Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Jennifer Griffith, says the staging of the International Conference & Exhibition (AICE) 2022 in Jamacia will shine the spotlight on the island as the Caribbean’s leading destination for leisure and business.
She was speaking at the media launch of the event on Thursday (January 27) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James.
Jamaica, through the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA), was selected to host the eighth annual event that is organised by the World Free Zones Organization (WFZO).
More than 1,500 guests from some 140 countries are slated to attend the conference, which is scheduled for the Montego Bay Convention Centre from June 13 to 17.
It will bring together a large cross-section of international, regional, and local participants, including business leaders, free-trade practitioners, multilateral organisations and policymakers, who will spread public awareness about the contribution of free zones to economic growth and exchange ideas, experiences, and vision for a more integrated global trade environment.
“Further… delegates will have the opportunity to experience a taste of our island home, from our welcoming people, our unique culture and spectacular destination product,” Ms. Griffith said.
She noted that the conference will also highlight investments in tourism.
“Investment is crucial to the ongoing development and growth of our tourism sector as we seek to diversify our tourism product, provide more jobs for Jamaicans and attract more visitors to our shores,” she said.
“This is why hosting this conference now is so important as we strive to recover from the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It has had quite an effect on tourism as you know, and we need to build back better and stronger,” she added.