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Bartlett Signs Agreement for Jamaica to host UNWTO Conference in November

Published:Thursday | January 19, 2017 | 1:00 AM
Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai (centre) shakes hands with Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett (left) and Senior Vice-President at Chemonics International, Jeffrey Wuorinen, after the signing of the agreement.

Jamaica will host the conference to commemorate the 2017 United Nations World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development in November.

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett on Monday signed an agreement at the Palacio Neptuno in Spain for Jamaica to host this major global event, which is a collaborative effort among the Government of Jamaica, international, development firm Chemonics International and the UNWTO. It will run from November 27 to 29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St James.

Bartlett said that he was honoured to have participated in the signing, on behalf of the prime minister, to concretise arrangements to host such a prestigious event in Jamaica.

"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," said Bartlett.

DEVELOP PARTNERSHIPS

Secretary General of the UNWTO Taleb Rifai shared that the conference will kick-start discussions to create on-the-ground activities to develop tourism across the globe from such partnerships.

"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," said Rifai.

The agreement is of great historical importance because it signals the first time that the UNWTO will stage a world conference on tourism in the Caribbean or the Americas.