The health of Caribbean economies is closely related to the health of its tourism industry given that the Caribbean is the most tourism-dependent region in the world.
However, tourism is vulnerable to health, safety and environmental sanitation (HSE) public health threats. These include disease outbreaks and deficiencies in environmental sanitation and food safety, which impact regional health security and the sustainability of Caribbean tourism sector.
To improve the health, safety, and security of visitors and locals, and thereby contribute to enhancing the quality, competitiveness and sustainability of Caribbean tourism, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), in partnership with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) established a Regional Tourism and Health Programme (THP) in 2014. Click here to view the THP brochure.
The THP is a novel, integrated, program with components of real time, early alert and response tourism based surveillance system, food safety and environmental sanitation training, HSE standards and tourism and health partnerships. View PowerPoint here.
Countries participating in the program will have enhanced capacity to prepare for, respond to and mitigate against public health threats to sustainable tourism and regional health security. This is the first Caribbean-wide and global effort of its kind, setting an international precedent.
- CARPHA in partnership with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) agreed to establish a Regional Tourism and Health Programme in January, 2014
- This is a holistic, integrated, multidisciplinary and multiagency programme
- Approved by CARPHA's Executive Board in September 2013
- Approved by CTO’s Board of Directors in January 2014
- Seed funding from the Ministry of Tourism, Antigua and Barbuda
- Resource Mobilization, Awareness Raising, Program Development Partnerships has commenced.