From 21 to 23 March 2019 the annual Trade Fair for Tourism will take place on Sint Maarten – the Sint Maarten Annual Trade Show (SMART). The program is filled with innovation masterclasses, workshops for the tourism industry, business-to-business meetings and festivities. Tour operators, travel agencies, travel bloggers and event planners visit the exhibition from all over the world. For the most up-to-date information and contact details, go to the SMART St. Maarten website.
Anguilla’s thematic workshop “Innovation for Tourism Growth” was great opportunity to work again with Sherma Hodge, Innovation Manager from Anguilla with whom cooperation started nearly five years ago. Jude Huston, Innovation Director of Sint Maarten was another member of the initial core innovation team. So glad working together again.
OCTA Innovation Thematic workshop “Innovation for Tourism Growth” was held in Anguilla 11-12 of October. In was held in the Caribbean month of Tourism. However, it’s reach was global, having participants and speakers from all sides of world including French Polynesia and Wallis et Futuna, Pacific ocean Overseas Countries and Territories.
Nice example of sharing good practice, when on World Tourism Day St Maarten promotes Saba pride in its tourism product and the cleanness of its neighbor Saba Read more
We thank to Bren Romney and to his team for great cooperation for having well organised, successful OCTA Innovation Thematic Workshop in Anguilla on 11-12 of October 2018.
Anguilla two days thematic workshop was held in line with OCTA Innovation’s mission which is to strengthen sustainable development through innovation for economic development and diversification, to improve regional and global competitiveness of the European Union’s Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).
In most OCTs, tourism is a major opportunity for development and growth. But not any type nor visitor volume respond to the goals of the OCTs and their populations. Innovative and creative tourism activities, facilities and services as an effective way to compete in the larger international tourism marketplace have been discussed. Workshop initiated and highlighted relevance of tailored innovative solutions, creative attractions and visitor services to be more successful in securing constant growth and overcoming geopolitical issues and natural disasters.
A new and innovative approach to harvesting sargassum seaweed is now under way at Consett Bay in Barbados, and is expected to generate employment and economic benefits for the island.
Sargassum is free-floating brown macro-algae that lives in the temperate and tropical oceans. In the open ocean, the floating seaweed provides important ecosystem services by acting as habitats for a diverse group of marine animals.
Since 2011, excessively large quantities of Sargassum have accumulated in the Caribbean Sea, only to wash ashore in several Caribbean countries. A young entrepreneur in St Lucia recognized an opportunity to capitalize on this freely available resource to create valuable organic agricultural inputs, which could in turn reduce and eventually replace the environmentally harmful synthetic chemicals used to grow food.
As one of 13 countries participating in the Brazil /Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) programme on strengthening school feeding programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean, the government of Belize shared with the rest of the region their actions towards promoting healthy school feeding.
During the regional meeting for the consolidation of school feeding programmes, held in Panama from May 14 to 16, 2018, the government of Belize joined 12 Latin American and Caribbean countries, in sharing the outcomes of the Brazil/FAO partnership and their national experiences with implementing school feeding programmes.