The Association of Caribbean States (ACS) will discuss sustainable tourism when high level tourism ministers meet in Nicaragua June 28 and 29.  The agenda includes the advances and way forward on issues such as regional collaboration in the area of cruise tourism as well as the promotion of languages and cultures of the Greater Caribbean.  

According to the ACS, the special committee on sustainable tourism meetings held annually gathers not only high level authorities and tourism officials from member and associate member states, but representatives from regional and international organizations such as the UNWTO, SITCA and CTO. The main focus of this gathering being the facilitation of mutually-beneficial multi-lateral dialogue aimed at strengthening cooperation mechanisms in this most critical area.

For a second year under the guidance provided by the Republic of Nicaragua, as chair of the special committee on sustainable tourism, it is expected to explore avenues for the promotion, growth and sustainability of the regional tourism industry.

Other topics tabled for discussion include analysis of the proposal for the convening of the 2nd Forum of Airlines and Tourism Executives for the promotion of Multi-destination Tourism in the Greater Caribbean, and presentation of initiatives to advance the establishment of the Regional Tourism Safety and Security Network (RTSSN). On the second day of the meeting, June 29, preliminary discussions on organizing the ACS 3rd Meeting of Ministers of Tourism of the Greater Caribbean (TMM-3), will also take place.

This meeting will be presided over by the Minister of the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute, the Honorable, Mario Salinas assisted by representatives of the Vice-Chairs of this Committee Martinique and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and the Republic of Suriname as Rapporteur.