|Antigua and Barbuda is well on its way on its Sustainability Journey
On Wednesday, October 1st, Tourism Stakeholders engaged in an action planning workshop to create projects to respond to Sustainability issues. The session was part of the Sustainable Destinations Alliance for the Americas Programme which is a partnership between the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Ocean Fund, Sustainable Travel International and other partners.
This activity follows the Destination Diagnostic study that was held in Antigua and Barbuda two (2) months ago where an assessment was done of where Antigua and Barbuda stands and how to improve sustainable development. Wednesday’s activity sought to utilize a bottom up approach with the active involvement of stakeholders to create three (3) quick-win projects that focus on priority issues such as a Sustainable Tourism Strategy, Natural and Cultural Heritage Management, and Community Involvement and Benefits. Multi-sector working groups made up of government, non- government and private sector stakeholders were established and are set to commence work on the three (3) projects identified shortly. These projects will be implemented and monitored for success over the next eighteen (18) months.