Caribbean Tourism Organization Treating Sargassum “Seriously and With Urgency”

Sargassum seaweed on a Caribbean beach.

What’s next for seaweed problem?

By Dana Niland
CJ Contributor

The seasonal spike of Sargassum seaweed on Caribbean beaches has captured the attention of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and tourism policymakers across the region.

In a statement released today, the CTO expressed that it is treating the matter “seriously and with urgency,” and that it has engaged a number of regional and international institutions in its attempts to find a solution.

The organization will be holding a symposium at the University of the West Indies in order to confer upon the many ideas and theories put forth by its various member-countries.

“The Caribbean has countless attributes which makes our region a most desirable holiday destination,” the CTO writes. “Our history, culture, cuisine, music, hiking, diving, bird-watching, festivals, etc, all make for unforgettable experiences. However, for most of our members, the beach is an integral part of this experience, the pristine nature of which we are proud. We are aware that the influx of sargassum can impact this aspect of our product and we will be at the centre of efforts to find a regional solution.”

The statement expressed optimism that, together, the tourism officials of the region will be able to develop a meaningful solution.