Published on : Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett signed an agreement at the Palacio Neptuno in Spain for hosting UNWTO conference in November this year. This is for commemorating the 2017 UNWTO International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The event, which is a joint effort between the Government of Jamaica, international development firm Chemonics International and the UNWTO, will be staged from November 27 to 29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James.
Minister Bartlett said that he is honored to host such a prestigious event in Jamaica. To quote Mr. Bartlett, “This signing will see an international conference of great magnitude and importance to global tourism, being hosted in Jamaica. We look forward to showcasing our destination but more so within the context of sustainability and the building of public-private-partnerships.”
According to Taleb Rifai, the UNWTO Secretary-General, “We keep talking about the need for public-private-partnerships, but we fail to translate that on the ground in any effective manner. Minister Bartlett together with Ibrahim Osta, Chief of Party for Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism at Chemonics International, will together cooperate in making and designing this very important meeting in Jamaica towards the end of this year.”
He said that this conference will help develop tourism across the globe. Minister Bartlett said that this event is a unique opportunity for Jamaica with world spotlight on the country.