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Monday, June 24, 2013

Statia Tourism hosts conference on sustainability

The St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation (STDF) is preparing to host a 2nd major Statia Sustainable Conference & Exhibition from September 25th - 27th, during which delegates will discuss critical issues relating to the island’s sustainability.

The STDF, the agency responsible for the promotion and development of tourism on St. Eustatius, has announced the theme of the conference as “Tourism & Water, protecting our common future”. The conference will challenge tourism planners, policymakers, stakeholders and the general public to develop and implement strategies and practices that can sustain Statia’s limited resources.

“On a small island like ours, little changes can and will make a big difference”, said Mike Haterink, Sustainable Committee Member. “Thinking sustainable in every step forward will help to keep our island unique for generations to come”.

The conference will address a number of vital issues such as how the local community can benefit from engaging in sustainable practices. A number of experts have already confirmed their participation and will share their knowledge in areas such as Coastal Management, Marine Spatial Planning, Ballast Water; How safe For Oceans and Scrap Metals to Living Reef etc.

“Water is synonymous with life, especially on a small island such as Statia where we are still very much dependent on rain water. Every aspect of our economic development can be linked, directly or indirectly, to the availability of water”, said Darlene Berkel, Sustainable Committee Member. “This conference is therefore vitally important, since it provides an opportunity for us to focus our attention on this vital resource and explore ways to ensure sustainable sources of water, as well as efficient and effective ways of collecting, producing, and managing water, both for our own survival as well as for sustainable economic development”.

The conference will be held at the Mike Van Putten Youth Centre and will also feature an exhibition at which local businesses will get to display and sell their sustainable products.

For more information on Statia sustainable conference contact Maya Leon-Pandt at maya.leon-pandt@statiatourism.com or call the STDF at +599 318 2433.

Get familiar with Statia world wide
Most recently, the island of St. Eustatius won an award: No Anansi Story! – Best Feature By A Caribbean Journalist Rickisha St. Louis of Grenada Broadcasting Network for her broadcast feature on St. Eustatius entitled, “St. Eustatius: The Caribbean's Hidden Treasure” has been broadcasting on the Caribbean Media Corporation’s Carib-Vision http://youtu.be/qrU-MQd0jv8.
St. Eustatius, The Caribbean’s Hidden Treasure was categorized in the Top 8 Caribbean Towns in the world http://www.lonelyplanet.com/caribbean/travel-tips-and-articles/76984 by Robert Reid of Lonely Planet. On October 19, 2012, St. Eustatius was named “The Caribbean Shangri-La” story published in the famous Washington Post http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-10-19/lifestyle/35499555_1_kapok-scorpion-crater by Scott Elder. In 1991, the Simon Doncker House Museum won an American Express Award as best example of historic preservation in the Caribbean area. In 2008, The Simon Doncker House Museum received a St. Eustatius Development Foundation achievement Award. On April 26th, 2013, the Simon Doncker Museum received an Orange ribbon from The House of Orange. The St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation has a new updated website www.statiatourism.com.

About the St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation
The St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation is the agency responsible for promoting and developing tourism on St. Eustatius. The mission is to get the island Government to lend greater priority to tourism by providing adequate funding to effectively and efficiently promote tourism in key markets; ensuring a quality tourism product by introducing and controlling the minimum standard requirements; preparing future generations to take on greater responsibilities within this sector by means of teaching tourism as a subject on levels of the education system.

The STDF office is located at Fort Oranje, Oranjestad, St. Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean. Tel +599 318 2433, Fax +599 318 2433, Email: info@statiatourism.com