Responsible Tourism in Destinations
2009 Belize Responsible Tourism Conference

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Evaluation

How should we evaluate the 2009 Responsible Tourism Conference in Belize? (mirrored online the Irresponsible Tourism Forum: Evaluating the 2009 Belize Conference)

Among the positives:
The event could be helping Belize strengthen its tourism laws in favor of responsible tourism ...
It was good to see and discuss RT with professionals
The most engaged discussions focused on the failures of community-based tourism initiatives and problems in the cruise ship industry
There was internet access in the auditorium and participantes were able to update twitter with brief comments about the event and I was able to update the wiki - http://planeta.wikispaces.com - with links and references made during the conference. The twitter hashtag did gather a bit of momentum as a few of the participants used this in the auditorium and then we saw posts retweeted around the world.

Among the negatives:
There was virtually no interaction with locals ...
Too many speakers read their presentations ...
There was far too much transportation (about an hour) between the hotels and the conference venue ...
The declaration was composed with limited ability of participants to contribute to the document ...
The presentations are not archived online despite promises from ICRT Belize (hopefully this will change!)
Too many presenters did not attend sessions in which they were not speaking. One person came back from lunch late one day, went off to visit an archaeological site the second and left the conference before the declaration was discussed on the third day. This type of lame participation makes me ask why they attended the event in the first place ...
While there was internet access during the event, there was no single page that people to focus their attention (which could have been very useful in crafting the declaration). Most were checking their emails or surfing the web.
After the conference ICRT Belize removed all of the videos from its YouTube channel

March 2010 Update

From Abil Castaneda - After the conference and the drafting of the Belize Declarations on Responsible Tourism, the Government of Belize and a local NGO APAMO, partnered to oversee the creation of the first ever Responsible Tourism Policy in Belize. Up to date, the RT policy is in its final draft stages and will soon be launched as a guiding document for development of tourism in Belize. Subsequently, the Government of Belize, through its IDB-funded Sustainable Tourism Project, is also in the works of starting to develop Belize's first ever National Tourism Master Plan, with the core driver being the Responsible Approach. Also, the Belize Tourism Board is also looking at amending the minimum standard requirements for hotel accommodation properties in the country and to arrive at a level that brings justice to the efforts towards Responsible and sustainable development.

Background

Belize hosted the third International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations October 19-23, 2009. The event took place in beautiful Belmopan, Belize in the Jaguar Auditorium of the University of Belize.

The conference website is www.icrtbelize.org and includes the conference agenda (PDF).

The event was twittered with the hashtag #rtbelize09 (more info about tags and tagging)

Planeta.com

Planeta.com's Ron Mader was invited and presented a well-received overview of how Web 2.0 can be used to improve storytelling that links locals and travelers. The presentation is online slideshare and has been viewed more than 4,000 times.

Videos


Ron's Challenge - Post a text or video response to this video!





Belize Books

Cruiseships

It was as a result of RTD3, the International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations in Belize in 2009 and the issue of cruising was placed on the Responsible Tourism agenda. The Belizean government wanted us to address cruising during the conference and cruising was addressed as one of the four themes. There were four recommendations.
C. Cruise Tourism Impacts in Belize and the World
1. in negotiating agreements with cruise ship operators governments in Central America and the Caribbean need to negotiate effectively to maximise the local economic development impacts and to increase the benefits which go to local communities through the sale of crafts and employment. More focus needs to be placed on yield rather than landing numbers.
2. the carrying capacity needs to be managed to avoid the commodification of culture and the negative effects of tourism
3. there needs to be regional collaboration in negotiating with the cruise lines on landing fees, activities and the regulation of operational practices
4. cruise ship arrival numbers need to be capped at a sustainable level determined by national government in order to ensure the environmental, social and economic sustainability of Belize.


Mexico Connection

The Belize event was preceded by a 1-day city tour in Cancun organised with Ecocolors on October 17. Participants stayed at the Hotel Rey del Caribe.


Declaration

Belize Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations 19th to 23rd October, 2009, University of Belize, Belmopan
Two hundred and fifty participants from 19 countries met together in the Third International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations convened by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism, Belize. The Conference was Co-Chaired by The Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. Minister, Ministry Of Tourism, Belize and Professor Harold Goodwin of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism, UK
In common with the Cape Town Declaration of 2002 and the Kerala Declaration of 2008, this Belize Declaration presents the views of the conference about what needs to be done to make tourism more responsible. This Declaration is not a policy for Belize, nor does it bind Belize in any way. This Belize Declaration presents the results of discussion about how, through Responsible Tourism, to address a number of concerns which arise in many destinations around the world.
This Belize Conference accepts the injunction of the Cape Town Declaration “to take responsibility for achieving sustainable tourism, and to create better places for people to live in and for people to visit.”
The Cape Town Declaration (2002) defined Responsible Tourism as having the following characteristics:
1. minimises negative economic, environmental, and social impacts; 2. generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the wellbeing
of host communities, improves working conditions and access to the industry; 3. involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances; 4. makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage,
to the maintenance of the world's diversity; 5. provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful
connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social
and environmental issues; 6. provides access for physically challenged people; and 7. is culturally sensitive, engenders respect between tourists and hosts, and builds
local pride and confidence.
The Belize Conference applauds the decision of Belize to adopt a national Responsible Tourism policy and invites the Minister of Tourism to present the policy in Oman at the 4th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations in 2010 and to report on progress in its implementation.
The Conference recognises that to achieve the aspirations of Responsible Tourism in Destinations a large group of stakeholders, often with divergent views, need to work together to achieve change. This requires a willingness to identify and develop a common vision and for each part of government, NGOs, the industry and local communities to take responsibility for realising the shared vision, to ask themselves the question “what can we do to realise this shared goal?” and to do it.
Responsible Tourism will only be achieved where all of the stakeholders share the broad objectives of the movement and where people across government and the private sector
both accept the responsibility and act accordingly. Individuals make tourism more responsible.
To this end we urge that government supports an independent initiative by the private sector and the ICRT Belize to instigate national Responsible Tourism Awards to recognise those who are taking responsibility and using tourism to make Belize a better place for its people to live in. By rewarding better practice those who are doing most, those who are taking responsibility, are differentiated from those doing little or nothing and responsible behaviour is encouraged.
This Belize Declaration presents the recommendations of this conference about what can be done to make tourism more responsible in five areas of current concern: A. Tourism & Local Economic Development B. Tourism’s Impacts on Marine and Coastal Areas
C. Cruise Tourism Impacts in Belize and the World D. Impact of Second Homes Tourism and Condominiums on Local Communities E. Tourism Impacts on Climate Change
The Belize Conference considered presentations from academics, NGOs, governments and consultants about these issues and discussed what can be done to address these issues in destinations around the world. The recommendations for action which follow were formulated by working groups during the conference and agreed by the conference as whole.
Mindful that it is more likely that action will be taken on short lists, rather than long ones, we have focussed and endeavoured to produce short lists of recommendations.
Aware that effective implementation and enforcement is essential to achieving Responsible Tourism we urge governments to review mechanisms for enforcement and the rigour and coherence with which policy is enforced. An Environmental Impact Assessment is only a tool – it is effective only when competently applied and where the process is rigorously enforced.
A. Tourism & Local Economic Development 1. there is potential to develop many different opportunities along the major transfer
routes in Belize for tourists to engage with rural communities to visit cacao
growers, chocolate producers, small farms, crafts people, bars and cafes etc 2. land use planning and tenure needs to be used to ensure continued access to
natural livelihood resources for sustainable livelihoods, tourism restrictions on access has restricted local growth. In the near future access to fresh water is likely to become a more significant issue and the maintenance of access rights to fresh water needs urgently to be addressed as does the loss of beach access for livelihood and recreational activity
3. in the tourism clusters work needs to be undertaken with groups of hotels and local communities to develop local tourism industry supply chains so that the benefits of tourism are more widely spread in the local economy.
4. Belize has remarkable cultural diversity with nine distinct cultural groups – there is scope to develop their material crafts culture and their performance cultures and to enhance its value with appropriate interpretation
5. it is important to broaden the participation of Belizeans in tourism both as consumers and as producers and owners of businesses in the tourism industry and to provide educational experiences for Belizeans about what can be done to bring sustainable development to their communities – to bring additional livelihoods and protect their environment
B. Tourism’s Impacts on Marine and Coastal Areas 1. the maintenance of a healthy marine ecosystem along Belize’s coast through
zoning and regulation of development and habitat maintenance and enhancement is the priority. Tourism and other exploitation of the coast is secondary to the maintenance of a healthy coastal zone.
2. a review of jurisdiction, management and enforcement to ensure effective protection of the coastal zone is an urgent priority. Penalties must reflect the seriousness of the damage to the coastal zone.
3. coastal zone management needs to include the imperative to ensure that there are adequate resources in the coastal zone for housing local people and their sustainable use of marine resources for livelihoods
4. the government needs to identify and prohibit unsuitable forms of tourism development in the coastal zone
5. identify and encourage local community engagement in coastal zone tourism for example mangroves and river experiences
C. Cruise Tourism Impacts in Belize and the World 1. in negotiating agreements with cruise ship operators governments in Central
America and the Caribbean need to negotiate effectively to maximise the local economic development impacts and to increase the benefits which go to local communities through the sale of crafts and employment. More focus needs to be placed on yield rather than landing numbers.
2. the carrying capacity needs to be managed to avoid the commodification of culture and the negative effects of tourism
3. there needs to be regional collaboration in negotiating with the cruise lines on landing fees, activities and the regulation of operational practices
4. cruise ship arrival numbers need to be capped at a sustainable level determined by national government in order to ensure the environmental, social and economic sustainability of Belize.
D. Impact of Second Homes Tourism and Condominiums on Local Communities 1. second home developments should not be permitted to restrict access to beaches
and other livelihood assets. 2. there needs to be stricter regulation and enforcement of the license conditions on
water, waste management and sewage 3. condominium sales and ownership need to be taxed within Belize. Tax should be
applied whether the property is occupied or unoccupied 4. tax incentives to encourage the development of second homes in Belize should be
curbed until such time as the benefit to the national economy can be
demonstrated. 5. a government agency or NGO should work with communities when the
developers begin to arrive to raise awareness of the issues which arise and to ensure that they are aware of the real value of their land.
E. Tourism Impacts on Climate Change 1. Ministers of Tourism and Aviation need to work with their colleagues in
developing countries and Small Island Developing States to press for aviation
taxes on carbon emissions which encourage airlines to improve their carbon efficiency and so that those that fly meet the full costs of the pollution they cause. The funds should be hypothecated for adaptation projects in developing countries.
2. accepting that climate change will have significant negative impacts on Belize the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture should work with other responsible government agencies to ensure the enforcement of stricter coastal zone regulations
3. the Caribbean Centre for Climate Change based in Belize and the Belize National Climate Change Committee should be pressed to identify adaptation initiatives in Belize and the industry and its clients should be encouraged to donate to those adaptation projects.
4. local community guides should be trained to interpret the mangroves and the coastal zone for tourists and to include in the tourism experience, on the coast and inland, information about the impacts of climate change and adaptation to it. These same tours should be made available to the local community and in particular school children.
5. all new licenses for tourism development should include alternative energy and carbon efficiency standards and compliance with best practise in coastal zone management should be rigorously enforced. Existing properties should be encouraged to undertaken remediation measures through tax incentives and conditions attached to licenses to build additional rooms.
This Belize Declaration is signed by the co-chairs as a record of what was decided at the conference and as a call for action on 23rd October 2009. In no way does this declaration seek to determine Belize’s tourism development strategy.
Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. Minister, Professor Harold Goodwin Ministry of Tourism, Belize International Centre for Responsible Tourism, UK

Slideshare



Belmopan, Belize


Speakers

Ross Klein
http://www.ecospeakers.com/speakers/kleinr.html

Guido Bauer
http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Green-Globe-International-Inc-943139.html

Murray Simpson
http://www.travelmole.tv/watch_vdo.php?id=14997
http://www.murraysimpson.com/climate_change.htm

Adama Bah
http://www.travelafricamag.com/content/view/1075/56/

ANNOUNCEMENT: BELIZE TO HOST THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RESPONSIBLE TOURISM IN OCTOBER 2009

On October 19th to the 23rd, 2009 the Third International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations will be carried out in Belmopan City, Belize. Delegates from all around the world will convene to witness, discuss, and share presentations and their professional hindsight on some pressing issues of the Global Tourism Industry.

Our list of presenters includes Dr. Harold Goodwin, ICRT-UK; Adama Bah ICRT-West Africa; Ron Mader, Planeta.com; Sharon Pererra, Protected Areas Conservation Trust; Guido Bauer, Green Globe International; Andrea Gough, World Heritage Alliance; Dr. Bill Eishbaum, World Wildlife Fund; Dr. Martha Honey, CESD; Dr. Robert Richardson, Michigan State University, and the list of respected experts in the Tourism and Sustainable Development field continues.

These panelists will be expounding on topics that include Tourism and Local Economic Development; Tourism Impacts on Climate Change; The Impacts of Cruise Tourism; Second Homes and Condominiums and their impact on local communities; Tourism Impacts on Marine and Coastal Zones; and Tourism Planning for Natural Disaster and Pandemics.

The Co-directors and team at ICRT-Belize and the country of Belize, invites all to visit and participate in this grand one-week event. For more information, please feel free to contact info@icrtbelize.org or abil@icrtbelize.org.

We hope to see you there.

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Kenrick Theus,
Co-director, ICRT-Belize


PRESS RELEASE

In 2008, Belize was chosen to host the Third World Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations. This conference was slated to be held in May 2009; however, due to the H1N1 Influenza A Virus Pandemic it has been postponed until October 19-23, 2009.
Nonetheless, Belize, with the guidance of ICRT Belize, remains committed to carry out this once in a lifetime opportunity that would lift Responsible Tourism and Development into the world’s viewing pleasure, for the first time from a stage within the Western Hemisphere.

The Third International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD-3) will be held at the University of Belize’s Auditorium in the Capital City of Belmopan. The Conference is being co-chaired by Belize’s Ministry of Tourism and Professor Harold Goodwin of the ICRT of Leeds Metropolitan University- UK, with sponsorship from the Belize Tourism Board and other local and international organizations.

The Conference Agenda will focus on six themes, each particularly relevant to tourism in Belize and the immediate Caribbean and Central American regions, and the world. These topics includes: Tourism and Local Economic Development; Impacts of Tourism on the Marine and Coastal Zone; Impacts of Cruise Tourism in Belize and around the world; Second homes, condominiums and their impact on local communities; Climate Change and Tourism; and the newly added Tourism Planning for Global Pandemics and Natural Disaster.

The International Centre for Responsible Tourism-Belize (ICRT-Belize) is the Central American and Caribbean arm of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism–United Kingdom (ICRT-UK). All ICRT branches share a common objective which is to work with the private sector, government and local communities to “take responsibility for achieving sustainable tourism, and to create better places for people to live in and for people to visit” wherever they are located.

ICRT- Belize and the country of Belize would like to extend its gratitude to all present registered participants, our table of presenters, and partners that have made this effort thus far possible.

ICRT – Belize would also like to extend an invitation to all interested participants worldwide to join us as we realize this third of its kind conference, the very first in the Western Hemisphere.


Third International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations

Opening of the Conference and National Presentations on Responsible Tourism
Local Economic Development
Second Home Ownership

Marine & Coastal Zone Tourism
Cruising
Working Groups preparing declarations on
1. Local Economic Development
2. Second Home Ownership
3. Marine & Coastal Zone Tourism
4. Cruising

Climate Change and Tourism
Finalisation and Debate on the resolutions of the conference

Academic Papers
  1. Local Economic Development
  2. Second Home Ownership
  3. Marine & Coastal Zone Tourism
  4. Cruising
  5. Tourism in Belize and the Region

Wiki

Belize
Responsible tourism

Links

http://transitionsabroad.ning.com/events/third-international-conference
http://www.s8.createphpbb.com/ecotourism/viewtopic.php?t=327
http://fringetravel.ning.com/events/third-international-conference
http://www.good-tourism.com/page/Responsible+Tourism+Conference,+Belize
green-travel
irresponsible tourism
good tourism wiki

Greening the conference

- guide compiled by Kenrick Theus


MANAGING WASTE
• Food waste will be composted at the grounds of the San Ignacio Hotel in San Ignacio Town, one of the
food service providers that have been contracted for RTD-3
• Excess food will be donated to the local Children’s Home in Belmopan

FOOD SERVICE
• Caterers will be hired from the nearby area to reduce gasoline use during delivery.
• Our caterers are committed to using local and organically grown foods
• Food packaging will be kept to a minimum to avoid excess garbage after each serving
• If serving box lunches we will request that they are packaged in recyclable containers
• We will avoid the use of coffee stirrers, straws, paper doilies, and toothpicks.
• We will use cloth napkins and tablecloths for meals
• Food service company is under contract to provide earth friendly request from organizers
• In an effort to avoid waste, accurately estimate of attendance is done on a daily basis
• Only bio-degradable containers will be used for food or beverages

