Published on : Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Jamaica is at the spotlight of the global tourism when Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett invited delegates for Gala Dinner at the UNWTO Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
It was attended by the heads of state from Jamaica, St. Lucia and the Dominican Republic and by ministers of tourism and senior members of the tourism leadership from throughout the Caribbean. Among the special guests was Miss Universe Jamaica.
Bartlett said: “I am proud to welcome tourism leaders and participants from around the world, as we celebrate the achievement of stalwarts in global tourism. We welcome His Excellency Danillo Media from the Dominican Republic, the keynote speaker, Allen Chastanet, Prime Minister of St. Lucia and the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica, and the Hon. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization.”
In the event, awards were given to David Scowsill, former president and CEO of the WTTC. He led an impressive global outreach drive which helped attract companies from Asia along with a mix of online and technology business. The award was accepted on his behalf by his partner Rick Ferree.
Dr. Taleb Rifai was also felicitated with a standing applause. He has been leading the UNWTO with distinction and a vision unknown before. Taleb will leave his position on December 31.
Also awarded were Micky Arison, Chairman and CEO of Carnival Corporation and Frank Rainieri, the President & CEO of Puntacana Group. Among his merits was the creation of Punta Cana, as a tourist destination.
Gorden “Butch” Stewart from Jamaica received the award as the owner and founder of Sandals Resort. Miss Universe Jamaica was a guest of honor.