Published on : Monday, November 27, 2017
Indeed, historians tell of the era when Messrs Ian Fleming, Noël Coward and Errol Flynn owned properties on Jamaica’s north and north-eastern coasts and the fact that this island served as a getaway for famous people, among them Hollywood legends Ms Audrey Hepburn, Ms Sophia Loren, Mr Peter O’Toole, English novelist Mr Graham Greene, and American novelist, actor and screenwriter Mr Truman Capote, just to name a few.
Jamaica welcomes its fair share of the world’s rich and famous who relish the privacy they enjoy while here, as well as our cuisine, culture, warm weather, and the genuine hospitality extended to them by the Jamaican people.
They are therefore not surprised that some of the world’s more prominent business leaders are now in the island for the Global Tourism Conference which opens today and will run until Wednesday in Montego Bay.
In total, there is approximately 1,300 delegates have registered for the event which is being staged by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Government of Jamaica, World Bank Group, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
Among them are Spanish hotel mogul Mr Abel Matutes, owner and director general of the Palladium Hotel Group; Mr Frank Raineri, founder and president of the Punta Cana Group; Mr Hakuhiko Ishii, director of overseas market development for All Nippon Airways, Japan’s largest airline; Silicon v alley business titan Mr Chris Lehane, head of global policy and communications at Airbnb; Mr Steven Paganelli, senior executive of the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor; and cruise industry tycoons Messrs Arnold Donald of Carnival Corporation and Adam Goldstein of Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited.