Lee: Tourism can help accomplish millennium development goals

POSTED: 05/19/11 12:16 PM

St. Maarten – The President of the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (S.H.T.A.) Emil Lee has stressed that tourism can be used to accomplish the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Lee made the statement when he was presented with the first country report on the MDGs, which the SHTA helped to compile. The presentation was made by United Nations Development Program liaison office for St. Maarten and Curacao Okama Brook and Project Coordinator Loekie Morales.

As he accepted the report Lee said the SHTA has always taken a holistic approach to the country’s development. One example of that is the SHTA’s Vision for St. Maarten, which focuses on improving the quality of life on St. Maarten. He also emphasized the significance of improving the island’s main economic pillar – tourism – in order to achieve some of the goals outlined in the report, such as poverty alleviation.

“Issues such as seasonal employment and shortened work weeks/hours are all consequences of a much larger problem: an unstable tourism industry. Once the industry is stabilized, it will have a positive effect on the economy and quality of life,” Lee said.


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