The 2017 Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum is currently underway in St. Kitts and Nevis.

Mrs. Carlene Henry Morton, who is the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, spoke at the opening ceremony of the forum on December 11.

“We need not delude ourselves. We know that tourism activity when not properly managed feeds climate change,” Mrs. Morton said.

“Despite what some sceptics may say, there is ample evidence that some tourism related activity is inexorably linked to climate change.”

The permanent secretary said that tourism must pay an integral role in the global response to climate change, which the Ministry of Tourism in St. Kitts and Nevis takes very seriously.

“Across economic sectors and across national and regional boundaries, our responses to climate change and sea level rise must be coordinated with and integrated into existing polices of socioeconomic development and environmental conservation so we can facilitate both sustainable development and sustainable tourism,” Mrs. Morton said.  

“At the Ministry of Tourism, specifically, we have embarked upon a decidedly pro-people and pro-planet approach to tourism, which we are convinced will help to build awareness and grow a more sustainable tourism product.”