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Tourism Minister heads to global tourism summit in Thailand

Published:Monday | April 17, 2017 | 4:52 AM
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett.

(CMC):
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett left the island on Sunday for Bangkok, Thailand where he will be among a list of influential speakers at the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) 17th Global Summit on April 27.

En route to Thailand, Bartlett who also has engagements in Ethiopia and Dubai, says he is looking forward to speaking at what is arguable the largest and most prestigious tourism summit in the world.

Bartlett“I am indeed honoured to be sharing the stage with some very esteemed speakers … certainly some of the biggest names in tourism and also the travel industry,” he said.

“I will be using the opportunity to highlight all the wonderful things we have been doing here in Jamaica and pretty much making the case as to why we should be a destination of choice for travellers.”

The Tourism Minister added that he will also use the opportunity to plug the upcoming UNWTO Conference, which will be held in November at the Montego Bay Conference Centre, in the western parish of St. James.

“The WTTC represents another opportunity for Jamaica to be highlighted on the world stage and in front of an audience of key tourism decision makers,”  Bartlett said.

“These are the movers and shakers in the travel and tourism industry…the kind of power brokers that we want on our side. An opportunity like this is invaluable and comes ever so often,” he pointed out.

The summit will bring together hundreds of leaders from public and private sector entities in travel and tourism worldwide to explore the theme:  ‘Transforming Our World’, and how the sector’s contribution to sustainable development can be maximised.

The line up of speakers also includes former British Prime Minister, David Cameron; United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General Taleb Rifai; United States Travel Association President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Roger Dow; AirAsia CEO, Tony Fernandes; Travel Editor for CBS News, Peter Greenberg; President and CEO of Marriott International, Arne Sorenson; and President of Carnival Cruise Line, Christine Duffy.

Bartlett’s first stop overseas will be in Addis Ababa, on Monday to attend the 59th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for Africa, followed by a high-level meeting on Chinese Outbound Tourism to Africa.

He will then travel to United Arab Emirates, Dubai, to attend the 42nd Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for the Middle East and the UNWTO and Arabian Travel Market Ministerial Forum on Tourism’s contribution to sustainable and inclusive economic growth and diversification in the MENA region on April 24.

While in Thailand, Bartlett will participate in a press conference, scheduled for April 26, which will be jointly hosted by Secretary General of the UNWTO, Dr Taleb Rifai, and a representative from the World Bank Group.