Increased intra-regional travel for deeper integration

Tourism, by any measure, is the lead sector driving the economies of the Member States within the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Therefore, as the OECS continues to pursue increased economic integration, tourism is expected to play a crucial role in operationalising the Economic Union.

A fundamental ingredient in the tourism growth and development strategy within the OECS Economic Union is the creation of a single shared economic space, which hinges strongly on ease of travel within that shared space. The principal aim of the OECS Economic Union is to improve the region’s economic competitiveness. Tourism represents a relatively significant proportion of the region’s economic base, hence the importance of the OECS Common Tourism Policy in seeking to increase collaboration across Member States in order to improve the competitiveness of the region’s tourism sector and consequently to increase the value that each state derives from tourism.

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