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OFFICE OF TOURISM REPORT TO THE XX INTER-AMERICAN CONGRESS OF MINISTERS AND HIGH-LEVEL AUTHORITES OF TOURISM SEPTEMBER 12-13, 2012Department of Economic Development, Trade & Tourism, Office of Tourism
INTRODUCTIONAREAS COVERED: A summary of the progress of implementation of resolutions and recommendations of the XIX Inter-American Travel Congress Developments relating to the General Secretariats execution of tourism projects and activities Review of the tourism industry in the Americas over the last decade; including the performance of key variables
IMPLEMENTATION OF DECLARATIONS OF THE XIX INTER-AMERICAN TRAVEL CONGRESSDECLARATIONS SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADORCIDI/TUR-XIX/RP/doc.3/11 rev. 3The General Secretariat ActivitiesResults AchievedREQUEST in drafting the rules of procedures of the Inter-American Committee on Tourism, the Permanent Executive Committee of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CEPCIDI) gives consideration to the importance of including a mechanism of dialogue with all the stakeholders in order to become acquainted with their needs and facilitate the expansion and enhancement of the touristic services.The Rules of Procedure to guide the operation of the Inter-American Committee on Tourism were prepared by the General SecretariatMember States approved the rules of procedure of the Inter-American Committee on Tourism in May 2012 .
First CITUR meeting held in August 2012 2. That, in coordination with the relevant bodies of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI), the necessary steps be taken to create a financing and cooperation mechanism among the national ministries and authorities of tourism, through a hemispheric tourism fund composed of voluntary contributions, giving consideration to the participation of the private sector and international organizations, in order to support communities that live in extreme poverty and have tourism potential in their environment but cannot fully achieve development.The Draft Hemispheric Tourism Fund Statute as well as Guidelines and Procedures for operation of the fund were prepared by the General Secretariat. . Recommendations in relation to Draft Statute of the Tourism Hemispheric Fund and Guidelines and Procedures will be presented to the XX Congress for consideration.
Small Tourism Enterprises Network (STEN)Projects and ActivitiesThe Small Tourism Enterprises Network (STEN) was designed as a unified network that integrates public, private and community sector strategies to provide strategic support to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the tourism industry in the Caribbean.
Integral Tourism Strategies for Local Governments Course (2010-2012)The Integral Tourism Strategies Course comprises an introduction to Integral Tourism Development for municipalities and local governments. The course targets public servants who perform administration, management and planning duties within their institutions and want to promote community development, placing emphasis on tourism resources. Projects and Activities
Capacity Building and Training of Human Resources for Micro, Small and Medium Tourism Enterprises in Central America
The Capacity Building and Training of Human Resources for Micro, Small and Medium Tourism Enterprises in Central America project seeks to establish a sustainable mechanism to meet the training needs of human resources in the sector small tourism businesses through direct delivery of training programs that combine traditional and virtual methods. Projects and Activities
Technical Assistance to Small Hotels in Central America
The Technical Assistance for Small Hotels in Central America project facilitates the delivery of training and technical assistance to small tourism enterprises in Central-America beginning with the small hotels. Projects and Activities
Technical Assistance to Small Hotels in the Andean RegionThe Small Tourism Enterprise Project (STEP) was launched in the Andean countries in South America in 2008 as the Technical Assistance to Small Hotels in the Andean Region initiative, and incorporates best practices learnt from tourism development and implementation of the STEP project in the Caribbean and Central America to destinations in South America.Projects and Activities
Tourism Security Capacity Building ProgramThis project seeks to contribute to the prevention of crime in the tourism industry by enhancing the capacity of law enforcement security officers (particularly the tourism police) and the private sector security managers and promoting public/private partnership for the protection of tourism and recreational facilities. Projects and Activities
OtherCourse on Tourism Competitiveness: Planning and Development of tourism products.
A Virtual Forum: American Dialogue on the impact of Climate Change and Natural Disasters on the Tourism Sector.
