Caribbean Sustainable and Eco tourism -Tourisme Durable et Envir

[Fwd: Working together to develop a successful tourism strategy]

From: Yacine Khelladi <yacine@YACINE.NET>
Date: Tue Apr 29 2003 - 14:58:18 AST

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Subject: [SIV Global:] Working together to develop a successful tourism
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Date: 29 Apr 2003 18:44:26 -0000
From: smallislandsvoice@sivglobal.org
To: tourism-newswire@sidsnet.org

SMALL ISLANDS VOICE

Do you live in a small island?
Tell us what you think.

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The discussion on tourism policy and five star resorts in Seychelles has
generated many responses from other islands in the Indian Ocean, as well
as the Pacific and Caribbean regions. To read a summary of the outcome
of these discussions, go to
http://www.unesco.org/csi/smis/siv/Forum/summary3.htm ,
while the responses can be read in full at
http://www.unesco.org/csi/smis/siv/Forum/Sey-tourism.rtf. Keep reading
for some further views. The next article on this forum (13th May) will
turn to a new subject – foreign investment in small islands.

Peter Jacobs writes about the problems of tourism in St. Vincent and the
Grenadines, which has been involved in the tourism industry for several
years. St. Vincent and the Grenadines has moved from having one cruise
ship arrival a month to about three per week. The treatment of tourists
by some of our locals has now encouraged our present government to train
special officers to patrol
our beaches and nature resorts to stop the petty thieves. Education and
personal development would stop some of this, but with an unemployment
rate of 38% it is not difficult to imagine what will happen. Recently,
villagers have being helping the police catch the people behind these
crimes.

Tepa Suaesi says that in Samoa we do have the same host of problems, but
we have developed an approach to help us advance solutions to these
issues. Strong multi-disciplinary committees with representatives of
government agencies, NGOs and wider communities are drawing up more
consistent policies with respect to tourism, economic development and
environmental action.

Along similar lines High Chief Vaasiliifiti Moelagi Jackson say that the
Faasao Savaii Society (Conservation and Environmental Society) is
committed to make sure that the island of Savaii and the rest of Samoa
continues to remain safe and beautiful to be enjoyed by our grand, and
great-grand children in the future. At the same time I have travelled
quite widely around the world and have seen how sad it is when other
people let go of their country to be raped, and witness the devastation
and destruction not only of their countries but
their own people. I was involved in the Small Islands Developing States
conference in Barbados in 1994 and was touched and got motivated even
more to make sure that our islands will not fall prey to such acts of
sin. For those who still have time and room to move, now is the time to
act and to stand up to save your islands as we are doing here.

On the issue of favouring only large tourism investors in Zanzibar,
Henry de Cuba says that we have the same problem here on our small
island of Aruba in the Caribbean. Continuing with the same subject,
Roland Alcindor of Seychelles notes: this is an interesting subject that
goes beyond the economic argument and calls in the question of
fundamental human rights. Only through a human rights-based approach to
development can governments of small islands resolve these issues. Until
such an approach, based on human rights, becomes part of
the day-to-day thinking of governments in small islands, then the
experience of Zanzibar will be repeated in other islands. Reading the
email on Zanzibar, reminds me actually of the topic on Seychelles and
tourism as there are similarities given that 5-star tourist resorts are
mostly developed by large rather than small and medium entrepreneurs.

Ilana Burness of Fiji touches on the next topic for this forum (foreign
investment in small islands) and writes: Regarding tourism and
investment in the Pacific, what I learnt in university when I studied
tourism, was that investors in a country basically hire locals, and the
earnings from the resort/tourism venture leak out of the country into
the foreign country, which is basically called a leakage. Leakages
impact on the local economy in the sense that the locals do not receive
their fair share of the pie.

Title: Working together to develop a successful tourism strategy
Author: R. Alcindor, I. Burness, H. de Cuba, M. Jackson, P. Jacobs, T.
Suaesi
Date: Tuesday, 29 April 2003
Received on Tue Apr 29 15:04:12 2003

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