism Awards Presentation 2019

These Awards are aimed at identifying and showcasing Sustainable Tourism Good Practices in the Caribbean. The awards recognize individuals, groups, organizations or companies in any of the Caribbean Tourism Organization...
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Post Conference Tour – optional

Post Conference Tour – optional.  

What Past Attendees Liked About the Conference

The interaction between all representatives of member states who are directly involved in Sustainable Tourism. I also appreciated the workshop on communicating sustainability…

Vashti Ramsey-Casimir, Ministry of Tourism, Antigua & Barbuda

The opportunity of networking and sharing gathered information and the aspect of hearing from the hurricane hit islands.

Edris, St Eustatius government

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