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Minister Bartlett to Promote UNWTO Global Conference in China

Ministry of Tourism | 2017-09-12 10:15:00

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett leaves the island tomorrow (September 9) to participate in the 22nd Session of the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) General Assembly, which will be held in Chengdu, China, from September 11  to 16, 2017. While there, he will also promote the ‘UNWTO, Government of Jamaica and World Bank Group Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism’, scheduled for November 27-29, 2017, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James.

Minister Bartlett, who also chairs the Board of Affiliate Members of the UNWTO, said, “I am really happy to have such a prestigious platform to market brand Jamaica to our friends in China. I am equally excited to be able to promote the upcoming UNWTO conference to a global audience of high-level influencers.”

The Conference is expected to attract some one thousand participants to exchange best practices and come up with a replicable and measurable action plan to create a truly sustainable tourism sector.
The Minister will also use these engagements to discuss the possible partnerships for sustainable tourism for development with potential investors, donor agencies, the academic community and other tourism stakeholders, who will be targeted to attend the upcoming conference.
Also high on the agenda in China is to actively canvass the support of other UNWTO Members States in the Americas for Jamaica’s candidature to represent the Americas on the Executive Council for 2018 to 2021.

“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,” said Minister 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,” he said.

Minister Bartlett will be accompanied to China by Mrs. Jennifer Griffith, Permanent Secretary, and   Ms. Alyssa Taffe, Public Relations Officer.

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