Georgetown, Guyana, 26 April 2017. Tourism growth and sustainability in the Caribbean face serious health, safety and environmental (HSE) threats. These include disease outbreaks and deficiencies in food safety and environmental sanitation. This contributes to reduced tourism arrivals which in turn impacts those whose livelihoods depend on the sector, and possibly lead to adverse economic and social burdens.
Recognising the critical need for public-private cross sectoral partnership to address these HSE threats, and to ensure the health and safety of its visitors and residents, the Ministry of Public Health Guyana, and the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) in collaboration with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) launched the Tourism and Health Programme, under the theme “Your Experience, Your Health, Your Safety Matters”.
The opening ceremony of the launch took place yesterday at the Umana Yana, and was marked by the presence of the Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr Karen Cummings and other high level officials and chaired by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persad. (more…)