Bahamas: Voluntary Standards for Tourism Industry Approved

Key players from the Caribbean tourism and health sectors have just approved voluntary standards to be implemented in tourism businesses, including hotels and restaurants across the region. The standards, an industry initiative to raise the region`s international profile in the tourism market, were created by Quality Tourism for the Caribbean (QTC) Project. The standards were given the green light at the Steering Committee Meeting held recently in the Bahamas. This will support the region`s push towards sustainable tourism and assist in achieving the vision of the Caribbean as the safest, happiest and healthiest of comparable destinations in the world. The standards will be implemented initially in the Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). They will be launched in Antigua, Barbados, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica the first quarter of 2002, with the active support of the local hotel associations and its members. QTC Project Manager, Yvonne Roberts-White stated: “In light of the ongoing changes in the tourist market particularly in Europe, where tour operators are fully liable for their clients` vacations, the QTC seal will give hotels and tourism establishments a leading advantage in decreased liability.å” For more information, contact Yvonne Roberts-White at T 868-622-9160, or visit