Protect our water resources: CTO Chairman on World Water Day

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Sustainable tourism can be a source of competitive advantage for the Caribbean region as more visitors choose to invest in green vacations, that according to the chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Beverly Nicholson-Doty, in a message to mark World Tourism Day on Friday 27 September, 2013.

She said water is such a natural part of the Caribbean, with a seemingly endless supply of both fresh and sea water, that “we risk taking it for granted”.

The CTO Chairman noted that "Tourism, the main economic earner, relies heavily on reliable sources of water so we should find ways to ensure sustainable supply to our hotels, restaurants, entertainment centres, and sporting facilities," adding, "Visiting cruise ships also need this precious resource to function effectively."

Ms. Nicholson-Doty urged the region to "reflect on how we and our visitors can sustainably enjoy the coastal areas oceans, tropical forests, wetlands, waterfalls and lakes, and how we interact with precious marine life and our underwater heritage".

She said the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) provides its members with opportunities to learn and implement sustainable tourism practices, including those related to water consumption.

She cited as an example – the Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action Programme (CHENACT) which the CTO manages in conjunction with the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA). This public-private sector programme helps Caribbean hotels to implement energy efficient practices and to generate their own renewable energy.

CTO Chairman Beverly Nicholson-Doty said since its launch in 2009, CHENACT has helped more than 80 hotels to reduce costs and to improve energy consumption patterns.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.
Duration: 1’40″

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