Honored with visits from the Minister of Tourism of the Cayman Islands and Mercer University research group

05/21/2019

Minister Moses Kirkconnell, Director of Tourism Rosa Harris and eight members of the Cayman Islands leadership committee traveled to Aruba to learn more about the island’s tourism and sustainability success. 

The delegation considers Aruba its top Caribbean destination competitor. They requested to visit Bucuti & Tara as the one island hotel to tour and learn more about best practices. The group shared that it was aware of the awards won by Bucuti & Tara and was eager to see how a top-line sustainability product operates.
 
Ewald Biemans welcomed the esteemed group with opened arms. A lifelong environmentislt, he delighted in the opportunity to share knowledge and collaborate in being responsible stewards of the planet, "I am humbled to show our resort and elaborate on ways to achieve business and environmental success simultaneously. It was an honor to have Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort selected by Minister Moses Kirkconnell and the Cayman Islands Tourism officials as a resource to help other tourism organizations learn more and implement vitally needed sustainability initiatives,” he said.  “For the future of Caribbean tourism to survive, we must all work together to share best practices in achieving the balance of sustainability and providing memorable vacations.” 
 
Days earlier, U.S. University Professors and their students visited for climate change studies.  Mercer University located in Georgia in the U.S., led by Mr. Eimad Houry, professor of international relations is conducting research to better understand the impact of climate change on small islands with emphasis on those heavily reliant on tourism such as Aruba. Professor Houry requested to study at Bucuti & Tara upon learning about the resort’s certification of carbon neutrality/net zero and wanting to learn how this was achieved. He was joined by colleague Dr. Chinekwu Obidoa and ten students.  
 
We are proud to have the opportunity to share our successes in hopes that others will enjoy them as well to broaden sustainable practices everywhere.