SRDF Wins Big in Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Awards 2017
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.