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  • Fourteen Caribbean Tourism Ministers and their senior technocrats have been invited by the Government of Spain to participate in a one-week seminar.
  • The seminar will expose participants to, among other things, the importance of renewable energy in sustaining and advancing the tourism sector.
  • The seminar’s participants will also be exposed practices undertaken by Spain which positioned that country to currently being the third most popular tourism destination in the world.

Fourteen Caribbean Tourism Ministers and their senior technocrats have been invited by the Government of Spain to participate in a one-week seminar in that country’s capital, Madrid.

Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Celsa Nuño, says the seminar will expose participants to, among other things, the importance of renewable energy in sustaining and advancing the tourism sector.

She made the announcement during the commissioning ceremony for a $388 million (US$3.5 million) 1600 kilowatt solar energy plant at the Grand Palladium Hotel in Hanover on May 30.

Ambassador Nuño advised that the seminar’s participants will also be exposed practices undertaken by Spain which positioned that country to currently being the third most popular tourism destination in the world, averaging over 60 million visitors annually, and how these can be applied within the Caribbean.

Meanwhile, Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, who also attended the commissioning ceremony, conveyed gratitude on behalf of the targeted beneficiaries.

He said Spain’s gesture comes against the background of the cordial relationship Caribbean states share with that country.

“I am sure my colleagues in the tourism sector, both here in Jamaica and across the Caribbean, would be more than happy to take up the invitation. On behalf of the Government of Jamaica, let me express profound appreciation on behalf of the Caribbean tourism sector for the kind gesture from the Government of Spain,” Mr. Paulwell said.