08 November 2016

Caribbean Tourism & Health Program Introduced at World Travel Market

 Port-of-Spain, Trinidad: On Wednesday 9th November 2016, Dr Lisa Indar – Director, Tourism and Health Program at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) will meet with the executive members of the UN World Tourism Organisation to introduce them to the Caribbean Tourism and Health Program (THP) and to discuss how the UNWTO can assist/collaborate to expose the program globally.

 Throughout WTM, Dr Indar has been introducing THP to regional and global tourism stakeholders in attendance. A meeting has also been scheduled with Public Health England to streamline the reporting of illnesses from UK visitors to Trinidad and Tobago and the region.

 The Trinidad and Tobago Tourism and Health Program was launched on September 23rd 2016. It is designed to address the health, safety and environmental (HSE) threats that impact on sustainable tourism in the Caribbean. The program comprises:

·         A regional tourism health information, surveillance, monitoring and response system to facilitate early warning and responses

·         A set of credible Caribbean–wide HSE tourism standards with accompanying certification

·         A training program to build capacity in food and environmental safety

 The main expected benefit of the Trinidad and Tobago THP is the enhanced health, safety and security of tourism facilities, and thus the sustainability of the long-term image and reputation of Trinidad and Tobago as a tourism destination.

 The overarching THP program is a joint initiative of CARPHA, Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) and Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) with the goal of improving the health, safety, quality and sustainability of the Caribbean tourism industry. The Program is sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank.

  About World Travel Market

 World Travel Market (WTM) is taking place in London from November 7th – 9th 2016. It is the leading global event for the travel industry to meet industry professionals and conduct business deals. Through its industry networks, unrivalled global reach, WTM London creates personal and business opportunities, providing customers with quality contacts, content and communities.

 Destination Trinidad and Tobago’s booth at the WTM is themed, “Retained from the past, preserved for the future, enjoyed in the present.” The theme pays homage to global travellers’ increased interest in culture and heritage and this niche, vis-à-vis our multi-cultural cuisine, festivals and unique features, attractions and way of life, is the focus of the destination’s WTM 2016 showing.

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