CaribWorldNews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Weds. Oct. 6, 2010: Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Guyana-born Professor E. Nigel Harris, has challenged Caribbean tourism officials to focus on `history tourism.`
Addressing delegates at the Caribbean Media Exchange conference in Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday, October 3rd, Professor Harris said there needs to be a better understanding and promotion of the history and culture of the islands.
He shared his own experience of visiting Greece where he toured ancient historical sites and said the same emphasis needs to be placed on Caribbean historical sites as well as the marine life, flora and topography of the region in the push for a sustainable tourism product.
Harris also called for greater partnerships between tertiary educational institutions such as UWI and governments and tourism officials in order to ensure the proper expertise was tapped to collect and tell the history as well as provide proper analysis and data on the sector.
Professor Harris was part of the CMEx panel on education as a means of developing tourism sustainably.
The 19th CMEx saw participants from delegates across the Caribbean as well as from London and North America.
Since 2001, CMEx has produced 18 conferences and symposia throughout the Caribbean and North America to underscore the value of the region`s largest industry, tourism, in improving the health, education, culture, environment and wealth of Caribbean communities.
The CMEx meeting was supported by the Jamaica Tourist Board and Jamaica`s Ministry of Tourism. Additional contributors include: Air Jamaica/Caribbean Airlines, Altamont Court Hotel, American Airlines, Anse Chastanet Resort, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Barbara Pyle Foundation, Bay Gardens Resorts, Caribbean Business Enterprise Trust, Caribbean Broadcasting Union, Caribbean Tourism Organization, CaribWorldNews, Choice Hotels International, Coco Palm, Community Benefit Development, Courtleigh Hotel & Suites, 4P Group, Jade Mountain, Knutsford Court Hotel, Marketplace Excellence, Mayberry Investments Ltd., michael D. communications, RIU Hotels & Resorts, Ruder Finn, Saint Lucia Tourist Board, Scotchies Tree, Spanish Court Hotel, Spirit Airlines, SuperClubs, St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Tourism Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago, U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, Wyndham Kingston Jamaica and The SpeakEasy M.E.D.I.A. Foundation.