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3rd Executive Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism

July 2, 2014

If there wasn’ no sea, I must would feel lock up. In a box with only the top open to the sky…” Oonya Kempadoo, Tide Running




As a small island developing state dependent on tourism and agriculture, Grenada is particularly vulnerable to the effects of Climate Change. Recognizing this, the Grenada Tourism Authority together with the Centre for Responsible Travel (CREST), the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association are facilitating the 3rd Executive Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism from 9th to 11th July, 2014 at the St. George’s University.
The Symposium will serve as a platform for those on the cutting edge of innovative coastal tourism models to share what they have accomplished, what they have learned and challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Panels will explore social and environmental innovations from designers, operators and planners at both the destination and resort level, and also examine issues of climate change and what it means for coastal tourism development in terms of both mitigation and adaptation strategies.

This Innovators Symposium – like the previous Symposiums at Stanford University, CA and Los Cabos, Mexico— will be an intimate event with high quality participants and ample time for informal networking.

The programme includes:
• Round table Discussion on sustainable financing for Grenada’s protected areas such as Grand Étang National Park or the World First Marine Sculpture Park. Hosted by The Nature Conservancy, (Wednesday, prior to the Symposium’s official opening).
• Film showing and discussion of two provocative documentaries on the negative impacts of large scale coastal tourism in Jamaica and Costa Rica.
• 16 Workshops addressing topics like Marketing and Branding Sustainable tourism- Communicating your message; Creating Sustainable Destinations; Marina & Yachting – Impacts and Innovators; and Sustainable Tourism Trends – Media Panel
• Keynote address by Minister Otway-Noel M.P. at the opening ceremony, Showcasing Pure Grenada.

Come out to learn from these thought leaders who are breaking the mold of cookie-cutter mass tourism and moving responsibly into the future.

For more information and registration please visit

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