The inauguration of the forum “Tourism, sustainability and Climate Changes in Central America” was held on April 11, 2013, by the Chamber of Tourism of Honduras (Canaturh – Cámara de Turismo de Honduras) in the city of La Ceiba, Honduras.
The event was organized to analyze the climate impact on Central American tourism, strengthen the industry’s ability to meet that challenge, and make known the opportunities and adaptation techniques.
The event involved representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD – Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (SERNA – Secretaría de Recursos Naturales y Ambiente), the Central American Integration System (SICA – Sistema de Integración Centroamericana), the rector of the National Autonomous University of Honduras, (UNAH – Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras) Julieta Castellanos, and World’s Forests, among others.
Luigi Cabrini, counselor director of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) gave a Keynote speech on “Sustainable tourism, green economy, climate change and management tools.” Keynote remarks were made by USA Ambassador Lisa Kubiske on “Honduras, Tourism, and Climate Change”
During the forum it was announced the signing of a letter of intent for the creation of a sustainable tourism observatory in La Ceiba, the first in the American region, under the auspices of the WTO, in partnership with the UNAH and the National Chamber of Tourism.
Today, it is expected in the forum to form working groups in which they will discuss the opportunities for Central America, impacts and adaptation in coastal tourist destinations, cultural and of nature, mitigation measures, public and private policies and funding.
The forum concluded on April 13th with a plenary session which presented the findings and recommendations of the committees coordinated by UNAH.