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Tourism Conference at Cave Hill

For Release Upon Receipt - December 6, 2009

St. Augustine

The Departments of Management Studies of The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Cave Hill and Mona will be hosting the First International Tourism Conference over the period of December 8th to 11th, 2009. The conference brings together governments, academics and industry practitioners to discuss new ways of thinking about, and practising tourism. It is the first of its kind to be held in the region arising from regional and international collaboration amongst the three campuses of The University in Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica along with the University of Surrey in the UK. The conference seeks new ways of understanding and practising tourism in the context of a dynamic global and local environment. Discussions will focus on tourism and sustainability, tourism and the environment, and tourism and management.


An innovative and central feature of the conference is an industry forum to be held on December 11th, “Solutions to the crisis: creating a new Caribbean tourism,” which provides an opportunity for regional stakeholders to find consensus and creative solutions on how Caribbean tourism can be re-engineered to capitalise on changes in the global economy. Experts on Caribbean tourism and hospitality at this forum include the Hon Glen Beache, Minister of Tourism for St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Mr. Ralph Taylor, President and CEO of Almond Resorts Inc., Barbados; Mr. Hugh Riley, Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization; Dr. Marcella Daye, Senior Lecturer in Tourism at Coventry University in the United Kingdom and Brian Wheeller, Visiting Professor of Tourism at NHTV, Breda and Professor of Tourism at the University of Tasmania, Australia.



To find out more about the conference and to register please contact the Department of Management Studies in Barbados at (246) 417-4295; 417-4300 or email or In Trinidad you can contact Acolla Cameron at 662-2002 ext. 2621 or e-mail For further information, please visit the conference website at  




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