RECYCLING
• Recycling bins will be strategically placed around the campus of the University of Belize to facilitate the needs of the attendees
• Paper recycle bin will be placed in each meeting room for paper scraps generated from each session
• Notices will be provided to all attendees thatbatteries from cameras, recorders or camcorders
should be returned to their own country since Belize does not have any approved facilities to
treat such disposables
• Announcements will be made about recycling efforts for the Conference

REDUCING WASTE
All materials will be printed on recycled paper
• Some information will be handed out on CD instead of printing
• Participants will be directed to the website for information as opposed to printing information
• When mailing event publicity or printing addresses, the printing will be done directly onto
envelopes and brochures thus avoiding the use of address labels
• Emails will sent as much as possible to advertize functions and agendas
• Registration will be done online to cut down need for more paper
• Confirmation will be done via e-mail.
• Public notice boards will be used widely for mass information to all participants
• Participants will be encouraged to bring their own notepads and paper
• Speakers will be encouraged to use PowerPoint presentations instead of using handouts.
• If handouts are required, print material on both sides of paper.
• If attendees would like copies of specific handouts or transcripts, they will sent via email
• Potted native plants will be used to adorn the area used for the conference
• Water stations will be placed around the entire property with water bottles for each attendee
• Bio-degradable cups, during the function

CONSERVING ENERGY
• We will seek to use only naturally lighted meeting rooms where possible to conserve energy.
• Encourage our local participants to carpool to the Conference if possible
• Use mass transportation options to bring participants to the Conference

PURCHASING ENVIRONMENTALLY AWARE MATERIALS
• We will endeavor to purchase materials made from recycled or biodegradable materials.
• We will promote products made from recycled content.

History

The ICRT-Belize was established in April 2008 as a not-for-profit organization based in Belmopan City, Belize and having satellite offices in San Ignacio Town and Belize City. The ICRT-Belize provides policy advice, research and consultation on developing Responsible Tourism in Belize, the Caribbean and Central America.

The Third International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD-3) will be held in Belmopan, Belize and is being organized by the ICRT-Belize in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Belize Tourism Board and other industry stakeholders.

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Certificate from Belize
OPENING CEREMONIES
MODERATOR
NATIONAL ANTHEM OF BELIZE
HON. MANUEL HEREDIA JR.
10:10 AM
WELCOME ADDRESS
MINISTER, MINISTRY OF
TOURISM
10:30 AM
UNIVERSITY OF BELIZE
DR. SANTOS MAHUNG
REMARKS
PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY OF
BELIZE
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS (RESPONSIBLE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT)
RESPONSIBLE TOURISM IN
MICHAEL SINGH
11:10 AM
BELIZE
CEO, MINISTRY OF TOURISM
BELIZE
KEY NOTE AND DECLARATION OF OPENING
12:00 PM BREAK
SESSION I
OCTOBER 19, 2009
(INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATIONS)
“THE RESPONSIBLE TOURISM
DR. HAROLD GOODWIN
MOVEMENT 1999 -2009”
1:00 PM
ADAMA BAH
STARTING POINT TAKING STOCK OF
RESPONSIBLE TOURISM IN CANADA
LAURA MCGOWAN
1:40 PM
RON MADER
HUGH CRESSOR
GREEN GLOBE INTERNATIONAL,
GUIDO BAUER
U.S.A
2:40 PM
3:00 PM
MARIO DEL CID
LESSONS LEARNED: COMMUNITY BASED
TOURISM DEVELOPMENT IN GUATEMALA
7:30 AM
9:00 AM
10:00 AM
10:05 AM
10:50 AM
11:30 AM
1:20 PM
2:00 PM
2:20 PM
(60 MINUTES) COACH SERVICE PROVIDED
JAGUAR AUDITORIUM
DR. PAUL FLOWERS
STEEL BAND –PANERIFICS
DR. HAROLD GOODWIN
ICRT- UK (LEEDS METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY)
HON. DEAN BARROW
PRIME MINISTER OF BELIZE
CASE STUDY OF WEST AFRICA
PLANETA.COM, MEXICO
CASE STUDY OF THE MONTEGO BAY HIP STRIP, JAMAICA
3:20 PM BREAK
SESSION II
TOURISM AND LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
2:45 PM (INTRODUCTION OF PANEL)
ADAMA BAH
ICRT, WEST AFRICA
3:40 PM
4:00 PM
LAWRENCE STICCA
UNIVERSITY OF BELIZE
VALERIE WOODS
BELIZE
4:00 PM
4:20 PM
DR. CHRIS ROGERSON
ROUTE TOURISM & LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: SOUTH AFRICA
“WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT TOURISM AND LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT”
HAROLD GOODWIN
4:40 PM
5:00 PM TRANSFER TO OPENING GALA
(SAN IGNACIO TOWN, CAYO DISTRICT)
6:30 PM RTD III OPENING GALA
HOSTED BY THE BELIZE TOURISM BOARD
UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE MINISTER OF TOURISM
THE HONOURABLE MANUEL HEREDIA JR.
VENUE: SAN IGNACIO RESORT HOTEL

