Following on from the success of last year's Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Awards, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and Travelmole today announced the launch of the 2012 Awards.
The revised programme will see awards presented in six new categories will include: accommodation, community, heritage, events, wildlife and a special award, all of which will have distinct judging criteria. Nominations will open in mid-October 2011 and the final results will be announced at the Caribbean's 13thSustainable Tourism Conference (STC-13) in Guyana, 2 - 4 April 2012.
Travelmole's Graham McKenzie commented: "For some time we have worked hard at reporting and supporting the general area of sustainability and responsibility in travel and tourism. In particular we have put great effort into reporting all the good work going on in the Caribbean region as a whole and now have a dedicated "'Vision Expressed' newswire. It is important that we recognise and support those communities and individuals who have gone that extra mile to make sustainability a high priority."'
According to the CTO Sustainable Tourism Strategy, sustainable tourism development is understood as the optimal use of natural, cultural, social and financial resources for national development on an equitable and self sustaining basis to provide a unique visitor experience and an improved quality of life through partnerships among government, the private sector and communities.
Hugh Riley, Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization said: "We have a very clear sustainable tourism strategy and are delighted to be launching these awards again in partnership with Travelmole.Sustainabilityof theenvironmentin theCaribbeanis critical to the economies of the region. This is an area that is of increasing importance and we are proud to be leading the way in the Caribbean, demonstrating initiatives that will not only support environmental conservation but also help generate increased revenue from tourism."'