10th meeting of OECS Council Of Tourism Ministers to focus on economic union

(OECS Secretariat, Castries, St. Lucia, Thursday April 14th 2011) Tourism Ministers across the OECS will converge on St. Kitts on Tuesday April 19th 2011 for the 10th meeting of the OECS Council of Tourism Ministers. The meeting will be convened under the theme: ‘OECS Economic Union: Strategic Considerations for Tourism’.

At a time when the OECS Secretariat is redirecting its work porgrammes, with a view to bringing the OECS Economic Union into effect, OECS Tourism Ministers have focused their agenda on the strategic analysis of the single OECS tourism space, within the context of the newly ratified OECS Economic Union treaty.

In that regard, one of the highlights of the meeting includes a presentation by the Consultants tasked with the responsibility of developing a Common Tourism Policy for the OECS. Related matters to be discussed include the findings of a research project on the feasibility of an OECS marketing and branding strategy; and the establishment of a proposed OECS network of excellence in tourism and hospitality education.

The Ministers for Tourism will also discuss issues related to intra-regional travel in the OECS.  Dr. Loraine Nicholas, Programme Officer for Tourism at the OECS Secretariat’s Economic Affairs Division says intra-regional travel is another key item for 10th session: “In this regard, Ministers will seek to devise innovative, strategic responses to the constraints in the air transportation sector that are inimical to travel within the OECS; as well as consider mechanisms to facilitate seamless intra-regional travel via both land and sea. The outcome of these discussions will be used as a platform for establishment of the OECS region as a single tourism economic space, consistent with the ideals underlying the proposed OECS Economic Union.”

The 10th Meeting of the OECS Council of Tourism Ministers will take place at the St. Kitts Marriott Hotel. Delegates are expected from most OECS Member States, other countries in the Eastern Caribbean region, as well as regional tourism organisations including the Caribbean Tourism Organisation and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.

The Honourable Richard (Ricky) Skerrit, Minister for Tourism in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis will chair the 10th meeting of the OECS Council of Tourism Ministers in Basseterre

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4 Comments

  1. gaynproud
    April 15, 2011

    Expensive talk shop!

  2. negre marwon
    April 15, 2011

    Unity is strength….Right move

  3. GIMS
    April 15, 2011

    United also means Union, so we would also have to stay away from the U S of A., also according to your logic..

    Getting and staying together has its challenges, yes. But we need each other, I am sure you will agree. The solution would not be found in staying apart but in learning to overcome the challenges.

    This global economic system will not forgive us if we use distrust, selfishness and petty grievances as a reason for staying apart.

    Perhaps we could examine some of the pros and cons from island groupings like those in Asia and the Pacific, even the Bahamas to build our union.

  4. only
    April 14, 2011

    Stay away from anything that says ‘union.’ Remember Soviet ‘Union.’
    It represents the same connotation worldwide. European Union, African Union, North American Union, etc.

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