IIPT International Community Tourism Network Celebrates International Year of Sustainable Tourism For Development in London

The IIPT International Community Tourism Network together with Countrystyle Community Tourism/Villages as Businesses (CCTN/VAB), the Business Improvement District (BID) and Brixton Neighbourhood Forum (BNF), with support from local chambers of commerce, will celebrate the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development at a reception in Brixton, London on Wednesday 1st March 2017.

Countrystyle Community Tourism/Villages as Businesses has pioneered a practical and sustainable response to international interest in authentic interaction between visitors and local communities. The Villages as Businesses (VAB) programme trains villages to host Countrystyle Community Experience tours and vacations and, with the acquisition of new skills and income, to improve and strengthen their community, environment and economy.

Rudi Page, CCTN’s Global Diaspora Director and CEO of MCW London, stated “This initiative is a key deliverable from the Global Diaspora Engagement Plan, designed to promote Diaspora trade and services expertise and networks for sustainable economic pathways between UK and Caribbean.”

The Global Diaspora Engagement Plan for Community Tourism was launched by the IIPT International Community Tourism Network, Countrystyle Community Tourism/Villages As Businesses and MCW London at the Mandeville Hotel, Manchester, Jamaica on Wednesday 18th January 2017. The event was scheduled and organised to celebrate International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development being launched simultaneously in Madrid.

Councillor Homer Davis, Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation, stated: “Bringing together Global Diaspora and
Villages as Businesses is encouraging. It goes beyond simply strengthening ties among Jamaicans at home and opens the way for partnerships that encourage
trade both internationally and regionally, as we invite others to collaborate with us. The “Diaspora Connect Festival,” to be held at the Mobay Cultural Village,
Montego Bay, Jamaica on Friday 30th June 2017,

Rudi Page, CEO of MCW and CCTN’s Global Diaspora Director, stated: “Our theme for the next two years is ‘Welcome Home’ as it reflects the
Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development value: ‘Travel, Enjoy, Respect.’ We will initiate and build on civic twinning arrangements and business links
between London and Jamaica, taking advantage of London as a city at the centre of the world providing leadership in promoting inclusive
communities for IIPT International Community Tourism Network

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