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  • Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, is to attend the International Tourism Exchange (ITB) in Berlin, Germany.
  • ITB Berlin is the largest tourism trade show in the world.
  • Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson will also be away from March 3 to 7, attending the board meeting of the Global Fund in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, is to attend the International Tourism Exchange (ITB) in Berlin, Germany.

Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, told journalists at the Jamaica House Press briefing on February 26, that Cabinet has approved overseas travel for Dr. McNeill to attend the ITB in Germany and meetings in London, from March 2 to 7.

She said that ITB Berlin is the largest tourism trade show in the world and a prime marketplace and driving force behind the international tourism industry. The event showcases hotels, tourist boards, tour operators, airlines among others related to the travel industry.

Minister McNeill will be accompanied by Director of Jamaica Vacations Limited (JAMVAC), Paul Pennicook; Chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Dennis Morrison; and Director of Tourism, John Lynch.

Minister Falconer said that the Minister will convene meetings in London with tour operators and other strategic partners. The approximate cost of the travel is

$4.2 million, she informed.

Meanwhile, Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson will also be away from March 3 to 7, attending the board meeting of the Global Fund in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Information Minister said Cabinet has approved the overseas travel for

Dr. Ferguson, who will be accompanied by the director of the HIV/AIDS Programme in the Ministry of Health.

She further informed that Minister Ferguson is the Alternate Board Member for Latin America and the Caribbean on the Global Fund, and that expenses for the Minister’s travel are being met by the Fund.

The Global Fund provides funding support for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria projects around the world.