Tourism & Health Program Set to Launch in Trinidad and Tobago 

 

 22nd August 2016

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad: The 2nd Joint Tourism and Health Intersectoral Meeting was held at the Tourism Development Company on Thursday 11th August, 2016 to discuss the progress of the Tourism and Health Program for Trinidad and Tobago, which is set to launch in September, 2016.

 

This is a Health Information, Monitoring and Response System designed to improve the health and safety of visitors and locals, thereby contributing to the tourism industry’s competitiveness, resilience and sustainability. Its expected benefits are:

  • Fewer, less costly outbreaks and adverse health events in the tourism sector.
  • Safer, healthier and better quality tourism products and destinations.
  • Enhanced capacity in food safety, health and environment sanitation.
  • Industry-wide, real-time tourism early warning and response surveillance system to avoid/reduce illness spread and negative publicity.

 

The Tourism Health Information Monitoring and Response System consists of a web-based real-time tourism surveillance system for early alerts and responses to negative events. It will also allow for a timely and effective response to any health and safety incidents or outbreaks in hotels and cruise ships and comprises the following components:

 

  • Capacity building: Food & Environmental Safety Training & Certification
  • Standards: Health, Safety & Environment Standards & Certification
  • Healthy workforce: Health and Safety in the Tourism Workplace

 

The Trinidad and Tobago Tourism and Health Project is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank as part of the Regional Tourism Health Information, Monitoring and Response Systems and Standards to Enhance Sustainable Tourism Project.

The key stakeholders involved in the development and roll out of the programme for Trinidad and Tobago are:

 

  • The Caribbean Public Health Agency (executing agency)
  • Tourism Development Company
  • Caribbean Tourism Organisation
  • Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Tourism
  • Division of Tourism and Transportation, Tobago House of Assembly
  • Division of Health and Social Services, Tobago House of Assembly
  • Tourism Stakeholders

 

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