SRDF Wins Big in Car­ib­bean Sus­tain­able Tourism Awards 2017

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Soufriere Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion (SRDF) is once again in for high praise. The or­gan­i­sa­tion re­cently cap­tured the Com­mu­nity Ben­e­fit Award in the 2017 Car­ib­bean Sus­tain­able Tourism Awards Pro­gramme hosted by the Car­ib­bean Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion (CTO).

The Awards Pro­gramme is aimed at iden­ti­fy­ing and show­cas­ing sus­tain­able tourism good prac­tices in the Car­ib­bean. It rec­og­nizes or­ga­ni­za­tions, groups, com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als in any CTO mem­ber coun­try in­volved in ex­e­cut­ing ini­tia­tives within six award cat­e­gories: Car­ib­bean Ex­cel­lence in Sus­tain­able Tourism, Des­ti­na­tion Stew­ard­ship, Sus­tain­able Ac­com­mo­da­tion, Com­mu­nity Ben­e­fit, Her­itage Pro­tec­tion and Bio­di­ver­sity Con­ser­va­tion.

The Min­istry of Tourism, In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing re­quested that the SRDF con­sider sub­mit­ting a nom­i­na­tion for the Com­mu­nity Ben­e­fit Award. In do­ing so, the or­ga­ni­za­tion was short­listed among 22 fi­nal­ists, from a to­tal of 96 en­tries.

Said Chair­man Nigel George, “We are grate­ful and hon­oured for this award and see it as a re­flec­tion of the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of the en­tire staff.”

Mr. George is op­ti­mistic that this is a step­ping stone for many other ac­co­lades.

“We do hope that this cul­ture and ex­cel­lence will be sus­tained over the years as we con­tinue to en­cour­age our staff to pro­vide the high­est lev­els of ser­vice qual­ity.”

The SRDF has made com­mu­nity-based tourism de­vel­op­ment its pri­mary fo­cus. The prac­tice of re­spon­si­ble man­age­ment of the pat­ri­mony of the na­tion has been show­cased through the Sul­phur Springs Park and the Gros Pi­ton Na­ture Trail. This makes it pos­si­ble to award schol­ar­ships to stu­dents in the com­mu­nity through the an­nual schol­ar­ship/bur­sary pro­gramme, pro­vide fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to the schools and clubs and fund ca­reer guid­ance sym­po­siums, sport­ing and cul­tural events.

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