Jamaica submits its candidacy for UNWTO Executive Council position

Published on : Friday, June 2, 2017

UNWTO logoJamaica Minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, said that Jamaica has submitted its application to occupy one of five seats allocated to the Regional Commission of the Americas on the Executive Council of the UNWTO for 2018 – 2021.

Bartlett said, “Jamaica is one of the four English-speaking Caribbean member states of the UNWTO. So it is quite an honour for us to occupy a position that will have us at the helm of the decision making process of the tourism sector – not only in the region but for member states across the globe.”

The selection of regional representatives is planned to take place during the 61st Meeting of the UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas in San Salvador, El Salvador, and Roatan, Honduras, May 29 – June 2, 2017.

To quote Bartlett, “The confidence placed in Jamaica internationally puts us in a unique position to reap a number of benefits which will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the people of Jamaica. As a result of this, we have been able to form a number of key partnerships, strengthen linkages with other sectors and witness an increase in investments. I am therefore very confident that if successful, this will undoubtedly be multiplied. The spotlight of the world will be directly on Jamaica and the publicity we will get from this conference is invaluable. More than 800 international and local participants are expected to attend the conference to discuss issues that we hope will result in partnerships for sustainable tourism for development and new investments.”

The meeting of the UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas will also feature an international seminar on new technologies applied to tourism on June 1 in Roatan, Honduras.

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