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Thursday, April 06, 2006 

Caribbean Governments Promoting Sustainable Development of Tourism

Havana, April 5 (ACN) The Association of Caribbean States (ACS) is preparing its first Conference of Tourism Ministers, which will focus on ways to promote the sustainable development tourism by its member countries.

The initiative is linked to ACS plans to set up and foster a Caribbean ustainable Tourism Zone, whereby attempts will be made to promote that industry while lessoning its impact on the environment and local culture. Cuba has offered to host the ministerial meeting, which is scheduled for this coming May.

ACS delegates rolled up their sleeves to begin preparing for the ministerial meeting on Tuesday in Port of Spain, Trinidad-Tobago, where the regional organization is based.

Among other issues, the preparatory meeting’s agenda included the development of multi-destination tourism, the implementation of sustainable tourism policies, safety and protection actions as well as language training programs.

The upcoming ministerial meeting is in tune with accords reached during the 4th Summit of Heads of State and Government held in Panama in 2005. On that occasion regional leaders agreed to review tourism policies and concentrate on those linked to cruise tourism.

The ACS is a regional consultation, cooperation and concerted-action organization active in the areas of trade, transport, sustainable tourism, and natural disasters in what is known as the Greater Caribbean.

ACS member states include Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, México, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vicente and the Grenadines, Surinam, Trinidad-Tobago and Venezuela. Meanwhile, ACS associated members include Aruba, France (represented by Guyana), Guadeloupe and Martinique, and the Dutch Antilles.

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