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Caribbean Tourism Legislation Database



INTRODUCTION ………………………………………………………… 2-3

Background and Purpose
How to Use the Database


II.LISTING BY SUBJECT AREA ………………………………… 32-51

1.Institutional Framework of Tourism
2.Tourist Accommodation Establishments
3.Development Incentives
4.Regulation and Control of Tourism Industry
5.Tourism Taxation
6.Tourism and Environment
7.Travel/Tours, Sports, Entertainment
8.Air and Sea Transport



This Caribbean Tourism Legislation Database is intended primarily as a service to CTO members, although clearly it will also be of assistance to the numerous academic institutions and individual researchers who make use of the Organization’s Documentation Centre. It is meant to serve as a ready and easy-to-use reference source on regional tourism legislation available at CTO Headquarters for consultation. The need to compile such a database arose from CTO’s ongoing work programme activities, notably in the area of product development, and the increasing requests for examples of tourism-related legislative enactments made by member countries in recent times.


The present first edition of the database contains 187 pieces of tourism-related legislation from 20 member countries. It is not a complete coverage of all CTO member countries; nor is it a full compendium of tourism legislation in the Caribbean. But it is perhaps the largest collection of its kind and, to that extent, it is also a unique resource. More importantly, this first edition represents the beginning of an ongoing process of collection and systematic and user-friendly compilation of tourism legislation. Thus, the database will expand as more items are incorporated into it. Regular updates of this publication will inform members and other users. In its present initial form the database is in a document rather than a database format. It does however lend itself easily for inclusion in due course in the CTO Database System, which is currently under preparation.


The database has been structured with a view to providing a quick and easy overview of its contents. It comprises two main listings. The first listing presents all legislation by country in alphabetical order. Here entries are given with full details and a brief annotation. The following is a typical example:

The Anguilla Tourist Board Ordinance, 1993. (No. 16 of 1993) An Ordinance to provide for the establishment of a statutory authority known as the Anguilla Tourist Board for the encouragement, promotion and development of tourist traffic to Anguilla, for adequate and efficient tourist services for Anguilla and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

The second main listing regroups and classifies the available items under nine different subject areas. These subject areas are the following:

1)Institutional Framework of Tourism
2)Tourist Accommodation Establishments
3)Development Incentives
4)Regulation and Control of Tourism Industry
5)Tourism Taxation
6)Tourism and Environment
7)Travel/Tours, Sports, Entertainment
8)Air and Sea Transport

Items under this subject listing are again presented by country in alphabetical order. Entries under this listing are abbreviated. For example, under “Institutional Framework of Tourism” and under Anguilla, the above item is shown as follows.

The Anguilla Tourist Board Ordinance, 1993. (No. 16 of 1993)

Due to the close affinity between certain subject areas, on the one hand, and the multi-purpose nature of certain legislative items, on the other hand, a certain amount of overlap and...
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