CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (FEBRUARY 06, 2007)
OAS Director to St. Kitts and Nevis Mr. Starret Greene said though tourism was everybody’s business, the government’s role, the support of the private sector and people’s involvement were all critical ingredients in the campaign and theme of Tourism Week 2007 “Tourism is our Business”.
Mr. Starret Greene made the comment while he delivered the keynote address at the annual Nevis Tourism Awards Gala on Saturday February 03, 2007, at the Four Seasons Resort. He said in order to guarantee the economic impact of tourism was adequately distributed; the people of Nevis must take full ownership of tourism.
“You must be calling the shots you should become more intimately involved in managing and operating key sectors that are indispensable to the survival of the industry. You the citizens should endeavour to increase your stake in the industry. Let tourism be your business, get in on the action. Compete for a part of the tourist dollar, it is your right. It is your country’s most important industry. Take your rightful place in it,” he advised. The OAS Director noted that government’s role in the formulation of policies and to foster an environment conducive to continued development and sustainability of the industry offered support to make tourism everybody’s business. He said that government must play its part in the integrated and orderly planning for the sector.
“The formulation of the right policies and plans will continue to be a key requirement in sustaining tourism on this island. It is the government which must pursue a deliberate policy to provide incentive for and support to businesses.
“In other words, the appropriate government policy, effective implemented, will help to further develop tourism, boost employment generation, produce increased profits, protect the environment and assure the sustainability of the industry for the benefit of all Nevisians,” he said.
The function was attended by a number of Government officials, stakeholders in the tourism industry and members of the public and on Nevis.