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Title: TOURISM%20POTENTIAL%20of%20the%20Northern%20Range


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TOURISM POTENTIAL of the Northern Range
  • Presented by Gail Henry
  • Ministry of Tourism
  • November 2004

2
Presentation Format
  • Tourism Assets Cultural Services
  • Tourism Vision
  • Tourism Investment
  • Tourism Potential
  • Issues
  • Key Challenges
  • Tourism Perspectives Responses
  • The Way Forward

3
Tourism Assets
  • Mountain range/Forests/Flora/Fauna
  • Beaches, rivers, waterfalls
  • Caves
  • Communities
  • Offshore islands
  • Constructed facilities e.g. Hollis Dam

4
Cultural Services
  • FOREST LANDS
  • AMENITY VALUE
  • Recreation
  • Agrotourism
  • Ecotourism
  • Cultural heritage
  • Diversity
  • Values incl. spiritual religious practices,
    inspiration aesthetics, cuisine
  • EDUCATION (scientific research teaching

5
Cultural Services
  • FRESHWATER
  • AMENITY VALUE
  • Recreation, river limes
  • Spiritual religious practices and values
  • Aesthetics inspiration
  • EDUCATION
  • Scientific research teaching

6
Cultural Services
  • COASTAL
  • AMENITY VALUE
  • Recreation
  • Beach limes
  • Spiritual religious practices values
  • Aesthetics inspiration
  • EDUCATION
  • Scientific research teaching

7
Tourism Vision
  • Protected natural area with limited tourism
    development
  • Sustainable tourism practices with Chaguaramas as
    a pilot Sustainable Tourism destination (ACS
    STZC)
  • Natural and cultural heritage can be appreciated
    and enjoyed by all
  • Public/private sector cooperation
  • Stakeholder participation

8
Niche Markets
  • Leisure
  • Ecotourism
  • Cultural/heritage tourism
  • Soft adventure
  • Festivals/events
  • Future health and agro tourism

9
Activities
  • Drive through
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Bird/turtle watching
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Adventure sports e.g. hashing, mountain biking
  • Mountain retreat e.g. eco-lodge

10
Sites Targeted for Development
  • Chupara Pt. Integrated resort
  • Las Cuevas Coastal resort
  • Port of Spain Business/Conference hotels
  • North Coast - Marinas

11
Investment Incentives
  • For accommodation facilities including campsites,
    eco-lodges and guesthouses
  • For tourism ancillary facilities including
    marinas boatyards, tour operation, recreational
    space theme parks, cultural centres
  • For tourism infrastructure public utilities,
    roads irrigation, ecological environmental
    maintenance
  • Environmental Impact Assessments are generally
    required.

12
Tourism Potential
  • Income security through creation of employment
    business opportunities
  • Accommodation facilities, BBs, eco-lodges
  • Goods service provision e.g. craft items,
    agricultural produce, catering, tour guiding
  • Staffing Visitor Information Centres
  • Staging of community events e.g. Parang Festival
  • Operation of area attractions
  • Conservation activities

13
Tourism Potential
  • Recreational opportunities through development of
    activities events
  • Festivals (culinary, fish, heritage)
  • Events e.g. surfing, adventure competitions

14
Community Tourism
  • Tourism Action Committees established
  • HRD/training programmes e.g. tour guiding
  • Facilities constructed
  • Visitor Information/Interpretation Centres e.g.
    Brasso Seco
  • Bathroom facilities at attractions
  • Picnic, vending other facilities at attractions
  • Technical limited financial assistance

15
Issues
  • Development vs. conservation balance
  • Zoning
  • Infrastructure development accessibility
  • Tourism impacts social, economic, cultural,
    environmental, political
  • Level of participation of communities
  • Planning approaches

16
Key Challenges
  • Inadequate level of holistic/integrated
    policies/planning to balance/regulate changing
    demand for competing services in Northern Range
  • Public Administration is highly sectoralized
    with direct responsibilities that have
    implications for the Northern Range distributed
    among many government departments and special
    agencies.

17
Key Challenges
  • Rapid degradation of Northern Range ecosystem
    including tourism assets
  • Need for appropriate infrastructural development
    to match development vision
  • Lack of approved planning for some developments
    demand-driven NOT policy-driven land-use
  • Increasing land prices

18
Key Challenges
  • Need to communicate value of Northern Range
  • Ensuring that buy-in for tourism development in
    communities is voluntary
  • Controlling unauthorized activities In Northern
    Range

19
TOURISM PERSPECTIVES RESPONSES
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Implementation Enforcement
  • Policies and plans not implemented because
  • Lack of political will
  • Lack of policy programme continuity
    coordination
  • Lack of strategic direction due to different
    views and focus of regularly changing leadership
  • Inadequate budgets
  • Lack of technical capacity

21
Implementation Enforcement
  • Implementation can be improved through
  • Development of a short and long-term vision and
    strategy
  • Integrated planning communication mechanisms
  • Vision 2020 Technical Sub-Committees
  • Policy Networking Forum
  • Standing/Steering Committees Working Groups
  • Stakeholder consultations
  • Sustainable Development Council/Northern Range
    Coordination Mechanism

22
Implementation Enforcement
  • Implementation can be improved through
  • An appropriate institutional framework to
    implement policies and plans
  • Institutional capacity building to ensure
    adequate HR mix continuous HRD
  • More attractive employment terms conditions to
    decrease staff turnover
  • Relevant HRD programmes (courses, workshops,
    conferences etc.)