CASH BAR AND RESTAURANT SERVICE AVAILABLE
9:00 PM TRANSFER TO HOTELS
DAY TWO
OCTOBER 20, 2009
MODERATOR­ MS. SILVAANA UDZ
TIME
DETAILS
NOTES
DEPART- SAN IGNACIO
9:00 AM
ARRIVAL-BELMOPAN
SESSION III
TOURISM IMPACTS ON CLIMATE CHANGE
9:45 AM (INTRODUCTION OF PANEL)
10:00 AM
DR. MURRAY SIMPSON
TBC, CANADA
DR. ROBERT RICHARDSON
DEMAND RESPONSIBLE AVIATION: FLY
DR. HAROLD GOODWIN
10:40 AM
SMART
11:00 AM BREAK
DR. URLICH TROTZ
(CCCC) TO BE CONFIRMED
11:40 AM
DIANE WADE& MATEO SALOMON
UNDP
12:00 PM LUNCH
SESSION IV
IMPACTS OF CRUISE TOURISM IN BELIZE & AROUND THE WORLD
1:00 PM (INTRODUCTION OF PANEL)
DR. ROSS KLEIN
DR. CAROLYN HAYLE
UWI, JAMAICA
1:40 PM
DR. MARTHA HONEY
2:20 PM BREAK
SESSION V
SECOND HOMES & CONDOMINIUMS AND THEIR IMPACT ON LOCAL
COMMUNITIES
2:30 PM (INTRODUCTION OF PANELS)
DR. MARTHA HONEY
RESIDENTIAL TOURISM ALONG COSTARICA’S PACIFIC COAST
DR. CAROLYN HAYLE
SECOND HOME TOURISM: A RECIPE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
DR. TODD COMEN
3:20 PM
DR. HAROLD GOODWIN
4:00 PM
DR. COLIN YOUNG
GALEN UNIVERSITY
4:30 PM TRANSFER TO SAN IGNACIO
6:00 PM EVENING EVENT
SPONSORED BY:
APAMO & COUNTERPART INTERNATIONAL
VENUE: CAHAL PECH RESORT
*CASH BAR & RESTAURANT SERVICE AVAILABLE***
9:00 PM TRANSFER TO HOTELS
11:20 AM
8:00 AM
10:20 AM
1:20 PM
2:00 PM
3:00 PM
3:40 PM
60 MINUTES COACH SERVICE PROVIDED
CLIMATE CHANGE & TOURISM VULNERABILITY & ADAPTATION
GLOBAL IMPACTS OF CRUISE TOURISM & SUSTAINABILITY
ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF CRUISE TOURISM: COSTA RICA, HONDURAS & BELIZE
UWI, JAMAICA
“WHAT ARE THE IMPACTS OF CONDOMINIUMS AND SECOND HOMES ON LOCAL COMMUNITIES”
DAY THREE
OCTOBER 21, 2009
MODERATOR: MS. SILVAANA UDZ
TIME
DETAILS
NOTES
8:00 AM
DEPART- SAN IGNACIO
60 MINUTES COACH SERVICE PROVIDED
9:00 AM
ARRIVAL-BELMOPAN
SESSION VI
TOURISM IMPACTS ON MARINE AND COASTAL ZONES
(9:30 AM INTRODUCTION OF PANEL)
9:20 AM
BILL EICHBAUM
WWF
ASSESSING THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF
TOURISM INVESTMENTS & THE
9:40 AM
VANESSA PEREZ - CIERRA
RELEVANCE OF COASTAL TOURISM
LOCAL DEVELOPER, BELIZE
10:00 AM
STUART KROHN
CZMAI, BELIZE
10:20 AM
DR. VINCENT GILLETT
10:40 AM BREAK
LOCAL HOTELIER, BELIZE
11:00 AM
CAMERON BOYD
CZMAI, BELIZE
11:20 AM
COLIN GILLETT
HEALTHY REEFS INITIATIVES
11:40 AM
ARMEID THOMPSON
12:00 PM LUNCH BREAK
1:00 PM DECLARATION WORKING GROUPS
A. TOURISM & LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
B. TOURISM’S IMPACTS ON MARINE AND COASTAL AREAS
C. CRUISE TOURISM IMPACTS IN BELIZE AND THE WORLD
