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24th Meeting of the Special Committee on Sustainable Tourism

24th Meeting of the Special Committee on Sustainable Tourism (Forimmediaterelease.net) PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – On July 16 and 17, the ACS Secretariat located in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, will have the honor of hosting the 24th Meeting of the Special Committee on Sustainable Tourism (SCST-24) at its headquarters. High-level officials and tourism authorities will convene to discuss matters pertaining to the efforts of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in relation to the sustainable development of tourism in the Greater Caribbean.

This meeting follows closely on the heels of the tremendously successful Fifth Summit of the Heads of States and/or Governments of the ACS, which was held in Petion-ville, Republic of Haiti, on April 26, 2013. With the input of the ACS countries, the SCST-24 meeting plans to revitalize the Work Program of the ACS Directorate of Sustainable Tourism, as well as address and decide on issues and concerns affecting the regional tourism industry. The ACS Directorate additionally aims to inform the meeting of its projects and activities, highlighting advances made and new initiatives, which seek to contribute to and promote the practice of sustainable tourism in the region.

The SCST-24 Meeting returns to Trinidad and Tobago for a seventh time, the most recent being the 21st Meeting of the Special Committee on Sustainable Tourism (SCST-21) held in 2010. The meeting will be chaired by Mme. Karine Roy-Camille, President of the Martinique Committee on Tourism, in the capacity as current Chair of the Special Committee, and further presided over by the Vice-Chairs, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Costa Rica, with the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago as Rapporteur.

The Special Committee on Sustainable Tourism meetings are held annually and gathers not only regional tourism authorities from ACS Members and Associate Member States but also representatives from regional and international organizations with whom the ACS collaborates, such as the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the Central American Tourism Integration Secretariat (SITCA), and the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The main focus of this gathering is the facilitation of a mutually-beneficial. multi-lateral dialogue aimed at strengthening cooperation mechanisms in this most critical area.

On the second day of the meeting, July 17, discussions concerning the convening of the ACS 3rd Meeting of Ministers of Tourism of the Greater Caribbean (TMM-3) will take place. The ACS Directorate of Sustainable Tourism anticipates a high level of participation from its countries and looks forward to a most productive meeting.

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Garcia, Communications Officer, Association of Caribbean States, Tel: 1-868-622-9575, Fax: 1-868-622-1653, E-mail: communications@acs-aec.org

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