Caribbean States urged to move further in the direction of sustainable energy: CTOListen /
As an organization with responsibility to provide leadership in regional tourism, it is the duty of the Caribbean Tourism Organization – CTO to emphasize the need for more renewable energy technologies in operations throughout the tourism sector and to encourage the widespread adoption of energy efficiency as a way of life.
That's the message from Secretary-General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Hugh Riley on the occasion of World Tourism Day.
Riley called on member countries to use the occasion to participate in activities which promote sustainable development. Let our actions and practices raise awareness of the need for improving energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that can enhance our competitiveness in the tourism industry, he said. The more we reduce our dependency on expensive, traditional sources of energy the more we will help to secure our future.
Riley stressed that in the Caribbean region, as they move further in the direction of sustainable energy as a tool for attaining sustainable development, they must constantly examine their own energy consumption habits on a daily basis and do whatever they can to influence practices and behaviour that will sustain their livelihood and protect the planet.
He concluded that the Caribbean Tourism Organization will continue to advocate the need for efficient use of resources to derive economic, environmental, and social benefits,