GEORGETOWN, Guyana – In a symbolic passing of the “baton,” Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Tourism, Raye Sandy, received the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Sustainable Tourism Mahogany Scroll from Guyana’s Tourism Minister, the Honorable Irfaan Ali, at the closing of STC-13 on Wednesday night, confirming Trinidad and Tobago as host of the 14th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development (STC-14).
“We are truly honored to host STC-14 in Trinidad and Tobago,” said Raye Sandy, “We look forward to hosting a varied conference that builds on the learnings of STC-13 and showcases Trinidad and Tobago’s sustainable tourism product.”
The CTO, organizer of the annual conference on sustainability in the Caribbean, will begin discussions soon with Port of Spain around a suitable conference date, which will be announced in the coming months. Work is also expected to begin on a conference program shortly.
Trinidad hosted the second STC in April 1998, while STC-7 was held in Tobago in April 2009.
STC-13, held in Guyana, ran from April 14-18 at the Guyana Conference Centre. Over 300 delegates – including tourism industry officials and the media – participated in a series of seminars, workshops, and study tours aimed at setting the foundation on which to develop a world-class sustainable tourism product in the region and tackle common sustainability issues in the travel industry.
The 13th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development was organized by the CTO in collaboration with the Guyana Tourism Authority.