Tourism is credited with being the world’s largest and fastest growing industry, representing the largest voluntary transfer of resources from the rich to the poor in history. In the Caribbean and many other parts of the world, reality has overtaken all the various arguments about its fickleness and it is recognized as a major driver of the economy in both developed and developing countries. Given its linkages, when tourism does badly, many other sectors are in decline.
There however remain serious issues about its socio-cultural and environmental impacts and its sustainability requires that decision making be based on strategic planning approaches underpinned by hard research and statistics.
It is for this reason that the entry of Tourism Intelligence International into the field of tourism research and planning has been a welcome addition to the armoury of those wishing to reinvent either their tourism business or their tourism sector and bring it into the 21st century. There is little doubt, therefore, that… a great deal has been accomplished.
The Caribbean is proud that the team takes it leadership from within this region in the person of the highly qualified Dr. Auliana Poon who combines a large degree of enthusiasm with a keen mind and a passion for innovation. She has fashioned the group into a sophisticated combination of skilled personnel drawn from around the world who have delivered excellent tourism services in diverse countries situated on almost every continent.
As the former Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Research and Development Centre, the former Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization and the current Chairman of LIAT, the Caribbean Airline, I am pleased, as a satisfied and informed user, to add my voice to the chorus of those who write in appreciation of the services of Tourism Intelligence International and to wish it every success in the future…