“Environmental protection and development can go hand-in-hand. But it takes communication to create sustainability solutions.” Ruleta Camacho, Senior Environment Officer, Antigua

Sustainable Destinations Alliance for the Americas

Sustainable Destinations Alliance for the Americas


In the Caribbean, where tourism drives the economy and the tension between the desire for development and the need to protect resources is ongoing, we are leading a consortium of businesses, destinations, donors, regional organizations and nonprofits — all with a vested interested in maintaining and restoring the region’s natural, cultural and economic integrity.

The destinations that belong to the alliance include:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Dominica
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Riviera Maya
  • St. Kitts & Nevis

In each of these destinations, we’re providing a host of regionalized approaches to their unique set of challenges and opportunities, ultimately allowing them to determine their own paths toward ongoing sustainable development.

As a result of the SDAA’s initial efforts, each destination is now equipped with a list of action projects as a way to develop best practices and work towards becoming a sustainable destination. The projects address top priority environmental, socio-cultural, and economic issues to help preserve the destination, improve the visitor experience, and increase benefits for local residents.

The Sustainable Destinations Alliance for the Americas (SDAA) plans to expand the program to include more than 30 destinations in the next few years and to become the largest and most comprehensive project of its kind in the region.

SDAA members include the Organization of American States, Caribbean Tourism Organization, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Secretariat of Central American Tourism Integration and the United States Government through the United States Permanent Mission to the Organization of American States and G Adventures/Planeterra.

For more information, please contact Issa Torres.

Introduction to the SDAA

Endorsement from the UNWTO