Published on : Friday, November 24, 2017
Three attractions indigenous to Jamaica’s tourism product are to receive greater exposure from visitors who would be assembling at Montego Bay, St James, for the first-ever World Tourism Conference to be held next week.
The three-day ‘Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth’ will facilitate technical visits to the three community-tourism experiences, namely – the Rasta Indigenous Village, Cockpit Country Adventure Tours, and the Bunkers Hill Cultural Xperience and River Tour. Minister Bartlett said that these attractions were selected to showcase the biological diversity of Jamaica’s natural environment, rich history, and culture.
The conference is being held within the framework of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism; the first time the World Bank Group will partner with the Inter-American Development Bank and the UNWTO, as well as its affiliate members to host a global event on tourism in the Caribbean or the Americas. Around 800 to 1,000 visitors are expected to be present in the island for the event.
Delegates from more than 157 countries will be attending the conference to hear more about the value of the Rasta Indigenous Village. Visitors would learn about the ways of Rastafari, participate in organic farming and learn to make traditional crafts and receive lessons in music.
Jamaica is expected to witness four million visitors this year. The tourism minister said that the conference would also be a catalyst for development of the global and Caribbean tourism industry.