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  • Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, will assume Chairmanship of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Executive Council in September.
  • This development follows Jamaica’s election, earlier this year, to chair the prestigious Council.
  • Dr. McNeill said it is “significant development” for the country and region.

Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, will assume Chairmanship of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Executive Council in September.

This development follows Jamaica’s election, earlier this year, to chair the prestigious Council, which comprises Tourism Ministers of 32 member states from all continents.

The Minister made this disclosure during his 2014/15 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, May 27, under the theme: ‘Tourism: Delivering on its Promise of Opportunities and Growth’.

Noting that Jamaica’s elevation to the position is a first for the Caribbean, Dr. McNeill said it is “significant development” for the country and region. Additionally, he said it is another example of the island “punching above our weight in a highly competitive arena.”

“Jamaica has long been recognised as a leader regionally and worldwide. Once again, our international stature has been acknowledged …we will, therefore, be influencing the strategic activities of the UNWTO and helping to shape policies that will impact the world’s tourism industry,” the Minister stated.