TDC Hosts First Tourism Health and Safety Symposium


May 27th, 2016


The Tourism Development Company Limited hosted a two-day Health and Safety Symposium under the theme “It Concerns You”, for tourism industry operators from May 11 – 12, 2016 at the UWI Teaching and Learning Complex in St. Augustine. The purpose of the symposium was to educate and empower tourism industry operators to effectively address health and safety issues that impact tourism, namely:

  1. Food safety measures for decreasing foodborne diseases
  2. Prevention, management and reporting of communicable diseases


In attendance on the first day of the symposium were tourism operators and employees within the hospitality, food and beverage sectors. Tourism transportation providers and tour operators attended on the second day.


The symposium’s opening ceremony was also attended by the Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health and Dr. C. James Hospedales, Executive Director of CARPHA. Addressing the audience at the opening ceremony, Keith Chin, TDC’s CEO said, “We are on a mission to transform the tourism industry in Trinidad and Tobago.” As he shared the TDC’s plan to host the Tourism Health and Safety Symposium on a quarterly basis, Mr Chin also urged the tourism operators to “raise the standard and quality of your operations so that we can confidently welcome tourists with the warmth and friendliness for which we are renown.”


The two-day symposium was facilitated by Dr Lisa Indar, Head of the Tourism and Health Programme at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). Dr Indar addressed food safety, the impact of foodborne diseases on tourism and the prevention and control of common viral and bacterial food-borne diseases. Also speaking on the symposium’s first day were Chief Public Health Inspector, Mr Christopher Saith, whose presentation addressed Food Safety and Inspection; Dr Avery Hinds, CARPHA’s Senior Technical Officer of Communicable Diseases and Dr Karen Polson-Edwards; CARPHA’s Assistant Director of Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control. Dr Hinds addressed the causes, prevention and control of communicable diseases, while Dr Polson-Edwards focused on the prevention management and control of mosquito-borne infections in particular.