Tourism Intelligence International strongly believes that Tourism is one of the principal economic activities in islands and therefore an essential source of job opportunities, livelihood, and inclusive growth for these destinations. For Small Island Developing States (SIDS), international tourism is of special significance and often represents a major source of foreign currency, while at the same time it is subject to specific social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities.
Tourism Intelligence International's Managing Director, Dr. Auliana Poon presented at the conference and addressed a wide range of relevant issues for island destinations, from the paradigm shift that is taking place in travel and tourism and the implications to island destinations, to the competitiveness and sustainability perspectives. The presentation identified specific challenges and vulnerabilities and examples of relevant actions and best practice drawing on the example of Villa Being in Tobago, a property owned and managed by Tourism Intelligence International (www.Being-Tobago.com).
As an Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, Tourism Intelligence International continues to support the organisation's initiatives aimed at promoting awareness of the role of tourism in sustainable development, including the special needs of SIDS.