Published on : Friday, June 23, 2017
IDB Vice-President for Countries, Alexandre Meira da Rosa, gave the assurance to the Jamaican Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, at a meeting with IDB representatives in Washington DC on June 20, during his two-day visit to the American capital. Mr. Bartlett welcomed this partnership.
Minister Bartlett said that the IDB has agreed to work with the Jamaican Ministry of Tourism in providing content, look at investment opportunities, as well as institutional support mechanisms for capturing and managing data in the sector.
Mr. Bartlett also got support for hosting the conference in November from members of the diplomatic corps, investors, tourism stakeholders as well as members of the Jamaican diaspora in Washington DC. At a luncheon at the Embassy of Jamaica, Minister Bartlett said the UNWTO conference will not only put the spotlight on Jamaica “but provide opportunities to present our message to an audience the likes of which we have never seen before”. He added, “Not only will the conference be the single biggest international tourism event ever held on local soil, but could be the single most important event that is held in Jamaica.”
The event will bring together world leaders from the tourism industry along with governments, donors, international development and finance organizations to design and coordinate an international road map and foster collaborative relationships for inclusive economic and social development via tourism.