An ecologically friendly hotel in Barbados is the winner of this year’s Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) /Islands Magazine Sustainable Tourism Award. The Casuarina Beach Club, an elegant 160-room apartment hotel set among eight acres of tropical gardens, achieved the award for product innovation and sustainability.
La Romana - Bayahibe Hotel Association of the Dominican Republic placed second and third place went to TIDE Tours of Belize. The Indian River Tour Guides Association of Portsmouth, Dominica and La Maison du Bois National Park of Guadeloupe received honourable mention.
“CTO and Islands Magazine were pleased this year to receive a number of excellent projects, representing different proposals to make the tourism industry in our region more sustainable. The selection process was an extremely challenging one,” said Mercedes Silva, CTO’s sustainable tourism specialist.
This CTO/Islands Magazine award is aimed at identifying and showcasing Sustainable Tourism Best Practices in the Caribbean with emphasis on developing a unique and attractive tourism product that embraces sustainable tourism concepts and core values while helping to enhance the country’s tourism product. The Casuarina Beach Club will receive the award at the 5th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development, to be held in St. Kitts and Nevis from September 9-12, 2003.
The Award Luncheon will take place on Thursday, September 11, 2003. Islands Magazine will produce a video on the winning projects to be shown at the Award Luncheon, as well as a special article on the winners to be published in their Fall issue. Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. Denzil Douglas will keynote the 5th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development, which is organised by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) in collaboration with the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), and the government of St. Kitts and Nevis. The theme of the conference is Keeping the Right Balance: Embracing Our Heritage in the Wider Caribbean.