CTO inks deal to cut disaster impact

The CTO has signed a MOU and Cooperation Agreement with the
Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) to work together to minimize
the negative impact of disasters on the sustainable development of the Caribbean
tourism industry.CDERA is a regional inter-governmental agency established in 1991 by an agreement of
the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM (the Caribbean Regional Community).

CTO and CDERA will work together to develop a disaster risk management strategy
framework for the tourism sector as well as build the capacity of national tourism
organizations to deal with disasters.

CDERA will assist any participating CTO member state that requests such assistance
and make an immediate and coordinated response to any disastrous event affecting
that participating CTO member state.

“We look forward to the guidance and assistance that this highly professional
organization can provide to our tourism officials across the region,” said Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace, secretary general for CTO.  “With CDERA working along with CTO
and our member nations, we will be more prepared to mitigate any disaster that comes
our way,” he added.

The agreement was ratified and signed during the CTO Board of Directors Meeting at
CTC-29 taking place Oct. 22-25, 2006 at the Westin and Sheraton Grand Bahama Island
Our Lucaya Resort on Grand Bahama Island, in The Bahamas.  CTC-29 provides the
opportunity for delegates to participate in the evolution and development of the new
“Caribbean” brand, and will also demonstrate how they can benefit from it in ways,
which up until now never seemed possible.

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The conference was preceded by meetings of the ministers and commissioners of
tourism, the Board of Directors and various CTO committees.
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