Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says World Tourism Day is a celebration of tourism’s ability to drive inclusive development, while generating opportunities for many millions across the globe.
Jamaica will join the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the global community in celebrating the Day on September 27, under the theme ‘Tourism for Inclusive Growth’.
Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ at the agency’s head office in Kingston today (September 21), Mr. Bartlett said according to the UNWTO, “it is an opportunity to look beyond tourism statistics and acknowledge that behind every number, there is a person… and to celebrate tourism’s unique ability to ensure that nobody is left behind as the world begins to open up again and look to the future”.
He further informed that the theme will also be used to guide Jamaica’s activities for Tourism Awareness Week (TAW), slated for September 26 to October 2.
“The activities that we are planning will include daily advertorials highlighting initiatives of the Ministry of Tourism and its public bodies that foster inclusive growth, a Church Service, a Virtual Expo, a Virtual Concert, and a Youth Digital Photo Competition,” the Minister said.
Mr. Bartlett pointed out that Tourism is one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing industries and is a major source of income for many countries.
“In Jamaica, tourism is our bread and butter. It is the engine of our economy. It creates jobs, attracts foreign investments, drives the development of critical infrastructure, and promotes trade across multiple sectors. More importantly, it promotes inclusive economic growth and social mobility,” said the Minister.