23
Implementation Enforcement
  • Proper planning cycle with timely simultaneous
    policy development implementation planning
  • Seeking alternative sources of funds e.g. donor
    agencies, user fees etc.
  • Phased devolution/co-management of natural
    resources assets by communities via local
    government e.g. cooperation with Reg. Corps
    community tourism projects with public/private
    partnerships

24
Public Education
  • National sustainable development education
    strategy and action plan
  • Joint programme
  • Reinforce importance of our natural
    resources/assets
  • Collaboration between agencies pooling funding,
    technical expertise, one message for maximum
    impact

25
Research
  • Relevant research conducted include
  • Planning for Development A Development Study of
    Maracas Bay Fishing Village
  • North North East Coast Trinidad Carrying
    Capacity Study (1999)
  • Shoreline Management Plan for North North East
    Coast of Trinidad (2003)
  • Wastewater Management Strategy for the North
    North East Coast of Trinidad (2003)
  • Recreational Preference Survey (2003)

26
Research
  • Continue to develop greater understanding of
    issues impacting the Northern Range and other
    environmentally sensitive areas how to address
    them through tourism planning
  • Ensure that key issues are addressed by adopting
    relevant recommendations best practices
  • Better prioritization, collaboration and sharing
    of results necessary
  • Conduct tourism impact carrying capacity
    studies (social, economic, environmental etc.)

27
Integrated Planning
  • There is no obvious coordinating mechanism that
    generates synergies, or identifies and manages
    the trade-offs among responses.
  • There is a general lack of follow through on
    many policy responses
  • Use Vision 2020 National Planning Framework as a
    driver for integrated planning.
  • Use Policy Networking Forum as a mechanism to
    communicate tourism sector issues and
    requirements to decision makers in other
    Government Ministries.

28
Participatory Planning
  • Ensure stakeholder views considered.
  • Encourage more decentralized involvement in
    tourism planning implementation e.g. Regional
    corporations, Community Councils, community
    residents.
  • Better public/private/non-governmental
    understanding of roles, responsibilities and need
    for cooperation in tourism

29
Physical Planning
  • Lobby for updated National Physical Development
    Plan with designated (sustainable) tourism zones
    including official national parks and scientific
    reserves in the Northern Range
  • Greater dialogue collaboration with agencies
    responsible for physical/land use planning and
    environmental management including coastal zones.
  • Ministry of Tourism is on a CDA Committee that is
    overseeing the review of development plans for
    Chaguaramas.

30
Standards Guidelines
  • Development of guidelines e.g. for eco-lodges,
    guesthouses
  • Strive for tourism facilities and attractions to
    be environmentally friendly e.g. Blue Flag
    Green Globe certification

31
Human Resource Development
  • Relevant training for tourism management agency
    staff courses, conferences, workshops etc.
  • Community tourism
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Ecotourism
  • Coastal recreational tourism
  • Tourism policy development
  • Sites and Attractions Management

32
Human Resource Development
  • Continue tourism Industry capacity building
    programmes including empowering interested
    communities through training.
  • Stronger lobby for tourism as part of primary and
    secondary school curricula working with regional
    and local agencies e.g. CTO, Government
    Ministries

33
Building Tourism Awareness
  • Using various media and methods, create a greater
    awareness of tourism in general
  • Encourage domestic tourism to build a greater
    appreciation of TT cultural, heritage, natural
    and other assets with stakeholder support. e.g.
    National Tourism Celebrations, Tourism Park 2004

34
Monitoring Evaluation
  • Need an effective system to monitor evaluate
    the impacts of policies, projects etc. should go
    beyond periodic checks on how funds are being
    spent. Bodies such as the NRCM can be an external
    check balance in this regard.
  • Each public sector agency should also have an
    internal ME system that should include
  • Measurable goals/outputs
  • Critical Success factors
  • Mechanism to gauge feedback from target
    beneficiaries
  • Adoption of leanings from successes and failures

35
The Way Forward
  • Lobby for establishment of NRCM
  • Lobby for application of an integrated planning
    approach through Policy Networking Forum
  • Ensure that policies and programmes are developed
    based on stakeholder participation and with
    satisfactory consideration of all impacts.

36
Thank You!
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