Jamaica to Host UNWTO Conference in November

From left to right, Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s minister of tourism; Taleb Rifai, secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO); and Jeffrey Wuorinen, senior vice president at Chemonics International

Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s minister of tourism, recently signed an agreement at the Palacio Neptuno in Spain to host a major global conference to commemorate the 2017 United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

The event, which is a collaborative effort between the Government of Jamaica, international development firm Chemonics International and the UNWTO, will be staged from November 27 - 29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

Speaking during the historic signing ceremony, Bartlett expressed that he was honored to have participated on behalf of the Prime Minister of Jamaica, to concretize arrangements to host such a prestigious event in Jamaica.

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“This signing will see an international conference of great magnitude and importance to global tourism, being hosted in Jamaica,” said Bartlett in a written release. “We look forward to showcasing our destination but more so within the context of sustainability and the building of public-private-partnerships.”

The agreement is of great historical importance because it signals the first time that the UNWTO will stage a world conference on tourism in the Caribbean or the Americas, according to a Jamaica Tourist Board release.

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