Dear Future Tourism Discussion Participants,
We would like to thank you for your valuable contributions to the FutureTourism (FUT-Tourism): Rethinking Tourism in times of COVID-19 in the Eastern Caribbean e- discussion.
I am pleased to share that many of the suggestions and insights you have contributed have been included in the final report on the regional dialogues, including direct quotes from the e-discussion participants. Thank you for your willingness to get involved and for sharing your views. Your input will contribute to the recommendation and formulation of policies which will have a wide-reaching impact on the future of tourism in the Eastern Caribbean.
More than 50 people joined the discussion, from a variety of backgrounds: Barbados Welcome Stamp/remote workers, start-ups, small businesses, civil society, technology companies and representatives from UNDP and other UN agencies across the world. The discussion board is now closed but it will remain accessible for future reference and can be viewed at the links below:
The final Future Tourism Summary Report will be presented to the governments of the Eastern Caribbean in the coming days. Thereafter it will be made available for public review and we will share it with you at this time.
We would like to thank you once again for your support, and we look forward to working with you again in the future.
The UNDP Barbados and Eastern Caribbean Future Tourism and UNDP SIDS Teams
How can new trends in tourism and innovation support the economic recovery of the Eastern Caribbean? Help us reimagine the future of tourism in the Eastern Caribbean and Small Islands Developing States. Share your experiences, research, innovations and policy recommendation to be a part of driving this transformation and recovery of the sector Add your voice to the Discussion below
The global pandemic is having a devastating impact on Small Island Developing States, with up to 90% of GDP derived directly or indirectly from tourism in some countries. To help governments and the economy to recover from the pandemic, the United Nations Development Programme is hosting a regional dialogue with the 10 countries of the Eastern Caribbean to explore the emerging trends and opportunities to build forward better, with the ultimate goal to build resilience to shocks, harness digital innovation, and enhance sustainable practices. The dialogue is bringing together governments, regional organisations, major tour operators and small businesses, development sector and other relevant stakeholders.
We invite you to take part in rebuilding the future of tourism by attending the panel events and sharing your experiences and recommendations on the topics below. The results will be captured in a policy paper to be shared with governments and small businesses to reshape the Eastern Caribbean tourism sector into a more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable industry.
For more information contact Laura Hildebrandt, UNDP Digital Transformation Specialist, SIDS, firstname.lastname@example.org.