Tourism – A key to development!

Published on : Monday, November 13, 2017

indexJamaica will organize international conference in a week’s time. It’s aimed to reposition tourism as an important global driver in terms of sustainable development.


Unlike other industry related events, ‘Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism’ will discover the ways in which governments, different international financial institutions, donors and eminent industry players can generate new tourism-related collaborations that in the long run promote social inclusiveness, employment and reduce poverty.


From November 27th till 29th, the conference will takes place in Montego Bay. The event is co-sponsored by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), the Jamaican government, the World Bank Group, and the Inter-American Development Bank. Airbnb will be the new global industry player at the conference.


The purpose of the event is to look at the sector in the round, according to Jamaica’s Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett. Also, to allow those associated with policy formulation to explore the potential of the industry along with development to wider groups in society. He expects that high-level participants over three days at the conference will recognize successful advances and initiatives in terms of global tourism. He believes that in this way, world tourism can turn out to be a central force helping deliver the UN’s sustainable development goals.


Before, travel sector was freewheeling, end result oriented and less aware socially to the extent that the most commonly heard criticism is that in spite of the industry contributing 15 percent of the GDP to the region, directly and indirectly, creating jobs around 15 percent of the workforce of the region.


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