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Thursday, August 1, 2013

STATIA Conference to focus on Tourism and Water

The St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation (STDF) is preparing to host another major sustainable conference from September 25th - 27th 2013, during which delegates will discuss critical issues relating to the island’s sustainability.

The theme of the Statia Sustainable Conference, “Tourism & Water, protecting our common future” is identical to the proposed theme for this year’s World Tourism Day by the World Tourism Organization. Last year’s conference was deemed a great success and subsequently the (STDF) gathered all sustainable related sectors and formed a working Sustainable Committee. The objective of the committee is to oversee sustainable issues on Statia and plan annual sustainability conferences in conjunction with the BES islands, working together as a team in the best interest of the island. “Sustainability keeps Statia moving”, said Sustainable Committee Member, Steve Piontek.
“A sustainable conference is beyond doubt essential for Statia; it’s a measure for appraising the fulfillment of system’s objectives with regard to sustainable development” said Sustainable Committee member Francine Harrigan.
A number of industry experts are already confirmed, professional specialists who are more familiar with sustainability where water conservation is concerned. Organizers expect that all participants will acknowledge the golden opportunities that this conference will provide and network and share ideas with these knowledgeable individuals.

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 Mus eum 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