720 Persons Have Registered for UNWTO Conference

Photo: Mark Bell Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett.

Story Highlights

  • More than 720 persons have already registered for the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) global conference to be held from November 27 to 29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James.
  • The Minister noted that the country’s world-class attractions and high-end hotels and villas will have a unique opportunity to be showcased on the world stage, further highlighting Jamaica as the premier destination in the region.
  • Mr. Bartlett informed that discussions will focus on, among other things, “the future of tourism in the Caribbean, the importance of technology, and the role of the public and private sectors in building out the industry in order to enable greater retention of the tourism dollar in the Caribbean”.

More than 720 persons have already registered for the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) global conference to be held from November 27 to 29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James.

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, who made the disclosure in an interview with JIS News, said the number of attendees is expected to exceed the 800 originally predicted.

“Actually, we are on track to see some 1,000 delegates being registered,” he informed.

“Persons have been expressing interest… persons are very excited about coming. We were in the United Kingdom recently, and everybody is talking about the conference and Jamaica. This is truly phenomenal,” he pointed out.

The Tourism Minister said the event is poised to be the “biggest we have ever seen,” noting that all the elements are in place to showcase Jamaica in a very positive light.

He told JIS News that he has been having logistics meetings with the local planning committees, and he is “very comfortable with where we are” with about two weeks to go.

The Minister noted that the country’s world-class attractions and high-end hotels and villas will have a unique opportunity to be showcased on the world stage, further highlighting Jamaica as the premier destination in the region.

“We could never in our wildest imagination pay for the kind of publicity we will be getting,” he noted.

“The eyes of the world will be on us, and we will have the opportunity to promote our gastronomy and culinary delights, our shopping and entertainment, our cultural heritage and our first-class cruise ports,” he added.

The three-day conference on ‘Partnerships for Jobs and Inclusive Growth through Sustainable Tourism’ is being hosted by the Government of Jamaica in partnership with the World Bank Group.

Calling the event “the most significant global conference to be held in the Western Hemisphere,” the Tourism Minister said “we are going to be showcasing this destination as the centrepiece for the world’s gaze for over three days. This will be culminated by a grand send-off at one of our major attractions, where the full scope of the Jamaican hospitality will be on display”.

Mr. Bartlett informed that discussions will focus on, among other things, “the future of tourism in the Caribbean, the importance of technology, and the role of the public and private sectors in building out the industry in order to enable greater retention of the tourism dollar in the Caribbean”.

The event, which will be attended by some 157 Ministers of Tourism and Government officials from all over the world, will see participants engaged in plenary sessions and workshops on a range of subject matters pertinent to tourism, including development assistance and investment partnership opportunities.

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