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Central American Tourism Council (CCT)
CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE WORKSHOP ON SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
23-24 June 2011

The Ministers of Tourism of the Central American region and their representatives, gathered in Roatan, Honduras on the 23rd and 24th of June of 2011., in occasion of the First Workshop on Sustainable Tourism, held with the participation of representatives from the international community, international organizations, the World Tourism Organization, distinguished members of the diplomatic corps, main localauthorities,and theprivate sector,
CONCLUDE THAT:

1. Tourism in Central America continues to be a fundamental pillar of the Central American integration, and an engine of economic and social development, given its significant contribution in terms of employment, income and currency, thus contributing to reach the millennium goals and poverty eradication in Central America.

2.It is necessary to stress out the important role played by the United Nations, through its resolutions, in the attainment of policies oriented to sustainable tourism, social ethics on tourism, and ecosystem and environment protection, as an essential basis to develop sustainable tourism in harmony with nature; and to emphasize the commendable work of the United Nations system in the tourism sector, under the direction of the World Tourism Organization and its General Secretary.
It is necessary to strengthen this industry under sustainability policies and practices that ensure social and economic benefits, and lesser negative impacts on the environment and on the natural and cultural heritage of countries, both individually, and as a region.

4. Attention to the issue of sustainability requires of action and mutual commitment from the part of public and private actors, as well as integrated measures at a regional level, as a means to obtain the best results.

5. The difficulties we are facing in the light of climate change, pose an obligation for us towards taking immediate actions, both preventive as responsive, in order to minimize its impact and damages on natural resources, which are part of the tourism attractions and products promoted by our countries.

Wherefore, WE RECOMMEND:

1. To highlight the importance of natural resources and environment biodiversity, its fragility and vulnerability, iequiring the proper conservation, preservation, and continuous improvement of this patrimony, a relevant value for Central American tourism. To this end, we exhort the international community to continue and strengthen its firm support to sustainable tourism, with policies oriented towards education and to the protection of tourism areas that are mostly exposed, by developing cooperation mechanisms to recuperate natural resources at risk. Participation of the civil society in this regard is essential.

2. To reiterate, as a national priority, the efforts of various entities in the area of sustainable tourism, which make it necessary to strengthen mechanisms to adopt and implement policies and measures on this topic, including the regional criteria on tourism sustainability, designed and approved among the private and public sectors at a regional level.

3. To recognize the imperative need to address the issue of climate change, given its significant repercussion on tourism, in order to guarantee a satisfactory management and enjoyment of natural and cultural resources in the region.

4. To exhort the Ministries of Environment of Central America, gathered in the Central American Environment and Development Commission (CCAD) of SICA, to unify, agree on, and strengthen efforts, actions and programs aimed at promoting sustainable tourism, and to channel measures that will offset the effects of climate change, within the pertaining regional strategy.

5. To call upon the United Nations to strengthen inter-institutional cooperation for the tourism sector in its action and development programs, as a contributing instrument for the eradication of poverty and the protection of the environment, by linking tourism strategies to the agenda of Rio+20.

6. To highlight that international cooperation and cooperation from developed countries should be favored and sought for as part of this-effort, in order to finance and strengthen management capacities, in regard to initiatives and impact projects that contribute to tourism sustainability and the response to climate change in Central America. Countries and auxiliary organisms participating in this Workshop are encouraged to join this initiative, as a means to implement joint strategies of regional scope that contribute to integration and tourism development, and to the achievement of a sustainable Central America.

7. To express the importance of fostering the exchange of experiences and good practices among the Central American countries and other regions, in the areas of tourism sustainability and climate change, in order to adopt beneficial measures, creating national and regional encounters aimed at coordinating program oriented policies, and the involvement of all sectors, local authorities and civil societies, as an essential factor in reaching sustainable tourism.

8.To encourage the private sector, integrated in the Federation of Chambers of Tourism of Central America (FEDECATUR), to continue to display their efforts along with the tourism public sector, by assuming cor;rmitments to introduce, adopt, promote, and implement, in a continuous matter, the criteria of regional tourism sustainability and the measures that will contribute to the industry's sustainabilfty within the businesses that offer their services in the region.

9.To highlight the important work of the natural conservation and environment protection program (PEW) and its active role in the preservation of the shark species, and to which we are grateful for its participation in this event.

10.To congratulate the Government of the Republic of Honduras, for the coordination and the means provided to celebrate this important workshop, in the hope that it will motivate new encounters on this matter at a regional level.
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