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National Hotel and Tourism Association
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Mission

CAST (Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism) serves as an initiative of CHTA to provide tourism enterprises with sustainability resources, best practices and work alongside CHTA committees to provide support for the advocacy of sustainable advances within the hotel and tourism sector of the Caribbean.

Founded in 1997 under the Chairmanship of Frank Rainieri and later Sir. Royston O. Hopkin, KCMG, CAST has a longstanding history of providing guidance and expertise in awareness raising programs, environmental management systems (EMS) and best practices in accordance with the goals to achieve responsible environmental and social management of natural and heritage resources, within the hotel and tourism sector.

CAST now newly reconvened, continues its presence throughout the region to serve as resource for sustainable tourism and awareness.

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Objectives

  • To serve as a first step resource to tourism enterprises in the area of information and education for sustainable tourism implementation.
  • To provide tangible results to tourism enterprises through sustainability training and education. Assist with certification guidance, vendor and products information.
  • Develop synergies and strategic partnerships with sustainable tourism efforts to ensure a cohesive solution to sustainability within the region.

Strategic Focus & Services

  • Information & Resources:  providing detailed studies of sustainability examples, lessons learned and resources to make the case for sustainability throughout tourism enterprises. To work in partnership with aligned groups and organizations throughout the region.
  • 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.  Contribution to influence governance and decision making regarding sustainability within the sector.
  • Sustainability Training & Special Projects:  through the use of toolkits, special publications & projects (Resource Guides), training programs and modules.