What We Do

The three MAR Network partners have carried out the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s (GSTC) Sustainable Destination Assessment (SDA) and Action Plan​.

Our work is based on the results of the SDAs carried out on 2018 and 2019.

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GUIDING PRINCIPLES

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The use of proven international methodology for visitor use assessment

To provide Quality Visitor Experience to Guests by avoiding overcrowding and ensuring health and safety

To promote new product development and diversification, ensuring safety, security, and guest satisfaction

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Ensure Conservation of Environment and Social-Cultural Fabric

Secure the Longevity of the Destination and Attractions

Promote a balanced tourism product between overnight and cruise visitors in MAR Destination

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MOVING FORWARD

In order to address issues and improve upon cruise visitor experience, we are securing funds  to carry out

the following actions: 

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Visitor management studies at different levels on topics  such as  sewage, potable water and solid waste. 

These are crucial to attain real impacts on the destinations’ ability to transform into a sustainable tourism destination and achieve coral reef health in the region. These studies are a first step towards regional stewardship.
 

Support in the building of the Destination Management Organizations (DMOs) for each destination.

Local DMOs will define and implement a publicly available multi-year destination strategy suited to the destination’s scale and developed with public participation, based on GSTC assessments recommendations. 

 

The strategy must provide destinations with a vision towards stewardship of their cultural, social, and environmental assets.
 

Create regional standardized training materials for the MAR that can support destinations in delivering a common educational message to local communities, tourism professionals, and visitors.

 While some progress has been made on the marine recreational activities, work is needed to conserve the integrity of other on-land sensitive ecosystems that end up impacting our resources.
 

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PROTECT OUR REEF,

SECURE OUR FUTURE

The MAR Network is open to ongoing discussions with the tourism industry around these sensitive issues, collaboration to enhance cruise visitors experience, and keeping the MAR as a viable cruise destination. 

We celebrate the cruise lines engagement in support of implement the actions proposed herein that will help us.