SARGASSUM RESOURCE GUIDE

The Sargassum Resource Guide is a useful tool for assisting hotels and destinations with developing a local action plan to manage and minimize the impact of Sargassum in an environmentally sensitive manner. Sargassum is a natural occurrence that poses no known threat to beach goers. The resource guide also provides tips for educating hotel guests and residents about this natural phenomenon.

Along with this report the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and its 32 member National Hotel and Tourism Associations seek to provide hotels, government officials and stakeholders the best practice information aimed at mitigating the negative effects of high levels of Sargassum seaweed reported at some local beaches. This resource guide was compiled by CAST in collaboration with strategic partner OBM International (OBMI).

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The Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) – a not-for-profit - was established by members of the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) in 1997 to promote responsible environmental and social management of natural and heritage resources respectively, within the hotel and tourism sector.  As CHTA’s key subsidiary, it is also the only not-for-profit in the region that focuses on the responsible development of the Caribbean tourism private sector.

Through its programs and services, CAST provides guidance and expertise in awareness raising programs, environmental management systems (EMS) and best practices in accordance with the goals of Agenda 21.

"Agenda 21 for the Travel & Tourism Industry: Towards Environmentally Sustainable Development", is the plan of action for sustainable tourism produced by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the World Tourism Organization and the Earth Council following the 1992 Rio Earth Summit held in Brazil.

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CAST's Mission: To enhance the practices of the region’s hotel and tourism operators by providing high quality education and training related to sustainable tourism; promoting the industry’s efforts and successes to the traveling public and other stakeholders; and serving as a vital link to all stakeholders with sustainable tourism interests in the Caribbean region.

CAST’s Strategic Focus:

  1. Sustainable tourism certification and standards development: promoting standards of environmental  performance & leadership in the travel and tourism sector;
  2. Environmental management tools: best practice resources e.g. guides, manuals, videos, DVDs for use by tourism businesses;
  3. Advocacy: promoting responsible environmental and social issues within the Caribbean tourism sector and representing the interests and successes of the sector at key regional and international forums; reporting on meeting outcomes to the sector; 
  4. Fund raising: a focused strategy on targeted fund raising for program and operational support

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