OAS-CTO-Government of Barbados Tripartite Agreement
FEMCIDIProjects and Activities
YearCourse Name# of Scholar-ship AwardsOffering Institution (O.I)Country of StudyLanguage of Instruction2013Hospitality Marketing2E-CornelOn lineEnglish2012Diplomado en Gestin del Turismo Sostenible. Online. 05/14/2010 - 12/16/201020Fondo VerdePerSpanish2012Diplomado Internacional en Ecoturismo Online. 04/21/2012 - 12/23/201220Fondo VerdePerSpanish2012Curso de Postgrado de Alta Direccin en Turismo Rural Online. 9/2012Facultad de Agronoma, Universidade Buenos AiresOnlineSpanish
World Inbound Tourism
Travel and Tourism Total Contribution to GDP Americas
Tourism Arrivals - Americas
Total Tourist Arrivals by Region: 2000 v 2011
Tourism Receipts: 2000 v 2011
Total Receipts by Region: 2000 v 2011
There have been important changes in the importance of tourism in the Americas Sub-Regions in the last decade.Central and South America are playing a larger role in tourism in the Americas.The assessment could help chart the course of future work or design of initiatives.
THANK YOURichard CampbellChief, Office of TourismDepartment of Economic Development, Trade and TourismOrganization of American StatesEmail: RCampbell@oas.org
**The report of the Office of Tourism and this presentation covers the following:Progress on implementation of the resolutions emanating from the XIX Inter-American Travel Congress last year in San SalvadorDevelopments relating to the General Secretariats execution of tourism projects and activities; The last part of the presentation will take a few minutes to focus the performance of the tourism sector in the Americas over the last decade looking in particular at the performance of a few key variables.
*These were the two principal mandates from the XIX Congress in El Salvador that directly relate to outputs from the Office of Tourism.
The first of the Mandates relates to the drafting of the rules of procedure of the CITUR and here we note that the Rules of Procedure were deliberated on during robust formal and informal sessions earlier in the year. The Rules of Procedure were finally agreed by CIDI IN April and the First Regular Meeting of the CITUR was held last month in Washington, DC.
The Second of the mandates refers to the setting up of the Hemispheric Fund for Tourism. Here we note that A Draft Statute and Guidelines and Procedures for the operations of the Fund were prepared by the General Secretariat and will be submitted to the Ministers of Tourism at this Congress for their consideration.*Small Tourism Enterprises Network (STEN)
Results October 2011-August 2012;In July 2012, the OAS in conjunction with the Antigua and Barbuda tourism Authority organized a Caribbean Small Hotel Forum in St. Johns Antigua. This forum brought together owners and manager of small properties from 13 countries and Ministry of Tourism officials with responsibility for small hotels. Over 40 participants attended and since then we have had requests for the OAS to support National forums for small hotels in at least three countries.
Upcoming Activities;Upcoming activities under this project include Incorporating a Central Reservation system and blog sphere to the existing portal to market the small hotels This will allow guests to book directly with the small property of their choice. We will also be hosting webinars to train the owners/operators of the small hotels how to use the Central Reservation system And will organize at least two of the requested National Forums for Small Hotels.
*Integral Tourism Strategies for Local Governments Course (2010-2012)
Results October 2011-August 2012:
This course is being executed in conjunction with the Department for Effective Public Management Since last September 107 public officials of the Americas through fourth and fifth editions were successfully trained .
Upcoming ActivitiesThe sixth edition of this course is scheduled to begin next month in October 2012.*Capacity Building and Training of Human Resources for Micro, Small and Medium Tourism Enterprises in Central America
Results October 2011-August 2012:Trainings were conducted by the Central American Tourism Integration Secretariat (SITCA) and supported by the National Administration of Tourism and tourism chambers of six Central American countries.101 workshops trained more than 3.000 SMEs in tourism culture in Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama.The closing workshop was held in San Salvador, El Salvador, on December 5th 2011.
*Technical Assistance to Small Hotels in Central America
Results October 2011-August 2012:The OAS Office of Tourism supported the organiz