Published on : Wednesday, March 15, 2017
The Global Conference on Building Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism for Development, will be held from November 27 to 29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James. Jamaica Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett has said the World Bank has agreed to partner with Jamaica and the UNWTO for hosting this historic conference. Speaking to global media, UNWTO Secretary General, Dr. Taleb Rifai introduced the new partner.
Minister Bartlett while addressing the press said that he believes that the conference has now been set on a new and interesting path with the addition of such a major partner. To quote Minister Bartlett, “The inclusion of the World Bank as a partner will be a ‘game-changer’ in terms of how the conference is positioned. It will go way beyond the limits of a technical conference, but will be transactional and business oriented.”
He added that “the addition of the World Bank will provide a grand opportunity for international funders of tourism to meet with Ministers as well as private and public sector entities that have development projects and are able to access funding through these entities. So Jamaica will be the destination where many of these major sustainable tourism development transactions will actually take place.”
The next global media session with the World Bank will be in Bangkok, Thailand where the partners will meet with the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). Edmund Bartlett also said that Jamaica has accepted a special invitation from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to become a member of the High Level Task Force on Tourism and Security (HLTF), which seeks to advance discussions on the current safety and security situation facing the tourism sector globally.