Jamaica to define itself as a global conference destination – Tourism Minister

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Nov. 2, CMC – Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica should cement its place as a global conference destination when the western city of Montego Bay hosts the ‘Global Conference on Sustainable Tourism’ from November 27 to 29.

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) conference is being held in collaboration with the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St James.

Bartlett also noted that the level of collaboration for the conference underpins its value, quality and uniqueness, as this will be the first that “everyone involved in tourism in a global perspective will be here in Jamaica and involved in discussing, deliberating and finalising a UN Declaration”.At  media briefing held earlier this week, Bartlett said one of the key outcomes of the conference will be the Declaration of Montego Bay document, which will form the blueprint for sustainable tourism development globally.

“The legacy from this conference will make Jamaica immortal, because we will become the centre for a whole range of discussions and applications in the future as we build out tourism down the road,” he argued.

The minister said the conference is going to redefine destination Jamaica as the centre where the world can come on an annual basis to cerebrate on matters relating to the development of tourism.

Citing the importance of the involvement of the key multilateral financial institutions, including the World Bank and the IDB, Bartlett said this is aimed at “putting into strong focus the economic importance of tourism in global arrangements”.

These deliberations, he pointed out, will focus on bringing ideas and capital together to create products and to build out a strategy for stimulating economic growth and job creation during the event, which is to be held under the theme ‘Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism’.

“It is the first time in the history of tourism activities that these elements are coming together to discuss the future of tourism,” the minister explained.

Bartlett encouraged Jamaicans to register to attend the conference via the UNWTO website.

He also said the ministry has made efforts to ensure the conference offers a “more interactive approach”, and, as a result, the first plenary session will include Ministers of Tourism and Chief Executive Officers of tourism enterprises engaging in dialogue about the make-up of successful, replicable collaboration models.

Among the confirmed speakers at the conference are Prime Minister Andrew Holness; President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina; and UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.

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