UNESCO and The UWI Begin Capacity-building activities on Developing Sustainable Tourism Strategies for World Heritage in the Caribbean with National Workshop

Bridgetown, (22 October 2020) – The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in collaboration with UNESCO and the Japan Funds in Trust (JFIT), will be hosting a capacity-building national workshop on Safeguarding Heritage in the Caribbean through Developing a Sustainable Tourism Strategy, scheduled virtually for 27 – 29 October 2020 utilizing the Zoom platform. This activity will also be carried out with the support of the Ministries of Tourism and International Transport and Creative Economy, Culture and Sport.

The opening of this workshop will take place on 27 October 2020 at 830am with Senator the Honorable Lisa Cummins, Minister of Tourism and International Transport delivering remarks.

UNESCO recognizes that the concept of sustainable heritage tourism presents a new approach in tourism, ‘based on dialogue and stakeholder cooperation, where planning for tourism and heritage management is integrated at a destination level, and natural and cultural resources are valued and protected, and appropriate tourism developed.’ In promoting sustainable tourism, and the planning and management of sustainable tourism at heritage sites in Barbados, the proposed serial world heritage nomination of the Industrial Heritage of Barbados: The Story of Sugar and Rum will be utilized as a case study – highlighting sites such as Newton Slave Burial Ground, Codrington College, Morgan Lewis Mill, St. Nicholas Abbey and Mount Gay Distilleries.

This workshop will bring together national stakeholders and partners involved with the management of heritage and tourism in Barbados, as well as the various managers of the sites comprising this serial nomination that will be examined within the context of developing and promoting a sustainable tourism strategy aligned with Barbados’ master tourism plan.

Topics to be discussed include destination management and Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) as well as the impact of natural hazards and pandemics on heritage. Among the outcomes of the workshop and the larger project will be the development of a sustainable heritage tourism strategy and a working draft nomination for the next World Heritage nomination for the Industrial Heritage of Barbados: The Story of Sugar and Rum which is Barbados’ second nomination after Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison property which was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2011.


Photo Caption: Attendees to the Virtual National training workshop on Sustainable Tourism strategy for the Industrial Heritage of Barbados:The Story of Sugar and Rum

MEDIA CONTACT: Dr. Tara Inniss
University of the West Indies
Tel: 1 (246) 233-3983
Email: tara.inniss [at] cavehill.uwi.edu