Grenada plays host to this year’s Executive Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism event, which will bring together 100 to 150 invited ‘green’ experts, committed to, or considering, new sustainable models of marine, coastal, and island tourism and vacation home development.
The symposium is a collaborative effort of CREST – the Centre for Responsible Travel, Stanford University, and CTO, the Caribbean Tourism Organisation.
Last year’s symposium, held in Mexico, offered a unique platform to share key obstacles, accomplishments, and lessons learned in implementing sustainable practices, to manage challenges and opportunities that sun-sand-and-sea tourism poses to those committed to socially and environmentally responsible travel.
Participants included hoteliers, developers, investors, financiers, and executives from the world of international tourism, government, non-profit organisations, media and philanthropy, and academia.
Symposium takeaways included Power of Tourism – speaking to the opportunity to educate guests with great experiences as an under utilised benefit of tourism, and Tourism & the Community – speaking to tourism developers working alongside local communities to deliver responsible tourism.
The 2014 symposium runs from Wednesday 9 through Friday 11 July, with opportunity prior to the symposium to visit tourism attractions and to attend Grenada’s first Sustainability Expo featuring local tourism and agricultural innovators.