UNWTO global conference to be held in St. James, Jamaica

Published on : Tuesday, November 21, 2017

UNWTO global conferenceJob creation and inclusive growth are topping the agenda for the UNWTO global conference, to be held from November 27 to 29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.

The Jamaican Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett said that such events are of supreme importance to countries like Jamaica, which depend highly on the hospitality industry.

“We currently have 106,000 jobs directly from tourism and an indirect amount of nearly 300,000, which means one in five of the workers in Jamaica is (involved in) tourism directly or indirectly,” Bartlett said.

Mr. Bartlett said the conference will also facilitate discussions on how tourism can be more helpful for economies of countries that get visitors from across the world.

“The fact is tourism has become the fastest growing economic activity globally. It currently employs 293 million people and represents 10 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP). That indicates that one in 10 workers of the world is employed in tourism directly or indirectly,” the Minister added.

He added that the tourism sector generates US$7.6 trillion globally, pointing out that in 2016, some 1.2 billion people travelled to different parts of the world and spent US$1.3 trillion for diverse experiences.

The event will be attended by some 157 tourism ministers and government officials from across the world, and will see participants engaging in plenary sessions and workshops on a range of industry-relevant topics. The conference is being jointly hosted by the UNWTO, Government of Jamaica, World Bank Group and Inter-American Development Bank.

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