Caribbean observes World Tourism Day

The Caribbean is joining the rest of the world in observing World Tourism Day, emphasizing the importance of the industry to the socio-economic development of the region.

Acting Secretary-General of the Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Neil Walters said tourism is the region’s primary money earner. The Caribbean welcomed an estimated 30.2 million international tourists and 29.3 million cruise visits last year, generating approximately US$39.3 billion in revenue for regional economies.

Walters said the sector provides a myriad of opportunities to enrich the lives of residents, drives meaningful employment, investment and entrepreneurial initiatives, contributes to sustainable alternative livelihoods and supports community development, which has importantly begun to include development in rural and traditionally marginalised communities.