SAN JUAN Six Caribbean countries will share an $800,000 grant from the Inter-American Development Bank to develop and implement a regional tourism health information, monitoring and response system, the government of Trinidad and Tobago said Thursday.
Besides Trinidad and Tobago, the grant will benefit the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Guyana and Jamaica, according to an official statement.
The Caribbean region is the most tourism dependent region in the world and the recent pandemics SARS in 2000, H1N1 in 2009, Chikungunya in 2013 and now the Zika virus, has accelerated the need to monitor and respond to travel related illnesses, the Trinidadian Ministry of Tourism said.
The Caribbean Public Health Agency will be responsible for implementation, working with the Caribbean Tourism Organization and the Caribbean Hotel Association.
The three-year project is aimed to help the tourism sector to adopt comprehensive and effective health and environmental sanitation practices.