PM Minnis leads CARICOM meeting on Joint Tourism Policy

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis chaired the First Meeting of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on Tourism to address the development of a Joint Tourism Policy for CARICOM.

Bahamas: Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis chaired the First Meeting of the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on Tourism to address the development of a Joint Tourism Policy for CARICOM.

The Policy will address the urgent need to stimulate the tourism industry’s recovery over the coming months while making on efforts already established to discuss the industry’s longer-term growth, inclusiveness, and sustainability said the Prime Minister.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, fiscal revenues from the tourism industry have decreased precipitously, and the direct and indirect employment related to the sector are down, said Prime Minister Minnis.

“The linkages which we painstakingly forged between the tourism industry and other sectors and industries of our economies have been severely disrupted,” he told regional prime ministers and delegated heads at the virtual meeting on Thursday 18 February.

“While we previously recognize that our diversity requires nationally-nuanced policies and strategies, we have entered a point where these approaches may be owing to our respective tourism industries.”  

Prime Minister Minnis said the demand for a joint tourism policy is urgent.

“The Joint Tourism Policy and its accompanying policy for CARICOM are two critical tools that have to be attached to our answer arsenal to the path of survival, recovery, also sustainable development,” said the Prime Minister.

The policy’s vision, “CARICOM Tourism that is sustainable, viable, of high quality, climate-smart, resilient and promotes empowerment and inclusiveness,” is what the region requires at this time to take it forward, said Prime Minister Minnis.

Encouraging the private sector’s collaboration mechanism, including labor, will be critical to the initiative’s success, noted the Prime Minister.

Reaching an understanding of the financing mechanism for marketing and funding the tourism sector’s development will also be necessary, he said.

The Plan Framework for the Development of a Joint Tourism Policy for CARICOM is expected to be presented to the Thirty-Second Inter-Sessional Meeting of Heads of Government scheduled for 23-24 February.

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