D. IMPACT OF SECOND HOMES TOURISM AND CONDOMINIUMS ON LOCAL COMMUNITIES
E. TOURISM IMPACTS ON CLIMATE CHANGE
4:00 PM DRAFTING OF DECLARATIONS
5:30 PM TRANSFER
6:30 PM EVENING DINNER
KAANA BOUTIQUE RESORT COST $40 USD
9:00 PM TRANSFER BACK TO HOTELS
DAY FOUR
OCTOBER 22, 2009
MODERATOR: MR. KEVIN GEBAN
TIME
DETAILS
NOTES
8:00 AM
DEPART- SAN IGNACIO
60 MINUTES COACH SERVICE PROVIDED
9:00 AM
ARRIVAL-BELMOPAN
DAY FOUR
SESSION VII
TOURISM PLANNING FOR PANDEMICS AND NATURAL DISASTERS
(9:30 PM INTRODUCTION OF PANEL)
9:20 AM
KIM OSBOURNE
INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR MULTI-
HAZARD CONTINGENCY PLANNING IN THE
TOURISM SECTOR
9:40 AM
TATIANA RAMOS
NEWLINK COMMUNICATIONS
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
10:00 AM
SHARON PERERA
PROTECTED AREAS CONSERVATION TRUST, BELIZE
10:20 AM
JORGE DE VICENTE
INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
10:40 AM
JON PAUL BOWLES
WORLD HERITAGE ALLIANCE
11:00 AM PRESENTATION OF DECLARATIONS
(HEAD TABLE)
12:00 PM SIGNING OF DECLARATIONS
12:30PM CLOSING CEREMONIES
12:30 PM
DR. HAROLD GOODWIN
THE FUTURE OF RESPONSIBLE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT
MRS. TRACY PANTON
VOTE OF THANKS
12:45 PM
DIRECTOR OF THE BTB
1:00 PM
HON. MANUEL HEREDIA JR.
MINISTER OF TOURISM
CLOSING REMARKS
1:30 PM CLOSING LUNCHEON
5:00 PM
TRANSFERS TO HOTELS
ACADEMIC DAY
OCTOBER 23, 2009
MODERATOR: MR. KEVIN GEBAN
8:00 AM
TRANSFER
PECCARY HILLS
COURTESY OF CRUISE SOLUTIONS
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
10:00 AM
DR. ANABEL FORD (ELIAS AWE)
ARCHAEOLOGY UNDER THE CANOPY AND THE MODEL OF EL PILAR ISBER MESOAMERICAN RESEARCH CENTER UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (BELIZE)
10:15 AM
PETER BRUMIS
BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE TOUR TO
BENEFIT LOCAL COMMUNITIES
(USA)
10:30 AM
CLAUDIA SILVA
SUCCESS IN THE PROCESS OF CENTRAL
AMERICAN TOURISM INTEGRATION A
FOCUS ON RESPONSIBLE TOURISM
(EL SALVADOR)
10:45 AM
DENIA DEL VALLE
REGIONAL PRESENTATION
RAIN FOREST ALLIANCE
(GUATEMALA)
12:00 AM
TRANSFER TO CAVES BRANCH OUTPOST
LUNCH CANOPY CAFÉ & CASHEW BAR
LUNCH BUFFET $15 USD

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You cannot legislate RT, you have to want it and you have to want to practice it and there are many good examples, but they are not being rewarded for it. So they are on par with those practicing irresponsible tourism. If we don't have rewards for RT we will be challenged to take Belize to the next level and to promote it as a RT destination.
- Valerie Woods