Published on : Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, will be discussing with leading gastronomy experts at the UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism, to take place in Donostia, San Sebastian, Spain, from May 8-9, 2017. Such discussion, according to him, will be important for further development of the gastronomy product locally.
To quote Minister Bartlett, “Gastronomy is one of the fastest growing reasons for people to travel. In fact, the international gastronomy market is approximately US$150 billion. Therefore, as we continue to position Jamaica as an ideal destination for food tourism, through the Tourism Linkages Network, I believe we still have room to grow the market and ensure that every Jamaican can reap the benefits – which is why this forum is important.”
According to the UNWTO, the Forum on Gastronomy Tourism will provide an opportunity for leading experts in gastronomy tourism to discuss the current situation and challenges in Gastronomy Tourism worldwide. The forum will be held in a new format, with various events being held in different gastronomy hubs across the Basque Country, showcasing diverse products.
To quote Minister Bartlett once again, “While the discussions at the forum are of particular interest to me, I am equally pleased that the event will be hosted at the world-renowned Basque Culinary Centre. This is an institution which has a very similar teaching style to what I hope to establish in Jamaica through the Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation (JCTI), which we will be establishing in the island next year.” The Minister left Jamaica on May 06 to attend the gastronomy forum in San Sebastian and was joined by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Jennifer Griffith. He will to return to the island on May 13, 2017.