BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, May 17, CMC – The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Tuesday announced the appointment of Dominican Amanda Charles as its sustainable tourism specialist.
The CTO said that Charles, will coordinate and implement the CTO’s sustainable tourism programme aimed at enhancing the development, growth, quality, competitiveness and sustainability of Caribbean tourism.
Charles is a tourism professional with several years of experience, having worked most recently as the adviser to the directorate of sustainable tourism at the Trinidad-based Association of Caribbean States (ACS), a position she held for five years.
She also worked as a tourism specialist consultant at the Organization of American States (OAS) department of economic development, trade and tourism in Washington, DC and as a project consultant at the OAS department of sustainable development.
A CTO Foundation scholarship winner in 2006 and 2007, Charles is a graduate of George Washington University in Washington, DC from which she holds a master’s degree in tourism administration, with emphasis on sustainable destination management.
She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality and tourism management, with minors in business administration and French, from the State University of New York (SUNY) Plattsburgh.
The CTO said that as the sustainable tourism specialist, she will lead the organization’s agenda which includes “helping to develop quality standards for Caribbean destinations and their tourism products and services; designing, delivering and/or coordinating training and development programmes dealing with sustainable tourism and product development” among others.