CARICOM is preparing a joint policy on tourism
Bridgetown, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) The countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are currently working on outlining a joint tourism policy in order to revive this key sector for the region's economies.
This was the main topic discussed at the first meeting of the subcommittee on tourism of that organization, which was presided over by Prime Minister of the Bahamas Hubert Minnis, according to a statement disclosed in this capital.
The main objective of this initiative is to boost the recovery of the tourism industry through efforts for its long-term sustainability, growth and inclusion, the Bahamian Prime Minister noted.
He stressed that, due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, direct and indirect employment and fiscal revenues from tourism plummeted, and ties with other economic fields were suspended.
Tourism in the sub-region was the top revenue generator in the Latin American region in 2018. According to United Nations World Tourism Organization, tourism revenue in the Caribbean amounted to 32 billion U.S. dollars, up from 31.8 billion a year earlier. An upward trend continued in 2019, but it began to drastically fall in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Increased tourism leads to increased employment. From resorts and hotels to restaurants, clubs, bars, diving schools and other adventure activities, Caribbean countries thrive on the jobs tourists create.
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